ICU doctor describes new Covid-19 wave as ‘shocking’

A RAPHOE man working as an ICU doctor in Scotland during a ‘different and quite shocking’ wave of Covid-19 has advised people to get their vaccine. William Shankey Smith is a doctor in the intensive care unit at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Tayside, Dundee. The area is experiencing another wave of Covid-19 and […]

Letterkenny man rises to Pfizer challenge in Germany

A LETTERKENNY man is responsible for delivering life-saving medicines to patients in hospital intensive care units and emergency departments across Europe. John McGinley is Hospital Business Unit Lead and Managing Director for Pfizer in Germany. A former St Eunan’s College student, John (45) is the eldest son of John and Liz McGinley. He has four […]

Anxious for ‘road map’ to help industry through crisis

FOR more than a decade Donal Cox has been in charge at Lough Eske Castle, Donegal’s only five-star hotel. Sitting on 43 acres of woodland outside Donegal town, the 97 bedroom hotel has yet to re-open this year while the doors remained locked for six months of 2020. It’s been a frustrating time for the […]

Fears easing after daunting start last year

MARTIN McGinley has been delivering letters for An Post for almost twenty years. Over those years, the job of a postman has changed considerably – something which has been thrown into sharp focus since Covid-19. “When I started we were effectively a letter business which delivered the odd parcel. Now we’ve almost become a parcel […]

St Columbcille Village residents to be vaccinated next week

Vaccinations for residents of Saint Columbcille Village in Clonmany will commence next week, the HSE has confirmed. The announcement comes following a campaign which was instigated to ensure the residents of the facility will receive the vaccine after initially being omitted from the first phase of doses. In a statement a spokesperson for the HSE […]

Covid-19 cases rise in West Donegal over holiday period

MORE THAN one hundred people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Glenties Local Electoral Area (LEA) in the past fourteen days which is the highest level of infection recorded in the area since the start of the pandemic. This record-level surge in west Donegal can be largely attributed to an intensified period of social […]

90 per cent drop in number checked for breast cancer

THE number of women screened for breast cancer at Letterkenny University Hospital so far this year has dropped by almost 90 percent due to Covid-19. While BreastCheck services have resumed in recent weeks, the numbers screened to that point are just a fraction of the figure for 2019. Last year, 3,974 women availed of the […]

Scientist retains close links with West Donegal

A scientist who is developing antibodies which have the potential to both treat infected patients and provide protection to the “at risk” population during the coronavirus pandemic has family in West Donegal. John McCafferty is Chief Scientific Officer of IONTAS, a Cambridge biotech firm which recently announced the discovery of potent SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies to […]

Curtains open again this evening at Century Cinemas

  CENTURY Cinemas in Letterkenny will reopen from this evening Friday (December 4), showing a host of classic movies. It comes two months after Mark Doherty, managing director of Century Cinemas at Leckview Lane, turned the key to lock the front door. Advertisement At that time, he expressed genuine concern that he may be forced […]

‘If a 6 year old kid can do it, why can’t rest of us?’

A LEADING public health specialist has warned that people need to ‘knuckle down’ if Donegal is to get out of Covid-19 lockdown in December. Donegal, Derry and Strabane continue to top the 7-day lists although cases numbers have been falling for much of the past three weeks. Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine […]