Donegal beaches ranked as ‘littered’


LITTER is on the rise, according to the latest findings of annual nationwide survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). Findings released this week show Bundoran Beach was deemed as ‘littered’, while Killybegs Harbour was found to be ‘moderately littered’. No beaches or harbours in Donegal fell under the categories of heavily littered or clean […]


Contract for €10.5 million Killybegs project awarded


THE contract for the €10.5 million pier extension project at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre has been awarded with works expected to get underway within weeks. The project will see the completion of a 120 metre long quay development at Smooth Point aimed at alleviating congestion during the peak fishing season. The multi-million euro contract has […]


Shines Seafood launch Irish sardines range


Killybegs-based Shines Seafood has launched Shines Irish Sardines, representing the first time Irish sardines have ever been sold in retail outlets in Ireland. Previously sourced from Sardinia, Shines Seafood now use Irish sardines caught by small inshore Irish boats in the clean waters around the Irish coast, supporting local fishing communities.Shines Irish Sardines are caught […]


Investment of over €9m for Killybegs harbour centre


KILLYBEGS fishery harbour centre will receive over €9 million in funding in 2022 as part of a major investment announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD this morning. Minister McConalogue announced the allocation of €35m for capital projects in 2022 in Ireland’s six state-owned Fishery Harbour Centres at Killybegs, Ros […]


Killybegs welcomes first of three sister ships


THE Atlantic Dawn Group based in Killybegs has welcomed their new 64.65 metre pelagic trawler, ‘Leila’ to the local fishing fleet. The state-of-the-art vessel is the first of three sister ships that are being constructed at the Cemre shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, at a cost in excess of €50 million. The vessels were designed by […]


Skifjord tragedy remembered forty years on


ON Sunday morning members of the Byrne family will gather for 11am Mass in the Church of St Joseph & St Conal, Bruckless to pray for the souls of Francis Byrne and his son Jimmie. It will be the 40th anniversary of the night the two Byrnes and three fellow fishermen drowned when the Skifjord […]


Over 100 new jobs for Killybegs


OVER 100 people are to be employed at a new €50 million ingrediant manufacturing plant in Killybegs. Bio-Marine Ingredients, which is majority owned by Killybegs fishermen, hopes to begin construction of the project in the second half of next year. Work is already under way to clear the site. Bio-Marine CEO Jason Whooley said the […]

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Killybegs projects to lift many boats around county


MOONEY Boats has started work on their latest €20 million projects in Killybegs this week. The Eilean Croine arrived in Donegal last week and she will join her sister, the Sparkling Star, at the Blackrock pier for a full fit-out by Mooney Boats and many local businesses over the coming months. Arriving from the initial […]


LYIT set to mark golden anniversary ‘in a small way’


Out of this dream, Letterkenny Regional Technical College was born, enrolling 170 students in its first class on October 5, 1971. More recently it’s become Letterkenny Institute of Technology and, together with Galway-Mayo IT and IT Sligo, has formed a joint bid to merge and secure technological university status. If approved, it is likely the […]


Former boat builder now operates on smaller scale


A skilled craftsman who served his time in the BIM boatyard in Killybegs in the early 1970s is using his expertise and creativity to build model fishing trawlers. Frankie Kennedy is now working on a model of the Rós Inbhir, a 50-foot trawler built in 1953 in Killybegs Boatyard. It will be a present for […]