New York’s ‘Bard of Gridlock’ set to pull up in Donegal


A New York cabbie-turned-comedian is bringing his stage show to Donegal for the first time. John McDonagh, whose mother Cassie Monaghan was born in Pettigo, has taken the experiences and characters he has encountered during 40 years behind the wheel and created ‘Off the Meter’. In his unique, pithy manner, he explores everything from the plight of the New York […]


‘New Yorkers’ settle into new life and new school


STARTING school can be daunting, but for brother and sister Aoibheann and Liam Lordan it was especially so after moving to Letterkenny from New York. The siblings and their parents, Sean and Annmarie, returned from the States three weeks ago and are settling into a different pace of life in Carrygawley. Annmarie (nee Gallagher) is […]


From the world of corporate banking to some down time


A DONEGAL woman who has made a successful career in the corporate banking world wants to build a new technology platform in Ireland. Grainne McNamara has over 25 years of experience in working with leading companies in financial services and helping them use technology to drive changes to their business. Previously a managing director at […]


‘Was handed wedding ring and told he didn’t make it’


TWENTY years have passed since Donegal’s first citizen Charlie Bennett died suddenly while taking part in a St Patrick’s Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York. As Cathaoirleach, Councillor Bennett led the official party from Donegal County Council on the St Patrick’s Day visit to the United States. The group had taken part in celebrations in […]


Writer turns attention to west Donegal’s ‘Wise Guys’


A US Congressman, world boxing champion and major brothel keeper is just one of the gangsters featured in a new book by Gaoth Dobhair based writer and author John Joe McGinley. The Irish Wise Guys shines the spotlight on 17 of the most notorious Irish American crime bosses for whom death and destruction was a […]


Introducing Letterkenny’s man in Southern Africa


A LETTERKENNY man is helping shape the Irish Aid programme, worth around €40 million per year, in Malawi and Mozambique. Aaron Cunningham (31) works as the desk officer for the Southern African region within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His work has taken him to Tanzania for four years while he has lived […]


‘Coming to the mountains was a good investment’


THREE months have passed since Roger Holmes and his wife Yesi left their New York home in the dark of night and headed for the country. Roger, who is from Drumardagh on the outskirts of Letterkenny, and his Peruvian born wife drove for twelve hours, stopping only to re-fuel, leaving the city and the coronavirus […]