first_imgUPDATED: Hundreds of mourners are attending the funeral of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney which is taking place in Dublin.Seamus HeaneyThe 74-year-old poet, playwright and author died suddenly, after a short illness, in Dublin on Friday last.The Church of the Sacred Heart in Dublin is packed to capacity for the Requiem Mass with hundreds more outside. Mourners are being led by the late poet’s wife, Maire, daughter Catherine and sons Christopher and Michael.Also present are Pesident Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, former President Mary McAleese, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, U2’s Bono and “The Edge,” and Strabane singer-songwriter Paul Brady.Addressing those present, chief concelebrant, Monsigner Brendan Devlin, a former student of St Columb’s College in Derry where Seamus Heaney was educated, said the late poet would have been “delighted” his Requiem Mass was being said in a “northern accent.”Among those who took part in the Readings are the late poet’s brother, Seamus, while family members and friends read the Prayers of the Faithful. Copies of Seamus Heaney’s works were among the Offertory Gifts brought to the altar. The service is currently being broadcast “live” on a “News Special” on RTE Television.Following the service Mr Heaney’s remains will be taken to his home village of Bellaghy in Co Derry, arriving at around 5.30pm. He will in interred in private service in the local cemetery. Thousands of people are expected to turn out along the late to pay tribute to the man regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest poets.Since Friday, tributes to the late poet have been pouring in from across the world, including former US President Bill Clinton.Mr Clinton, who recited excerpts of Seamus Heaney’s work during his historic visit to Northern Ireland in 1995, described him as a “powerful voice for peace. ”The former US President, who named his pet dog “Seamus” in honour of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, added Mr Heaney was “our finest poet of the rhythms of ordinary lives.” IRELAND SAYS GOODBYE TO NOBEL LAUREATE SEAMUS was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:funeralseamus heaneylast_img read more

first_imgTHE COUNTRY – and Co Donegal – has voted No in the Seanad referendum, meaning the institution will stay.Both Donegal constituencies, voting for the last time as two separate entities before merging into one constituency at the next general election, voted No.The official result announced for Donegal North East: 8663 no, 8097 yes. No wins 51.7% to 48.3% yes. Donegal South West voted 50.4% No – with 49.6% voting Yes.Turnout in both constituencies was 30%.Already the Government has said the vote isn’t a mandate for reforming the Seanad.The vote is a blow to Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein who all campaigned for a yes vote.  DONEGAL VOTES NO – SEANAD TO STAY was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDetectives investigating the murder of teenager Arlene Arkinson who disappeared after a night out in Co Donegal almost 20 years ago have started new searches for her body.A team of officers using specialist PSNI search dogs are conducting searches at a number of locations in Co Tyrone, police said today.The Castlederg teenager went missing after a night out in Bundoran in 1994. Chief suspect and convicted child killer, Robert Howard, who was acquitted of Arlene’s murder in 2005, was seen with her before she died.The jury in the case wasn’t told of his previous convictions.A PSNI spokesman said the resumed operation had the “twin objectives of recovering the schoolgirl’s remains and progressing the investigation”.“The sites to be covered in this phase of the search strategy have links to the overall investigation into Arlene’s disappearance and murder,” police said in a statement. “Searches will continue to be conducted on a planned roll-out, depending on weather conditions, availability of resources and operational commitments.”Detectives from the serious crime branch have been in contact with Arlene’s family to keep them updated.  ARLENE: NEW SEARCHES UNDER WAY TO FIND HER BODY was last modified: March 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARELENE ARKIArlene ArkinsonARLENE: NEW SEARCHES UNDER WAY TO FIND HER BODYbundoranlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 2,000 brave souls defied heavy rain and howling winds to attend the Chain for Life event in West Donegal yesterday.The group, which formed a human chain from Falcarragh to Gortahork, raised a tremendous €14,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.The young and the old gathered to form the 2.5 mile chain in a fundraising event that bonded both neighbouring communities. Spokesperson Carmel Ferry paid tribute to the organisers and all those who braved the conditions to help with the event.“To be honest the weather couldn’t have been much worse.“But it was amazing to see what could be achieved when the two communities came together.“There are so many people to thank that it is impossible to even begin so we would like to thank everyone who made this possible. “The amount of money raised on the day was just staggering and it is still coming in.“We are all touched by cancer in one way or another so it is fitting that so many people came out even in this weather,” she said.The Chain for Life event was a warm-up event for the Relay for Life event which takes place in Letterkenny on May26th/27.Thousands are expected to take part on the day to raise funds for cancer services.CHAIN REACTION AS THOUSANDS RAISE €14,000 FOR FIGHT AGAINST CANCER was last modified: April 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHAIN FOR LIFEFalcarraghgortahorklast_img read more

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad that it is outrageous for the Health Minister and the HSE to withdraw the subsidy for the bus service from Donegal to Dublin Hospitals.The Donegal Senator pressed the Minister for Health James Reilly on the matter during an emergency adjournment debate tabled by the Senator last night (Tuesday 17 July)Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “The Donegal to Dublin Hospital bus service which has operated an essential service to Donegal patients for over 38 years is being withdrawn from the 27th of July 27th.  The HSE has cited budget constraints, claiming there are public bus services that patients can use instead. What they failed to mention is that these public buses are not wheelchair friendly and do not carry out direct drop-off and pick-up at the hospitals. “It is a major insult to patients in Donegal that the HSE would cut a relatively cost effective transport service, while in the same week it is forced to cough up close to €100,000 in an embarrassing settlement with the Revenue for underpayment of VAT.“Meanwhile overspending and waste in the HSE is out of control despite Minister Reilly’s many promises to cut agency staff costs, HSE taxi costs and overtime. Instead, agency staff costs have increased to €200m this year and taxi costs are up 10% over in a year to €28 million.  This is all happening on Minister Reilly’s watch.“I believe there will be little or no overall savings for the HSE as a result of its withdrawal of the hospital bus subsidy.  The organisation will end up paying out  more on private taxi runs to and from Dublin for Donegal patients who are simply not able to travel on regular bus routes.”Responding on behalf of the Minister for Health, Minister of State Brian Hayes said: “I wish to make it clear that the Health Service Executive has no statutory responsibility to provide transport or support for patients to attend its facilities or clinics. As a rule, patients should make their own transport arrangements, especially where public transport is available, unless there are clear clinical factors involved. “The cost of the subsidised bus service is now approaching €100,000 a year. Based on the number of the people using the service, the alternatives available and the cost effectiveness, the HSE has made the decision to discontinue funding the service from 27th July 2012,” said Minister Hayes.In reaction, Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “This response just highlights the total lack of interest this Government has in services for Donegal patients. It is a disgrace that Minister Reilly would withdraw a hosptial bus that has provided such a valuable service to patients here for nearly four decades. It’s a time the Government representatives in Donegal spoke up and played a role in trying to keep this service in place.” DUBLIN HOSPITAL BUS AXE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE, SAYS SENATOR was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUBLIN HOSPITAL BUS AXE DOESN’T MAKE SENSESAYS SENATORlast_img read more

first_imgMoville Gospel Choir, who have been singing regularly to packed congregations at St Pius X Church in their own hometown, are bringing their bright and invigorating brand of gospel music to Letterkenny this weekend.The Choir have been invited by Father Eamon Kelly to sing at evening Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral this Saturday at 7.30pm. Choir Director Michael Fisher said the invite was a real honour which the choir were looking forward to.“We are delighted to have been asked by Father Kelly to sing this weekend in St Eunan’s and hope the parishioners enjoy our accompaniment to the Mass”     MOVILLE CHOIR INVITED TO SING AT CATHEDRAL was last modified: September 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMOville Gospel ChoirSt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL Daily is your news website.We know that because we know up to 30,000 of you visit the site every day, from here and abroad.We welcome contributions from readers. This one is from a mum in north Donegal. It is a very powerful view of life here in this county now for many parents whose children have been forced abroad.You can read it here – and respond below:Dear Sir,I honestly do not know where to start. I have never written to a paper before in my life. I am a mother of four children, three of whom have taken the emigration trail to Australia, and the fourth is waiting to finish college, having received no help whatsoever from the State. When he’s finished, I have no doubt that he will follow in their footsteps. I’m so angry and frustrated that at times I could pull my own hair out.I listen and watch the news at every opportunity and feel utterly betrayed by the shambolic decisions made by the previous government, which are being rubber-stamped by this administration.It’s all about big business and profit for bondholders, with people’s well-being coming a poor second to all of that. The elderly and the infirm are being seen as a drain on the State’s finances by faceless bureaucrats.You only have to look at the way that carers are being forced into accepting voluntary work as part of their package. Their hours have been cut so much that most, if not all, carers do more hours than they get paid for.Meanwhile, Minister Reilly continues to take every last bit of meat off the bone that is the public health service. My husband has worked in freezing conditions, where his fingers were stuck to the shovel, trying to provide for his family.These are the people who deserve lump sums when they retire, not some Fine Gael or Fianna Fail politician who is getting a big wage and will retire on two or three pensions to live in luxury that I can only dream about.When I go to visit a sick relative or friend in hospital, it sickens me to think that I’m paying a parking fee to keep some private car park operator living a Celtic Tiger lifestyle. Car parks in public hospital grounds should be for the benefit of the hospital and its patients only. I do not claim to be a genius, but I think that such a scenario is pure common sense.The problem, in my eyes, is that those running the country have no experience of living in the real world. These people need to come down off their pedestal and realise that they are not superior human beings to those they are treating as lesser mortals.We are a very weak and oppressed society with no avenue for redress at the moment, especially here in Donegal.I am tired and running out of words because those at the top are not listening, or do not care.Donegal Mother,VIEWPOINT: ONE MUM’S VIEW ON HER CHILDREN ABROAD, LIFE IN A RECESSION – AND OUR POLITICIANS was last modified: October 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LIFE IN A RECESSION – AND OUR POLITICIANSVIEWPOINT: ONE MUM’S VIEW ON HER CHILDREN ABROADlast_img read more

first_imgA quick-thinking politician used election poster cables to tie up a suspected burglar before handing him over to Gardai.Donegal county councillor Mickey Doherty was preparing for a meeting at his office in Quigley’s Point when he was alerted to a suspicious van by a constituent.Brave Cllr Doherty went to investigate and found a burglar hiding in some bushes outside a holiday home on the outskirts of the town. Along with two other locals, the well-known Fine Gael councillor managed to nab the suspected thief.“We knew straight away that the van should not have been at the house.“It was 7pm and it was dark and the people who own the house live in America and use it as a holiday home.“I pulled my car right up to the back of the van so they could not get away. “We then heard a rustling in the bushes and we managed to grab a man,” revealed Cllr Doherty from Carrowkeel, Quigley’s Point.The have-a-go hero then remembered he had cable ties which he had used to put up local election posters in his car.“We didn’t want him struggling and we didn’t want to be accused of abusing him in any way so that kept him quiet,” he said.When local Gardai arrived, they were gobsmacked to find the suspect bound and safe.Cllr Doherty then went in the patrol car with Gardai and they managed to arrest another of the suspected gang members closeby. The Donegal politician revealed his own home was broken into recently but the burglars were disturbed and left empty-handed.Cllr Doherty, who is on the Joint Policing Committee on Donegal County Council, said the public has a responsibility to assist Gardai in tackling crime.“Only for this woman came in to me and tipped me off that there was a suspicious van parked outside this house, the house would have been broken into.“We have to be realistic and not expect the Gardai to be everywhere. “We all have a role to play. When we called the Gardai, there were three patrol cars there within minutes.“The Gardai are there to help but we have to help ourselves to tackle these thugs and protect our homes,” he said.COUNCILLOR GETS BURGLAR ALL WRAPPED UP IN POLITICS! was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglarCllr Mickey Dohertyquigleys pointlast_img read more

first_imgPramerica Systems Ireland have launched their first mentoring programme for students of Mulroy College in Milford.Six employees from Pramerica are about to embark on the new initiative as they become mentors to six fifth year students from Mulroy College as part of the Student Mentoring Programme. This programme has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI).The programme which runs over a two year period will see employees of Pramerica link with 5th Year students from the school in order to mentor and help prepare them for transition from school to further education or employment.They will meet for one hour per month over the course of the two years to encourage and support the students.“We are very grateful to the employees from Pramerica for making a two year commitment to the students here in Mulroy College. The mentors will really help to focus the minds of students and to inspire them to achieve what they want from their schooling”, said Fiona Temple, Principal, Mulroy College, Milford. Meanwhile Emma McCleary, HR Generalist with Prameric said “Pramerica are delighted to be partnering with Mulroy College on the mentoring programme. We are delighted that so many of our employees have decided to get involved as it is not only a benefit to the students but our employees also get the chance to develop their leadership, team-building, interpersonal and communication skills”.Regional co-ordinator of the BITCI, Elaine McFadden said the mentoring programme has been a great success on a nationwide level for so many students and also for the mentors.“BITCI recognises the leadership shown by Pramerica in pioneering the Mentoring Programme in Donegal and in delivering the for the third year on our Skills @ Work Programme with Mulroy College.”Funded under the National Development Plan, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) aims to match over 150 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business. MILFORD STUDENTS FORM UNIQUE MENTORING PROGRAMME WITH PRAMERICA was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MilfordMulroy Collegepramericalast_img read more

first_imgAgriculture Minister Simon Coveney has confirmed Coillte is selling forestry land in Co Donegal by public tender, but the transaction is at the discretion of the company.The sale of 1,109 acres has been condemned by farmers and public representatives.If successful, it would be Coillte’s biggest sale in at least eight years. Coillte has not been in a position to buy land for afforestation since being deemed ineligible for forestry loss-of-income premiums since 1996, but sources told the examiner the company has contributed to the national afforestation programme through forestry partnerships with farmers and the provision of forestry services.Meanwhile, identification of the forestry assets for the harvesting rights sale, the determination of their value, and the consideration of a number of associated issues are at an advanced stage, according to Mr Coveney.Thousands of recreational forest users and environmentalists have expressed their concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop, including through Mountaineering Ireland, Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Natural Forestry Foundation, An Taisce, and Zero Waste Alliance Ireland organisations.They say the Coillte estate is more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass, and includes 11 forest parks and over 150 recreation sites, attracting more than 18m visits a year. They warn the proposed sale would threaten the current open access policy and lead to a slow decline in the recreational amenities, and have called on the Government to abandon plans to sell off the asset. THE GREAT SELL-OFF HAS STARTED: COILLTE TO AUCTION DONEGAL FOREST was last modified: December 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more