Donegal GAA notes
Congratulations to the hurlers from Aodh Ruadh in Ballyshannon on winning the Junior Hurling championship last Sunday.
Other congratulations to Naomh Conail on qualifying for the final of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship in which they will play either Four Masters or Killybegs who will meet again on Sunday evening at 6.15pm in McCumhaill Park, after their semi final match finished all square at the weekend. Read more
The Roscommon Champion - one of the three papers that are closing
The continuing toll on the regional news sector came into sharp focus again today with the announcement f the closure of three midland papers – the Roscommon Champion, the Longford News and the Athlone Voice.
While the ‘Voice’ is a paper of more recent origin, the Roscommon Champion and the Lonford News are local institutions and when you have long established papers like that going to the wall, you know that the writing is on the wall, for other papers that are currenty tettering on the edge. Read more
Summerhill College www.irishdigest,com
Summerhill College in Sligo is now set to progress to the tender and construction stage after the design stage approval by the Department of Education and Skills.
Welcoming the news, Sligo North Leitrim Deputy Eamon Scanlon said; “I am delighted that the Summerhill College has now been approved to go to tender.”
“A new school is planned for the existing school site to help cater for the expected growth of the school. It is thought that enrolment will grow to 900 pupils.” Read more
More Ballyshannon job losses
The loss of 20 jobs at BWG Foods in Ballyshannon has been described as another body blow for employment in south Donegal.
Fine Gael Donegal South West TD Dinny McGinley said:
“BWG Foods has announced that it will cease trading from October 1st, with the loss of 20 jobs. This announcement is a major loss to the area, and particularly to all those losing their livelihoods who now face significant hardship. Read more
This Saturday (4 September 2010) Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew will literally be pushing the boat out to raise funds for the life saving charity.
They will be holding a boat push from Ballyshannon to Bundoran in Donegal and want people to turn out and cheer them on during their 9.5km push.
The boat push will start on Donegal Road in Ballyshannon at noon and members of the lifeboat crew will have buckets with them on the route for people to make a donation. Read more
The injured man was later taken from Sligo General Hospital to Dublin
A TEENAGE schoolboy who collapsed due to a bleed in his brain three times in the past six weeks is fighting to stay in a hospital bed while he awaits surgery.
Sligo General Hospital wants David Murtagh to stay at home nearby so his bed is readily available for a more urgent case.
Doctors at Sligo general and at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital – where he is due to undergo the surgery – say David (16) can stay at home on standby medicine until his operation.
While he was last at home and on the special tablets, he collapsed again, falling unconscious for eight minutes, and he was rushed back to the Sligo hospital. Now both he and his mother, May Murtagh, have been fighting to retain his hospital bed for 12 days until he is transferred to Dublin.
David has refused to go home.
The Leaving Cert student was serving a customer during his summer job in a Sligo town shop when he collapsed on July 19th. His mother said he waited four hours in hospital for treatment before he was sent home and told he could return to work. Read more
Late Mick Lally - a legendary actor and a good decent man
Michael D Higgins TD, President of the Labour Party and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and former Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht has heard with great sorrow and shock of the passing of Mick Lally.
Mick, a founder member of Druid Theatre made a set of ground breaking contributions to Irish theatre on stage, television and radio.
“He was a consistent supporter of causes where rights were at stake, a native Irish speaker and he was at the forefront of development of the Irish language in an open and generous way. Read more
MEP Marian Harkin
A large number of additional areas throughout the country are being evaluated with the objective of designating them ‘Special Areas’ under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.
This was stated by Marian Harkin MEP when she urged individuals and representative bodies to be vigilant about extensions to designated areas under the EU Birds and Habitat directives. Read more
Senator Cecilia Keaveney from Donegal
Responding to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office that have shown a significant increase in the number of deaths by suicide in the North West as in the rest of Ireland, Senator Cecilia Keaveney has expressed a wish that there be an awareness within communities of the strength and value of people supporting, and looking out for each other.
“Recent figures for 2009 show a 24% increase in the suicide rate. Our region is not different in this national trend unfortunately.” Read more
Sligo's FAI Cup quarter final opponents will be Monaghan
There was more than a gasp of surprise when Sligo Rovers were drawn at home this evening against Monaghan United in the quarter finals of the Ford FAI Cup – the same opponents they are to meet in the EA Sports Cup final.
Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers have been given a home tie against Galway opposition in the FAI Ford Cup Quarter Finals. The Hoops will play the winners of tonight’s Fourth Round replay between near-neighbours Salthill Devon and Galway United. Read more