2010 Mary from Dungloe is from Edinburgh - Jemma Ferry
A 22-year-old University graduate from Edinburgh in Scotland has been crowned the 43rd Mary from Dungloe.
Jemma Ferry took the title at the festival’s crowning cabaret in Co Donegal on Sunday night where i102-104 DJ Dave O’Connor, 26, was on stage to interview the girls.
Wearing a beautiful long navy blue sequin dress, Jemma told Dave how she had a fabulous week with the other fourteen contestants from around the world and the lifelong friends she has made. Read more
Former Donegal GAA boss Brian McEniff
Former Donegal manager Brian McEniff believes Dublin have plenty more work to do if they are to reach the 2010 All-Ireland Football Championship final. He was at the helm in 1992 when Donegal won their only ever All Ireland senior title – against the Dubs!
Speaking on RTE’s Radio Morning Ireland programme this morning, he praised the Dubs for recovering from a poor performance against Wexford and the loss to Meath in the Leinster Senior Championship. Read more
Two Poles amongst weekend deaths
Gardai have named the three people killed in the two fatal road traffic collisions on the 31.07.10 including a mother and daughter from Poland.
Fatal Road Traffic Collision Ballina, Co. Mayo:
Marta Krawczyk aged 39 from Krakow, Poland.
Sabina Krawczyk aged 15 from Krakow, Poland.
Fatal Road Traffic Collision Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:
Maura Walsh aged 64 from Tallow, Co. Waterford
Lissadell House in Sligo to re-open
Lissadell House in North Sligo is to reopen exhibitions and gardens to the public after closure for 18 months.
The owners have decided the estate in Sligo will reopen as a tourist operation later this week after Leonard Cohen and Westlife played to 30,000 people there at the weekend.
The estate has been closed to the public since a rights-of-way dispute flared between the owners and Sligo County Council. A decision is awaited from the High Court in the Autumn. Read more
Charlie and Eamonn O'Donnell with their prize winning bread. Photo: Paul McGuckin
Donegal-based O’Donnell’s Bakery has been awarded a UK Great Taste Award for its hand-made rustic wheaten bread. The now famous bread was awarded a Gold Star in the ‘Brown Bread – No Additives’ category by the UK Fine Food Guild last week. The Gold Star represents ‘a perfect food’ and with sales set to soar, O’Donnell’s Bakery have already increased production.
The news was described as, “testament to our home made receipe and hand-crafted bread” by O’Donnell’s Bakery co-Director Charlie O’Donnell. Although this award will undoubtedly leap-frog the bread onto more shelves across the country, it has already been voted a favourite by the thousands of Irish customers who have been eating it since early 2009. The rustic wheaten is available in the 77 Aldi stores throughout the country and within 10 weeks of it going on the shelves sales had increased by 300%. Read more
More must be done to help people in mortgage difficulties
Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew, speaking after it was announced that over 1,800 homes were repossessed in the north over the last year, has said that lenders must do more to accommodate those having difficulties making repayments.
Ms Gildernew said: “The announcement that 1,800 homes were repossessed across the north over the last year is very worrying and shows that despite the huge bailouts that the banks have received in recent times, they are not showing mortgage holders much understanding. Read more
Some big games coming up this week including the first soccer match to be played at the new Aviva Stadium. And the Airtricity select XI will have worthy opponents in the guise of the great Manchester United. It will be a truly historic occasion for Irish soccer and a big turn out is expected on the night.
Meanwhile Shamrock Rovers travel to Italy to meet Juventus in the second leg of the Europe league. A packed Tallaght stadium saw the Shams put up a brave performance against the Italian giants before going down 2-0. But their trip to Italy should be an experience they will never forget. Read more
USI - Union of Students of Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland is to stage a demonstration to highlight soaring levels of unemployment among graduates due to continued inaction by the Irish government.
At 10am tomorrow (Tuesday, August 3rd 2010), graduates of various professions and student leaders will board the Jeanie Johnston famine ship located in the IFSC in Dublin’s docklands.
This demonstration will illustrate that Ireland is now losing the future drivers of the smart economy, with thousands of valuable graduates having already left Irish shores and many thousands more preparing to follow suit. USI finds it ironic that the Jeanie Johnston famine ship is docked in the IFSC. Read more
Croke Park is a good ground for Down down the years
SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has paid tribute to the Down Senior Football team after defeating Kerry at the weekend to secure a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Ms Ritchie, who was at the match, said: “I want to commend James McCartan, the mentors and players for their magnificent win over Kerry on Saturday.
“At all times our Down men showed great guts, skill and gamesmanship. There was an excellent team approach throughout the match and they were true warriors on the field as well as being fine role models for children and sportspeople across Ireland. Read more
President Mary McAleese was among those who wished Jim well on his richly deserved award
Committee members of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW), were delighted to attend a function in Teac Jack’s, Gweedore, on Saturday evening 31 July 2010 where their Chairman, Jim O’Donnell was honoured by the Community and awarded the title of ‘Gweedore Man of the Year 2010’.
This award was given to Jim for his work, campaigning for the retention and development of cancer services in Donegal/NW. Jim on accepting the award stated that he was also accepting it on behalf of the work of all of the members of CCC(NW). Read more