THE 21-year-old son of the woman killed in a north Donegal road crash was expected home from America today.
Jonathan O’Donnell was on a US backpacking holiday and it took authorities almost 15 hours to contact him and notify him about yesterday’s death of his 51-year-old teacher mother Marie, from Portsalon, Co Donegal.
Her death in a road crash came a month after eight people lost their lives in one crash in nearby Inishowen.
Jonathan’s father John (50) was said to be in critical but stable in Letterkenny General Hospital after the car driven by his wife was in collision with another shortly after 2.15am yesterday. Read more
Cllr Phelim Gildernew
Dungannon & South Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Phelim Gildernew has expressed his shock at today’s fatal stabbing in Dungannon.
Councillor Gildernew, who is also the chair of Dungannon District Policing Partnership, said:
“Today’s stabbing has brought a deep sense of shock to the local area. My initial thoughts are with the family of the murder victim who I believe is the mother of young children.
“Details on the attack are still only emerging and at this stage it is too early to say exactly what happened.
“This latest stabbing adds to the high number of knife attacks in the north in recent times. This is a very disturbing trend and urgent action needs to be taken to remove knives from our streets.”
Fine Gael Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs Spokesperson, Frank Feighan TD, today (Thursday) praised the Garda operation which led to the seizure of €1.75 million worth of cannabis and three arrests.
Deputy Feighan added that resources must be targeted at putting the drug gangs who profit from trafficking and selling these illegal drugs out of business.
“It is clear from the street value of this cannabis just how lucrative the drugs business is for these criminal gangs. Targeted operations by the Gardaí have proved successful and they are to be commended for stopping these drugs before they hit the streets. Read more
Sligo Rovers will be running two camps next week with one on the astro turf in the Showgrounds and one in Michael McGowan Memorial Park in Enniscrone.
Both these camps run from Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 3:30pm each day. Once again coaching on these camps will be provided by Sligo Rovers coaches and players. These camps provide children with a great chance to meet their Sligo Rovers heroes. Read more
The Rovers fans had a special message for Seamie on Sunday night. ©IrishDigest.com
It was a night of excitement and nostalgia on Sunday evening last as the Showgrounds in Sligo were graced with the visit of English premier league club Everton.How Everton were expected to field a first team, 24 hours after they had played a friendly against Wolfsburg in Germany, was a mystery, but it was a great evening for all concerned with the home side gaining a well deserved win.
Some talk after the game centred on the strength of the squad that was sent over, but for the real supporters, it was wonderful to renew the Everton Sligo link that goes back to the great ‘Dixie’ Dean who played for a season back in 1939.
The dates for the FAI Ford Cup Fourth Round have been confirmed, with all eight fixtures scheduled for Friday August 27th.
The replay dates are Monday / Tuesday 30th / 31st August.
The FAI Ford Cup Fourth Round fixture schedule is as follows: Read more
Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP, Michelle Gildernew
Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has called for the creation of a one-stop-shop to deal with welfare rights queries from members of the public who live along the border.
“I have been contacted by many constituents, where their benefits are affected by their proximity to the border,” Ms. Gildernew said. Read more
Finn Harps Kevin McHugh is back in action after three match suspension
By Joe Doherty
Finn harps Tony Shields is suspended after picking up a red card in last week’s 3-1 victory over Mervue United, but there is good news for the Donegal side as Kevin McHugh returns after missing the last three matches through suspension. Matthew Crossan and Thomas Bonner should return after missing out last week.
Chris Breen is pushing for a start after scoring on his second debut for the club last weekend. Ciaran Gallagher remains sidelined. Read more
Cyril Moran, the man who was assaulted last week in Sligo and subsequently died from his injuries will be buried this morning.
He was was seriously assaulted at his home in Cartron Point last Thursday, but later died at Sligo General Hospital on Sunday.
Two men in their late 20s were arrested. They were later released without charge, although a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Read more