June bank holiday weekend in Bundoran is shaping up to be a fun filled family occasion with 3 major events happening in the seaside resort.
Friday 31st May sees the return of the Belle of Bundoran fundraiser in aid of Bundoran GAA Club. The glittering event will once again happen at the Great Northern Hotel as 14 girls battle it out to become the 2nd Belle of Bundoran and follow in the footsteps of Colleen Granaghan. Paul Clark from UTV returns to host the proceedings while a star studded judging panel will make their deliberations on the night. Donegal GAA Allstar Karl Lacey will make a return to the judging panel and will be joined by iRadio’s Oonagh O’Carroll, Love/Hate actor Chris Newman, TV3’s Noel Cunningham and Shane McLaughlin from The Voice Of Ireland. More details are available on www.belleofbundoran.com Read more
PIC SHOWS: Jerome Quint, general manager of Solis Lough Eske Castle; Maren Rudolph, president Travel Classics Writers’ Conference; Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland; Pat Boyce, master craftsman at Waterford Crystal; Susan O’Keefe, associate editor, National Geographic Traveler; and Mark McGovern, Guinness Storehouse, at the opening of the Travel Classics Writers’ Conference 2013 in Ballymaloe House.
The tourism drive in the all-important US market continues this week, as top American travel writers arrive in Ireland, to take part in this year’s renowned Travel Classics writers’ conference. The conference will bring huge exposure of what Ireland has to offer American holidaymakers, through the media in our second-largest tourism market.
The conference, which takes place this weekend at Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, brings together celebrated editors from a wide range of high profile publications – including Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar, AFAR, Saveur and Coastal Living – all of which reach hundreds of thousands of readers across North America, as well as globally. The keynote speaker at the conference is Kevin Doyle, deputy editor of Condé Nast Traveler. Read more
Killybegs native and former Sligo Rovers player Seamus Coleman has thanked departing Everton FC manager David Moyes for making him a Premier League player.
Moyes, who joins Manchester United in July, plucked Coleman from Sligo Rovers in 2006 for a nominal fee and has turned him into an important member of the Everton first team.
Coleman has made over 100 appearances for Everton and has established himself as a Republic of Ireland international since arriving at Goodison Park. Read more
Inishowen Sinn Féin representatives, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Jack Murray, Ciaran McLaughlin & Mary Kelly have welcomed confirmation from VEC CEO Shaun Purcell that Colaiste Chineal Eoghain has received an extension to 2013/2014.
In a joint statement, the Sinn Féin team said;
“This is fantastic news for all those involved in the campaign for Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.
“We congratulate Shaun Purcell, the parents’ committee, the teachers and all those who put in a huge effort to ensure a future for Irish language education in Inishowen.
“All those involved now need to continue efforts to ensure that this becomes a permanent solution.
“Sinn Féin representatives will continue
Republic of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King today (Wednesday) named a 16 man squad to face Denmark in an international friendly in Fredericia Stadium, Fredericia, Denmark at 4pm (local time) on Friday May 31.
The game will form part of Ireland’s final preparations before the start of their UEFA EURO 2015 qualifying campaign on August 14, when they play the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.
King’s selection sees the introduction of Donegal’s Barry McNamee from Derry City, who is the only uncapped and home-based player in the squad. Five Airtricity League players have also been invited to train with the squad in Dublin, along with Selcuk Tidim from Germany. Some may be included in the squad to travel to Denmark.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, donegal’s Senator Brian Ó Domhanill, has called on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to fully implement all of the recommendations contained in the Joint Committee on Energy’s report in relation to the oil industry.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “ The Minister for Energy should fully implement all of the recommendations in the report which was prepared by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communication, Natural Resources and Agriculture.”
“Over a year has gone by since the publication of this report and despite the very strong recommendations, it is gathering dust in the Minister’s Department. The exploitation of our natural resources has been a matter of much debate over the years and the report by the Joint Committee which has the backing of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Féin and the Independents, was a comprehensive review of the industry and made strong recommendations in relation to how this industry could be exploited for the benefit of the people of Ireland. “ Read more
Donegal families are facing an extremely difficult autumn as education costs soar and the Back to School Allowance is cut, according to Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue (pictured).
The Donegal Deputy said many low-income families will suddenly be hit by the €50 cut in the Back to School Allowance this summer, while the latest inflation figures show a 5% increase in education costs over the past year.
“It has slipped many people’s minds that the government slashed the Back to School Allowance in the Budget, and that the cuts will kick in this summer,” explained Deputy McConalogue.
Donegal, reigning All Ireland champions will have to contend with Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill in their Ulster championship opener on Sunday week in a sell out Ballybofey.
O’Neill missed their narrow Division 1 league final defeat to Dublin after suffering a most unfortunate injury.
He tripped over footballs during the warm-up and aggravated an ankle injury.
But he has now revealed he’ll return to training this week. Read more
Aodh Ruadh’s prospects of promotion in 2013 drifted into the realms of mathematical theory with a 1-15 to 1-8 loss away to Downings last Friday evening.
It was vital that Ballyshannon get a win to prevent the top three from cutting loose, but defeat means that promotion is now a effectively matter for Downings, Saint Naul’s and Fanad Gaels to decide among themselves. Aodh Ruadh began the game well, as they have tended to do all season and were unlucky not to be leading by more than two points at half time, 0-6 to 1-5. David Dolan and Peter Boyle got the opening three scores of the game.
The sides exchanged further scores before David McGurrin’s dropping shot which deceived the keeper and dropped under the crossbar for the first goal of the game and give the Ernesiders a four point lead. Downings were level within ten minutes of the break and with only Peter Boyle, Diarmaid McInerney and Anthony Coughlan registering points in the second half Aodh Ruadh were never going to be coming away with the points. We have team sheets and pictures from Cathal Maguire up on aodhruadh.org.
The most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades will be announced tomorrow by the Minister of Health, Dr James Reilly.
There will be a briefing on the details of the ‘Report on the Establishment of Hospital Groups’ as a transition to Hospital Trusts together with the report ‘Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals: A Framework for Development’.
Minister Reilly and the chairperson of the Strategic Board on Hospital Groups, Prof. John R. Higgins, will make the announcement at Croke Park tomorrow afternoon at 4pm.