LETTERKENNY TOURISM COMMITTEE REPORTS A VERY SUCCESSFUL SEASON

first_imgBack row, Judith Kelly, Paddy Kelly Gerard O Donnell, Hugh Smith, Darren Mc Elwaine, Gerard O Lon, Arlene Gibbs. Front Row, Gerard Mc Ginley, Elaine Mc Intyre, Tracy Mc Keague, Toni Forrestor, Joe Mangan.Letterkenny Tourism Committee has held a meeting with a core group of business people from Letterkenny to discuss the past summer season.The committee which was set up at the start of the year enjoyed feedback on the season with the representative group, with the general consensus reporting that it was a successful tourism season due to many festivals, events and a cohesive approach to the promotion of the town. The committee has plans in place for a full marketing campaign to be actioned to improve the off season and ensure that all members have a productive winter and receive maximum benefit from their involvement in Letterkenny Tourism.The committee welcomes new members at any stage and if you have free time to join the committee or ideas, suggestions that you would like to see the group work on please contact a member of the committee on letterkennytourism@gmail.com   LETTERKENNY TOURISM COMMITTEE REPORTS A VERY SUCCESSFUL SEASON was last modified: October 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:Letterkenny Tourism Committeesummer seasonlast_img read more

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Libraries to host fun-filled Summer Stars Reading Adventure this summer

first_imgThe Summer Stars Reading Adventure will run during the summer in public libraries all over Ireland, with some Donegal libraries also joining in.The programme is reading-based and free of charge, and children will be given their very own Summer Stars Reading Card to track their progress.Children are invited to register for the adventure and visit the Summer Stars website, which has lots of online games, activities, and a whole range of animated ebooks. There is also a children’s book discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. Interviews include Donegal GAA star Michael Murphy, who says that one of his favourite authors as a child was Roald Dahl. He says; “I would have been a fan of any Roald Dahl and his books. The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach were particular favourites.“When reading you created a picture of the story in your head and you felt like you were in a different world with the characters in it. The films that were later brought out never were a patch on our own imaginations!”Finn Harps player Kevin McHugh says he was more of an Enid Blyton fan, enjoying the Famous Five collection. He says “I can’t pick a favourite as I enjoyed them all!”Central Library Letterkenny, Buncrana Community Library, Carndonagh Community Library, Bundoran Community Library, Donegal Town Community Library, Ballyshannon Community Library, and Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair have announced their line-up of summer activities. To see what they have planned, you can visit DonegalLibrary.ie.You can follow Summers Stars on Twitter @StarsReading and on Facebook Summer Stars at your Library.Libraries to host fun-filled Summer Stars Reading Adventure this summer was last modified: July 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal County CouncillibraryReadingsummer stars reading adventurelast_img read more

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Republic of Ireland striker David McGoldrick a doubt for World Cup qualifier

first_img Ipswich striker David McGoldrick David McGoldrick is a doubt for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Austria as he awaits the results of a scan on a knee problem.The 29-year-old Ipswich striker sat out training as a precaution at Abbotstown on Tuesday morning, but manager Martin O’Neill was not optimistic when asked about his chances of making the squad for Sunday’s Group D clash at the Aviva Stadium.O’Neill said: “David McGoldrick has had a niggle behind his knee which has come on a little bit.“He has had a scan and we are just waiting for the results of that. But it is niggly and he is a bit concerned about it.“I would say he’s in doubt, yes.”McGoldrick has been battling Jonathan Walters and Daryl Murphy for a striking berth with Shane Long injured.He is O’Neill’s only fitness concern with midfielders Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick and Harry Arter all having trained despite concerns over back, foot and ankle problems respectively.However, there was a further casualty among O’Neill’s staff with goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh largely maintaining a watching brief after damaging a calf muscle. 1last_img read more

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WOMEN SUE DONEGAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE FOR NON-PAYMENT OF WAGES

first_imgFive women have taken a legal action against the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service for non-payment of wages.Letterkenny Court.The case surrounds the non-payment of increments to the women stretching back over the past five years.The case was mentioned at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.The women, who include Catherine Patton, Margaret Bonner, Kathleen Sheridan, Ann McGettigan and Mary O’Donnell, still work at the Letterkenny-based centre.Representing the women, barrister Charlotte Simpson said the women’s claims was less than €13,000 in total and referred to the heavy legal costs which the DWDVS had paid in defending the action.Barrister for the DWDVS said there was a danger that the service could go into liquidation as a result of the action.However, this was dismissed as “scare-mongering” by barrister for the women Ms Simpson.The DWDVS receives its funding from TUSLA – the Child and Family Agency.Having heard submissions on the case, Judge Francis Comerford adjourned matters to clarify exactly how much in increments the women are owed. WOMEN SUE DONEGAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE FOR NON-PAYMENT OF WAGES was last modified: July 16th, 2015 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:courtdonegalDonegal Women’s Domestic Violence Serviceincrementsletterkennylast_img read more

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New Hollywood film to honour brave Donegal soldiers

first_imgBased on a true story, ‘The Seige of Jadotville’ centers around the capture of Irish U.N. soliders, 11 of which were from Donegal, during the Katanga conflict in Central Africa in 1961.The title role will be played by Jamie Dornan, and early reviews of the film are strong, scoring a massive 9/10 on IMDB.comLaghey native Kevin Brodbin co-wrote the script with Declan Power, whose book titled ‘The Siege at Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle’ inspired the film. A total of 155 Irish soldiers were deployed to Central Africa, 11 of whom were from Donegal; James Gormley (Ballyshannon), Harry Hegarty, Michael McDermott, the late William George Duffy, the late James Harper, the late Patrick Gildea, Leo Boland, the late Patrick Nicell, the late Seamus O’Kane, the late Sean Kerr, and Robert Bradley.The true story The early 1960s was an unstable period for the region as in 1960 Katanga split off from Patrice Lumumba’s Congolese government, establishing their own under Moise Tshombe.The Seige of Jadotville happened in 1961 during the United Nations intervention in the conflict when a group of Irish soldiers were attacked by Tshombe’s troops while at mass.The Irish soldiers were scantily armed, yet managed to resist the assault for six days, before being forced to surrender after ammunition and other supplies depleted.Comdt. Pat QuinlanThanks to the quick-thinking of Comdt. Pat Quinlan, he made his soldiers dig trenches – keeping them out of harms way.Not one of Comdt. Quinlan’s men perished.The soldiers were held as Prisoners of War for a month, however none were harmed.This was the last instance that Irish and Swedish troops were involved in hostile action for the United Nations Operation in the Congo. 55th anniversaryThe soldiers were honored by Defence Minister Paul Kehoe earlier this month, as September 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the Seige.The Minister presented a Unit Citation to the men in recognition of their bravery and heroism.A copy of the Citation was presented to each member or next-of-kin of the Unit. This is the first time a Unit Citation has been awarded within the Defence Forces.In marking this unique occasion, Minister Kehoe has also commissioned an insignia recognising the professional performance of the men of “A” company.Minister Kehoe said; “The United Nations Operation in Congo was the first peacekeeping mission in which significant numbers of Irish soldiers took part. A total of 6,000 Irish soldiers served in the Congo from 1960 until 1964 and I want to take the opportunity to recall the contribution of all who served in the various Irish contingents over the course of this long Mission”“Ireland can be justifiably proud of all our brave men and women who have contributed to the cause of peace and security. Our continued participation in United Nations missions illustrates the very positive and practical difference that small countries, like Ireland, can make in the world’s trouble spots.”.New Hollywood film to honour brave Donegal soldiers was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

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Man kicked priest’s car during drunken rage

first_imgA man who kicked a priest’s car and then challenged Gardai to a fight has appeared in court.Ryan Scanlon pleaded guilty to the attacks but said he simply could not remember anything that happened. The 19-year-old was approached by Gardai after attacking the priest’s car at Cathedral Place in Letterkenny at 1.20am on June 22nd last.The attack took place during the Donegal International Rally weekend and Scanlon had been drinking heavily.Sgt Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court that when approached by Gardai, Scanlon clenched his fists and invited Gardai to fight.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Scanlon, of Meadowbank Park in Letterkenny simply couldn’t handle his drink.He had since paid compensation for the damage to the priest’s car.Although Scanlon claimed in court that he was trying to address his issues, Judge Paul Kelly said he had some doubts as he was laughing during the court case.Scanlon, who is doing a FAS course, said he did not who to go to in an attempt to address his issues with alcohol.Judge Kely adjourned the case until December 16th and ordering a community service and probation service.Man kicked priest’s car during drunken rage was last modified: September 27th, 2019 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:attackcarcourtdonegalletterkennyRyan Scanlonlast_img read more

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South Africa, Malawi to beef up trade

first_img11 September 2012 South Africa and Malawi have agreed to facilitate greater private sector interaction in order to boost trade and investment between the two countries, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told reporters on Friday. Ebrahim was speaking after a meeting of the Joint Commission for Cooperation between South Africa and Malawi in Pretoria on Friday. Ebrahim co-chaired the meeting with Malawi Foreign Minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume Chiume. “We have noted with great satisfaction the noticeable progress that has been achieved in strengthening the political and economic cooperation between our countries,” Ebrahim said. “Of significance is the increasing number of legal instruments that are being negotiated to facilitate our partnership. In this regard, we agreed to speed up the negotiations so that these instruments could be signed during 2013.” Officials from the two foreign ministries will meet every six months to check up on progress in the trade agreements between Pretoria and Lilongwe. Malawi is South Africa’s ninth largest export destination in Africa and ranked 10th with regard to South Africa’s imports from the continent. Earlier this year, South Africa agreed to extend a loan of US$35-million to the government of Malawi to help with the availability of fuel in that country, following a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Malawian President Joyce Banda. The loan will be made in three instalments, with the first, of $10-million, having been paid on 24 April. According to the World Bank, from 2005, Malawi enjoyed uninterrupted solid growth for five years in a row, averaging about seven percent, backed by sound economic policies and a supportive donor environment. Growth slowed from a peak of 9.7 percent in 2008 to an estimated 5 percent in 2011. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Author, dreamer, geocacher — Interview with Kat Kronenberg

first_imgWhere did you find the inspiration to become an author?I would say my stories needed to be written. They found me while closing my eyes taking in the music at a symphony. I don’t know if you’d call it God or divine inspiration, but it was like it whacked me over the head; that I was meant to write books about the power of a smile to encourage us all to live our best life. I think I got the whack because I have dealt with a lot of hardship and heartache in my life from losing a perfectly healthy brother and sister at different times suddenly from undiagnosed arrhythmias. I have a defibrillator as a result. I have also lost my brother-in-law, and both my parents suddenly and at different times which led me on a quest to better understand the hows and whys in life. I could ramble on for hours with some of the amazing heroes I have come across, stories, books I have read, but the overall take away was that the folks who could really rise above to live their best life no matter their circumstances had two powerful things in common – a smile and the ability to believe. I call a smile a “U-Shaped Bridge.” A bridge is span that allows two fixed points that would never meet over chasms or obstacles to connect. These folks used their smiles to connect their head to their hearts, our lives to one another, and our dreams to the power of  “Something Bigger.” They also had an ability to believe in themselves, in others, and in the power of “Something Greater.” I wanted that! I have since found it in my life, and I want the same things for kids and families which is why I am writing a The Live Big Trilogy to hopefully accomplish just that!Why did you choose to write for children?My books are based in the wilds of East Africa when life first began – a mythological fable of sorts – to help explain the how and why certain animals came to be. Children can see themselves in animals and nature and it’s evolution has so much it can teach us, there are so many things we can learn.I think the story ended up being for children because they are books I needed as a little girl. I like to say they are books with shoes. Hopefully, kids that are struggling with heartache and tough issues as kids like I did, can find hope and some direction with what the books alongside the website www.katkronenberg.com have to offer.You have an interesting origin story when it comes to geocaching. How did you begin? One of the themes in my book is that we are all made of a priceless, timeless treasure, a gift called stardust. It is scientifically proven to live above us, around us, and within us all. We all have hearts of stars, treasure in our chest. So while doing research for my books while googling treasure chests and hunts I came across geocaching. I was blown away. What an incredible world I just discovered: a worldwide treasure hunt that all ages, nationalities can play, everyone is included and it builds incredible community – everything I want my books to represent and facilitate. I had to learn more so I went to a local Geocaching Event, knowing no one or nothing. Plus, I am the most non-tech savvy person in the world so I needed to find a friend. I came across an amazing lady, Gadget Girl, that was willing to take me and my young boys out geocaching and show us how it is done.We had an absolute blast. The first cache we found was one where you find a treasure and leave a treasure. The boys thought that was the best, and we got to sign our names to prove we were there. The next one we found, I am not sure what kind of cache you call it, it was so long ago, probably 15 years ago, but it was tiny magnet one on a bench in the parking lot of a shopping center where we just signed our name.  Gadget Girl some ten years later met with me again, nice person in the world, to help me open my own geocaching account and further explain the tech side to everything so I could start doing it on my own. Then a couple years later, she came to my event in Austin and was in charge of passing out The Catch-M Trackables to my winners.Do you still attend geocaching events? life has been so busy with family, writing, and school visits that not until my second promotion did i think to weave in events so YES, I have gotten to go and host events where I could actually meet fellow cachers – a thrill – and hand deliver a Trackable rather than just through the mail, which I have to say has been a highlight of my year!What message do you want to get across to your readers young and old?Life is better together! Together “WE” can be more so let’s all DREAM BIG & LOVE BIG in 2019!!As a creator, where does your motivation come from? The constant tapping on the shoulder. This whole thing is bigger than me. It wants to be out in the world, and it has a drive that keeps tapping, reminding me to get out there and get everyone fired up to celebrate our incredible world and living our best lives together.If someone reading this is contemplating making a commitment to something “Big” what words would you share with them?Dare to dream and go BIG it is the grandest adventure you can take and I really think what we are all here to do! Each one of us with our own unique gifts and experiences.————————————————————–Are you interested in learning more about Kat’s story and her next book? You can check out her blog and read about her life on her website https://katkronenberg.com. Share with your Friends:More Trackable fans know of her, children love her books, and dreamers dream bigger because of her. Kat Kronenberg is at the center of everything wholesome in our world. If you are not familiar with her, she is a best-selling and award-winning author who lives in Austin, Texas. Her two popular children’s books “Dream Big” and “Love Big” carry positive messages to children and adults alike. If this sounds familiar to you as a geocacher, it’s likely because of the two trackable promotions in recent years. Between her two campaigns, 2,600 trackables have been released and have travelled a cumulative 7 million miles  (11 million km) to 114 countries.Kat chose to work with Geocaching HQ because she herself is a geocacher and has a connection to the community: “The treasure hunt theme and community are why I decided to partner with Geocaching. I have to be true to my vision and if I am going to put any time and resources to building the vision of what my books are intended to be this was the place to do it. Mine started in Austin, Texas with the hope to make it to Africa. So far it has been to Hawaii and is in Canada now. AMAZING!” The ups and downs of life are something Kat is intimately familiar with. Her story is inspirational, intriguing, and full of love. We interviewed Kat Kronenberg to share her amazing journey. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”It takes a (geocaching) village to Love BigJune 11, 2019In “Trackable Promotions”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postlast_img read more

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Rock band names show after Kalmadi’s Diana blunder

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi’s embarrassing slip of tongue when he wrongly referred to Prince Charles as ‘Prince Diana’ today inspired rock band Pentagram to name their show at the Commonwealth Games Village after it.”We do not mean that. We are here to have fun with,” Bollywood music composer Vishal Dadlani, who is the lead singer of the band, said when asked if the theme was chosen to take a dig at Kalmadi.”We chose it (the theme) just like that. Just wanted to be notorious,” he said.Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi had, during a press conference, wrongly referred to Prince Charles as “Prince Diana”.The Mumbai based band today enthralled audiences at the jam-packed amphitheater in the international zone of Commonwealth Games Village here by belting out some of their hit numbers.”It is really a matter of pride for us to perform here.We are very happy,” Vishal told PTI.Princess Diana, had died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.Talking of the alleged corruption related to the mega sporting event, Dadlani said “I am obviously disappointed by it. I feel, corrupt people should be hanged.””Even after the Games, we should not forget and divert our attention from the corruption. Guilty should be punished,” he said.A series of cultural events are being organised at Commonwealth Games Village here everyday.Vishal, along with Shekhar have composed music for several Bollywood movies like Jhankar Beats, Om Shanti Om, Dostana and Anjana Anjaani.last_img read more

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Copa America: Lionel Messi is a monster, says Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez

first_imgPanama coach Hernan Dario Gomez called Argentina forward Lionel Messi a “monster” after the latter came on as a substitute and netted a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout at the Copa America Centenario.Messi came on with just 30 minutes left on the clock with his side leading 1-0. But then the Barcelona star scored three back-to-back goals in quick time. (Latest Football stories)Panama were also reduced to 10 men at the hour mark as Anibal Godoy was sent off.”Before Messi came on, there was no difference in the game,” Gomez was quoted as saying by goal.com.”Messi is a monster. If you make a mistake and Messi is nearby, you pay for it.”To play with 10 men, and then later on they put him on, it’s daunting.”The coach also said Argentina are quite capable of beating Panama anywhere around the world.”Argentina will beat Panama anywhere. They have more of a squad, with great players and more history,?? he said.”I saw important things from Panama in the first half, but after the third goal we collapsed. It was a game that we started losing because of doubts in defence.”But also, I think the margin is a bit bigger than it should have been.”The loss leaves Panama needing a win over defending champions Chile in their final Group D fixture to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.last_img read more

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