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Thousands without power in Donegal as Storm Hector batters North West

Thousands of customers in Donegal are without power this morning as Storm Hector batters the North West.

Over three thousand customers are currently without power in Milford while almost 1000 homes and businesses are without power in Ballyshannon.

There are also significant outages in Killybegs, Moville, Rossgier and Gweedore.

Power is expected to be restored to all areas later this morning.

Storm Ophelia: Almost 150 Donegal customers without power

Approximately 300,000 people are without power this morning in the wake of Ophelia – almost 150 of them in Donegal.

73 customers remain without power in Rosgeir – power is expected to be returned there at 1pm this afternoon.

In Moville, 57 customers are without power this morning with a restoration time there of 5pm this evening.

Meanwhile, there are 15 customers are without power in Derrybeg- it’s not yet clear when power will be restored there.

Members of the public are being urged to stay away from fallen powerlines.

Highland Radio




Ray Community Notes

Halloween  Childrens Party
Our annual Halloween family night will be on Sunday 29th October at 7pm.€10 per family. This will be a fun filled night of fancy dress, disco, special guests on the night , treats for all the kids and cuppa n homebaking for the adults. In co with 'Left for Love Crafts & Creations' we are having an art competition ,colouring competition for ages 0-4 and 5-7yrs(call into centre for colouring picture and will be sent out to local schools) and our creative challenge for the 8-12 year olds making a model using a milk carton, cotton wool and egg carton.All entries to be returned by5pm on Wednesday 25th with contact details attached.  And the night will  finished off with a bang at 9pm!
Harvest Thanksgiving
Annual Harvest Thanksgiving at Glenalla Church on Sunday 22nd October at 7pm. Refreshments will be served on the night.
Jumping Clay Workshop
Will be hosting a workshop for children of all ages on Wednesday 15th November from 4.30pm-5.30pm. All enquires contact Donna Mc Cauley on 087 7101475
Social Dancing
Every Saturday with James Sandiland from 8.30pm-10.30pm.  This is an enjoyable social night of dancing and learning new dances and of course a cuppa tea for all.
Left For Love Crafts & Creations
Childrens Arts & Crafts every Saturday  12noon-1pm. Lots of funky crafts, painting & Halloween art .Age 4-12 years. To book a space for your child contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / Bebhinn 086 40889481
Ray Outdoor Forest Preschool
Full-time and part-time ECCE scheme places available.Would you like your child to attend this great outdoor playschool setting where there are no doors or roof and the children are being educated for life not just for primary school then contact 086 8589339 for more information.
Women & Men on the move
Women weekly Mondays & Wednesdays at 8.15pm-9.15pm.Men weekly Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm-9pm with our Tutors Kieran Boyle & Paddy Shiels. €5 nightly.
Circuit training with Kieran
Every Monday & Wednesday evenings 7pm-8pm. New members always welcome.
Bums & Tums with Paddy
This class will be on then every Tuesday & Thursday mornings 10am-11am. this class is for all ages and levels of fitness and Paddy will be there to help all get fit and toned.
Walking Groups
Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440
Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 
Every Saturday morning.All dancers advanced and beginners classes to attend 10am-12 noon to begin practice for Christmas Show.New Beginners class starting welcome to join .All queries contact Sarah 
Ray Parent &Toddler group
This group will be on every  MONDAY morning during school terms from 10am-12noon.This an enjoyable morning for babies /toddlers to play and have fun while parents/childminders/grandparents socialise over a cuppa. This is a great way for new families in the area to meet others.We are always looking for other adults to help run this group. all queries  Contact Sinead Mc Hugh 087 2623716
Take your pick every Sunday night Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan
Sunday 5th October winners on the night of €20 each were Shiela Mc Ateer,  Morris Kelly and Clararose Boyle.New jackpot for Sunday 22nd October is €325


A Donegal couple who have raised thousands of euro for charities with their stunning Christmas lights display has issued an SOS for help.

Mary and Michael Whoriskey and their family have spent countless weeks turning their Kerrykeel home into a winter wonderland.


Each year for almost 20 years, their display gets bigger and bigger.

The big-hearted couple have raised a staggering €45,000 for needy causes over the past 12 years since they starting doing the light display for charity.

Now the couple are looking for the public’s help.

They are looking to buy a van-mounted cherry picker for erecting their Christmas lights display which is visited by thousands of people each year.

Mary told Donegal Daily that she’s simply getting too old to climb tall trees!

“We need a bit of help this year. Myself and Michael aren’t getting any younger and last year we had to climb trees to put some of the lights on.

“If we could buy a second-hand cherry picker or even get a loan of one then that would save us a lot of time – not to mention possible broken bones,” she laughed.

The chosen charities to benefit from this year’s light display are Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Fanad Alzheimer’s Social Day Fanad Day Centre.

If you think you can help Mary then please contact her on 086 8545797.


Thousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from Co. Donegal have benefitted from some of the €5 Billion raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes all over Ireland in the last 30 years.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D, announced the landmark €5 Billion Good Cause figure at a special Lotto draw to mark the National Lottery’s 30th birthday in RTE.

He said the Good Cause fund has made a crucial contribution to life in communities all across Ireland over the last three decades.

The Friendly Face Befriending Service currently provides one-to-one weekly visits to approximately 60 older people across the county. It is an offshoot of the hugely successful Good Morning Support Service, which has been running for the past 11 years in Co. Donegal.

The Friendly Face scheme takes referrals from health care professionals, community organisations, and from family and friends, connecting volunteers with people in their own homes, nursing homes and sheltered housing, through one-to-one weekly visits.

The service was supported by a €45,000 grant from the National Lottery fund for Good Causes, which enabled it to expand from its Inishowen base into the Lifford/Castlefinn and Milford/Rosguill/Fanad areas in 2016.

For example 86 year-old Thomas Harte (pictured), who lives alone in Ramelton, looks forward immensely to his weekly visit from retired teacher and Friendly Face volunteer, Joe Harkin.


“Oh, we talk about football and politics, there’s so much happening that there’s plenty to chat about. It’s very nice of him to call,” explains Thomas.

Volunteers participate in comprehensive training and have Garda Clearance before they are matched with a client. Such is the demand, that the number of referrals has had to be capped and a waiting list put in place which currently stands at 100.

“The need out there is huge,” explains Frances Browne, manager of the umbrella Good Morning Support Service. “People look forward so much to the visit and it can have a really positive impact on their physical health.

Announcing the €5 billion raised for Good Causes over the past three decades, Mr Varadkar spoke of the special place the National Lottery holds in Irish society, having been set up by the Government in 1987 with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes in the areas of health, sport, arts and heritage, youth and the environment.

“There isn’t a community, parish, town or townland in Ireland that hasn’t benefited from the National Lottery funding in some way since its foundation over the past three decades. That includes financial support for sports clubs, disability, local social and health services, artistic projects, and the Irish language. 30c in every euro spent on the Lottery goes back to Good Causes.”

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said generating funds for deserving causes in society has been the guiding principle for all National Lottery’s activities over its lifetime and will continue to be so in the future.

Mr Griffin said it is testimony to this vision and the generosity of the people of Ireland, through good times and bad that the National Lottery has raised over €5 billion euro for Good Causes in communities across Ireland. “Having been a member of the National Lottery team for over 10 years and having seen the hard work needed to produce these results I am immensely proud of this achievement.“

“Approximately 30c of every euro generated by National Lottery sales going towards projects in the areas of sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage, the arts, and the Irish language. That amounts to over half a million Euros every day. Last year alone €210 million was raised for Good Causes. These funds play an invaluable role in maintaining and supporting the vital services and infrastructure which help to define Ireland, our communities and our culture.”

Donegal Daily



Gardaí attached to a Donegal station have told management they now fear for their personal safety due to a lack of adequate transport.

Officers based at Milford station have suffered both verbal and physical abuse at the hands of detainees because the station has no patrol van on site.

The situation has reached such a dire level, gardaí are considering taking action against the force under health and safety rules.

In one disturbing incident, three officers were forced to disembark a Garda vehicle after a man with a raft of convictions began indiscriminately spitting on them.

The gardaí waited on the side of the road for a prisoner patrol van to arrive from a station located 30km away in Letterkenny.

The criminal in question is well-known to gardaí, and sources said it was entirely unsuitable for him to be transferred in the back of a routine patrol car.

The patrol car itself was grounded for several days because it was contaminated with saliva.
Officers at Milford have repeatedly pleaded with Garda management for a new public order van after the original was withdrawn in 2013.

The Irish Independent reports the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has also warned that members’ safety would be put at risk unless the vehicle fleet was upgraded.

A detailed business plan sent to management states that there are health and safety issues associated with transporting individuals long distances – as is often the case in rural Donegal.

“Members are in real danger of being assaulted or injured, and the only way to reduce this risk is to have a public order van with cell accommodation available,” the plan states.

“Failure to replace the van will result in public order incidents being more resource intensive, reduce the efficiency of personnel development, and expose the organisation to significant risk of litigation.”

Despite the detailed business plan being presented, Garda management has to date failed to provide a replacement vehicle. This is despite the fact that Deputy Garda Commissioner Donal O’Cualáin told a recent Oireachtas committee hearing that management had improved morale in the force by renewing Garda fleets.

Contacted last night, the GRA representative in Donegal, Brendan O’Connor, confirmed that members were considering taken action under health and safety legislation.

“Certainly the lack of proper Garda vehicles, and the failure to provide proper prisoner transport, has resulted in significant health and safety hazards,” Garda O’Connor said.

“I am coming under pressure from gardaí to take action on their behalf, because the situation is becoming intolerable.”



Skeletal remains have been found on a Donegal beach.

The remains were discovered among sand-dunes along the Donegal coastline at Mountcharles on Friday last.

It is understood the remains are not fresh and may date back as far as Famine times.

The find was made by a person who was out walking in the area.

Gardai were alerted but they, in turn, alerted an archaeologist.

The remains were then transported to the National Museum where they are to undergo further analysis.

Donegal Daily

Ray Community Group Notes

Tai Chi

Tai Chi classes starting back Tuesday 12th September for 7 week course. Beginners class 8.15pm-9.15pm. Intermediate class 7pm-8pm depending on numbers. All enquiries contact Liam at centre 086 4519656.


Women & Men on the move

Women starting back on Monday 4th September and weekly Mondays & Wednesdays at 8.15pm-9.15pm.Men starting back Tuesday 5th September and weekly Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm-9pm. All health checks will be done on the first nights by medical professionals and Karen from Donegal Sports Partnership and our tutors Kieran Boyle & Paddy Shiels will be there kicking off the programmes. We welcome new members as our programme is done to suit all levels of fitness and from age 18-80+. Monthly membership is only €25

Children on the move

We are delighted to be starting back a new programme on Monday 11th September for all primary school age children and we welcome children with additional needs. Exercise through fun and introduction to Gymnastics. Times are as before, group 1: 3.30-4.15pm and group 2: 4.30-5.15pm.This will be a 10 week programme cost for 1 child €45, 2children same family €80, 3 or more children from same family €100 and payment in full on registration evening. Booking is essential as numbers for programme is limited and payment on registration to secure place. Registration evening Friday 25th August 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact Liam on 086 4519656. For all results from the recent children programme that we held before the summer by Donegal Sports Partnership contact Liam at the centre.

Grant for better energy homes

Are you a home owner and your home 10 years or older and in need of energy upgrading? We are helping promote this scheme throughout our community. If interested on more information and possibly getting a house survey please leave your details with Liam on 086 4519656.


Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440.


Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing

Returning Saturday 9th September. Advanced class 10am-11am and New Beginners class starting 11am-12noon

Ray Parent & Toddler group

We are changing this group to Monday mornings from 10am-12noon. Starting back on Monday 11th September. This is an enjoyable morning for babies /toddlers to play and have fun while parents/childminders/grandparents socialise over a cuppa. This is a great way for new families in the area to meet others. We are always looking for other adults to help run this group. all queries Contact Sinead Mc Hugh 087 2623716

Take your pick every Sunday night Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan

The new jackpot for next Sunday 27th August will be €350. Winners on Sunday last 20th August of €20 each were Charlie (Jnr) Barrett, Clararose Boyle and Gerard MC Fadden.


Heritage Week begins

Heritage Week begins in Donegal today with over 120 events planned throughout the county.

Coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers, Donegal is again this year, the county with the most events per head of population in the whole of Ireland.

The theme this year is ‘It’s in Your Nature’ and events run until next Sunday.

A full list of events are available at


Major search operation underway in Milford

A large-scale search has been launched for a missing person in Milford.

Details of the operation are still emerging.

However, a search involving the Gardai and the Rescue 118 helicopter has been ongoing since early morning.

The search is concentrated around the Bunlin Bridge area of Milford and nearby forestry.

No details of the missing person has yet been released.

We will bring you more on this story as it develops.

The Rescue 118 helicopter over Milford this morning.

Photo: Terence McCann

Gardai seek public’s assistance after Milford patrol car is rammed

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after extensive damage was caused to a local patrol car in Milford on Saturday night last.


It is believed that at approximately 9pm a 5 Series Silver BMW with a Northern registration collided with the patrol car at Maherdrummond, Milford, also known as Mc Adoos Corner.

Gardai in Milford were responding to numerous reports of dangerous driving by the occupants of the BMW between Newtoncunningham, Letterkenny, Ramelton and Milford.

Gardai say the vehicle was travelling from Ramelton towards Milford when it intentionally collided with the patrol car and failed to remain at the scene.

Enquiries have led Gardai to believe the occupants of the car were two men with one wearing a cowboy hat.

Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and or occupants of the car, a Northern reg 5 Series Silver Coloured BMW beginning VEZ.

Ray Community Group Notes

Festival float winners 
Well done to our Ray Smurf themed float in the Rathmullan Festival.we won 1st prize and overall prize.Thanks to all Ray mini Smurfs and our very own Ray Papa Smurf and Gargamel and thanks to all who helped with float.




Children on the move

We are delighted to be starting back a new programme on Monday 11th September. Times will be as before,  3.30-4.15pm and 4.30-5.15pm.This will be a 10 week programme cost for 1 child €45, 2children same family €80, 3 or more children from same family €100 and payment in full on registration evening.Booking is essential as numbers for programme is limited.Date for registration evening  will be soon. Contact Liam on 086 4519656. For all results from the recent children programme that we held before the Summer by Donegal Sports Partinership contact Liam at the centre.

Feast of the Assumption Grotto Mass

On the Feast of the Assumption Tuesday 15th August  there will be Mass celebrated at Ray Grotto at 8pm.Refreshments after at centre.

Grant for better energy homes

Are you a home owner and your home 10 years or older and in need of energy upgrading? We are helping promote this scheme throughout our community. If interested on more information and possibly getting a house survey please leave your details with Liam on 086 4519656 

Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440

Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah's continues her class in Letterkenny on Saturday mornings.


A number of cars were damaged when a vehicle drove the wrong way up a one-way part of Milford yesterday.


A number of pedestrians also avoided injury when they had to leave the scene of the incident.

An eyewitness contacted Donegal and described the offending car as a blue VW Golf with a Northern registration which was being driven by a woman.

The car failed to stop after the collisions and drove off in the direction of Carrigart.

Locals whose cars were damaged during the incident have offered a reward for information on the matter.

Gardai have been informed of the incident.

Donegal Daily

Two people arrested after Gardai search house in Letterkenny

Two people have been arrested after a planned raid on a premise in Letterkenny overnight.

It’s understood that a substantial amount of drugs were uncovered during the raid.

The search was conducted by Letterkenny Gardai yesterday evening at a house in the Glenoughty Close area of the town.

Gardai say that 7 and a half thousand euro worth of cannabis herb was uncovered during the raid.

A man and a woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Letterkenny Gardai Station for questioning.

The two are to appear at Letterkenny District court later this morning charged with various drug offenses.