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Search resumes for missing swimmer

Rescue teams are resuming their search for a swimmer who’s missing off the Donegal coast.

The Malin Head Coastguard is co-ordinating the search for the man, believed to be a soldier, who got into trouble while swimming at Tullan Strand in Bundoran yesterday evening.

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The Coastguard supported by the Sligo 118 Rescue Helicopter and the Bundoran Lifeboat are involved in the search.

It is understood the alarm just before 6pm on Tuesday by a woman in a carpark after a group of swimmers signalled to her for help.

Another man, also believed to be a soldier, was treated on the beach by ambulance personnel after ingesting water.

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Phillips Medisize Ireland to be taken over

STAFF at the Letterkenny based Phillips Medisize Ireland were advised this week that the company has entered an agreement with Molex LLC to be taken over.

Phillips Medisize Ireland which employs 275 at their Letterkenny plant was first established here in 1981.

Phillips-Medisize, has its headquarters in Hudson, Wisconsin and it specialises in the medical device and diagnostics, drug delivery, and primary pharmaceutical packaging markets. 
Phillips-Medisize Corporation will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Molex, LLC.

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Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers world-wide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle and medical.

Mr Tim Ruff senior vice president of business development and corporate strategy with Molex, LLC said, ““Phillips-Medisize has a talented, experienced and innovative team that has strong customer relationships because of its outstanding ability to serve the unique needs of the medical solutions market.

“Combined with Molex’s expertise in electronics and broad global manufacturing presence, we are confident that together we can significantly expand our medical solutions capabilities globally.”

Boyce focussed on his Rio race

IT’S been a long wait, but Brendan Boyce will finally get his chance to compete in the Rio Olympics this afternoon.By Ryan Ferry

While the other Donegal competitors – Sinead Jennings, Mark English, and Chloe Magee – were all in action last week, Boyce’s chosen event does not take place until the third last day of the Games. brendanboyce.jpg

It can be a frustrating wait, but Boyce also experienced it in the 2012 Olympics in London.

He went there looking to take in the full Olympic experience, and he did just that and performed admirably, finishing in 29th position, in a personal best time of 3:55:01.

However this time around, he is not concerned with the whole razzmatazz that surrounds the Olympics – he is just focussed on performing to the best of his abilities.

He skipped the opening ceremony and the first few days of the Games and only flew out to Brazil last Thursday.

“When the games were in London, it was no different really to being in Donegal or Cork,” said Boyce.

“This time you have to travel half way across the world to get to Rio. It won’t be the same as four years ago.

“I did the Olympic village and the opening ceremony and everything like that, and I’ve done all that once, so I’m not really bothered about doing it again. 

“For me, it’s just about remaining completely focussed until I get to that start line on August 19.”

Donegal hotel named Ulster Wedding Venue of the Year for the second year in-a-row

The Silver Tassie Hotel has just win “Ulster Wedding Venue Of The Year” for the second year running in the RSVP wedding awards.

This highly coveted award is a reflection of the quality and commitment that the hotel and its professional team provide to ensure that all brides and grooms achieve their dream wedding day.

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To celebrate the hotel are giving one lucky couple the change to win a wedding in 2017 to the value of €10,000. To be in with a change of winning this amazing prize all you have to do is book your mid week 2017 wedding at the multi award winning Silver Tassie, the lucky couple will be announced at the hotels Winter Wedding Fayre on 03rd January 2017.

Set just outside Letterkenny along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the beautiful Lough Swilly, the Silver Tassie Hotel is the perfect wedding venue. With landscaped gardens, traditional décor and stunning architecture this truly majestic venue creates a spectacular backdrop for all weddings.

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Weddings are the hotel’s speciality, with over 30 years of experience, weather you wish for an intimate or large celebration. The hotel’s magnificent Woodlands Suite has opulent surroundings with dazzling chandeliers and for intimate weddings the hotels offers a range of additional banqueting suites not to mention the stunning landscaped garden. The Silver Tassie Hotel is also a licensed venue for Civil Ceremonies allowing you to host your full day within the beautiful award winning surroundings. Guests can enjoy pampering treatments at the hotels stunning Seascape Spa or relax with a visit to the on-site Atomic Hair Design.

As Ulster’s Top Wedding Venue, allow their accomplished management team to make your wedding dreams really come true. Choose from our wide range of all inclusive wedding packages or create your own personalised menu from the extensive range of options which can be tailored to each specific requirement and budget, allowing a truly unique wedding for each couple.

The Blaney family has been hosting weddings for over 30 years, and have seen many changes in that time to both the industry and the Hotel but responding to those changes and the every changing need of their customer is what makes them go from strength to strength. Proprietors Ciaran & Rose Blaney were delighted to receive recognition both for the Hotel & their team on their recent win again this year.

For more information or to visit the hotel for a show-around, telephone John or Georgina + 353 (0) 7 4 912 5619 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa
Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
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Web: www.silvertassiehotel.ie

Family have lucky escape after car ploughs into garden outside Kilmacrennan

A family had a lucky escape when a car veered off the road and smashed into a hedge and a fence at Bluebanks yesterday.

The area, which is on the main Kilmacrennan to Letterkenny Road, is regarded as an accident blackspot by locals.

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Locals told Donegal Daily that numerous cars and lorries have gone off the road in recent months.

The motorist was travelling from Kilmacrennan towards Letterkenny when he lost control of the car and veered across the road smashing through the garden fence before eventually landing in the front garden.

Thankfully nobody was hurt.

However locals say that some traffic calming measures need to be introduced before someone is seriously injured.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Donegal Minors*
Good luck to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Donegal Minors who play Galway in the All Ireland Semi Final this Sunday at 1.30pm in Croke Park. Good luck also to the clubmen in his backroom team, Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden as well as Ronan Docherty who is a panel member.

*Donegal Ladies*
Hard luck to Amber Barrett and the Donegal Senior Ladies team and management who were defeated in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday. Amber scored a point in the game which Dublin won 1-13 to 2-7 to set up a semi final against Mayo. It was a tremendous effort from all involved and the county and their clubs are very proud of them.

*Division 2*
Glenfin v CLG BanG
Pairc Tabhoige, Saturday @ 6 & 7pm
In 2013 our Seniors were playing in Division 4, one more win could see them playing Division 1 football in 2017, and for the first time in the Clubs history. The boys have four games remaining to get those precious 2 points, and the first of those takes place this Saturday when they travel to Pairc Tabhoige to take on Glenfin. It would be brilliant if we could have as much support as possible travelling to the game to get behind the lads for this game! The Seniors throw in at 7pm with the Reserves at 6pm.


*Seniors*
CLG BnaG 3-11 Naomh Columba 0-13
It was yet another game of two halves for Na Galloglaigh as they scored 2-7 in the second half to get the better of a lively and intense Naomh Columba on Sunday. The Glencolombcille men started by far the better and were 0-4 to no score up at a stage before Na Galloglaigh got off the mark. Glen could nearly have been out of sight at half time only for the boys to dig in deep in the last 10 of the half, and with the aid of a Darragh Black goal, went in level at the break 1-4 to 0-7. Na Galloglaigh went ahead for the first time in the game early in the second half but Naomh Columba responded well with 2 points of their own to back into the lead. The blues were able to put a wee bit of daylight between the sides when after about 40 minutes when Cathal Mc Gettigan finished to the top corner from distance for his sides second goal. The boys kicked on from there and a free that dropped short saw Joey Cullen add a third goal in the final 10 minutes. For most of the closing stages there was only one team in it, which didn't look likely at all in the first half, to see Na Galloglaigh run out winners by 3-11 to 0-13. This result now means that one more win would see the boys promoted to Division 1 for the first time in the clubs history, and the first of their 4 remaining games sees them play Glenfin away next Saturday evening, therefore all support possible would be greatly appreciated. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Barry McNulty, Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Tj Evesson, Paddy Peoples (0-1), Gary Merritt (0-2), Joey Cullen (1-0), Jonny Logue, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley, Cathal McGettigan (1-5), PJ Hagan, Darragh Black (1-0), Kyle Black. Subs: David Curley (0-2) for Barrett (HT), Conor McNulty for Grier (40m), Kieran Sheridan for Logue (50m), Barrett for K. Black (53m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Paul Sweeney, Cormac Toland, Dean Burgess, Martin Doyle, Caolan Bolton

*Reserves*
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The Reserves got a much needed win in a close encounter with Glen on Sunday afternoon. The first half was end to end with early Na Galloglaigh scores coming from Caolan Bolton and Ciaran mcHugh. Glen responded with points fromfrees each time before scoring a goal which gave them a 3 point lead. Na Galloglaigh started to dominate the midfield area which allowed them to create more scoring opportunities, however they missed many of these before finally finding their range. The half back line of Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh and Cormac Toland contributed a point each which brought them back into the game. Glen added 2 more points to move back into the lead but goalkeeper Sean Gallagher scored a 45 and then a long range free to bring the sides levelat half time, 0-7 to 1-4. Glen scored teh 1st point of the 2nd half, but 2 goals i quick succession from the home team opened a 5 point lead. First a long ball into the full forward line was flicked on by Paul Fisher into the path of James Whelan who cooly slotted the ball past the Glen keeper. Minutes later Caolan Bolton won a kickout and surged towards the opposition goal, he found Martin Doyle with an angled pass and Doyle placed the ball in the bottom corner. Doyle then added a point which gave Na Galloglaigh a commanding led, however they had to fight hard to hold on to it. Glen started chipping away at the lead and had the deficit back to 2 points at one stage. Centre back Enda McHugh added 2 more points to his tally before Glen responded with scores to get back to within a point. Gary Helferty and Paul Sweeney added points to give a 2 point lead in the closing stages, while Glen scored the final point of the game but were unable to get an equaliser as the Na Galloglaigh defence stood firm to hang on for a hard fought win.
Team: Sean Gallagher (0-2), Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Gearoid Horkan, Cormac Toland (0-1), Enda McHugh (0-3), Cormac Friel (0-1), Paul Sweeney (0-1), Kieran Gorman, Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton (0-1), Ryan Ferry, Ciaran McHugh (0-1), Paul Fisher, Emmet Conaghan. Subs: James Whelan (1-0) for Burgess (15m), Conall McFadden and Martin Doyle (1-1) for Gallagher and R. Ferry (HT), Gary Helferty (0-1) for C. McHugh (45m), Matthew Stewart for Conaghan (50m), Tony McGettigan

*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 2-5-7-17. No jackpot winner, no match 3 winners, two entries drawn win €35 each.Fergus Friel, The Lagg, and Francie Logue, Glenvar. Next weeks Jackpot is €980. Don't forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Four Donegal youth groups benefit from €50,000 grant

ALMOST €50,000 in capital grant funding for youth projects and organisations, announced this week, will benefit young people in Donegal.

Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh has said that a capital grant of €48,367 for four Local Organisations will be provide a significant boost to local groups.
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“The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD has announced capital grants for 86 youth projects and organisations around the country and I am delighted that four local organisations in Donegal are to benefit.
The local group to receive funding are Foroige Donegal – Ballybofey who have been granted €14,964 for works to include the update and replacement of equipment and resources in the youth centre, including IT, electrical, office, games, kitchen and sports equipment. 
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Travteen Youth Project in Letterkenny will receive €6,807. It will help them purchase equipment to furnish a new space designed by and for Traveller Youth and other young people in the area including furniture, games and electrical equipment.
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Letterkenny Youth Information Centre at Donegal Youth Service on the Port Road are set to receive  €19,403 for the upgrading of furniture, equipment, flooring and lighting. Their centre houses the Letterkenny YIC and Daybreak SPY Project.
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The Youth Outreach Project at Donegal Youth Service has also been granted €7,193. This will contribute to the refurbishment of the main hall in the local community centre and the purchase of equipment to include a protective screen and games equipment.
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“Youth projects and organisations such as Foroige, Travteen, Letterkenny YIC and the Youth Outreach Project play a crucial role in supporting young people throughout the country. It is hugely important that the Government continues to acknowledge their work and provide funding so that they can maintain and in some cases expand their services,” said Deputy McHugh.
 
Welcoming the news, local Fine Gael councillor, Jimmy Kavanagh stated: “This capital grant will really boost the services of these groups and so will be of great benefit to young people here in Letterkenny and indeed across Donegal.

Man in court after meat cleaver is used in Letterkenny robbery

A garda investigation has been launched following an overnight incident at a house in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny in which a man in his 40s was stabbed.

A garda investigation has been launched following an overnight incident at a house in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny in which a man in his 40s was stabbed.

Gardai have confimed the man’s injuries are not life threatening.

Gardai in Letterkenny are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Earlier, staff members were threatened with a meat cleaver in an aggravated burglary at the Checkout Store. A man was subsequently arrested by a passing detective garda.

Yesterday, 21 Darren Quigley from Carlow appeared in court in Longford charged with robbery in connection with yesterday’s incident.

A bail hearing was set yesterday afternoon.

Horror as meat cleaver used in raid on convenience store in Donegal

A meat cleaver was used during a raid on a convenience store yesterday evening. The incident happened at the Checkout Store on Lr. Main Street in Letterkenny shortly before 6.00 pm.

A Det. Garda happened to be passing by at the time of the incident and pursued the culprit, and apprehended him nearby.

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A man was subsequently arrested and is due to appear in court in Longford today.

Speaking on Highland Radio about what he termed "a nasty incident" Garda Inspector Pat O'Donnell said it must have been a horrendous for the shop assistant.

The raider, whose face was obscured, asked for money to be handed over.

It is understood that the raider alleged held the cleaver up towards the shop assistant's throat, and left with a substantial sum of money.

This is the second time that the shop has been subjected to a raid.

There were two shop assistants in the shop at the time.

CCTV footage will be used as part of the location.

The shop is located just yards away from a busy hotel that is thronged with tourists and locals at this time of year.

The incident has shocked people in the town.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact gardai at 074 9167100.

The owner of the shop, Anthony Arthur has expressed his shock about the incident.

Devastated family and friends of the late Stevie Martin pay poignant tributes

The devastated family and friends of the late Stevie Martin have paid tribute to the talented musician who died aged just 29.

Stevie Martin, originally from Lifford, but residing in Derry, had not been seen since July 25th.

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His body was recovered yesterday, after a lengthy search of the Fanad Head coastline, after his car was left at Fanad Lighthouse.

Stevie Martin, known also as Rainy Boy Sleep was an incredibly talented artist and was revered all over the North-West for his superb work.

As word broke that Stevie’s body had been found, devastated friends paid their own tributes to him via social media.

The popular band SOAK wrote, “Just heard news of my friend, Stevie Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep’s passing. I remember seeing him play at a festival locally when I was 13 and wishing I could write the songs he was singing, soon after that we made friends and he came to some of my first ever shows.

“We were lucky enough to have him on the road last year in Ireland for a couple of gigs and it was one of the most memorable tours we’ve done.”

“Never saw you without a smile on your face, was a pleasure to know you Stevie, rest in peace x. ”

Other friends left moving tribute, Sean Feeney wrote, “Rest in peace Stevie. Until we meet again Rainy Boy Sleep!”

Siobhan O’Neill, “Devastating. There was a song dedicated to him on the main stage at Stendhal. This touched so many people.

Paul Connolly, “He was an absolute gentleman and as creative as any soul could be. Thoughts with Stevie’s family.

Lauren M Molloy, “Absolutely heartbroken-no words – Sending love to family and friends at this sad time.”

House sealed off - investigation underway after overnight incident

One person was taken to hospital following an incident overnight in a house, it emerged this morning.

A garda investigation is under way.

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The house concerned, on the Long Lane in Letterkenny, has been sealed off and there is a garda presence at the scene.

Initial reports suggest that one person was injured and taken to hospital. Their injuries are understood not to be life threatening.

It is expected that a forensic examination of the scene will be carried out.

Anyone with information in relation to the incident can contact the gardai on 074 9167100.

Donegal Scientists Make Major Alzheimers Breakthrough

Scientists at Randox Teoranta in Dungloe have made a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimers.

The team has developed a faster, more affordable method of identifying patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, using a blood test performed on the company’s patented Biochip Array Technology.Randox-Dungloe.jpg

The global healthcare company received a Distinguished Abstract Award for the test at last week’s AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As the leading event for laboratory medicine worldwide, the event is attended by 20,000 delegates from across the globe. Randox’s Alzheimer’s disease risk test was one of only 29 out of 1024 to receive the prestigious award.

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Whereas standard molecular testing can be both time-consuming and expensive, the Randox Biochip test can conduct multiple diagnostic tests on a single blood sample, which has both cost and time-saving benefits, in addition to a rapid diagnosis for the patient.

The Randox Biochip analyses the Apolipoprotein E (ApoE), the E4 variant of which is recognized as one of the most significant genetic risk factors for dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

There are three versions of the ApoE gene: E2, E3, and E4. The E4 version increases a person’s risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and it may also be associated with an earlier onset of memory loss.

Each parent passes on one ApoE gene to their child, and if two copies of the E4 variant are inherited, a person’s disease risk is increased by 8-12 times.

The research presented at the AACC Conference was conducted by Randox scientists, and scientists at the Medical University of Vienna, who verified the accuracy of the Biochip blood test by analyzing 384 samples and comparing the results to that of a standard molecular diagnostic test. Both tests provided the same accurate results, however the Biochip tests results were available in a significantly faster 3 hours.

“It is the first time that we have used this biochip immunoassay technology to test for an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Emma C. Harte, PhD., a Research and Development Scientist at Randox Laboratories.

Dr. Emma Harte PhD is one of a team of Randox scientists at the Randox Teoranta site in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, who carried out this pioneering Alzheimer’s research.

“This type of testing is important in our quest to understand and diagnose Alzheimer’s and empower patients to understand risks, consider medication, and even make early lifestyle changes.”

“Pairing this test with medical and family history for risk of Alzheimer’s disease has the real potential to advance personalized medicine. This fast, accurate testing will allow doctors and patients to make more informed choices earlier to potentially slow the possible progress of Alzheimer’s.”

Dr. Maria Zellner, from the Institute of Physiology at the Medical University of Vienna, said the Randox Apolipoprotein E4 Biochip test is a real breakthrough in the area of Alzheimer’s research.

“For the first time, multiple tests for the plasma Apolipoprotein E4 can be conducted simultaneously – meaning an accurate diagnosis can be achieved faster and earlier. The Apolipoprotein E4 Biochip, which our 384 plasma samples confirmed as having 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity, can diagnose patients as either Apolipoprotein E4 positive or Apolipoprotein E4 negative in as little as 3 hours. Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis is fundamental for the patient and their loved ones to actively manage the disease, and to enable clinical intervention. It is also critical to the development of new pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease which are more likely to be beneficial if the disease is identified at a very early stage.”

Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter to mark Heritage Week with special events

To mark Heritage Week from 20th - 28th of August, Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter will host a series of events for people of all ages on Saturday 20th and 27th August.

The Heritage Council's annual celebration marks Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage and this year’s Heritage Week theme is exploring 100 Years of Heritage, taking a journey back through one hundred years of Ireland and discovering the lives of those who came before us.

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Opening up Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter celebrations on Saturday 20th August is the Cathedral Quarter Heritage Treasure Hunt. Registration takes places at 6pm in Dillon’s Hotel, Letterkenny with the family event running from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Cost for adults is €5 and €3 for children.

Following the first event, the Cathedral Quarter will host a special outdoor event on Saturday, 27th August. People of all ages will be invited to step back in time with ‘100 Years of Style, Music and Food’. Running from 11am on the Church Lane, there will also be an outdoor play which is written and directed by local man Paul McCollum. Entitled ‘Dublin France 1916’, the play celebrates people and place and highlights links between the Cathedral Quarter and parallel events in France and Dublin in 1916.

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The talented team at G&G Hair and Beauty salon on the Church Lane will showcase 100 years of fashion and local chef Angelo Cervi, Street Food Artisan will present 100 years of Irish food and serve up tasty alternative food while promoting local artisan brands. There will also be live music from local and emerging artists.

Inviting people across the county to come along for the Heritage Week celebrations, Donnan Harvey, Cathedral Quarter secretary said: “We’re very excited to be marking Heritage Week in our own way. It’s a week-long celebration throughout Ireland and we’re delighted to be hosting events on Saturday 20th and 27th. We’re really looking forward to Paul McCollum’s play ‘Dublin France 1916’ and the added family events like the Cathedral Quarter Heritage Treasure Hunt and fashion show are a great way to get young people involved and to remind them of their heritage. The theme is about taking a journey back through time and that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve. We hope to see a great turnout and if anyone would like to get involved, just get in touch with the committee.”

For more information and to get involved with the Cathedral Quarter Heritage Week celebrations, contact Donnan Harvey on 086 345 2457 or Amanda Clarke on 086 344 3416 or visit the Save the Church Lane Facebook page.

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Join in the celebrations at the Trentagh Fun Weekend

It’s entertainment all the way when the Trentagh Fun Day – make that three fun days – takes place over the weekend of August 12-14.

Now in its seventh year, the event is not just devoted to fun and games and music but has, to date, helped raise over €30,000 for local schools and groups.

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Proceeds from the forthcoming event will be directed to Rathdonnell National School, Trentagh National School, and the Churchill Community Playgroup – worthy causes all.

The €30,700 raised to date has all found its way into the local community – a community that has warmly embraced the event from its inception.

The Trentagh Fun Day opens on Friday evening, with a match pairing the married men and the single men. Kick-off at Gartan pitch is 6pm – see if you can spot the difference between the sides!

It will be followed by the Damian Crossan Single Darts competition at 9.p.m. and then it’s back outdoors for the first event on Saturday – a 5k fun run or walk commencing at 6pm.

At 8pm, a car treasure hunt should involve a lot of head scratching while there will be a barbecue to whet the hunger and music by M&D Karaoke to test the voices.

A whole host of activities have been lined out for Sunday including the Danny Boyle Memorial Clay Pigeon Shoot, a tractor run, a bike race, and the married men once again coming into opposition against their single counterparts, this time in the tug of war.

The Cube (Trentagh Style) should provide plenty of more laughs while there will also be a pet show and animal display, tombola table, digger handling and face painting and bouncy castle. Something, as they say, for everyone, young and old.

Eddie Gallagher will take to the stage from 3pm to 5pm to provide his own brand of top class music while DJ Tubsy will supervise the subsequent jiving competition from 6pm through to 8pm.

There will also be music by Workmates in Joe Harley’s Lounge with a special draw (ticket books costing €5) and loads of prizes to be won.

All in the name of fun and entertainment and all providing those much needed proceeds to the schools and the playgroup.

And you don’t even have to hail from Trentagh or Rathdonnell to go along and join in!

Irish Coast Guard helicopter landed at Marble Hill after concerns for two swimmers

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter landed at Marble Hill today after a lifeguard expressed concern for two swimmers.

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Mike Mullens, of Malin MRSC, said, "We sent the helicopter from Sligo and requested the Mulroy Coastguard Unit to locate them and make sure they're okay. Then we thought one of the lifeguards who had been in the water had hypothermia so the helicopter landed to assess her and she's okay."

Mullens concluded with a warning and said, "If people are swimming a distance from the shore they should let the local lifeguard know what they're doing."