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Woman banned from keeping dogs after “appalling” breeding conditions found at her home

A woman has been banned from keeping dogs for three years after breeding them in what a Judge described as “appalling conditions.”

ISPCA officers raided the home of Elizabeth Duncan and found a total of 26 dogs in cramped conditions.

Ms Duncan, who is in her 50s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with neglecting the health and welfare of the animals.


ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley told the court that he visited Ms Duncan’s home at Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham on April 24th last.

Mr McGinley handed photographs of the conditions in which the Golden Labrador dogs were being kept.

On the day Inspector McGinley called, he found two adult male dogs, twelve female adults dogs and twelve pups.


The horrific conditions in which up to 26 dogs were kept by Ms Duncan.

He said there was not adequate space in which to breed dogs but rather there was simply enough space to breed one or two dogs domestically.

Some of the pups were being kept in a shed which was five feet by three feet and had no water or natural light.

There were old dry bones scattered around and the sheds in which the pups were kept were covered in faeces.

The court had heard the dogs were being sold for up to €300 on the DoneDeal website but some had encountered health issues because they had not been properly vaccinated.

Judge Paul Kelly said it was obvious that Ms Duncan was not capable of keeping dogs.

“These are appalling conditions to keep dogs in. She is clearly not a suitable person for keeping animals if she keeps them in these conditions,” he said.

He banned Ms Duncan from keeping dogs for three years and also fined her a total of €450 and ordered her to pay €2,002 costs to the ISPCA.

Speaking after the case, ISPCA Inspector McGinley told Donegal Daily that he hoped the message would go out to the public to properly research where they were buying their pets from.


The make-shift pen in which the dogs were kept in Manorcunningham.

Councillor sent forward for trial

A Donegal County Councillor has been sent forward for trial on alleged assault charges.

Councillor John O’Donnell has been sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court  on assault charges.

The charges relate to two cases of alleged assault at Newline Road in Letterkenny on February 23 last year.


Photographs of injuries caused to the alleged victim were previously viewed by Judge Paul Kelly.

The court heard how Cllr O’Donnell (35) and Conor Ferguson (26) were charged in connection with the same incident, details of which were not given in court.

Cllr O’Donnell is charged with two counts of assault on two different men on the same date.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to send both men forward for trial to the next criminal sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on December 6 next.

Renowned Donegal pub to close - after 124 years in business

Another popular Donegal pub is about to close its doors …and it’s all down to the changing economic landscape and tough times being faced in the trade in rural Ireland.

The renowned McClafferty’s Bar in Churchill is to close on Halloween night, Monday, October 31.


Customers were stunned on Sunday when they read the following notice on the pub’s Facebook page:
“It's with great sadness and deep consideration that we have decided to close the bar permanently. Some magnificent nights were had here and we will cherish those memories forever. Monday the 31st of October will be our last night open. We would like to thank all of you who have graced our door since the bar opened in 1892. Thank you all very much for your custom from all here at McClafferty's.”

Owner and local businessman, Charlie McClafferty (below) said he was sad to close but they had no choice.

“The business is not what is used to be and things are very quiet. We don’t want to close but we’ve no choice. The pub has been licensed in our family for 124 years and it will be the end of an era,” he said.


The pub trade and in particular the rural pub trade has been hit hard over the last number of years. Many don’t open during the week at all while some hope to scrape through by only operating at weekends.

Sadly Donegal has been hardest hit in this respect.

But thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom. Charlie will be opening an off licence premises on Letterkenny’s Pearse Road where the McBride’s Betting Shop used to be (opposite Domino’s Pizzas) so the McClafferty link with the hospitality industry will continue.

Charlie said they were very grateful to all their customers over the years for their loyalty and support. He said they would remain open until Halloween night but that was it.

“There will be no big party or anything like that. We just want to go quietly,” he said.

The bar has been the scene of many great nights over the years, ranging from Churchill Fair Days to Glenswilly GAA club celebrations.

Drama over the Donegal skies as US jet forced to turn

There was great excitement over the Donegal skies on Monday as plane watching enthusiasts followed the weird journey of a United Airlines flight from Northern Ireland to New York.

Observers in the Rosses area in particular were tracking the events and posting them on Facebook.

The Belfast to Newark flight altered its route following take off after 11am.

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Newark Airport just before 2pm local time.


Facebook was full of observations as it was tracked over the county.

One sky watcher commented: “What is the problem with Flight UA76 from Belfast today? Fight makes u-turn above us about 11.37 am today".

Another observed: “A prayer needed for those creatures aboard Flight UA66 from Belfast to Newark which got into difficulty above us about 11.35 this morning. Drama is continuing.”

It emerged the flight had to make an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport.

A spokeswoman for Shannon Airport said flight UA-76 to Newark had declared an emergency but landed safely just before 2.30pm.

Passengers on the plane were told there was an issue with the Boeing 757's landing gear.

There were concerns that the front wheels could not be locked to take the impact of a landing.

It is understood the pilots circled around the west coast of Ireland for about two hours burning off fuel before making their approach into Shannon.

The airport's emergency crews including firefighters were on the runway for the landing.

A spokesman for United Airlines said: "Our team at Shannon Airport is providing assistance to customers of flight UA76 (Belfast-New York/Newark) today, which diverted to Shannon Airport, Ireland because of a mechanical issue.
"The aircraft landed safely at 2.27 p.m. (local time). We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused."


Meet Amybeth McNulty, star of new Anne of Green Gables series for CBC, Netflix

14-year-old Irish-Canadian beat out more than 1,800 contenders to star in the TV series Anne. By Deana Sumanac-Johnson, CBC News


Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne Shirley in Anne, a new series that will air on Netflix and CBC. (CBC/Northwood Entertainment)

For 14-year-old Amybeth McNulty, it's the role of a lifetime. She beat more than 1,800 girls from Canada and abroad to land the starring turn as Anne in the new CBC adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

"She's riveting on screen, she's translucent. You can see every thought and every emotion," says writer and show-runner Moira Walley-Beckett of her show's star, who initially auditioned online from her home in Donegal, Ireland (McNulty's mother is Canadian).

McNulty, a self-described "bookworm" who read the Anne of Green Gables books when she was nine, says she shares many traits with Montgomery's feisty heroine. 

"She has so much love for the world, which I think I share with her. And her curiosity about everything, how she can be so fierce and so bold but so gentle and so loving."

Her new role is also giving McNulty, who lives in Ireland, an opportunity to discover her mother's homeland. Accompanied by her grandparents, she filmed a portion of the series in Prince Edward Island, the epicentre of all things Anne.

"First of all, anywhere you turn is a postcard, instantly," McNulty said of the experience of filming in P.E.I. "It's so gorgeous and the people are amazing, they're so lovely and welcoming. It was so amazing to shoot there, to think that's where Anne of Green Gables is, and is so loved."

With seasoned actors R.H. Thomson (The Englishman's Boy, Road to Avonlea) and Geraldine James (Sherlock HolmesThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) filling the roles of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, the brother and sister who become Anne's guardians, the show-runners say they got their "dream cast." 


Amybeth McNulty, left, R.H Thompson, centre, and Geraldine James, right, film a scene on the Toronto set of the CBC series Anne. (CBC)

But that still only goes so far in winning the audience. With such popular source material, this production of Anne has to stand out, not only from the past TV incarnations of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel, but some current competition as well.

The TV movie version of Anne of Green Gables, starring newcomer Ella Ballentine as Anne and Hollywood star Martin Sheen as Matthew, aired on YTV last year, with two more feature-length installments in the works right now.

"I feel that this Anne is entirely different," says Walley-Beckett. "We're off-book. We're the essence of the book, we have the heart and soul of the book, we have our iconic moments that everyone can't wait for, and we're telling a new story. I think that is one reason why it's entirely its own."

The other, more aesthetic difference may have to do with Walley-Beckett's own background, steeped in gritty cable drama (she was a writer on AMC's Breaking Bad), not cutesy period pieces. 

"This is a very grounded, real version of the story. Life in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s was a hard, gritty, scrappy life. It was messy, it was covered in red mud," says Walley-Beckett. 

"The weather, the seasons, it's all part of our story. It's not doilies and teacups, it's life."

Anne will premiere on CBC Television in the spring of 2017, and will simultaneously stream on Netflix in the United States and around the world. It is slated to stream on Netflix Canada at a later date.



Milford GAA Notes

*Intermediate Championship Final Replay*

CLG BnaG v Burt

O’Donnell Park, Saturday @ 4.30pm

After an exciting draw last Sunday Na Galloglaigh and Burt will have to do it all over again this Saturday. The sides drew 1-7 to 0-10 in O’Donnell Park and it will be the same venue again this Saturday at 4.30pm. The support was fantastic last week and hopefully it will be just as good for the replay. Don’t forget you can get flags and bunting in McMahons Todays Extra, Main St Milford. The winners of this game will then have to play Bredagh of Down in the Ulster Championship on the Sunday at 2pm, also in O’Donnell Park.

*Reserve Championship*
CLG BnaG 1-10 Fanad Gaels 1-11

Our Reserves bowed out of the Championship at the semi-final stage following a 1 point defeat to Fanad on Saturday. It was a similar game to the group stage match last month in which Fanad also came from behind to win by a point. Played in perfect conditions in Downings, Na Galloglaigh had the aid of a breeze in the first half and got the first two scores of the game through Enda McHugh and Paul Fisher. Fanad responded with 2 points of their own to draw level before a Gary Helferty free gave Na Galloglaigh the lead again. The rest of the half was end to end with points being traded by both sides, however Na Galloglaigh didn’t take full advantage of the breeze and their possession and were disappointed to be only 2 points ahead come half time, 0-7 to 0-5. Na Galloglaigh started the second half the better and had the first 3 attacks of the half but the chances were not taken. Fanad came back into it and drew level with 2 points before a Caolan Boltonpoint put Na Galloglaigh back into the lead. Once again Fanad equalized, but a Marty Doyle goal gave Na Galloglaigh a more comfortable lead. A Fanad point reduced the deficit to 2 and they were then given a lifeline when awarded a penalty after one of their players was pulled down in the square as he was about to shoot for goal. Davitt Walsh scored the penalty to put Fanad into the lead for the first time in the game. But Na Galloglaigh responded well and moved back into the lead with points from Adam Serrinha and Dean Burgess. But as in the group game, Fanad got the last 2 scores of the game through Aidan McAterr and a Davitt Walsh free. Na Galloglaigh had the last attack of the game but were unable to get the equalizing score. The ref blew the final whistle after less than a minute of injury time in a game that had multiple stoppages. Na Galloglaigh were bitterly disappointed to lose a game that could have went either way and give their best wishes to our naighbours Fanad Gaels in their final in 2 weeks’ time. Team: Gavin McFadden, Gearoid Horkan, Paul Grier, Cormac Friel, Kieran Sheridan, Enda McHugh (0-2), Dean Burgess (0-1), Paul Sweeney (0-1), Kieran Gorman, Ryan Ferry, Caolan Bolton (0-1), Ciaran McHugh, Paul Fisher (0-1), Martin Doyle (1-1), Gary Helferty (0-2). Subs: Patrick Ferry & James Doyle for R. Ferry & Helferty (HT), Kieran McLaughlin for C. McHugh (40m), Tony McGettigan for Horkan (45m), Matthew Stewart for Friel (BC, 52m), Adam Serrinha (0-1) for Gorman (BC, 54m), Emmet Conaghan, Shane McBride, James McCallum, Sean McHugh, Conall McFadden

*U16 Ladies Final*
CLG BnaG 1-15 Naomh Conaill 2-4
Our U16 girls are through to an U16A Final for the first time since the club was formed after a very exciting match against Naomh Conaill. The girls put in a brilliant second half performance to overcome the current county champions. Despite being reduced to 14 players twice in the game the girls showed guts, heart, determination and skill to win on a scoreline of 1-15 to 2-4.Their reward is a county final next weekend against St Eunans and it is no more than they deserve for the effort they have put in all season. Details of the final will be announced during the week and hopefully we can get a great crowd out to cheer on the girls. The management would like to thank everyone who came out to support the girls on Saturday, it meant a lot to the girls and definitely helped carry them over the line


This weeks lotto numbers were 9-14-15-16. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Hugo McFadden, Peter & Patricia Orsi, and Patrick Kerr. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,300.

*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 or see our website

*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

Periodic speed limits at Illistrin National School to be rolled out shortly

A Donegal County Councillor is welcoming further progress on new speed proposals around Illistrin National School near Letterkenny.

New measures include periodic speed limits during peak times and they’re expected to be rolled out on a range of different schools across the country once they have been finalised.

There have been on-going concerns in relation to the speed limit outside Illistrin School, with children leaving the school gate onto what is one of the busiest roads accessing the town.

Councillor John O’Donnell says it will be in both in children and parents interest:

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

County Novice and Uneven Juvenile Championships

Tri-a-Loch in Fanad, has for over the past 40 years been synonymous with soccer and in particular the great Fanad United teams over that time span.
On Sunday however, the famous soccer fortress will be the setting for the Donegal men’s and ladies Novice Cross Country Championships and Juvenile Uneven Age Championships hosted by Milford AC.
Registration is from 10.30am to 12.30pm on race day for juveniles, fee €3 per athlete.  Club team managers are asked to have a list of entrants ready to speed up registration.

The novice ladies race starts the programme at 12pm.  The distance is 3km with 4 to score on the team.  The men’s novice race starts at 12:20pm run over 6km with the first 4 to score in the team event.

The Milford ladies team is, - Siobhan McHugh, Trisha Nulty, Ita McGettigan, Paula Hegarty, Gillian Marley and Caroline Marley.  The men’s team is – Paddy Ryan, Shaun Boyce, Paul Russell, Peter O’Donnell, Damien McBride, Marty Lynch, Joe Gallagher, John Whoriskey, Gerard Marley, Gareth Kerrigan and Anthony Doherty.  Hugh Coll is team manager.  The juvenile races, U9 – U19 start at 12:50pm.

The most direct route to Tri-a-Loch (after Kerrykeel) is via Rossnakill, Tamney, Rinboy and a sharp right at Eel Burn.  Changing and toilets facilities at Fanad Utd. Club House, the course is a short walk from the clubhouse on the right.  Club athletes not taking part are asked to come out and support the novice teams and the juvenile races.

Thanks are extended to Mr. Patrick Hannigan for use of his land.

Best wishes to all taking part, and hopefully the weather will be as favorable as last weekend.

Donegal Juvenile Cross Country
The new cross country season started last Sunday with the staging of the Donegal masters and even age group juvenile championships hosted by Finn Valley, on a day borrowed from summer.
Milford had 7 young athletes take part where young Ryan Sheehy set the standard with a brilliant run in the boys under 8 finishing 6th place overall in the big field.
Grainne Martin maintained a steady pace and finished strongly in the girls under 10.

Gavin McAteer had a great run in the district schools on Tuesday last and despite being out of his age group maintained his good form to finish 12th in the boys under 10.

Lea Flanaghan is also improved steadily – the Drumman NS pupil finished a great 14th in the girls under 14.  Cormac Sheehy continued the family participation as he ran strongly in the boys under 12 to finish 32nd.  His brother Fintan ran equally well in the boys under 14 to finish 26th.

Sean Martin ran very well in the older age group, u16 boys finishing 14.  Well done to all.  Thanks are extended to Hugh Coll who travelled as team coach.

Best Wishes

The club extend best wishes to CLG Baile na nGalloglach who play Burt in the County Intermediate Final in O’Donnell Park on Sunday.  Throw in at 4:30pm.

er had a great run in the district Schools on Tuesday last and despite being up an age group today maintained his good form to finish 12th in the boys under 10.
Lea Flanaghan is also improving steadily, - the Drumman NS pupil finished a great 14th in the girls under 14.
Cormac Sheehy continued the family participation as he ran strongly in the boys under 12 to finish 32nd. His brother Fintan ran equally well in the boys under 14 to finish 26th.
Sean Martin ran very well in the older age group, u16 boys finishing 14.
Well done to all. Thanks is extended to Hugh Coll who travelled as team coach.
The club host the Donegal novice and uneven age group juvenile champs in Tri a Lough, Fanad, on Sunday next. Help will be required to set up the course etc, please contact Hugh Coll or James Gibbons re same. Novice Ladies starts at 12pm on Sunday followed by the novice men at 12.20pm.

Letterkenny confirmed as location for first Pieta House

LETTERKENNY has been confirmed as the location for a new ‘Pieta House’ suicide and self-harm crisis centre for Donegal which is due to open next summer.

The first Pieta House was founded in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. With nine centres throughout Ireland, it provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. The nearest one to Donegal is in Tuam, County Galway.


A spokesman for the ‘Action for Hope’ committee, which was only set up in January to raise awareness and funding for the project, told the Donegal News it is currently looking for a suitable premises in the Cathedral Town. 

Mr Danny Devlin also paid tribute to the people of Donegal for helping to make their plans a reality, having raised more than the €200,000 target in just nine months.

He said the committee recently had a meeting with representatives of Pieta House in relation to the advancement of a service for the north west.

“Resulting from the meeting, Pieta House have stated that they will be setting up facilities in Letterkenny where they will commence their service,” he said.

“It is envisaged that an outreach service will also be developed that will be more convenient for service users at all locations in the Northwest. Pieta House are now seeking a suitable premises in the Letterkenny area in order to commence the service. In order to maximise the amount of funds we can spend on therapeutic hours, it is hoped that a suitable premises could be acquired at the minimum of cost, or even for free.”

Mr Devlin said there will be a number of factors involved in selecting a suitable premises, such as planning permissions, location, wheelchair accessibility and car parking facilities.

He said the committee felt Letterkenny was the most suitable location in the centre of the county and due to the fact that it is well serviced by public transport.

He explained that, for the last nine months, all their time and energy was spent trying to raise the necessary €200,000. 

However, he said the committee was firmly focussed on getting a suitable premises and having the service up and running as soon as possible.

If anyone out there feels that they can offer a suitable premises or knows of someone who might, the committee would be delighted to hear from you.

You can send a private message via the ‘Action for Hope’ Facebook page, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details or call the Pieta House West office in Galway on 093 25596.

A bank account has also been set up to accept donations for Pieta House north west project. This AIB account, which is under the control of Pieta House, is IBAN : IE03 AIBK 9335 6228 0734 86. BIC : AIBKIE2D


Two men charged in connection with fire in underground car park in court later today

Two men are due to appear before Letterkenny Court this morning charged in connection with a fire in an underground car park in Letterkenny in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Owen McFadden (40) from Falcarragh appeared before a special court sitting of Sligo Court on Saturday morning.


He has been charged on ten different offences including criminal damage and burglary and was remanded in custody.

On Friday last, Paul McGinley (30) from Gortahork appeared before a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court and was also charged with ten offences.

Nine cars were destroyed in the fire as well as significant damage caused to a clothes shop and bakery.

On Friday, Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court she was objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the charges and that more charges were yet to follow.

Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail as he believed McGinley would not attend future court sittings.

Both men are due before Letterkenny District Court later today.

Letterkenny family make UK legal history in winning discrimination case

A Glencar family have made legal history in Britain having taken successful legal proceedings against a newsagent after being told to leave the premises due to the presence of an autistic Service Dog.

A Glencar family have made legal history in Britain having taken successful legal proceedings against a newsagent after being told to leave the premises due to the presence of an autistic Service Dog.


Katy Tyrrell McCafferty was on holiday in London in April 2015 with her two sons, who both suffer from forms of autism, when the incident occurred.

They were told to leave an East End newsagents due to her son Jimmy’s Service Dog, Kizzy accompanying the family.

Jimmy won his case in London on Thursday and was awarded damages of £6600 and legal costs.

Katy McCafferty says it was a significant victory for Jimmy and other people who suffer similar discrimination.

Two men arrested in connection with Letterkenny fire which destroyed 9 cars

Gardai investigating a fire in an underground car park in Letterkenny have arrested two men.

The fire in Rosemount lane was discovered early this (Thursday) morning – significant damage was caused to nine cars before it was brought under control by the Fire Service.

The two men were arrested this afternoon and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning.

Businessman vows to reopen after blaze destroys clothing stock

The owner of one of Letterkenny’s best-known businesses has vowed to reopen after his shop was severely damaged by last night’s mystery fire in the heart of the town.

Leonard Watson of Watson’s Menswear told Donegal Daily he was left gutted when he arrived at his shop early this morning.


A fire in a car park at the rear of the premises on the Main Street had sent smoke billowing through the building destroying thousands of euro of stock.

Leonard revealed that he had just stocked his store with Christmas stock which must now be destroyed.

“I’m gutted to be honest as we had the Christmas stock in.

“When I arrived at the shop and opened the doors I was just met with a wall of thick, black smoke. There is no huge physical damage to the shop but the smoke damage is very serious,” he said.

Five employees at the store have also been left shocked by the fire with Christmas coming down the line.

The adjoining business, O’Hehir’s Bakery, also suffered smoke damage as a result of the fire.

Leonard said his business will have to close for a number of days but he is hoping to reopen as soon as possible.

“Everything is up in the air at the moment but we will reopen as soon as possible. We will remain on the Main Street and get stuck in to getting the shop reopen again,” declared Leonard.


Photo: North West Newspix

Kathleen's Causeway of Coins fundraising drive to top €100k mark

The family and friends of late Letterkenny woman Kathleen Ruddy are on course to raise over €100,000 for the Donegal Hospice in her memory.

Kathleen, who was well known in the town for her work with the Rainbow Theatre Group and co-writing the musical Caisleain Oir, tragically lost her battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare form of brain cancer, in November of last year at the age of 58.


Kathleen Ruddy

During the final month of her illness she was cared for by the Donegal Hospice.

A number of weeks before her death, Kathleen became a spokesperson for palliative care and was interviewed by Shaun Doherty on Highland Radio.

This moving interview has recently been nominated for a prestigious PPI national radio award, the winner of which will be announced on Friday, October 7.

Over the course of 2016, Kathleen's family initiated a series of fundraising events to show their gratitude for the care she received at the Hospice.

The main focus of the activity was the Causeway of Coins itself, which saw Kathleen's husband Daniel Ruddy, her daughters Mary and Carol, and son John and a legion of supporters and volunteers span the 3km journey from their home in Crievesmith Park to the Donegal Hospice end-to-end in €2 and 50 cent coins.


The Ruddy Family

The Causeway of Coins ran from Monday, August 22, reaching the Donegal Hospice gates on Friday, August 26. From January until August, the Causeway of Coins fund raised €63,000 and during the Causeway week, the tally grew to over €92,000.

Subsequent donations have now taken the total to a staggering €97,000 for the Donegal Hospice. To help Kathleen's Causeway of Coins over the €100,000 mark, Daniel Ruddy's former Unifi colleagues are organising a charity dance on Saturday, October 8 in the Mount Errigal Hotel. T

he Ruddy family and Causeway of Coins Committee will present the total cheque to representatives from the Donegal Hospice on the night. There will be live music by the Beef Steak Dancers, followed by disco with DJ Dexter. There will be a great prize draw on the night also.

All are welcome to attend this dance and tickets are available at the door at a cost of €10 each. Doors open at 9.30pm. “It will be with great pleasure that we can hand over a cheque in the region of €100,000 to the Donegal Hospice on October 8.

"This money will all be staying local for the much needed work of the Donegal Hospice facility itself and the home care services they also provide,” commented Daniel Ruddy in relation to the fundraising initiative.

The Causeway of Coins Committee and Ruddy family extended their sincerest thanks to everyone who supported the fundraising drive.