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September 11th 2002

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Barnesmore Sheepdog Trials

Pauric Gillespie, Ronan Boyle, Gary Gillespie, Declan Brown, Stephen Pearson with Charlie McGuinness and dog ‘Jess’

N.W.R. Open New Studio

Francis Conaghan, Chairman Donegal Co. Council; Mary Daly, Station Manager N/MWR presenting Minister Mary Coughlan with Bog Oak sculpture; Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland; Paul Claffey, Managing Director; Donal O’Shea, Chairman N.W.R.

North West Radio officially opened their new studio at Mill Row, Donegal Town, last Friday night. Present was a large gathering of people from all parts of South Donegal. Sean Perry was a very capable M.C., while Greg Hughes linked the various facets of the evening. Busy hostesses, Siobhan McGowan and Mary Daly made sure everybody had drink and food - chicken bites, vol au vents, sausages and sandwiches, all prepared by Doolittles next door.

To start proceedings, Mr. Donal O’Shea, Chairman of the station welcomed everybody. Minister Mary Coughlan then officially declared the premises opened. Mary Daly, Manager of Mid/North West, made a presentation of bog oak, carved locally by Michael Griffin, Mountcharles, to the Minister. Paul Claffey, CEO, spoke to Donegal Times “I am really delighted with this new premises as we didn’t have enough space in the Mill Court. Here we have three studios - an on-air studio, recording studio and debating/meeting studio. I will be broadcasting one of my shows from here one morning a week and so will Tommy Marron.” The on-air studio is tastefully decorated in the logo colours of N.W.R. with a royal blue fabric on the wall to retain sound. It is fully air-conditioned.

Niall Delaney, News Editor, spoke of the long way N.W.R has progressed since its formation in 1990. He remembered, when news was first broadcast, they relied on the late Joe McGarrigle to tape local happenings and phone them through. Niall said, while there is no immediate plans for weekend local news, there is always one of the news-team covering weekends for major stories. When talking to Niall, he mentioned some former staff - mentioning in particular Annette O’ Donnell who came from the Democrat and is now with RTE and Jerome Hughes - now with Highland Radio.

Sean Perry, covering the news, also came from the Democrat. He told me “I am very happy with NWR - I am here for the last nine months - my first major story was the Brendan Rushe disappearance. I was always interested in broadcasting, but I also enjoyed my work with the Democrat. Indeed I had just got news of this job before we moved to the new Democrat office in Pier 1. As all the staff fought for the best desks, I wasn’t worried, as I knew I was moving on. To date, the most exciting occasion with N.W.R. had to be the General Election count in the Bosco Centre.

Mary Daly is manager of Mid/North West Radio. She said she was very happy with the way the studio had turned out and hopes to spend more time here. Alex Reid had great praise for our local radio station, saying how important it was for Donegal Town and surrounding areas. Joey Murrin from Killybegs said North West Radio was very important for South Donegal and wished the team continued success. J.R. commented that he was happy with the new studio as he has more space to tell his whoop’ .... ‘er .... big stories. A good night was had by all, with the last guests leaving the studio at 10pm. - word has it the party continued in Pier 1 till the early hours of the morning.

First Day at School

Robertson N.S. Ballintra: School principal John Barnett with pupils Ava Travers-Duncan, Shannon Bustard, Michaela McGuinness, Dion Mahon, Gareth Moore.

St. Eunan’s N.S., Laghey: Teacher Angela McCabe with Maria Anne Bonner, Gearóid Gallagher, Chantelle McGrory, Stephen McGrath, Kerri Anne Gallagher, Shauna Brogan, Louise McGrory.

Lee Armstrong, Adam Armstrong and Seamus Carr with teacher Wendy Wheeler at Inver N.S.


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