Captain Billy makes unexpected good samaritan trip on Waterbus
Bond of the sea comes into play in boat rescue
Photos & Text by Jason McGarrigle
Eliza K stranded near the Green Isles
When Nicholas Davins new boat Eliza K broke free from its moorings at The Hassans early morning, Wednesday 21th April, the local businessman was lucky to have good friends around Donegal Town. By lunchtime that day the word had gone out that the boat was lying beached at Ballhill and by 6 oclock that evening a number of mariners had gathered on the pier ready to help out. Jody Gysling in his RIB and Maurice and Richard Timony in their boat were first to head out to the stricken craft. They were closely followed in the waterbus by the crack team of Billy Bustard, Patsy Kelly, Eamon ODonnell, David Bustard and Tommy McGroary. As Nicholas himself was in London, the mission was co-ordinated, in his absence, by Killybegs Harbour Master, Patsy Kelly.
Richard Timony coordinates the tow-rope between the two boats and hands it over to Eamon ODonnell and Patsy Kelly
Local Media Appear ignorant of South Donegal Geography
The collapse of Tullyhoniver Bridge on the road between Glenties and Frosses has caused much inconvenience to motorists who would normally use this route. But not as much as some reports in local and national media would have us believe. Talk of a 20 mile detour to get from Glenties to Donegal Town is a nonsense. Even our own Donegal papers dont seem to know local geography with the Derry People, The Donegal Democrat and North West Radio claiming that motorists must now detour to Ardara and travel via Five Points outside Killybegs to Dunkineely and back into Donegal Town, adding 20 miles to their journey. Of course, this is not the case - you simply turn left in Ardara, come over Ardaghey and, bingo, yourre here total detour approx 5 miles.
When a bus driver last week abandoned his vehicle in the middle of the road outside the Abbey and went for something to eat, his action had unexpected consequences for him. Stuck in the ensuing traffic jam, when a lorry could not pass, was a high ranking member of the garda who was not amused at the resulting traffic chaos. Exiting his car in the middle of the street, he directed the lorry, who narrowly got past the bus, thus allowing the traffic, which was lined back past SuperValu, to flow freely again. This top-brass then headed for the barracks and, within minutes, a squad car was flashing its way up Quay Street containing a member of the force who photographed and took down particulars of the offending vehicle, the driver of which got a nasty surprise on his eventual return. After a lengthy talk with the guard, he was sent on his way.
Public Services Centre opens at Drumlonagher
All you need to know about our new public services centre
To provide services to south county customers that are more convenient, responsive and flexible, Donegal County Council has decentralised the delivering of a wide range of these through purpose-built offices in each of the electoral areas. The fifth of these offices opened at Drumlonagher, Donegal Town on Monday, 19th April.
Chris Scoops tidy sum on RTE show
Congratulations to Chris Darby, Hall Demesne, Mountcharles, who won €24,300 on Winning Streak on Saturday 17th April. Chris is deputy principal of Colaiste Colmcille in Ballyshannon. Chris bought his winning ticket from Sheerins Londis, Main Street, Mountcharles.
Jarleth Burns retraces childhood holiday location
Accompanied by TG4 cameras, former Amragh GAA star, Jarleth Burns arrived in town at the beginning of the month to trace the house in which he had spent manys a holiday in the late 70s and early 80s. After visiting three different locations, Jarleth found the house where he and his family had holidayed, with the help of Danny Dunnion. John Joe and Josephine Quinns house, Drumenny, was the place. Before I left, my father gave me the directions but those were belonging to 20 years ago and didnt include the by-pass. But when I saw the house, the childhood memories came flashing back - the most vivid being the sound of the corncrake when I woke up in the morning said Jarleth.
93% smoking-ban compliance in Donegal
Talking on North West Radio last Thursday, Health Board inspector, Cora Murray, declared herself pleased at the level of compliance in the implementation of the no-smoking law in Co Donegal. Ms Murray claimed a 93% compliance rate from the 213 inspections carried out so far. While congratulating employers, staff and customers on a job well done, she said she was not surprised at this as the inititiave had a high level of public support. Cora said that the first months would be used for compliance building but if blatant disregard for the law is found, inspectors would consider legal action.
Donegal Co-op Mart Ltd.
Since the special meeting of the mart shareholders in the Mill Park, the committee have had many discussions with representatives of Keeney construction. These meetings have considered the design of the proposed new mart at a site in Tullymornin near the Tullyearl junction.
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