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May 12th 2004

Donegal Tidy Town Competition Launch

Orla and Anne Howells sign a declaration to defend and protect Donegal Town, watched by Mayor Ernan McGettigan and a crusading knight - mascot of this year's Tidy Town campaign.
Photo by Jason McGarrigle (Text and more photos in print edition of Donegal Times)

St John Bosco Committee welcome Sports Capital Grant of €40,000

The St John Bosco Committee welcome the allocation of €40,000 from the 2004 Sports Capital Programme. This funding will be applied for the provision of a Senior Outdoor Activity Centre which is phase 2 of an overall plan to develop a Sports and Recreational Park.
Phase 1, which is a Toddler’s Outdoor Activity Centre is now nearing completion and is due to open in the very near future. The St John Bosco Club and the Donegal Town Community Chamber Ltd joined forces to work on the development of the Activity Centres and the St John Bosco Committee wishes to record thanks to the Community Chamber and, in particular, to Sian Breslin, Community Development and Enterprise Officer, for assistance in preparing the application. Also thanks to the playground sub-committee for their enthusiasm and dedication to the project. The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr John O’Donoghue, visited the St. John Bosco Centre on 11th September 2003 and saw at first hand what was being planned. On that occasion he undertook to consider the application favourably and we are pleased that he has realised the importance of such an activity centre to the children of Donegal Town and area. The St John Bosco Committee also wish to thank Ministers Mary Coughlan and Pat the Cope Gallagher and local Councillor Peter Kennedy for their interest and representations.
Outdoor activity centres for children are essential in ensuring that our young have regular exercise in a safe environment and at times which suit family life. The project will, of course be a significant addition to tourist facilites in the town. The estimated total cost of this Phase 2 will be €120,000 while the sum of €96,000 is being on expended on Phase 1 of the project. Finally, the St John Bosco Committee wishes to thank all who supported the fundraising draw and contributed in any way to the realisation of their projects. Much more requires to be done at the St John Bosco Centre and, hopefully, continued support at local and national level will be forthcoming.

Grease - is the word! the Bosco - is the place!

The T-Birds: Kenickie (Cathal Mulhern), Doody (Dane Sweeney), Sonny LaTierri (Robert Timony) and Danny Zucko (Ciaran O’Reilly) after stealing some hub-caps Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Monsignor Andrew Carrabin RIP

The right reverend Monsignor Andrew Carrabin who died on Sunday May 2nd, was buried with full church honours on Tuesday in his native Frosse. after obsequies in St Agathas, Clar.
Born in the townland of Drimatumpher, Frosses, on September 2nd 1912, he was educated at Frosses N.S. and St. Eunans College, Letterkenny. He then studied philosophy and theology in St Patricks College, Maynooth, where he was ordained in 1938. Soon after Father Carrabin went to Rome where he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law.
His ministry began in the United States where he resided from 1941 – 49. He then returned to the Diocese of Raphoe, becoming spiritual Director of his former school, St. Eunans.
In 1966, Mons. Carrabin was made administrator of the Cathedral in Letterkenny. In 1972, he moved to Killybegs where he served as parish priest for four years. The next fourteen years are the ones during which we here in Donegal Town and environs got to know the Monsignor best. He served as parish priest in the Townawilly parish from 1976 to 1989. In 1978 he was made Prelate of Honour. In 1989, he retired as Parish Priest to become assistant cleric at Clar.
In 1998, Monsignor Carrabin was made Archdeacon of the Cathedral Chapter. On September 1st 1996, the golden jubilee of his ordination, he finally retired and moved back to his native Frosses.
The late Monsignor Carrabin is survived by his brother Thady, nephew, nieces, cousins and house keeper Teresa McMullin.

Joyce McMullin welcomes Fine Gael leader to Donegal

Joyce McMullin, Phonsie Travers, Enda Kenny and Jim Connaghan in The Abbey

Fine Gael Party Leader, Enda Kenny, stopped in Donegal Town on his tour of the county on Thursday week last to meet and greet the people of the town and surrounding area. There to welcome him into the Abbey Hotel were candidates in the local election, Joyce McMullin and Barry O’Neill. Joyce introduced Mr. Kenny to all members of the local branch before adjourning to the Corabber Lounge where Deputy Dinny McGinley T.D. welcomed everybody and introduced the speakers for the evening. First up was Joyce McMullin, followed by Barry O’Neill and candidates in the European Election, Madeline Taylor-Quinn and Jim Higgins.
Mr. Kenny then addressed the large audience, which included Senator Joe McHugh and many candidates in the local elections from every electoral area in the county and town councils. He spoke warmly of his love for County Donegal, the birthplace of his mother. He also highlighted the neglect of this county by successive Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrats governments and urged everybody to come out and support the Fine Gael candidates in both the local and European Elections on June 11th. Mr. Kenny received a standing ovation before his entourage retired for a meal and moving on to Kilcar for their next function.

Sunday Independent writer underwhelmed by Bundoran

Sunday Independent columnist, Eoghan Harris, headed for Bundoran to cover the Garda Representative Association conference and, not in the least impressed with ‘Irelands Premier Resort’, penned the following:
‘Bundoran is a bad dream about the worst seaside holiday you ever had: howling wind, peeling paint, buildings that look damp on the sunniest day, parents not speaking to each other, nothing to eat except fish and chips, nothing to do except stare in the windows of the shut bookies shops and ponder suicide in the tacky amusement arcades. As a bonus, it attracts mad Northern nationalists.
Actually, I adored its authentic retro feel. A lick of paint and it could be launched as the Authentically Awful Irish Seaside Holiday Experience.
Alternatively, what a wonderful prison it would make for Fergus and Fiona Womble from Dublin 4.

But not taking this criticism lying down, Democrat reporter Daniel Browne mounted a robust defence of the resort in a letter to last Sunday’s Indo lauding the town’s ‘world-class surfing, hill-walking, breath-taking scenery, horse riding along golden strands, great pubs, quality restaurants and an excellent links golf-course’.

President McAleese visits Donegal

President McAleese unveils a plaque in Bluestack Centre officially opening the venue. President McAleese also visited the Gael Scoil (more photos in Donegal Times Print Edition)

Gael Scoil Fashion Show

Sheuan and Marie put the finishing touches to Gael Scoil teachers, Roisin McCumhaill, Rosemary Mahon, Cliodhna Dunne and Paul McHugh at the Gael Scoil Fashion Show in The Abbey Hotel - Photo Margaret Gallagher

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