McGettigan Butchers produce all-Ireland
award winning sausages
by Pamela Duncan
Never say you have to travel for a decent sausage. Your local butcher has the best bangers in Ireland, and it isnt just an advertising ploy! Its been proven. The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland gathered for this years Retail Foodshow in the Citywest hotel, Dublin earlier in the week to crown the Supreme Champion Craft Butchers Sausage and, for the second time since the championship started in 2000, McGettigans butchers rule the roost. Their Donegal lamb, Irish plum and rosemary speciality sausage won the Northern regional competition in Carrick-on-Shannon earlier this year qualifying it for the final in Dublin. And, no bother to our boys, Ernan and Diarmuid, they withstood the pressure of the big occasion, to become gold medal and national winners of the prestigious award. Their traditional butcher sausage also came second in the national competition.
This is not the first time that the Donegal Town butchers have returned triumphant with silverware in hand. They won the National Championship with their Pork, Hickory and Maple sausage in 2001; the National Title in speciality meats for their Honey Roast Ham in 2002 and the National Championship for traditional butcher sausage in 2003 and the competition has only been in operation since 2000!
But does a sausage competition really make a mark when it comes to selling sausages? Yes, I am informed. McGettigans quadrupled their sausage sales after the first year they topped the competition. And there is more good news for all you lovers of the banger. McGettigans now make eleven different types of sausage - and will be working on the twelfth for next years contest.
The trophies (and indeed the sausages themselves) are on proud display in McGettigans butcher shop for all to admire.
Happy 90th PJ!!
A very happy birthday to PJ McGowan, Quay Street, who celebrated his 90th yesterday (Tuesday 9th). His family and friends all wish him the best on this special occasion.
Donegal Town Christmas Light Switch-On
The festive season we all love is fast approaching and the Donegal Town Community Chamber and staff have been busy for weeks organising this years town decorations. As usual, we would like to make Donegal the best and brightest town in the north-west. Over the years, the businesses have been very generous in their donations to the lighting fund. Once again this year the Chamber ask you to be generous as the local cost will be in the region of €11,400. Collectors will call shortly with businesses, or alternatively, donations may be dropped into the Chamber Office (under the Court House).
Lines for a Monster Hamper Draw are being sold in various outlets and shops around Donegal Town. All proceeds go the Christmas Light Fund.
The Big Switch-On will take place on 26 November at 7.30pm. Santa and his guests will be in attendance, a great night is guaranteed for both children and adults - so please come along. Ocean FM Cruisers and Ocean FM Promotional Team will attend at the opening and operate live link-ups.
Full Us Military Honours for Brian Kane
Corporal Paschal Gillen, Finner Camp, leads the cortege at Killymard Chapel
A sad and poignant occasion, but on a cold late October day, the feeling of pride and warmth was palpable. The US military had come to Donegal Town to pay tribute to one of their, and our, own.
Airman 1st Class, Brian Kane, had died suddenly while preparing for a game of soccer at the Cannon Air Force Base at Clovis, New Mexico. Last week he was buried with full military honours in the graveyard of St Marys Church in Killymard.
On removal from the church, eight US Air Force personnel took up position as pall bearers, preceded by an Irish Army piper. At the graveside a 21 gun salute was fired, a bugler played Taps and, as the final prayers trailed off, the Last Post sounded, its plaintive notes swirling over the huge congregation gathered to pay last respects.
A hugely impressive and emotional occasion - not least when the young honour guard reverently folded the Stars and Stripes that covered the coffin and the officer-in-charge presented the flag to Brians mum, Jeannie. Indeed the grief of the family, daughter Jaden, father Bernie, mother Jeannie, brothers Martin and Mark, sister Marie-Ann and grandfather Joe McGoldrick must have been alleviated somewhat by the wave of sympathy from all attending, combined with the comforting words of Brians chaplain, Fr Glenn Jarman, and the respect and esteem shown the bereaved by the US Air Force.
Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dhilis
Unauthorised shore development
encroaches on Lough Eske
A controversial development at Corveen, Lough Eske, which is listed as a Special Area of Conservation, has caused ruffles between the planning section of the council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Donegal Times has learned that a war of words has broken out between the planners and the Service as to which has responsibility for this area quite ironic as both departments answer to the one boss, Dick Roche, Minster for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
Added to the concerns of the planners and Wildlife Service are those of local residents. Apart from the extensive stripping of flora and fauna in the protected area, the developer has also built a roadway through his land right to the lake.
Mr. Patrick McHugh, the developer of the site, applied for planning permission for a single dwelling house at this location in June of this year. Permission was refused on the basis that the site was in a Special Area of Conservation and no development could therefore be authorised.
This order was ignored and development continued. A sizeable plot of land overlooking Harveys Point has been totally cleared. Complaints against the developer include the consequential effects this extensive clearance will have on flora, fauna and wildlife along the lakes edge. Perhaps even more distressing are the implications for the water supply to Donegal Town. The River Eske, which provides water to Donegal starts just beside where this roadway is being built. We would be concerned about the possible impact a local wildlife officer is quoted as saying.
An official warning letter has been sent to Mr. McHugh, after promises he made to local planning representatives at a meeting last Friday week were disregarded, with development continuing over the following weekend. A letter from Mr Denis Kelly, Area Manager, Planning and Economic Development, spelled out the consequences of this action, emphasising should such disregard of the councils orders continue, the developer would not only face an enforcement order seeking the complete restoration of the area, but also be liable for heavy fines and even a prison sentence. If the Department of the Environment and Local Government want us to serve an enforcement notice on him, we will, said Mr Kelly.
Denise Brogan, Donegal Town, and Shane Cassidy, Leghowney, who were married in Killymard,
with reception in The Abbey Hotel Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Inver Parish erect monument for drowning victims
Last Sunday a large crowd gathered at Ardaghey to attend the blessing of a monument created in memory of people from Inver Parish lost by drowning since the 1800s.
Vincent ODonnell was MC for the evening and welcomed everybody. Clergy present included the Church of Ireland Rector of Inver, Rev. Ken McLaughlan, Fr. John McLoone, Fr. Seamus Gallagher, Fr. Martin Collum and Fr. Dermot McShane from the neighbouring parish of Kilaghtee. Rosemary Kennedy read the 35 names and dates on the stone and the clergy recited prayers. Fr. Gallagher said The eloquence of the stone in its simplicity speaks and whispers to each of us and says to the dead we remember you and know you are with God. When the stone was blessed Dean Conaghan sang Amazing Grace.
Cllr Peter Kennedy then addressed the crowd, I am honoured to speak at this memorial to honour all the people who lost their lives over the years tragically in drownings at sea, lakes, rivers and all over. It is also a great honour for me to be named after one of these great fishermen, my granddad, Peter Kennedy. George Gallagher, chairman, thanked all the people of the area and his aqua-memorial committee Rosemary Kennedy, Bernadette Foy, Bredge Holden, Noreen and Patsy Conaghan and all the people of the community who made this special occasion happen. He said a special thank you to the local young sculptor, Gary McHugh, who did such a great job on the monument. Last December we met and set up a committee. We held a car boot sale and raised €4,000. Among the names is that of my own grandfather who was drowned at sea. From researching and printing the names on this stone all these people are remembered, especially important for the relatives of the people drowned where bodies were never found.
He thanked the Roper family of Rossnowlagh where Garry Ward worked on the two and a quarter tonne Wicklow granite stone and also all who helped in securing the monument in place. After the ceremony was over refreshments and food were served in the Inver Community Centre for everybody and the local band Green Rising entertained for the evening. This band composed a special song for the occasion.
Monument Committee Chairman, George Gallagher; Sculptor, Gary Ward, Fr McShane, Fr John McLoone PP, Rev Ken McLaughlan, Fr Seamus Gallagher, Fr Martin Collum
Heres a song for relations
And all our lost friends,
Who went out on boats to meet their bitter end
To make a penny they struggled all their lives
To go out one day to leave
Their weans and wives
Heres to the fishermen of Inver
To our faithful friends that are all gone
We hope you are at peace in Heaven,
And to let you know
your memory will live on
The salmon and the herring
Will all still be there,
But gone are our friends for whom we all care,
The anchors were hoisted
There were seagulls in the air,
When they got their call to Heaven,
And I hope we will meet them there.
Seamus Muldoon, Castle Street, and Jim McCullagh, Virginia, Cavan, who celebrated their joint 75th birthdays in Doms Pier 1 last Saturday night. Pictured are their children, Kevin, Mary, Helen, Catherine, Ethna, Eunan, Bridgeen, Sinead, Ann, Paul and Brian. Missing from photo is Sinead who is in the USA. Photo Jason McGarrigle
Daron Gets Her Wish!
The Donegal Waterbus had an unusual sailing on Monday morning. It was a very special day for a young lady, fifteen year old Daron Howley, who had come the whole way from Seattle, Washington, to fulfil a dream. Well, three dreams really, to visit Ireland, see a football match, and to stay in an Irish town by the sea. The first two she had already accomplished by the time she arrived in Donegal Town. Daron has always been interested in Ireland, her ancestors having originated in Cork and she and her family made a stop there when they went to kiss the Blarney Stone, before doing a tour of the country.
Daron, who has a tumour on the brain, was granted the opportunity to come here through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an American based organisation, which grants the wishes of terminally ill children between the ages of two and a half and eighteen years. They recently contacted Bord Failte to champion Darons ambition.
The final stage of the family trip landed them in Donegal, fulfilling Darons third wish to stay in an Irish town by the sea. And who better than Captain Billy Bustard to greet the family group and welcome them aboard the Waterbus. Daron set sail with her mother Pam, big brother Sean and nurse, Ashley Fedan, all of them excited at the prospect of being out on the ocean and also the chance of seeing seals on the Laghey River.
Now that Daron has fulfilled her three dreams, let us hope that her memories of Donegal and the kindness of Captain Billy, will rank among some of the happiest of her visit to Ireland.
Former bus driver awarded compensation
in ageism enquiry
A bus driver who took voluntary retirement from Bus Eireann and was subsequently refused a post as a seasonal driver with the company has been awarded €3,000 compensation by the equality tribunal.
When driver Brian McLoughlin was told by Bus Eireann it was not policy to re-employ staff who go out on retirement, he took a discrimination case on age grounds.
The equality officer found he had been indirectly discriminated again and ordered that McLoughlin be treated as any other applicant for the job and be paid €3,000 compensation.