GOAL fundraising cheque raised by local hotels
Edel McNamee accepting a fundraising cheque for GOAL from Patricia Wilson & Jim White, Abbey Hotel and John Feeley, Central Hotel. The money was raised from collections over the Christmas period in the two hotels.
Firstly, I would like to wish everyone in Inver a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I would also like to wish Liam and the staff in the Times office a Happy New Year and another successful one for the paper. It was great to see a lot of familiar faces home for Christmas on holidays but, unfortunately, they all had to go back.
1994 AVS Reunion
AVS 1994 class reunion in Abbey hotel: (more photos in print edition of Donegal Times) Back Row: Emmett Brady, Melissa Slevin, Adrian McDaid, Barry Kennedy, Noel Mohan, Hugh McNulty, Nigel Weir, Caroline McCoskor, Dennis Feeley, Kieran Campbell, Shane Ward, Peter Mogan, Pauric McInern, James Donagher. Middle: Fiona Friel, Karen Gallagher, Gerard Crawford, Micheal McMonagle, Sinead Meehan, Yvonne Martin, Jayne Boyd, Helena Conaghan, Roisin Carr, Emmett Cassidy, Bill Collins, Raymond Rooney, Jerome Hughes, Aidan Haughey, Brendan Griffith, Simon Waugh, Donna McGowan, Denise Hughes, Sarah Daly, Damien Conaghan, Niamh McGarvey, Jonathan Kennedy, Angela McDaid, Sinead Foy. Front: Declan Ryle, Daragh Quinn, Jennifer Brady, Manus Rooney, Terry Needham, Martin Meehan, Fiona Reck, Claire Gallagher, Shane OSullivan, Cathal Mohan, Declan Prendeville, Aidan Kerrigan, Philomena Martin, Caroline Given, Toni Needham, Teresa McGroarty, Laura Rooney.
Inver Post Office on the move
After 60 years in the Glackin family, Inver Post Office is moving down the road, having been taken over by another local, Anne Cassidy. Mary Glakin was the postmistress from 1945-1960 - then her sister Annie McGrane (nee Glakin) assumed control for the last 45 years. Annie said she has seen many changes over the years, mainly in communications and mail sorting, When we took over the post office 60 years ago, we had five postmen all using push bicycles, now we only have two, but motorised. Annie commented.
Over a year ago we highlighted the fact that there was no Ford agency in Donegal Town, since the Davin family sold Floods garage to Super Valu circa 1990.
Twins celebrate 30th birthdays
Twins Leslie and Tracey Bustard (centre) who celebrated their 30th birthdays in
Major hotel for Revlin?
Terence McGoff is applying to the Council for permission to erect a 120 bedroom hotel at Revlin, Donegal Town. Complete with bars, restaurants, conference facilities, Health/Leisure Centre and 330 parking spaces, the development would involve replacing the existing priority junction between the N56 and the minor county road (L-6605-1) serving Doonan, with a roundabout. The proposal also includes improved right turning facilities for existing residences, the realignment of the existing approaches, modifications to the pavement, drainage, services and lining as necessary in the area. The drainage arrangements for the proposed development include a pumping station and a temporary wastewater treatment plant.
RNLI New Year's Day Swim a Mountcharles
Arrrrrghhh - the water is cold!!!! screams Joe Coyle
At 10.30 am on Sat Jan 1st, the Big Pier in Mountcharles was packed for the annual New Years Day Swim. The weather was dreadful, but the spirits were high! As the heavens opened, releasing a deluge on the hardy annuals huddled below, the wind roared a gale, adding misery to discomfort (this was the same day a twister hit Dunshaughlin and 80mph winds damaged two planes at Dublin Airport!).
Local An Óige Hostel to close
Eight hostels nationwide are to be closed by An Óige. These are to be put up for sale as, according to a spokesperson for the organisation, some of the hostels are losing money hand over fist. One of those due to close is Ball Hill hostel outside Donegal Town.
Lisa McNern, Dunkineely, and Martin Cunningham, Carrick, who were married in
Impression of Ireland
The following article comes from an unaddressed postcard which was recently found unsent in the Blueberry Restaurant. It was handed into Donegal Times by the finder and gives an insight of this tourists perception of Ireland - maybe it should be used by Bord Failte.
A New Year Wish
All here at Donegal Times thank those who sent us cards and messages of good wishes over the Christmas period. We are happy that you enjoy our paper and appreciate you writing to say so. As we enter 2005, we wish everybody a happy and productive year especially our developers and planners whom we hope will finally come to agreement and give our town the retail and commercial infrastructure it so badly needs.
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