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Man arrested after firearm seizure 24.07.17
A MAN was arrested after gardaí seized a firearm and ammunition during a planned operation in Co Donegal at the weekend.
A house was searched by local officers assisted by the Regional Support Unit near the village of Convoy as part of the swoop on Sunday about 6pm. A firearm and a quantity of ammunition were recovered during the search.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene and taken to Letterkenny Garda station where he is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Chef Rachel Allen to cook at Clonmany show
TV chef Rachel Allen will be among those celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clonmany Agricultural Show next week. Ms Allen revealed that she’s preparing something extra special for her cookery demonstration at the local festival. She will be joined by Moville-based chef, Brian McDermott, who’s no stranger to the Clonmany Show. “I’m always listening to Brian talk about how great Donegal food is, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited and to have cooked with Brian in Inishowen on a few occasions now as well as working with him across the country so I’m looking forward to getting back to Donegal to taste that great local produce he has right there on his doorstep,” she said. The 50th Anniversary Clonmany Agricultural Show takes place at Pollan Green, Ballyliffin on August 8, 2017.

Check the labels on medicines abroad
IRISH holidaymakers have been warned to check the strength of foreign medicines as they can be up to four times stronger than Irish brands.
The National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) said common painkillers such as paracetamol often come in higher doses overseas but that the dangers may get lost in translation.
Parents have been urged to be especially vigilant when medicating children in locations such as Spain where a paracetamol suspension called ‘Apiretal’ is common. "This is a much stronger product than our Irish brand. In this example 1ml has 100mg of paracetamol. In our Irish brand (for under 6 years) 1 ml has just 24mg of paracetamol," the poisons experts warned.

15th City of Derry Guitar Festival
DERRY will come alive with the sound of guitars during the 15th City of Derry Guitar Festival . The event will be held in state of the art facilities at the North West Regional College. The festival caters for guitar lovers and players of all backgrounds and abilities by offering a warm and friendly atmosphere that encourages learning from some leading international guitarists. The festival will showcase a number of different guitar genres including classical, Flamenco and heavy metal. Concerts will also be open to the general public. The festival will run from August 25-27, 2017.

'Exemplary' Foyle Cup concludes in Derry
THE 25th annual Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup concluded in Derry on Saturday. The banks of the Foyle hosted 245 soccer teams playing 1,356 fixtures across 60 parks over six days. As the final whistle was blown at Brooke Park, tournament organiser Michael Hutton said: "The Foyle Cup has again, in this its 25th year, been a huge success in being one of the largest sporting events in the north-west calendar. The football on display this week was exemplary. My proudest moment and memory of the week was the youngsters of Oxford Bulls and Sion Sonics joining the parade on Tuesday but also of mention is how proud this city can be as the young footballers take home wonderful memories of a super competition."

Date change: Moville Cottage Market 29.06.17
THE organisers of Moville Cottage Market would like to advise people that the next market will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and not this Saturday, July 1, as previously stated. The market is the first of its kind in Donegal and is operated by the Moville Community Gardens project. The first event took place on June 10 and was a huge success. Visitors can look forward to buying homegrown fruit and vegetables, bedding plants, home-bakes and arts and crafts. The market will be held at Moville Community Gardens behind O'Gara Villas, just a short stroll from the town centre from 11am.

Derry in food waste crackdown 06.06.17
HOUSEHOLDERS in Derry face new restrictions regarding food waste disposal from this week. An extra 20,000 food caddies have been distributed across the city and district to encourage families to participate in the environmentally-friendly scheme. Homes provided with the caddies are asked to no longer dispose of any food waste in their black/grey bins. Cleansing crews will regularly check the bins and will issue warning stickers asking householders to remove food waste from grey-black bins or they will be rejected for collection.

Majella sends good wishes to Olivia Newton-John 06.06.17
CANCER survivor Majella O'Donnell has sent a message of support to friend Olivia Newtown-John who has revealed she's again fighting breast cancer.
The 'Grease' star (68) said recent back pain was the result of cancer returning and spreading to her lower spine, 25 years after her first diagnosis. The English-Australian singer has been friends with Majella and Daniel O'Donnell for a number of years. Majella (57), who is three years cancer-free, said she was saddened by the news and sent the singer "lots of love".

Parrot's multicultural adventure 05.06.17
A PARROT that accidentally escaped his home and was attacked by magpies has been reunited with his 'overjoyed' family after a multicultural adventure in the West.
Paulie, a conure parrot and South America native, left his Slovakian family distraught after accidentally escaping Galway home last week.
The exotic blue-green bird was later discovered flying loose at Mill Street near the city centre, where he was 'tormented' by corvids including crows and magpies.
Luckily, a young locally-based American couple managed to catch the hapless creature and bring him to safety. Paulie's delighted owner said he was "very happy" to be home.

Tragic creature could not be saved 05.06.17
A SWAN that crash-landed on railway tracks as a train approached was too badly injured to be saved. The young female got into difficulty after hitting Lough Atalia railway bridge in Galway and landing on the tracks.
A volunteer from Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue rushed to her aid but her wounds were too extensive and she sadly had to be euthanised.

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