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Man arrested after firearm seizure
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 24.07.17
IRISH holidaymakers have been warned to check the strength of
foreign medicines as they can be up to four times stronger than
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 24.07.17
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 24.07.17
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
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
CANCER survivor Majella O'Donnell has sent a message of support to
friend Olivia Newtown-John who has revealed she's again fighting
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
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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