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Oral History of Donegal 09.09.21
The Peace IV Echoes of the Decade Oral History project has now
gone online for all to hear.
The project's aim was to promote understanding of different cultural
traditions and narratives. The project focused on the legacy of
Ireland's Decade of Centenaries (1912-23) and the lasting legacy of
these years in County Donegal. This cross-community project involved
workshops with children and young people, as well as an Oral History
The Oral History strand of the project took place during the autumn
and winter of 2020. Oral Historian, Regina Fitzpatrick interviewed
12 individuals (by phone) from around County Donegal including
George Mills who was born and raised in Culdaff. In his interview
George talks about the very rich history of the Young family and Culdaff House.
These recorded interviews are now in Donegal County Archives’
Collection and eleven of these recordings have been uploaded onto
the Council’s website at
George Mills from Culdaff was a participant in the Peace IV
Echoes of the Decade Oral History Project.
Nominate your ‘Heritage Hero’ 07.09.21
Do you know of a person or group who have worked tirelessly to
protect and promote heritage in Inishowen? If you do, then The
Heritage Council wants to hear from you. The public are invited to
nominate who they feel deserves the ‘Heritage Hero’ award by
completing the short nomination form on the Heritage Council website
before 12 noon on Monday, September 20.
Bus Éireann issues new travel advice 04.09.21
Bus Éireann welcomed the return to full capacity on all public
transport from 1 September 2021. Please be aware the measures
introduced to safeguard passengers and employees remain in force
• Mandatory face masks throughout the journey (with exemptions on
• Hand sanitising units on board
• Cashless payment options including Leap cards, ticket machines in
stations and online at www.buseireann.ie
• Guaranteed seat reservation for interurban travel on
• Deep cleaning overnight and additional cleaning during the day
• Windows should be kept open where available, coaches have air
Audit of Community Groups 03.09.21
An Audit of Community Groups is being conducted by the Community
Development Section of Donegal County Council to ascertain the needs
and aspirations of community and voluntary groups in the county.
Groups who respond will be offered the opportunity to be added to a
database of contacts which will be used to inform groups of upcoming
events and funding opportunities relevant to their group as they
Community and voluntary groups in Inishowen are invited to
participate in the audit by completing a short online questionnaire
before Friday, 17th September, at
Back to School, Slow Down 01.09.21
The return to school days brings more traffic in the morning and
afternoon. School buses are picking up children, children walking
and on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings,
parents are trying to drop their children off before they go to
work. It is vitally important that motorists slow down and pay
attention when children are on the road, especially before and after
school. Motorists are being reminded that there will be a
significant increase in school going traffic in the coming days.
They should also expect to see a rise in the number of children
using the roads to get to school.
Shared (Shared spaces, Shared experiences) 30.08.21
New Artlink exhibition by Bethany Garvey Williams at the Shore
August 24 - September 21
For eighteen months we have had to adapt our daily lives in ways
we might previously never have imagined. Perhaps the most difficult
adaptation was the enforced separation, the prohibition of some of
the most important shared situations we all took for granted.
Gathering together as families, as a community or as an audience.
Artlink has always been a community based organisation and the
restriction on indoor events, of people gathering in groups,
presented a significant challenge in maintaining a relationship with
their members and the wider public.Through a series of initiatives,
Artlink have brought exhibitions to audiences in a virtual replica
of the Saldanha Gallery at Fort Dunree, in the windows of the former
ESB Showroom, in the grounds of Fort Dunree and now, in their most
recent installation, along the old factory wall at the Shore Front.
Artist Bethany Garvey Williams was inspired to research media
sources to create a series of art works which reflect on the
powerful emotional connection we all share in times of grief,
political unrest and cultural celebration. These works, reproduced
from original paintings, highlight the most human of responses at
times of intense emotions - to gather and share our experiences.
Death of Cllr Bernard McGuinness 30.08.21
Statement from Fine Gael
An Tánaiste and Leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar has expressed
his condolences on the death of Cllr Bernard McGuinness, a Fine Gael
stalwart in Donegal for more than 40 years.
“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Cllr
“Bernard was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1979, and
has been returned to office at each subsequent election since that
time. His commitment to his constituents, to the county of Donegal
and to his party was exemplary during that long period of public
service. Bernard will be remembered for the huge amount of energy
and time he gave to crucial cross border projects. My condolences go
to his wife Jan, their five children and his extended family.”
Deputy Joe McHugh added, “I was extremely sad to learn of the
passing of my friend and colleague, Councillor Bernard Mc Guinness,
“At the time I entered politics Bernard had already clocked up 20
years of political experience having entered politics in 1979.
Bernard was my political mentor for more than two decades and at all
times I knew my place - Bernard was the boss! In his last two terms
he was a father figure to many new generation councillors, a role he
adopted with great enthusiasm.
“He wore his blue shirt and County Council tie with pride and always
fought his corner for his County and beloved Inishowen, with a
particular fondness for the Northern part of the peninsula.
“In Bernard’s 42 years in politics he continued to keep his politics
on the basics with his no-nonsense common-sense approach to all
challenges. He was an honourable decent man and a Fine Gael man to
“To Jan, Maria, Johnny, Jean, Ross, Gregory and the grand-children,
my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go
raibh a anam dílis.”
Gardaí warn public of Covid-19 scam 24.08.21
An Garda Síochána at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB)
are warning the public of a recent text message (smishing) scam
where persons are receiving text messages purporting to be from
Health Service Executive (HSE) and advising the public to book an
appointment for a Covid-19 test through a link on the text.
Once the person clicks on the link they will be brought to a cloned
website where the fraudsters will seek their personal information,
including their PPS number and payment for the Covid-19 test or
In most instances the supplied links look very similar to the
authentic HSE URL but may be misspelled.
Gardaí would like to again remind the public that the HSE will never
look for payment for Covid-19 tests or vaccinations and the public
should be wary of such text messages.
There are also other ‘smishing’ texts being received and these can
purport to be from service providers, revenue, banks and/or delivery
businesses. Some can fit into the threads of previously received
genuine texts which adds an air of authenticity to them.
An Garda Síochána's advice to the public is as follows:
- Never click on a link of an unsolicited text, email or respond to
cold callers seeking personal information.
- Do not use reply or call the number supplied by these texts.
- Never give away personal data like PIN number, card numbers,
passwords, one time codes, PPS numbers
- The HSE will never text you seeking payment for Covid-19 tests or
- If you have responded to such a text or paid the scammers, contact
your bank immediately for a recall.
- It is also important to report the matter to your local Garda
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