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Volunteer drivers needed
urgently in Donegal 19.11.21
The Irish Cancer Society is in urgent need of volunteer drivers
to provide transport for cancer patients to and from their hospital
chemotherapy treatments. Last year, the Volunteer Driver Service
provided 404 journeys for cancer patients in Donegal and just under
12,000 journeys throughout Ireland.
The service helps to ease the strain of travel on
cancer patients, who often find it hard to get to hospital because
of transportation costs or they might not be feeling well enough to
drive themselves because of their treatment. Volunteers need to be
available for two full week days each month, have a roadworthy car,
a valid driving license, insurance and NCT. The service is
completely free for patients and the volunteers receive money to pay for their fuel costs, road tolls and
they receive an
allowance for food while waiting for the patient.
Details on applying for a volunteer driver position can be found on
www.cancer.ie or by emailing
Buncrana wins gold medal
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Jack Murray has
congratulated Buncrana Tidy Towns Committee on receiving a gold
medal in the 2021 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition.
Cllr Murray said “Tidy Towns is an enormously positive initiative.
The voluntary work undertaken makes a great contribution to
improving our towns and villages, making them better places to live,
work and visit.”
Buncrana won a gold medal amongst the large towns with a population
between 5,001 and 10,000.
Audio guide of ‘St. Colmcille’s
The Donegal Heritage Office has launched ‘St. Colmcille’s
Donegal’ – a free audio guide with information on heritage sites
associated with St. Colmcille. The guide is narrated by Gerry
O’Brien and can be downloaded from SoundCloud at
Donegal adult learning Star Awards
AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking
nominations from adult learning projects in Donegal for the Star
The Star Awards recognise outstanding work in adult learning and
give projects the opportunity to promote their excellent work and
bring national recognition to learners, staff and organisations.
Previous Star Award winner ‘Change Makers’ - a partnership between
Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal ETB and Self Help Africa
- raises awareness and action around development education themes
with adults in Donegal.
To nominate an adult learning initiative, please visit:
www.aontas.com . The deadline for receipt of nominations is
Monday, 22nd November 2021.
Donegal pyramid scheme 11.11.21
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has
undertaken an unannounced search of two properties in County Donegal
as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged pyramid
promotional scheme by a multi-level marketing company in the health
and wellness sector.
Pyramid promotional schemes are marketing and investment frauds in
which an individual is offered an opportunity to market a particular
product. However, the profit is gained not by the sale of a product
but by the recruitment of others into the scheme.
On Tuesday, 2 November 2021, two properties were searched under
warrant by officers from the CCPC and the Food Safety Authority of
Ireland (FSAI), who were separately verifying compliance with the
requirements of food law. The CCPC and FSAI were supported by local
members of An Garda Síochána as well as the Garda National Economic
Donegal Artists’ Bursary Scheme 2021
The Donegal County Council Artists‘ Bursary Scheme 2021 welcomes
applications from individual professional artists of all disciplines
for assistance towards arts projects which are on-going or proposed.
The scheme is designed to support individual artists at any stage of
their career to sustain and further their practice. Bursaries of up
to €1500 each may be offered under the scheme.
Copies of the scheme guidelines are available at
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is
4.30pm on Friday, November 19, 2021. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Driver caught speeding in
National ‘Slow Down Day’ enforcement operation, 21st - 22nd
Gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 180,239 vehicles and
detected 360 vehicles travelling in excess of the applicable speed
Examples of motorists detected putting themselves and others at risk
include a driver travelling at 76km/h in a 60km/h zone on the R238
at Tullyarvan, Buncrana.
An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to drivers to observe speed
limits in order to reduce the number of speed related collisions,
save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
Re-opening of Public Service Centres
As Covid 19 restrictions continue to ease, the Councils Public
Service Centres and County House, Lifford, will reopen to the public
with effect from Monday 20th September 2021.
In order to ensure that services are delivered in an environment
that is safe for customers and staff, customers are expected to
observe public health guidelines, including hand sanitisation,
social distancing and to follow the directions of Council staff.
It is acknowledged that many customers made the switch to dealing
with the Council by email, website or other virtual means during
Covid-19 and those online services will continue to be fully
available and strongly supported.
Motor Tax Service 20.09.21
Online: The online system has been used extensively since the
offices closed, with almost 90% of tax discs now being renewed
online in the County. The public are being asked to continue to use
this very convenient service.
Opening of Motor Tax Counters: For Motor Tax services that are not
currently available online, Motor Tax counters will be open on
Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.15am to 12.15pm, and 1.15pm to 3pm).
Forms and contact details: All forms are available at
www.donegalcoco.ie , and we can be contacted by phone on
0749153900, or by email at
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.
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