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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.

Take-off for new Derry to London flight 03.05.17
THE bmi regional’s new service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted commenced operations yesterday. Passengers departing and arriving on the inaugural flight were treated to light refreshments, entertainment and a keepsake certificate to mark the occasion. Bmi regional welcomed the Mayor of Derry Mayor Hilary McClintock was on the inaugural flight at 6.45am on Tuesday. “The route runs twice daily on a 49-seater jet aircraft with an early morning departure each day that is particularly suited to business travellers and commuters from the region to arrive in Central London early in the morning and complete a full day’s business before returning back on an early evening flight," she said. I would like to extend my best wishes to bmi regional and wish them every success for this route,” she added.

Council celebrates ‘smoke-free’ decade
03.05.17
DERRY City and Strabane District Council are this week celebrating the ten year anniversary of Northern Ireland officially becoming ‘smoke-free’.
On April 30, 2007, legislation came into effect to ensure that all enclosed work spaces, including vehicles, would become smoke-free to reduce the impact of smoking, particularly passive smoking, on people's health. Mayor Hilary McClintock said: “I think we can all agree that this change in law has been to the benefit of everyone in improving the work environments and travel conditions for people of all ages." More than 2,300 people die in the North each year from smoking-related illnesses. Meanwhile, the Western Health and Social Care Trust became the North's first smoke-free trust, in 2014, making smoking prohibited by anyone, anywhere on trust premises.

Leader programme "not working" - TD
03.05.17
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says the current Leader programme is not working for rural companies. More than three years after the latest round of applications opened, he said not a single cent has been spent on projects to date. New information released to Fianna Fáil has also revealed that only 15 projects have been approved for funding since 2014. “It beggars belief that we are now halfway through the Leader programme and companies are still to receive their funding allocations. What’s worse is the fact that in the three years since the applications process opened an only 15 projects have been approved for funding," he said, adding that nearly 300 expressions of interest from Donegal have been lodged for Leader funding.

Artisan food at Walled City Market
03.05.17
DERRY'S Walled City Market scheduled to take place this Saturday is set to be "another big success with its unique variety of quality artisan food and craft produce", the local authority said. The operation of food markets is a key priority for Derry City and Strabane District Council which says it's committed to promoting local food produce and giving local food producers a forum to showcase their produce. The market will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Waterloo Place, Derry.

Jobs for new Irish diplomats
03.05.17
DO you have a cool head, "emotional strength" and a strong interest in other cultures? You could be the next globe-trotting Irish diplomat with a salary scale between about 31,000 euro - 59,000 euro.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has just opened the recruitment process for a band of new third secretaries - an entry grade position previously held by diplomatic and political veteran Martin Mansergh as a 28 year old in 1974.
But the selection brief is demanding and would suggest that slouches need not apply. Closing date for applications is May 11, 2017 with more information at www.publicjobs.ie .

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