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Free online film industry workshops
Following on from a very successful partnership established in 2019,
Donegal Film Office in association with Cinemagic is hosting five
FREE online film industry workshops for 16-25 year olds as part of
Disappear Here Film Festival. The festival is embracing the current
challenges of Covid 19, by going online and providing further
learning opportunities to young people in Donegal interested in
film. Cinemagic have convened a range of industry professionals that
will provide excellent advice to those starting out. Book now!
Film Industry Workshops:
• Cinematography Masterclass with Aidan Gault – Night Lighting On A
• Director Masterclass – So You Want To Be A Director with Michael
• Short Film Production - From Script To Screen with Sam Nutt
• Writing The Script with Ryan Rowe
• Spfx Make-Up with Connie Mcgrath
These events are FREE and will be delivered online. To participate
Laura@cinemagic.org.uk and list the event you wish to
Nominate your Inishowen ‘Heritage Hero’
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 this Friday, September 18.
Community centre funding 16.09.20
Donegal County Council and the Donegal Local Community
Development Committee (LCDC) are inviting applications from
communities in Inishowen.
The Community Enhancement Programme for Community Centres and
Community Buildings will provide grant funding towards enhancing the
facilities available to local communities.
The fund for the 2020 programme in Donegal will be €234,073 and will
be managed by LCDC. Two grants are available – a small scale capital
grant of between €500 - €1,000 and a large capital grant of up to
Completed applications must be lodged not later than 3pm on
Thursday, 1st October 2020. For further details and application form
Virtual Sheep Week 15.09.20
Teagasc is hosting a Virtual Sheep Week, from 21st – 25th
September, to provide all the latest research and advice available
to sheep producers around Ireland. Full details of what is happening
each day are available at
Daily updates showcasing the on-going research and advisory work in
the areas of grassland, genetic improvement, flock health, hill
sheep, as well as information on environmental and policy issues
will be provided on multiple online platforms.
Each evening, from 7pm - 8pm, there will be a live webinar, Live@Athenry,
focusing on the topic of the day. Visit Teagasc Facebook or
each evening to watch.
Each day is themed as follows:
• Monday – Grassland Management
• Tuesday – Genetics and Breeding
• Wednesday – Hill Sheep and Store Lambs
• Thursday - Flock Health
• Friday – Policy and Environment
Show the love for #LoveDonegal day 15.09.20
Tomorrow, Wednesday 16th September, will see the return of the #LoveDonegal
day campaign, to once again showcase Donegal to a worldwide
The initiative, which is co-ordinated by Donegal County Council,
will build on the huge success of last year’s campaign which reached
an audience of 33 million people worldwide.
Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs 15.09.20
Up to €8million in grants is available for B&Bs through Fáilte
Through the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs, grants of €4,000 will be
available to B&Bs that do not pay rates to their Local Authority.
The grant allocation will assist B&B owners with the costs of
re-opening and operating their businesses.
Applications for the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs will be processed
in two phases:
• Applications for B&Bs under the National Quality Assurance
Framework (NQAF), through direct approval by Fáilte Ireland, will
open from the 14th September until the 28th October 2020.
• Further details on the application process for B&Bs which are not
approved under the National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) will
be announced shortly.
For more information on the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs, visit
Burnfoot Flood Relief Scheme 08.09.20
Preliminary ecological surveys to gather baseline data are
required to inform scheme design and appraisal of flood defence
options in Burnfoot. RPS Consulting Engineers have been appointed to
carry out the environmental assessments and they will begin baseline
surveys this month, September 2020. Further surveys will be
conducted over the coming months.
The RPS survey teams
may require access to private lands to complete habitat and
Should you have any queries please contact the Flood Relief Schemes
Unit in Donegal County Council through the contact centre on 074 91
53900 or email
Autumn N: Let it grow, not flow 08.09.20
Teagasc are urging all farmers in Inishowen not to delay
spreading the remainder of their slurry this autumn. The nitrogen
(N) in slurry spread in September can have a higher impact on grass
growth. As grass growth reduces from September onwards the capacity
to take up nitrogen reduces steadily. Any nitrogen not used by grass
is susceptible to leaching when autumn and winter rains come,
particularly in free draining soils.
Good Practice this autumn
• Look at your grass covers and identify if your farm has a
sufficient supply of grass
• Identify paddocks that are likely to respond to additional
nitrogen (N) based on soil conditions, grass covers and soil fertility
• At this point no more than 20Kg N per hectare is justified. In
situations where there are significant grass covers and moderate to
low stocking rate, it’s likely that no chemical fertiliser is
• Last date for spreading chemical N&P is midnight on the 14
Reducing nitrate loss to water is an essential part of protecting
our environment and farm income.
Donegal has new Lotto millionaire 25.08.20
Someone in Donegal won Saturday night's Lotto jackpot worth
€2,482,715. The National Lottery is now encouraging all its players
in the county to check their tickets to see if they have won this
life changing prize.
The winning numbers, for Saturday 23rd August, are: 04, 05, 12, 15,
16, 31 and the bonus number is 23.
Dive survey inspections of Donegal piers
As part of Donegal County Council’s maintenance and management
of its piers & harbour facilities, dive survey inspections of pier
pile supports will be undertaken during September 2020 at the
following locations :
5. Portmore, Malin Head
11. Portsalon pier
The work will be completed by Irish Sea Contractors and supervised
by Donegal County Council.
Community Call Facility in Donegal
Government advice released on Tuesday, 18th August, has advised
people over 70 and the medically vulnerable they may continue to
meet up with people and go outside for exercise. However, if at all
possible, they should avoid public transport, only shop during
designated hours, maintain a two meter distance from others and wash
their hands regularly.
In conjunction with this government advice the Donegal County
Council continues to operate the Community Call Facility on 1800
928982 for those seeking assistance. Further information is also
available through the council’s website at
Burst water main in Fahan 11.08.20
Irish Water and Donegal County Council wish to advise customers in
Fahan, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Burt, Killea, Newtowncunningham and
surrounding areas that their water supply has been impacted as a
result of a burst water main.
It is expected that the repairs will be completed by 5pm but some
customers may not receive a full water supply for a further two to
three hours while reservoirs refill and water returns to the
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.
For updates please see the
water supply and services section of their website.
Expressway 32 Letterkenny / Dublin bus service
From Sunday, 9th August, Bus Éireann will run an additional
Expressway 32 service, seven days a week between Letterkenny and
Dublin, serving Lifford and Monaghan. The coach will depart
Letterkenny at 5.45pm and depart Dublin at 10.45pm. Online booking
is available at www.expressway.ie
and a number of seats are available on a ‘walk up’ basis for people
unable to book online.
Lough Foyle Ferry Service 15.07.20
The Greencastle to Magilligan ferry service commenced on Friday
3rd July and will run until at least Wednesday 30th September 2020.
The daily service will start from Greencastle at 9am with a
continuous shuttle service until the last sailing departing
Magilligan at 8.15pm. For more info visit
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