Your free community news in brief
If you wish to contact us regarding any of our
news items please do so...
:: News In Brief
Today is national 'Slow Down Day' 24.05.19
AN Garda Síochána are conducting a national speed enforcement
operation 'Slow Down Day', supported by the Road Safety Authority, for a 24 hour period from 7am today, Friday 24th May, to 7am on
Saturday, 25th May 2019.
The objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions,
save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim of 'Slow Down
Day' is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase
compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at
excessive or inappropriate speed.
Safety cameras will be on the roads all across Ireland where fatal
or injury collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate
Loughs Agency seize 50m net in Moville
Last night, The Loughs Agency seized a 50m net in Lough Foyle at
the mouth of the Bredagh River in Moville. The net had several sea
trout caught in it, all of which were released. The agency
encourages members of the public to report suspicious activity by
calling +44287134 2100.
Search & Rescue Exercise in Bunbeg
A Joint Garda Síochána and Irish Coast Guard training exercise will
be held today, 19th May, both on and offshore in the vicinity of
Machaire Gathlán Pier, Bunbeg, Co Donegal. Also taking part in the
exercise will be personnel from the RNLI and Irish Underwater
Council Search and Recovery Divers.
The exercise will commence at 08:00hrs and finish at 13:00hrs today,
Sunday 19th May 2019.
The aim of the exercise is to review search, rescue, recovery
operational capacity and to enhance communications between:
1. Marine Rescue Centre, Malin Head
2. Irish Coast Guards Teams
3. Irish Underwater Council Search & Recovery Divers
5. An Garda Síochána
Sliabh Liag Project official opening
The Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project will be officially
opened later today by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh
TD in association with Cllr Seamus O Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of
Donegal County Council.
The project represents a capital investment of €4.95 million
incorporating the construction of the Transportation Hub and
Visitor’s Centre. The capital works also included road improvements
from Carrick village, a Ranger Station with carpark, toilet
facilities and importantly the mountain path works with 2.5km of new
The opening will take place today, Monday 13 May, at 3pm at the
Sliabh Liag Visitor Centre.
Lotto luck continues in Donegal 05.05.19
Lotto excitement hits Letterkenny after a ticket worth €250,000, the
top prize on last night’s Lotto Plus 2 draw, was sold in the town.
The winning quick pick ticket was purchased at the Eason’s store in
the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.
This Lotto win is the latest of a number of top prize National
Lottery wins to hit Donegal in the past number of weeks. Just last
week a lucky lotto player in the Glenties scooped a massive €500,000
EuroMillions Plus top prize while in April Odhran Doherty won the
Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1 million with a ticket purchased in
In February, a EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000 was won by 84
year old retired farmer, Charlie Meehan, from Manorcunningham.
Gardaí investigate gorse fire in Donegal
A man was arrested yesterday (2/5/2019) by Gardaí investigating an
outbreak of gorse fire in west Donegal on Good Friday (19/4/2019).
He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at
Milford Garda Station and has since been released without charge. A
file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The investigation commenced following an outbreak of gorse fire on
Good Friday between the hours of 1pm and 10.30pm. Considerable
damage was caused to houses, tractors and land in the Drumnacart &
Annagry area but no injuries were reported. The investigation is
€500k lotto ticket sold in Glenties
Lotto excitement has hit Glenties in Donegal after a ticket
worth €500,000 was sold in the village last night. The lucky ticket
won the top prize on the EuroMillions Plus draw.
The half a million euro ticket was purchased in the Paper Stop shop
on the Main Street in Glenties, a village with a population of only
The store owner William Elliott said: “I was shocked to get the call
last night as it’s the first major lottery prize we’ve sold in
recent times. We’ve been spreading the word to our customers to
check their tickets and there is a great buzz in the village all
Gardaí seek help to find missing person
Gardaí wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the
whereabouts of Jamie O’Neill, 17 years old, who is missing from his
home in Bonagee, Letterkenny. Jamie was last seen on the 24th of
April 2019 in Bonagee.
He is described as being 5’9’’, he has dark brown hair and brown
eyes. When last seen he was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit top.
Anyone who has seen Jamie or who can assist in locating him is asked
to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100 or the Garda
Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
27th April 2019 Update - Jamie O'Neill has been located safe and
well. Gardaí would like to thank the public and the media for their
assistance in this matter.
Election posters are a road safety concern
The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has issued an appeal to
candidates contesting the upcoming elections to be mindful of road
safety when erecting posters.
Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer says “we totally understand that
candidates need to erect their posters and we are asking them to be
mindful of where they erect their posters and to be aware that
posters in the wrong location can lead to problems for motorists and
He adds “in the interest of road safety we are appealing to
candidates to be conscious of where posters are placed and secure
We would urge candidates to be particularly mindful of erecting
posters at or near roundabouts, speed limit signs, statutory road
signs, directional signs, road works sites, stop or yield signs and
other crucial areas”
Newtown woman hopes to spin the wheel
Mary Doran from Newtowncunningham was watching Winning Streak
last weekend and knew she had a scratch card sent into the show.
She was alone in the house with just her grandson when her name was
called out. However, by the time the show was coming to a close, the
house was full of her family all keenly waiting for the full address
to be shown at the end of the show.
Mary’s husband Stephen and eight adult children, Vanessa, Marian,
Elizabeth, Gillian, Amanda, Anne Marie, Sandra and Steve will be in
the audience to cheer her on this Saturday, 27th April.
Sun set to shine on Inishowen clean ups
With the good weather forecasted over the next few days, the sun
will be shining on Inishowen volunteers who will be out again as
part of the Big Donegal Clean Up. Clean ups are planned for
Ballyliffin, Clonmany and Carndonagh.
This weekend’s clean ups in Inishowen will take place as follows:
• Ballyliffin Tidy Towns are having a big clean up on Friday, 19
April, starting at 11am and meeting at Pollen Beach Car Park.
• Clonmany Tidy Towns are having a big clean up of Urris, Dunaff,
Leenan and surrounding areas on Friday, 19 April and there are two
meeting points; St. Marys Hall, Clonmany and Tiernasligo, Urris at
• Carndonagh Tidy Towns are having a big clean up on Friday, 19
April, meeting in the Carndonagh Council Offices car park at 11.00am
Gardaí arrest three men in Letterkenny
Gardaí arrested three men, (31, 25 and 24 years of age)
when they carried out a search of a house in Letterkenny on Tuesday,
16th April, 2019. The operation was part of an ongoing investigation
into a Romanian organised crime group.
A large amount of fraud paraphernalia including suspected cloned
credit cards, credit cards issued in false names, bank account
details, false Romanian identity documents, credit card machines,
till rolls and a number of suspected stolen Irish and UK passports
and driving licences along with two cars bought on finance obtained
on bank accounts opened in false names were discovered at the
location and seized.
100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life
Donegal County Museum’s new temporary exhibition
celebrates 100 years of women in politics and public life, by
shining a spotlight on the stories of women who have contributed
significantly to Irish political and public life over the past
century and on the challenges they faced and the obstacles they
The exhibition runs to the end of June at Donegal County Museum,
High Road, Letterkenny. Opening hours 10am – 4.30pm (Lunch 12.30 –
1pm) and Saturday 1- 4.30pm. Admission is free. Tel: 074 9124613 or
Garda Campus Watch warns students 12.04.19
Garda Campus Watch warns young students never allow your bank
account to be used by someone else. The "Creating Fraud Awareness”
campaign will run until Friday 31st May 2019. Students are often
targeted by organised crime gangs to act as money mules, laundering
thousands through their accounts in exchange for a few hundred euro.
Niamh Davenport, Head of Fraud Prevention said: "We understand that
young adults are trying to juggle work and study with an active
social life, with all kinds of costs to cover and it can be very
tempting when someone offers you the chance to earn extra cash
quickly for little effort.
We’re urging young people to be smart when it comes to money mule
recruitment, whether it’s someone asking for a favour or promising
payment. Know the warning signs, understand the risks and check with
someone you really trust if you’re unsure."
Return to > News