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Are you entered in the Good Causes Awards 2019? 21.03.19
COMMUNITY organisations, sports clubs and projects from Inishowen who benefited from National Lottery Good Causes funding have just over one week to apply for the Good Causes Awards 2019. The entry deadline is Friday, March 29.
This awards initiative, with a total prize pool of €95,000, honours the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland.
Individuals, community projects and organisations in Inishowen which received funding in the years 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply. Applications for the awards are now open and people can check eligibility at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards .

Daffodil Day takes place this Friday 20.03.19
Volunteers in Inishowen will be taking to the streets on Daffodil Day, this Friday, March 22 to help raise crucial funds for people affected by cancer.
With incidences of cancer on the rise, the Irish Cancer Society says it needs to raise €4m in donations on the day to meet increased demand for its free support services. Over the course of Daffodil Day, 150 people will receive a cancer diagnosis in Ireland and over 40,000 people will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ by the end of 2019. Show your support by buying a daffodil from a local volunteer this Friday or donating at www.cancer.ie .

Saoire respite centre opens in Letterkenny 20.03.19
Saoire, Tusla’s new residential respite centre in Letterkenny, officially opened last week. Tusla is the dedicated state agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.
Saoire provides a respite and support service for children and young people between the ages of six and seventeen who are living at home or in foster care and require additional supports to maintain their placement in a family environment. This typically means spending a few nights at the centre surrounded by friendly staff, enjoyable activities and an opportunity to avail of a range of supports and interventions offered to help equip them better for family life.

Free Talk: Irish Women on the Move 19.03.19
Donegal County Museum invites you, on Saturday 23rd March at 2pm, to hear Dr Jennifer Redmond offer insights into story of the women who left Ireland after Independence. Even though more women than men have emigrated from Ireland, women's migration to Britain has been less well studied. Irish women and Donegal women could be found in all walks of life in Britain. Women worked on farms, in factories, shops, hospitals, and in offices.
She will also discuss the public commentary made about Irish women from the pulpit, press and politicians, who thought the women to be flighty, in need of guidance and prone to moral failures away from home.
All welcome, suitable for adults and young adults. Admission is free. For information contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny on 074 91 24613 or email museum@donegalcoco.ie .

Tribute to the late Dessie Larkin 19.03.19
Tribute to the late Dessie Larkin by Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council...
On behalf of Donegal County Council I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Dessie Larkin.
Dessie was a great member, diligent and articulate. He was a proud Letterkenny man but a great Donegal man. He was both Mayor of Letterkenny and of Donegal and we as a county will be the poorer for not having Dessie with us.

Tree Planting Event in Buncrana 07.03.19
Tree Planting Event on Saturday, March 9, 2019: Another great opportunity to plant trees in Buncrana. Buncrana gardener George McDermott has found an ideal spot for Buncrana Tidy Town to create a new hedgerow of hawthorns and it's ideal for the Pollinator Plan. This is a 100-metre strip close to the Crana river and near the new Cockhill Bridge. Lots of volunteers required on the day. Please meet at the car park opposite Cockhill church at 10am.

Does your garden need of a face-lift? 04.03.19
RTE1's long running series "Super Garden" is on the hunt for gardens in need of a makeover in the Inishowen area. Do you have a garden in need of a face-lift?
If you have a garden in need of transformation and don’t know where to start, why not apply for a makeover and give your patch of grass the Super Garden treatment.
Super Garden follows five emerging garden designers as they transform real gardens and compete for the prestigious honour of having their design recreated at the Bloom by Bord Bia horticulture festival.
If you would like to submit your garden for a free makeover, then please email your contact details along with a short video introducing you and your nominated garden to supergardenshow@gmail.com .
Deadline for application is Tuesday, 5th March.

Care e r: Paintings by Jude at Fort Dunree 27.02.19
Care e r: Paintings by Jude at Artlink, Fort Dunree form 2nd - 24th March 2019. Patrick Clafferty - the artist known as “Jude” - has been invited by Artlink to showcase a collection of his work at the Saldanha Suite, Fort Dunree, this March.
Jude has entitled the exhibition Care e r, and selected work produced during the past three years. The title of the exhibition ironically reflects on the fact that, for the past few years, he has been thrust into the emotionally challenging role of full-time carer for his two ageing parents.
The opening reception is Saturday 2nd March, 2 - 4 pm. The exhibition runs until 24th March and is open daily from 10.30am - 4.30pm.

Community fund is open for applications 26.02.19
Crockahenny Wind Farm, near Buncrana, reminds local organisations that the fourth round of its community fund is open for applications. The fund, which is valued at over €4,000 this year, remains open for applications until mid-March 2019.
Applications can be made online at www.windfarmcommunityfunds.ie until Friday 15th March at 5pm.
Funding is available to support local organisations in the delivery community projects and initiatives. Since the launch in 2014, the fund has committed to investing over €21,000 in 20 community projects within the vicinity of the wind farm.

Council seek operator to replace Flybmi 18.02.19
Derry City and Strabane District Council has expressed its disappointment at news that Flybmi have gone into administration and will no longer operate the Derry to London Stansted route.
The Council would like to reassure the public that they have been involved in urgent discussions, since the announcement was made, to assess the situation and put into place measures to secure a new operator. The Council spokesperson concluded that it is committed to securing an immediate replacement airline for this vital air route and will provide an update as soon as it is in a position to do so.

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