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Devine wins Donegal Harvest Rally 14.10.19
Derry’s Callum Devine and his Enniskillen co-driver Brian Hoy
took their first major win as they dominated the Donegal Harvest
Rally in Inishowen. Their Fiesta R5 lead the nine stage event from
start to finish. This was despite all the efforts of this year’s
National title holders Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes and former champion
Donagh Kelly in his VW Polo.
Devine led Moffett, who was making his debut in a Polo R5, for most
of the day, with Kelly close behind in third place, but on the final
loop, the Monaghan driver slid back to fourth position behind local
man Joe McGonigle’s Mini.
Donegal Harvest Rally winners, Callum Devine and Brian Hoy.
MICA Redress Scheme update 11.10.19
The recent announcement by Government of funding for the Mica
Redress Scheme in Budget 2020 is a welcomed development for
individuals in Inishowen whose homes are cracking due to the
Donegal County Council has confirmed that engagement is ongoing with
officials in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local
Government in relation to the details of the scheme, including
enabling regulations, with the objective of concluding this work as
soon as possible.
The Council is also making preparations for the work in relation to
the administration of the scheme so that when the regulations
enabling the opening of applications to the scheme come into effect
it will be in a state of readiness to receive and process
Sleep Out 'a big success' 11.10.19
Volunteers from all across Donegal slept out on Friday, 4th
October, in Letterkenny to help raise much needed awareness and
funds for North West Simon Community.
Collette Ferguson, Donegal Development Officer at Simon expressed
her deepest gratitude to each and every one of the 35 volunteers for
stepping out of their comfort zones for one night only so, others
don’t have to.
The Volunteers were on a mission to make a difference and managed to
collect €2,408 during the collection on the night.
Cllr. John O’Donnell with volunteers at the launch of the
North West Simon Community Annual Sleep Out.
Arts Council invests in Inishowen events
People in Donegal will experience a wide range of high-quality
arts events in the months ahead, the Arts Council have said, with
funding for a number of local organisations and artists through
Local projects Inishowen Carnival Group and Artlink Ltd at Fort
Dunree are among those to receive a funding boost of €42,000 and
€50,000 respectively. Across the country, the government agency for
funding and developing the arts awarded €7.3 million to some 131
artists, arts organisations and projects through its Arts Grant
Tonight is a record €190m EuroMillions draw
EuroMillions players in Ireland could be set for a bumper
pay-out in tonight’s EuroMillions draw which promises a massive
increase in lower tier prizes due to the €190 million jackpot cap.
The National Lottery has confirmed that due to the €190 million
jackpot cap, an estimated €15 million in prizes will now flow down
to lower prize tier levels.
Under the EuroMillions community rules, a jackpot is capped at €190
million and any excess will flow down to the next prize tier at
which there are winners. The jackpot can remain capped at €190
million for up to a four draws.
On the fifth draw at cap, if the €190 million jackpot is still not
won, the full value of the jackpot will flow down to the next tier
with a prize winner.
Tune in to Tip O’Neill Award Ceremony
The prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony will
be streamed live for the first time today, Friday 27 September, at
7.30pm on the Donegal County Council website
Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and
Chair of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee believes
that this will open up the event to a wider global audience.
“We are delighted to be live streaming the Tip O’Neill Irish
Diaspora Awards ceremony from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in
Buncrana allowing us to bring what is always a very special event to
a wider audience” says Cllr. Crossan.
The four notable members of the diaspora that are set to be honoured
at this year’s award ceremony are author and playwright Frank
McGuinness, Dublin based businessman Pat Doherty, US based attorney
Patrick C. Dunican Jr and US based businessman Daniel J. Hilferty.
Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony will be streamed
live at 7.30pm from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana on
Donegal house prices fall 27.09.19
Donegal house prices in the third quarter of 2019 were 2% lower
than a year previously, compared to a fall of 1% seen a year ago
according to the latest Daft.ie Sales Report released by the
property website. The average house price is now €141,000, 47% below
Commenting on the figures, Ronan Lyons, author of the Daft.ie
Report, said: “With prices also falling in some areas most exposed
to Brexit, in particular Border regions, a disorderly Brexit could
change this story in months to come.”
Inishowen water treatment plant upgrades
Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council,
has completed assessments, upgrades and standardised disinfection
systems in water treatment plants across the county including
Inishowen, as part of its National Disinfection Programme.
This work has resulted in improvements to 15 plants in County
Donegal, ensuring these plants continue to comply with the required
drinking water regulations.
As part of the project, operational upgrades have been completed in
water treatment plants, public water supplies and pumping stations
at sites including Buncrana (Slavery), Carndonagh, Inishowen East (Redcastle)
and Inishowen West (Meendoran).
For more information, visit
National Disinfection Programme .
Green Cards won't be needed for UK
Green Cards will no longer be needed for those driving Irish
registered vehicles in the UK, including Northern Ireland, if there
is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Valid Irish insurance discs will be accepted
as proof of insurance for Irish registered vehicles, following
detailed discussions between the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)
and the UK Department of Transport.
A Green Card is an internationally recognised insurance document
which demonstrates to law enforcement agencies that valid motor
insurance is in place.
The UK Department of Transport has now confirmed that law
enforcement authorities in the UK, including Northern Ireland, will
accept valid Irish insurance discs as proof of insurance for Irish
However, in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Green Cards will still
be needed for UK registered vehicles visiting European Union
countries, including Ireland.
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