Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at Ballyliffin

Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at Ballyliffin

Don’t forget the fundraising Helicopter Ball Drop on Saturday 29th September.
Closest to the pin wins €1000- tickets form the Bar,Shop,Office or any member of the Entertainments Committee.

Helicopter Golf  Ball Drop at Ballyliffin

Derry Journal Move to New Offices

Derry Journal Move to New Offices

End of an era as the Derry Journal turns over new page

The last edition of the Derry Journal to be published on the Buncrana Road
One of the oldest newspapers in the world is turning over a new page with a change of premises.

The Derry Journal is leaving the Buncrana Road in the city after over 40 years, and moving to new offices at Pennyburn Pass less than a mile away.

It is only the third time the Journal has moved offices in 240 years.

The first offices were in Shipquay Street where the Richmond Centre is now.

Editor, Martin McGinley, started with the Journal in 1980 and said the paper, like the industry is unrecognisable from that time.

“I was a cub reporter. People might have recognised the newsroom from old films, it was very much like that.

“I sat down to a manual typewriter, I thumped out the story. You took your story and you folded it over and because it was on paper hoped you had a good thick bunch to bring into the editor.”

The Derry Journal holds perhaps the most important archive on the history of the North West and Mr McGinley said experience has taught them to be extremely careful when moving it.

“We will be packing up the archives very carefully today because one of the things that happened when we moved in 1970 from Shipquay Street was that there was an accident and a lot of glass negatives were actually broken, so extra care will be taken with this move.”

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This article first appeared on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-19596224

Johnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013

Johnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013

This year’s Johnny Doherty Festival takes place in Ardara on the weekend of September 27-29.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s festival which brought people from all over the world to the scenic town of Ardara, the organisers are confident of a successful weekend again this year. The organisers hope to provide something for everyone to enjoy, with Concerts, Ceilis, Barn Dances, Sean Nós, Set Dancing, Workshops, Pub and Street Sessions.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, this festival is going from strength to strength. It all kicks off this year on Thursday the 26th September with the unveiling, at the Diamond, Main Street, Ardara, of a sculpture dedicated to the fiddle legend Johnny Doherty. This stunning sculpture was commissioned by the Ardara Comhaltas branch and was sculpted by Redmond Herrity.

Already confirmed for the weekend are the ever popular Irish/American group Cherish The Ladies who make a welcome return to the festival. Also appearing will be the very talented Friel sisters from Glasgow. The Campbell family, Denise Boyle, Martin McGinley, Derek McGinley, Tara Connaghan, Aidan O’Donnell, Jim Byrne, Fiona Heywood and Donna Harkin are just some of the musicians who will feature throughout the weekend.

The Emerald Ceilidh Band and Ceilidh Time will provide the music for the sets and ceilidh dances.
Set dancing workshops with Mick Mulkerrin and a ceilidh with Clement Gallagher will feature on Saturday the 28th along with master class workshops in fiddle, flute, accordion and piano – workshops must be booked in advance.

There will also be pub and street sessions throughout the weekend.

For full details of the programme, visit www.johnnydohertyfestival.com

Jimmy’s Winning Matches – The Concert

Jimmy’s Winning Matches – The Concert
Dunlewey Theatre
Tuesday 18 September 2012
Show Starts: 20:30
Doors Open: 19:30
Tickets: €20

CLG Dhún na nGall in association with TG4.

8.30pm on Tuesday September 18th

Headline act Rory Gallagher & Jimmy from Senagal, will perform the hugely popular “Jimmy’s Winning Matches” song at this Concert in aid of the Donegal Players Fund. Pat Gallagher of the Goats Don’t Shave will also feature, and will perform the famous “Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal” song. Gaoth Dobhair trad band, “An Crann Óg” will perform a song written by GAA statistician, Fr Seán Ó Gallachóir. Fr Seán will also do a presentation on the facts and figures of Donegal’s path to the All Ireland Final 2012.

See video highlights of the championship games and expect a few guest entertainers as well.

All funds going to the Donegal Players Fund.

Tickets available from
Donegal GAA Office in Ballybofey
Diver’s Hyundai, Canal Road, Letterkenny
Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey
Siopa Chroithlí, Crolly
Tickets may also be booked through your local GAA Club.

Dunlewey Theatre
Tuesday 18 September 2012
Show Starts: 20:30
Doors Open: 19:30
Tickets: €20

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Buncrana Navigation Light Award

Buncrana Navigation Light Award

As the Tidy Towns Award results announced recently are assessed around the country, a collaboration in Buncrana involving the local Town Council, Tidy Towns Committee and the Buncrana / West Inishowen Historical Society is celebrating a major accolade.

The Buncrana Lighthouse Restoration Project won the Heritage Award.

The eight metre tall lighthouse (pictured above) was first established on the Buncrana Pier in January 1876 and it was converted from oil to acetylene in 1916 and onto electric in 1951.

It was decommissioned in 2009 by Irish Lights and restored and erected on the Shore Front a year later.

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Made in Donegal

Made in Donegal

Made in Donegal is a documentary about the local food culture in County Donegal, Ireland and why it is so important to the county’s as well as country’s future.

This film was made by students of Ohio University Documentary and Storytelling in Ireland Program, They’ve put their hearts and souls into an experience they will never forget.

 This is what happened behind the camera as we challenged ourselves and produced, shot, and edited our documentary in six weeks.

BTS: Made in Donegal from Kelly Matousek on Vimeo.

Simply Music Inishowen

Simply Music Inishowen

Simply Music Inishowen Offers:

  • One-to-one and group tuition on various instruments plus voice and music theory
  • Classes open to all ages (children and adults) at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Tuition for grade exams OR competitions OR for fun only
  • Occasional workshops and special events throughout the year including Halloween and Summer Camps and various concerts
  • Various Outreach Programmes including Music Therapy for special needs, In-School Performance, Exploring Music and Whistle Wizards
  • Participatory workshops and projects specially designed for any group through our Outreach Programme

Simply Music employs fully qualified and experienced music instructors for all courses including:

Keenan Barrett, Ray Curran, Leo Doherty, Marie Fitzpatrick, Louise Moore, Louise McKinney, Siobhan Shiels, Maura Sloyan, Jim Woods

For more information contact:

Ciara Herron, Simply Music Inishowen, Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

Tel: +353 74 93 20355

Web: www.simplymusicinishowen.com

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Between The Raindrops

Between The Raindrops

Between The Raindrops – came across this superb video by Peter Cox on Vimeo (click on the fullscreen option to enjoy it in all it’s glory)

A collection of time lapse photography of Ireland – showery weather can lead to some dramatic skies.

Between the Raindrops from Peter Cox on Vimeo.

Clips are available up to 4K resolution, visit www.petercox.ie/contact for licensing queries.

Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award

Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award

More than 80 O’Neills are scheduled to travel from America for the inaugural Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award in memory of the late former speaker of the US House of Representatives. The clan gathering, starting this Friday 7th September 2012, will take place in Buncrana, Co Donegal, home of O’Neill’s maternal ancestors.

US-based journalist Niall O’Dowd will be the first recipient of the award.

The weekend programme will also include the presentation of Irish-American Partnership bursaries to five local national schools and the first annual Tip O’Neill lecture to be delivered by Prof Paul Arthur.

A sculpture commemorating O’Neill will also be unveiled at Buncrana’s Shore Front by the town’s mayor, James Gill.

O’Neill’s daughter Susan O’Neill said her father’s grandmother Eunice Fullerton was born outside Buncrana, “so this part of the world still resonates as home for many of us”.

She added: “There are over 80 making the trip and this is a great opportunity for members of our family to visit our ancestral home and meet the local community.”

This article appeared in The Irish Times – Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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