New Waterbus will be completed next year
Twenty-five per cent of work on our new waterbus has been carried out. Construction started in February and the steel structure is nearly complete, with pipes, bulkheads, diesel and fresh water tanks fixed, and the engines expected to be delivered within the next ten days from Cork. The Department of the Marine, after carrying out an inspection, is happy with progress - this is the first boat to be built under new department rules. While work on the boat has stopped at the moment, Michael Mooney told the Times that it will commence again within the next few weeks. Everything is running to schedule and I can confirm that the boat will be completed early next year, as agreed with the committee. We have not worked on the boat for a few weeks while the men are focusing on other projects, but I hope to have a team back within the next few weeks concentrating on the water jets and engines. Mr Mooney said the newly elected Enterprise Group committee had been down to inspect progress and made some changes to the design.
New addition to Donegal Bay
The latest addition to the growing collection of leisure-craft in South Donegal is this mighty luxury cruiser belonging to local businessman, Nicholas Davin. Nicholas, along with crew-men Maurice Timony and Eamon ODonnell powered the boat from its Northern Ireland berth to its new moorings at the Hassans last week. Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Site behind Lidl refused permission by An Bord Pleanala
The planning application for Blackthorn File Management Ltd, at Clarcarricknagun, Donegal Town, which was referred to an Bord Pleanala, was refused last week. This proposed development, on the site behind Lidl at the Drumlonagher roundabout, was for the erection of a single storey and part two storey retail unit of 4,704m squared gross floor area which contained 1. a supermarket and comparison store, 2. storage and staff ancillary areas, 3. service yard with fire-fighting water storage tank and compactor, 4. associated carparking, landscaping and vehicular access from the existing entrance at Lidl supermarket. There were only one objection from the Council to this development, and, even though it was an out-of-town development, there were no other objections lodged.
Railway Heritage Centre Open Day
Robert Ellis and Gillian Stevenson have a look at David Whites model steam engine Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Frosses Notes By Colm Kelly
Frosses Golf Society had a very successful outing to Greencastle last Wednesday. Winner on the day was Fr. Martin Collum with Mark McCarthy second and Fr. John McLoone in third place. Johnny Ward was the winner of the high handicap section. Many thanks to Airport Manor for their generous sponsorship.
A very large crowd climbed Carnaween on the first Sunday of June. The tradition goes back hundreds of years and it is good to see so many young, and not so young, keeping up the tradition.
Home on holidays were Seamus Mohan, along with his daughter Elizabeth Rose, visiting the Breslins in Ballybrillaghan, Martin and Bridie McGinty were in Killian with Annie Burke, the Kelly family were around for the weekend and Noel and Kathy White were up from Kerry to visit with the Burkes at Lower Main Street.
Congratulations to all the children who made their first communion on Sunday week last.
There will be a fun evening in the community field on Friday the 10th June, with the proceeds going to the special Olympics. Everyone welcome.
Eilish Ward had a fantastic game on Sunday in the U-14 All Ireland semi-final. She scored two goals and four points out of Donegals total of 3-11. We look forward to the All Ireland final. Well done to Rachel Crawford who also had a great game.
There will be a traditional music session in Kellys Bar, Frosses, this Saturday night with the music being provided by visiting musicians from Strabane. Any locals who would like to take part are more than welcome.
Skin therapy at Brittons celebrates 25 years in business
Mella and the girls at Brittons Beauty Centre Photo: Margaret Gallagher
June 1st, 1980, saw the beginning of what is now a very successful Beauty Salon Business in Donegal Town. Brittons Beauty Centre was born and has since become Skin Therapy at Brittons located over Brittons Pharmacy on the Main Street.
The needs of the public have changed over the years and what began as offering grooming services has envolved into a Health and Wellness business. Skin Therapy, owned and managed by Mella Britton, together with her two Therapists, Emma Jane Kelly and Tracey Nesbitt, offers a wide range of treatments which are exclusive to Skin Therapy and suits the needs of todays busy clients.
In developing the range of treatments available, Mella has created a peaceful, relaxing and comfortable environment in which clients can be assured of 100% attention and care. On June 1st last, Thalgo Ireland joined with Mella and her staff to have a very successful fund-raising day for Special Olympics Ireland. Two of Thalgos consultants Sinead Thompson and Jennifer Irwin were on hand for the whole day to offer skin consultations, taster facials, goodie bags and special offers, on the Thalgo range of skin care. Sincere thanks to all who called to the Salon on the big day to support this very worthy cause. A total of €900 was collected and presented to Grainne McGettigan, Special Olympics fund-raising Co-Ordinator for Co. Donegal.
To celebrate 25 years in the Beauty Business, Skin Therapy is introducing two new body treatments, Stones of the Earth Massage, and Isodren Body Machine. The Isodren Machine is unique in that it covers firming toning, lymph drainage and breakdown of excess adipose tissue, all in one treatment. Each session lasts 45 minutes and the full course is 15 sessions.
Stones of the Earth Massage is a powerful massage treatment, relaxation, rebalancing, and harmonising the body, lasting one and half hours.
As well as the regular grooming treatments, Skin Therapy offers Guinots Hydradermie facial treatments, Thalgo face and body care, Jessica hand/nail treatment, heavenly bodies spray tan, Peggy Sage & MilaDopez Make-Up. Exclusive to Skin Therapy are Food intolerance testing, Indian head Massage, Rejuvenessence Finger Tip Face Lift, Skin Therapys signature massage.
Mella would like to thank most sincerely all her clients who have supported her over the past 25 years. Sincere thanks to all who supported the fund-raising day, to friends and family who helped make the day very successful. No business can succeed without competent staff, this has been the case through the years. Skin Therapy prides itself in employing the best, some of whom have gone on to open their own successful businesses. Sincere thanks to Emma-Jane and Tracey who are presently with Skin Therapy, for their loyalty, support and hard work in making this celebration very special.
Mella and the girls look forward to continuing to give expert care and advice to their clients for many more years to come! For more detail on the treatments on offer call 074 9722656 or e-mail email@example.com.
Margaret celebrates 40th
Paul McGeoghan, Margaret Kelly, Des Burke, Michael Burke, Susan McCahill and Jeff Bennett celebrate Margarets 40th in Kellys Bar, Frosses
The Junior Playground which will cater for children up to eight years was completed in June 2004 and is now fully paid for at a cost of €96,000. The valuable site for the playground was generously provided by the directors and trustees of the St. John Bosco Centre.
The Playground Committee are very aware of the frustration and annoyance of the local community, given that a fully completed playground has sat idle for the past twelve months. We share this frustration and are conscious that young children are passing this sparkling new playground on a daily basis and cannot comprehend why the gates are still locked.
A major problem was overcome when Donegal County Council agreed to insure this area if the playground portion of the overall site was transferred to their ownership. This was agreed to and should have been quite straightforward, given that the site was originally leased from Donegal County Council. In order to legitimately protect the interests of all parties, the new lease had to be approved by directors and trustees.
The Playground Committee have now been informed that the overall lease has been agreed and sealed by the St. John Bosco group and is with Donegal County Council for similar sealing. It is understood that a sub-lease for the playground portion of the site is now being prepared.
All parties involved at local level are lobbying to have the final documentation processed as quickly as possible. This is being done on a daily basis through all political and other channels available to us.
While this delay is regrettable we are nonetheless progressing quickly with work on the senior playground. Much of the site work is completed and equipment will be in place shortly. Fund raising is ongoing and we thank all those who have already bought tickets.
Behans The Hostage performed by Donegal Drama Circle in Abbey Hotel
The Hostage (Conor Friery) arrives under threat of a volunteers gun (Cathal Mulhern). Watched on by Rio Rita (John Kerrigan) and Princess Grace (Happi Appolinaire)
Congratulations to Eunan Ward and Fiona Gallagher who got engaged last week. Happy birthdays to Emma Campbell, Keelan McDevitt, Niamh McGlinchey, Niamh Boyle, John Kelly, Bríd Burke, Shaun Kerrs, and Vanessa Laffen. Bríd Wards book is selling well and can be purchased locally in shops. Good luck to the students in the parish who are starting their exams today. St Nauls seniors had a great victory away to Naomh Conaill last weekend, winning on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-08. The reserves were beaten on a scoreline of 4-13 to 2-6. The Under 14s won their first match of the league with a one-point victory over near neighbours, Four Masters. They play away to Ardara tonight. The under 12s had a brilliant away win to Ardara with a two point victory. They are close to clinching a place in the regional final. They played Four Masters on Monday night and play Naomh Conail later in the week. Eany Celtic under 13s are in the semi-final of cup - they played Copany Rovers last night. Well done to Stuart Johnson and Brian McGroary from the club who are representing the Donegal teams in Cork. Good luck to Gavan Maguire who travels to Clones with the Donegal team on Sunday for the big match with Armagh.
Sean Paul McHugh
Communions in Frosses
Children from Frosses and Killian N.S. who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday 29th May. Front: Ciara Crawford, Christopher OLaughlin, Gary Quigley, Martin Breslin, Niamh Burke. Second row: Emma Govan, Jade Heraghty, Keelin Flynn, Bridgeen Mulhern, Nicole Morrow. Third row: Kevin Carr, Neil Furey, Patrick Kelly, Amy Cunningham, Maria McDyer, pictured with Fr. John McLoone and teachers Mrs. Carmel Garvey and Mrs. Charlotte Doherty.
Ford steals Seat Ibiza
A Donegal Town man who stole a Gardas private car while on day release from prison was brought before the last sitting of Falcarragh District Court.
Leo Ford from Upper Main Street, Donegal Town, was charged with unauthorised taking of a vehicle and theft of items from the car at Donegal Town Garda Station on 25 May. He was apprehended within 15 minutes, held in custody and brought before Falcarragh District Court later that morning.
Solicitor Mr. Paudge Dorrian told the court Ford had been serving a two month sentence in Castlerea for drink driving. He said Ford was due for release on 7 June and had been released early on compassionate grounds because his wife had medical difficulties. He said Ford had four children aged 12, 9, 7 and 3. One has attention problems and his father is the only one who can control him, said Mr. Dorrian, who was appealing for bail to be set in relation to the charges.
Mr. Dorrian said Ford had a drink problem history and had taken drink on his release. His client was willing to adhere to signing on conditions and planned to attend AA meetings in Donegal Town.
Inspector Gerry Curley said that Ford was on day release and was due to return to Castlerea Prison on Wednesday afternoon. He handed in a letter from the Prison Governor. Inspector Curley said he was objecting to bail as Ford had failed to turn up on several occasions previously.
Judge Willian Hamill said it presented problems when acting on instructions and the defendant was not telling the truth. He remanded Ford in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.