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August 24th 2005

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Frosses Notes By Colm Kelly

Home on holidays recently were Eunan Campbell (Killian), Tom and Tina Mohan with their children Lettermore; Seamus Mohan and his daughter Elizabeth were up from Killarney visiting with John in Lettermore; Enid and Charlie Monaghan are home from New Zeland; Ann and Frank Guerin, Pat and Rita Doherty and Patsy Doherty were up in Taobhahorkey visiting with Annie; Pat and Anthony Con were over with Connie Gallagher in Meenagran; Bridget and Frank Bruens were down in Drumduff with Belle; Katie, John and John Jnr Prentice, Mary Ellen, Wanye, Ryan and Brendan are visiting all their relations in the Frosses area.
Hello to Amanda Kelly who is working in Edinburgh for the summer, I’m told she is an avid reader of the Donegal Times.
The very active Frosses Golf Society were in action in Cloughaneely Golf club last week. The captain, Des Burke, stole the show, with Joe Breslin finishing runner-up. You could say the game was played on a soft day. The society wish to thank Fr. Collum for sponsoring the outing. Thank God for the rain for it’s hard to get a shower there. The next outing is on the 7th September in Ballybofey and Stranorlar G.C.
Congratulation to Letterbarrow on the opening of their new football field.
The fishermen had their prayers answered this week with the heavy rain and the flood in the river. It seems to have been a quiet enough season on the river so far so hopefully this will revive the interest in fishing on the Eany again.
It’s hard to believe that it is nearly back to school time again. The leaving cert results are out, so many of the students will be trying to sort out their further education. This is a massive step for them so good luck in their choices and let us not forget those who are starting out in life’s journey of education at Frosses National School, the new junior infants.
This question is for all students - How far can you walk into the forest? Answer is halfway - after that you are walking out of it again.

Young local receives serious facial
injuries in town centre

A young Donegal Town lad who was attacked on the Diamond on a recent weekend received serious head, cheekbone, eye and jaw injuries. Donegal Times has learned that two locals were in the process of withdrawing money from an ATM when they were set upon by two youths. When they alleged assailants took off in a car towards Killybegs, they were followed by a squad car. The youths abandoned their vehicle near the fishing port and took off across fields. However the Gardai followed and apprehended them. They were later released on bail and a file is being prepared for the DPP. The injured party was taken to Sligo General from which he was released two days later. However his injuries later required specialist work in a Dublin hospital.
The two accused appeared in Donegal Town court last Thursday where the case was adjourned until October.

Inver Notes

Happy 21st birthdays to Alicia Tierney, Conor McBrearty and Gena Rose. Also happy birthdays to Patsy McHugh, Mary Ellen Doherty. Happy 40th wedding anniversary to George and Bridget Gallagher who celebrated last Friday with their family and friends. Also, happy wedding anniversary to George and Bríd McHugh.
Congratulations to all the leaving cert students in the parish who all did very well. St Nauls seniors are through to the next round of the intermediate championship after they beat Carndonagh by 3 points on Sunday. The reserves were beaten by 8 points. The minors play Ardara tonight in the semi final of the championship. Hard luck to the u14s who lost out against Killybegs last week in the semi-final of the championship.

Sean Paul McHugh

Wedding Bells

Jane Thompson, Doonan, and Shane Doherty, Laghey, who were married in Donegal Presbyterian Church, with reception in the Millpark Hotel. Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Drimarone Notes

The winners of the Drimarone Development Association weekly draw for the past two weeks were Jim Mohan and Brian Kerrigan
Congratulations to Alana McGroary who graduated from Liverpool Hope University with Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in geography and environmental studies.
Deepest sympathy to Jimmy Meehan and family on the death of his wife Bernadette, late of Philadelphia and Drimalost. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dhilis.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Marcus Flannery (nee Muldoon) who got married recently and whose wedding reception was held in the Bluestack Centre, Drimarone. We wish them both a long and happy life together.
A FAS Community Employment Scheme is currently running in the Drimarone/Frosses area. Anyone interested in participating in the scheme please contact Fr. Matin Collum at the Parochial House Mountcharles on 9735009. Community Employment rates and conditions apply.
Dance in the Bluestack Centre on Friday night 26th August. Music by Larry and Co.
Brid Curristin.

Race night for railway Heritage Centre

Paul Williams, Neil Tee and Anne Temple of the Railway Heritage Society enjoy the race night in the Mill Park

The staff and management of the County Donegal Railway Heritage Centre would like to thank all those who attended and supported their first race night at the Mill Park Hotel on Sunday. The night itself was a huge success and the main organiser, Paul Williams, would like to especially thank the management and staff of the Mill Park for the use of their state-of-the-art marquee and the splendid buffet on the night

Bluestack Ramblers to reach new heights

Three members of the Bluestack Ramblers, Michael Devaney, John McGroary and Michael McGarrigle, are planning to trek to base camp, Everest in mid-September. All three have been leaders in the walking club for the last ten years. The expedition will take around twenty days with the group reaching heights of up to 5550 metres.
The highest point in the Bluestack is 674 metres so it will be almost ten times higher than that. The group are planning to spend a few days in Katmandu to acclimatise before flying into Lukla and then heading onwards on foot.
The group are traveling with Leader Gavin Bates who runs a company Adventure Alternative and who recently summitted Everest himself. As Joe Coyle said on the day of the Bluestack Challenge ‘for some the 40K walk would be their Everest’ - but for this group their Everest still lies ahead.


Marion Kee, Meta Montgomery, Alicia Duncan (nee Kee), and Rev. Duncan.

The Schools Reunion Committee for Clar, Copany, Drumnahoul, Tullynaught and Lough Eske would like to thank the Rector and Select Vestry of Laghy Parish Church for the use of the hall for our exhibition and events over the week of the reunion.
We opened the exhibition on Saturday morning with several hundred pictures, comprising school photos as well as family and friends, church events, G.F.S. and C.L.B. We showed off the original school registers from Tullynaught and Drumnahoul and old roll-books and other artefacts, including an old slate from Tullynaught belonging to Jennie Kerrigan (nee Graham) of Tullyearl, and the map of Ireland from Drumnahoul – in Irish. We had folders of family histories, birth and burial records, marriage records from Drumholm, Griffith’s Valuation, tithe records, hearth money rolls and the full version of the school registers, with dates and parent names going back to 1872 - and much more. We had an original birth certificate for David Graham of Tullyearl who was baptised in Golard Church in 1841, son of Richard and Hannah Graham. [Thanks to Lorraine Kerrigan] The photographs taken by Mabel Henderson N.T and Alicia Duncan N.T. at Tullynaught and Drumnahoul Schools during their time there proved very popular. Our thanks to the people who provided the photos and the artefacts; we are very grateful to them for their help and co-operation – without them it could not have happened. A special thanks to the Kelly Family, Frosses, who very kindly loaned the boards for the photos and to Francie Given and Bertie Johnston who gave of their time putting them up and taking them down again. Thank you.
On Sunday afternoon the church was packed for the special service of readings and songs of praise. Five readers, representing the five schools, Anna Given, Kitty Ramsey, Jean Scott, Kathleen Wray and Laura Browne [maiden names] read the lessons. The Rector then asked them three questions about their time at school, and they all had the answers, even though they didn’t know in advance what the questions were. Thanks girls for helping to make the service memorable. The hymns were all the old favourites that everyone knows. Our thanks to the Rector for organising the service and the Churchwardens, Marlene and David, for all their help and support. Thank you Phyllis and Pearl for the flowers.
The service was followed with refreshments in the hall where everyone met and talked over old times and viewed the exhibition. We thank all the people who helped with the refreshments and Kathleen, Marlene, Valerie and Adrienne who made the lovely scones.
On Tuesday the social in the hall was also well attended by people from all the schools, some went on to the traditional night in O’Carolans but others just sat and talked of old times. Thank you Bertie for the music, it was mighty. A special thanks to Kathleen Graham who was there at all times and whose help was invaluable, and not forgetting Roy who drove me all around the place to take photos of old schools and collect photos from people who offered them to us. He enjoyed it as much as I did.
We hope you enjoyed the reunion as much as we enjoyed organising it and thank you all for coming and supporting us; the reunion was a once-off and will never be repeated - so if you missed it, you will never have the opportunity again.
The books are selling like the proverbial hot cakes and are almost all sold out.
We thank the following people for their generous sponsorship of the events in the church and hall. It is much appreciated and will defray the costs of the event; we will give what is left over to the hall committee.
Mr Thomas McEllhinney, Agriculture Contractors and Plant Hire; Mr Alistair McClay, Starcrest Seafood Ltd, The Mullins, Laghey; Mrs Lily McClay, Moyne; Mr and Mrs Roland McClay, Lacklum. Drumholm; Mr John Johnston, Copany. Greenvalley Foods. Ltd; Mr Bobby Love, Copany; Juliet Graham, Julies Beauty Salon, Donegal; Mr Martin Kelly, Kelly Sales and Service, Mountcharles; Mrs Margaret McClelland (nee Graham). Hollywood; Mr Gregory Browne, Atlantic Guest House; Mr Trevor Bustard, Bustard Plumbing and Heating, Clar. Margaret Graham


Fifteen members of the Donegal Garden Society went on their annual tour of noted gardens on the weekend of the 1st to 4th July. This year the destination was Dublin and Co. Wicklow. The first stop on the tour was the Airfield Estate in Dundrum. On arrival members had lunch and were then met by the Head Gardener who took the group on a tour of the gardens. She gave a very detailed commentary on the different types of plants growing there and answered the many queries from the group. The next stop was the garden at Knockrose, The Scalp, Kilternan. Here the party were met by the owner of the house Tom Farrell who gave the group an interesting talk on the history of the house and it’s garden. The house had been built in the 17th century as a fortified building on the edge of the Pale.
Next morning, Sunday, was a visit to Knockmore Gardens, Enniskerry where members had the pleasure of meeting John and Rubel Ross who gave the party a fascinating tour of their 1.5 acre garden. The story of this garden is told in the International prize winning book “A Year in an Irish Garden” by Rubel Ross. The next stop was the National Garden Exhibition Centre at Kilquade. Here members wandered at will amongst the twenty gardens designed by different landscapers and designers. The gardens vary from a large water and woodland garden to a small town garden. Members had great opportunity to get ideas and to visit the garden centre to purchase unusual plants, thus causing problems for the car drivers to transport them safely to Donegal. The third visit was to Powerscourt House Garden Centre at Enniskerry. Some members of the party then returned to Donegal.
The following day, the remainder of the group visited Mount Usher Gardens at Ashford. Here was a paradise combining plantsmanship with layout and members enjoyed seeing trees and shrubs from many parts of the world. The guide here was the society’s chairperson, Michael Classon, ably assisted by society member, Maurice Timoney. After an enjoyable three hours the party set off for home. This trip was enjoyed by all and many thanks go to the committee members and Michael Classon, who organised the tour. Earlier, in June, other members of the society enjoyed a guided trip to the Burren. That trip was organised by founding member, Joan Evans.
If you are interested in gardening and would like to become a member of the Garden Society, why not come along to Killatee Hall, Dunkineely on Monday evening the 5th September at 8.30pm for the first meeting of the new season, and see what it’s all about.

Leaving Cert Results at AVS

Leaving cert results - Damien Martin, Maureen Sweeney, Kevan Brennan, Shane Patton, Rory Gorman, David Morrow, Gareth McMurray

Waterbus record best season to date

The waterbus committee have this week received their first instalment from the International Fund for Ireland – a cheque for €129,255.91. The committee told Donegal Times they are more than happy with the season and September is looking good. “We are glad that the members voted not to sell the waterbus. From the date of the EGM, when we took over, to present, our gross turnover is €90,000 and the bank has gone from a debit balance to a healthy credit one” said director Daniel Ward. One other plus is they do not have to employ a bookkeeper as the committee is doing this work themselves. Committee members are also taking an active part in the daily running of the office.
Billy Bustard confirmed that it has being the best year since the launch of the vessel. He puts this down to the fine weather, and the good relationship established over time with the tour operators. “The cards have turned - we have gone from depending on the hotels for business, to the hotels including us in their marketing. The hotels and staff are very supportive and also the tourist office here in town and Bundoran. We get a lot of day-trippers from Bundoran as well as coach tours. We had 2,800 people go down the bay on the bus over fourteen days in August - this is a record” Billy affirmed.
One of the most frequent questions asked of Billy is to recommend good eating places and the captain is proud to boast of the variety of European and Oriental restaurants that the town has to offer. Indeed he suggests that Donegal Town should be marketed as the gourmet capital of the north-west.
When asked about the sale of the existing waterbus, Chairman, Sean Quinn, informed me that they have acquired a new engine for the boat under warranty, as the engine they installed last year is smoking. This, he claims, will enhance the value of the boat. “There are six serious buyers interested at the moment – two from Lough Neagh, a hotel owner and a private company, one from Coleraine, one from Mayo, one from Carrick-on-shannon and another from Cork.” declared Sean. At the end of the year, when the new engine is fitted, the committee intend to invite all interested parties down to view the boat. They will then auction it - and speculate they will have no problem getting in the region of €100,000.
The new waterbus, which is being built at Mooney Boats, Killybegs, is expected to be completed in January 2006. The boat, which is costing in the region of €800,000, will receive grant funding of €550,000 - the difference will be made up from the sale of the old boat and profits from increased turnover.
The chairman claimed that they can’t hold an AGM until they receive the audited accounts for 2004. Mr Quinn complained that, despite numerous requests, both verbal and written, they have been unable to obtain relevant records from the previous committee. The waterbus intends to operate all year around, weather permitting, helped greatly by Jim White securing a deal with a coach tour company which will bring 8,000 guests a month to the town from September to April - the committee hope to secure a large portion of that business.

When we contacted the chairman of the previous committee, Maurice Timony, he confirmed that he had replied through his solicitor to their request, stating that he had handed over all the day books in his procession for the period while he was in the chair which was June 2004 to April 2005, the letter stated that if there were some lodgement books or cheque books missing, copies may be obtained from the bank.
He also stated that on the night of the EGM he distributed draft accounts for his term. “The outgoing directors were advised on the night of the EGM by the new committee that there would be a public meeting held within three weeks and that minutes of the EGM would be available. However we have been unable to get a copy of these minutes despite numerous requests - and the public meeting has not been held to date” Mr Timony asserted.

Write to the Point

We often get phone calls or visits from readers who want to make a short comment on different things, or ask a question, but don’t want to go the bother of writing a letter or whatever. In response, we’re starting a new column called “Write to the Point” where people can do exactly that, either by letter, e-mail, phone or in person. The following are some comments that have come our way since the last issue.

•The Tullyearl Roundabout is great but why is the Ballyshannon bound exit so tight? •Sitting on the Diamond, eating a cone and watching the world go by is one of life’s simple pleasures. But there should be a bye-law introduced to ban (a) pan pipe music and (b) mimed country music. •You were on about the sorry state of the O.P.W. flag on the Castle a few issues back, well there’s a new one up now. •The stretch of road between Super Valu and the turn into the A.V.S. School must be the most dug up piece of road in Ireland. • Could Martin McAllister sum up his letters in one paragraph and save his hand and my eyes a lot of bother? •This summer took the biscuit for “chuggers” on the Diamond. They’re professionally trained fund raisers whose aim is to sign you up for standing orders from your bank to their Charity. That’s why they stand outside the two banks on the Diamond. •A wise man once told me when you lose your temper you lose the argument and the crude, profane and inarticulate letter in the last issue lends credence to that point. •The state of the Bottle Bank over the Aug. Bank Holiday weekend was a disgrace with hundreds of bottles strewn on the road a few feet out from the containers. •Is Donegal Town Post Office the ugliest building in Ireland? •Could North West Tourism replace the terrible map on the side of the Tourist Office? •Are Ocean FM news reporters stuck to their chairs? •Should jet skis be allowed on Donegal Bay? •Will decentralisation into Donegal Town precede Mary into Aras an Uachtarain? •How often are the recycling bank containers in the carpark emptied? •Is our marina and quayside development still on the horizon? •Will the playground open in 2005, 2010, 2015 - or whenever? •Will Gerry Stewart’s old house in Castle Street fall down before the owners get around to demolishing it? •The goalposts at the AVS would welcome a coat of paint •What do the council intend doing with the old Fire Brigade Station site?

Editor’s Note: The first point on the Tullyearl roundabout - we agree with the writer. This tight exit towards Ballyshannon was brought to our attention by a truck driver two months ago and we rang the NRA offices. There a Mr Irwin assured us that the circumference of the roundabout and all exits met best practice and had passed all geometric tests. We are not convinced.

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