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13/02/19 Putting Road Safety in a Premier position in Finn Park

Road Safety Art comp

Pictured last month at the launch or the Primary School Road Safety Art Competition at Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Carrigans was Cathaoirleach Seamus ODomhnaill, Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Director of Service John McLaughlin, John Campbell Finn Harps, Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps Soccer Academy, Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer, Cllr Paul Canning, Stephen McCaul, DMG Motors along with teachers and pupils from Scoil an Linbh Iosa.


The Donegal Road Safety Working Group and Finn Harps Football Club have announced the winners of the Primary School Road Safety Art Competition and the overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Dundalk match in Finn Park on Friday 22nd February 2019.


This year again over 800 excellent drawings were submitted by children from Donegal’s Primary Schools, which shows how popular the competition is with Primary schools in Donegal and the quality of the entries was once again outstanding.


The category winners are –


  • Orlaith Kennedy, Kilkenny NS, Glenties.
  • Sadhbha Nic Aodh, Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Anagaire.
  • Aoibhín McIvor, Scoil Eoghain, Moville.
  • Adam Lough, Gortnacart NS, Ardara. 
  • Eva McGavigan, St. Baithin’s NS, St. Johnston.
  • Kasia Wach, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Letterkenny.
  • Jack Mitchell, Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Killymard, Donegal Town.


The overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Dundalk match in Finn Park on Friday 22nd February 2019.


Finn Harps will be playing in the Premier Division this season and the match against the current League Champions and FAI Cup winners is sure to attract a large crowd. The winning piece will feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the 2019 season. The wonderful array of drawings received not only shows the creative ability that children in our schools have, it also underlines how our committed local teachers create an environment where children can express their talents.


Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council, Brian O’Donnell, thanked all the schools for participating in the competition.



He said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all the schools for again getting behind this very important Road Safety initiative.  The competition reinforces the message of Road Safety, encourages school children to use their imagination but especially by the understanding and appreciation that the children have in the whole area of road safety. The children who entered the competition should be extremely proud of themselves and the quality of the entries received was truly outstanding. It is great to see that these pupils, through their drawings, are contributing to raising awareness of road safety throughout Donegal. This competition is very popular with the Primary School children and we are delighted that Finn Harps continues to help promote road safety awareness in Donegal”.


John Campbell Finn Harps Schools Programme coordinator stated, “Finn Harps Schools are delighted with the response to the Road Safety Art Competition, ran in conjunction with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group. This competition is very popular with the Primary School children and this year again we received a large number of excellent entries. We are delighted that Finn Harps can assist in the promotion of Road Safety in Donegal”.

23/04/19 Update on the extensive wild fire in West Donegal

The extensive wild fire in West Donegal in the areas of Annagry, Belcruit, Loughanure and Kincasslagh concluded late last night, (Monday) / early this morning (Tuesday).


A total of 13 Donegal County Council Fire Brigades, totalling 16 appliances and a further 12 support vehicles responded to the event and were assisted by an auxiliary fire service from the Donegal Civil Defence.


The Donegal County Council Fire Service was supported by the Irish Coast Guard, An Garda Síochána, The Irish Defence Forces, comprising of an Air Corp Helicopter with fire fighting capabilities and a platoon of infantry from Finnar Camp, Ballyshannon, and was further aided by a fire appliance / water carrier from Donegal Airport.


The responding agencies were hugely assisted by the community response in the area during the day where hundreds of local volunteers assisted both directly and indirectly.


Donegal County Council would like to thank and acknowledge the co-operation and collaboration of the responding agencies and the local communities and volunteers during the wild fire.


The notice of high fire risk (Condition Orange) remains effective up until Wednesday of this week for all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.


Donegal County Council appeals to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.


Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.


The Council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.


House holders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.


Donegal County Council would also like to remind landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between 1st day of March and 31st day of August in any year.

29/05/19 Your ultimate guide to managing household waste

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