Quotes of the Year, 2010

Quotes of the Year, 2010

Quotes of the Year, 2010

"There is the sense that you've earned it, that you've achieved a bit more." -- Anna N Mhaonaigh, administrator of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, describing the camaraderie among the musicians who attended the 2009-2010 school despite the extreme winter weather. (January 2010)

"If they have any sense, school authorities will decide not to open again until Monday. Some of the housing estates around the Letterkenny area are in a terrible state with ice and packed snow." -- Cathal McGettigan, who runs a school transport service. (January 2010)

"In the last 30 years we have landed around 25 first salmon of the season, and 20 of those have been on New Year's Day." -- Shane Gallagher of the Drowes Fisheries, marking the first wild salmon of 2010, which a Fermanagh angler netted on the River Drowes. (January 2010)

"This is just a surface thaw. Everything is re-freezing at night. The side roads are probably at their worst at the moment, because they're melting and slippery." -- Vincent Lynn, senior roads official with Donegal County Council.(January 2010)

"The white ice here is simply not thick enough to withstand the weight of an adult, and walking on it is simply not safe." -- John Leech of the Irish Water Safety Association. (January 2010)

"It's hard to complain about a football game not being played when the whole country more or less came to a standstill." -- John Joe Doherty, speaking after Donegal's opening game in the Dr. McKenna fell by the wayside last weekend because of the weather. (January 2010)

"I was well wrapped up and I didn't feel it to cold at all." -- 104-year-old Biddy McGee of Annagry, who travelled with her son to the Annagry post office during the freeze. (January 2010)

"People will ask where did it all go wrong. The budget was agreed the whole way through." -- Fianna Fil Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, speaking after the controversial 2010 council budget vote. (January 2010)

"Every single grouping in council, every individual councillor has a responsibility to go through the budget book and see if any further savings can be made." -- Sinn Fin Cllr. Pdraig MacLochlainn, explaining non-Fianna Fil members' concerns with the budget vote. (January 2010)

"Times have changed and I think with this climate at the moment there is a lot of pressure being put on the hospitality industry." -- Sean Ruddy, at a tribute to the end of his career as a landlord of the Arch Inn in Carndonagh. (January 2010)

"I've been out for three months now and the travelling was beginning to take its toll on me, especially when I wasn't getting to play. And then, when Lindfield brought Peter Thompson back in, it was going to be a lot tougher to secure a regular first team place. I need to be playing football." -- Kevin McHugh. (January 2010)

"A lot of people are basically at a crossroads, wondering where to go next." -- Chris McGee, at the FS table at the Adult Learner Fair in Letterkenny. (January 2010)

"We gather as a broken people with very heavy hearts." -- Father Michael Carney, parish priest, at the funeral mass of John Gallagher and his son, Sean Gallagher, who were killed in a road traffic accident at Burt. (February 2010)

"We understand that it is not a good time to be looking for financial support but we can guarantee that no matter how small or big the donation is, it will go directly to the people of Haiti." -- A message from Kincasslagh men Adrian Ward and Eddie Ward, who plan to travel to Haiti in October to help with rebuilding works in townships there. (February 2010)

"I certainly would have my reservations because we all spoke and said we had no confidence in the mayor and it would be hypocritical now to say he should represent us." -- Fine Gael Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, speaking at a council meeting about plans for the county mayor to visit the United States on St. Patrick's Day. (February 2010)

"Wow ... this could be the best thing to happen in decades at the festival but are they up for it." -- a Jedward fan responding on Facebook to rumours that the twins could be making an appearance at the Mary from Dungloe Festival. (February 2010)

"There is probably not a political party on this island that isn't aware of some aspect of abuse relating to people within their own party, but I would say no matter who these people are, if they are abusers, and no matter what party they are members of, including my own, they should be reported to the police and brought to the courts and dealt with there." -- Northern Ireland Deputy Prime Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fin. (February 2010)

"I would have seen generations coming through and it was lovely to get to know so many people." -- Mary McKeaney, the last postmistress at the Cloghore Post Office. (February 2010)

"I believe the eyes of the country are focused on Donegal South-West. There's a tremendous interest in what's going to happen in this constituency over the coming months." -- Dinny McGinley, Fine Gael TD for Donegal South-West. (February 2010)

"If donkeys are hungry or aren't handled right, they won't trust people and that's when they can be difficult. But that's not their nature. They are very, very sweet creatures and absolutely love to be around people." -- Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary. (February 2010)

"My opinion, as the JPC chairman, is that we do everything in our power to close them and see how we can eradicate them from the face of Letterkenny." -- Fianna Fil Cllr. Dessie Larkin, speaking about head shops. (February 2010)

"I will always reserve judgement and will ask questions if I see questions that need to be asked, and I never make apologies for that. And I think they are legitimate questions and in no way does it call into account the integrity of the county manager and staff at the top table to ask those questions. -- Independent Cllr. Thomas Pringle, speaking during a council meeting that addressed questions raised in an auditor's report on the council's payment to consultants. (March 2010)

"This is the tip of an iceberg for this town and we as a town must stand together and ask the government to do something. It is like the evictions of old, only in another form." -- Gweedore man Hughie McGee, managing director of six companies based in Donegal, speaking after one of his companies was placed into receivership by Anglo Irish Bank last week. (March 2010)

"The morning of the final summit, which is about 5,000 feet, we started at 3 am and spent about three-quarters of that final leg in the dark before the sun rose just as we were about to reach the summit. It was great to see the top at last." -- Lifford native Mark Neeson, who with Gavin Henderson from Killea scaled Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Army-based charity Child Aid. (March 2010)

"I have never, ever, ever let down this country or my county when I have travelled abroad, never." -- Tnaiste Mary Coughlan. (March 2010)

"It's hard to take in that a young lad from north-west Donegal has joined one of the biggest clubs in the world. It is simply unbelievable. It is what dreams are made of and we are all very proud of him and wish him all the best." -- Donegal League secretary Nigel Ferry, talking about Gortahork's Joe Coll. (March 2010)

"I'm eating organic pork in Donegal. Isn't that great?" -- A text message sent by celebrity chef Richard Corrigan to food critic Tom Doorley from Harry's Bar and Restaurant in Bridgend. (March 2010)

"When is he going to learn and grow up and stop acting the goat?" -- Judge Seamus Hughes, speaking at Glenties District Court about a man who was jailed for public order offences. (March 2010)

"The goals dried up and I thought it was time to call it a day." -- Brendan Bradley, speaking of his decision to retire from Derry City. (March 2010)

"We have this garden of reconciliation here on the altar and we are being asked to repent? We are being asked to say sorry for our sins? I think that is total hypocrisy today on this day." -- A grandmother who interrupted a Sunday mass of reconciliation at St. Patrick's Church in Ballyshannon. (March 2010)

"We don't want to sound like moral guardians. It's more the message we want to get out that if they can't afford it that they don't get into debt." -- Kevin Cooley, vice president of St. Vincent de Paul in Donegal, urging parents not to get into debt over potentially extravagant First Communion celebrations. (March 2010)

"Most of these fires were in uplands, where we have no access to water and have to physically beat the fire back with special equipment. So you can imagine how hard these men worked, many of them for up to six hours, having already spent an hour or more fighting another fire earlier in the day." -- Acting Fire Officer Bobby McMenamin, speaking about the 17 fires, most of them gorse fires, that the county fire services fought on the weekend. (March 2010)

"He's so dedicated and this is so important to him." -- Geraldine Ward of Ballyshannon, mother of 11-year-old Jimmy Ward, who won the title in the Boys 1 52 kg boxing section last weekend. (April 2010)

"This is Bundoran's most famous landmark and dates back to the 19th century and I'm afraid a wiggling octopus does nothing for it." -- Cllr Florence O'Doherty, referring to a mural painted on the facade of a seafront premises in the centre of the town. (April 2010)

"This is a piece of art that is simple reflective of the surf culture and the seafront." -- Killian O'Kelly, owner of Turf n' Surf, defending the Bundoran art work. (April 2010)