What some Donegal people said this week

Quotes of the week

Ciaran O'Donnell

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What some Donegal people said this week

Track specialist, Mark English, from Letterkenny

“She was a great lady, everybody knew and liked her. The town will certainly miss her.”

- Father William McMenamin, on the death of Annie Friel, the well known Raphoe hotelier who was laid to rest on Friday.

“I would share concerns put forward in Dublin that it opens the door to ending staffed library hours. This could lead to an erosion of the service. While they (the council) will say that is not the intention, that's what you could find."

- Donegal county councillor, John Campbell, reacting to the news that Donegal County Council has submitted the proposed unstaffing opening hours in its revenue for next year. Staff in Donegal's 13 libraries could be going out on strike over a lack of consultation over proposed staffless opening hours.

“I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying it. “I hope that there’s a follow-up.”

- Patricia Callaghan, mayor of Donegal town, at the launch of the MEAS writers' group's first publication "Wild Atlantic Words". The book is a collection of short stories by all seven members.

The man got in touch but he did not want to get any recognition for his kind act but said he would be pleased if I gave a nice Christmas hamper to Cara House. I’ve been on to them and they are more than delighted with that."

- Malachy Canning, owner of Gourmet Foods in Letterkenny, after hearing from the man who handed in a handbag belonging to Malachy's wife that contained over 3,000 euro.

"So Letterkenny University Hospital finally topped the poll for something - yip, overcrowding. We were tops last Tuesday. What's so not funny about that is that health outcomes for many patients can be very seriously affected by lying on trolleys along hospital corridors. One consultant claimed that up to 300 people a year die as a direct result.”

- DD/DPP weekly columnist, Pat McArt on the ongoing difficulties at the hospital.

“We feel that it is a good thing to do. Every cent that we make today will go towards charity. We know a few people that use the charity bus to Galway and we are all aware of people who have been lost to cancer and are battling cancer, so we feel it is good to help out in some way."

- Letterkenny barber, Gerry McKeever, on his decision to donate his takings on Friday to the Good and News Cancer Bus.

“I have also won the senior athletics category and being named the ‘Overall Winner’ in the last two years which was a great honour for me and it is very special to have my name there along with so many great stars of sport in Donegal. So I would ask the sporting organisations in the county to get the nominations in before the deadline on Friday.”

- Mark English, pictured, stressing the importance of team and individual successes being recognised at the annual Sports Star Awards presentation function which take place at the end of January.