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1961

1961

Hospitals shortage

Despite the fact that two new district hospitals, in addition to the central hospital at Letterkenny, were opened during the year, there is still an acute shortage of hospital facilities in the county. This is revealed in the annual report of the Donegal County Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Maurice F. McParland, for 1960, which calls for 300 beds at the Central Hospital as a minimum requirement. The present number is 107. The report states that while the new hospitals mean a substantial improvement on the facilities available a few years ago, the number of medical beds is still quite inadequate to meet present demands and it is evident that doctors throughout the county are having to deal with cases at home that by all standards require hospital treatment.

Ardara Man’s Tragic Fate

A tragedy which was learned of in the Ardara district with feelings of shock and deep regret was revealed last week when two small boys playing on the banks of the Maryhill canal in Glasgow saw a body floating in the water and informed the police. The body was recovered and was discovered to be that of Mr. Francis Breslin, son or Mr. and Mrs. William Bresllin, Stravalley, Ardara. Deceased emigrated two years ago and was employed in an ironworks in the Maryhill district of Glasgow. About seven weeks ago, he finished work in the evening and set out for his home about ten minutes walk away where he lived with his wife and baby. He did not arrive home, however, and after some hours when inquiries failed to elicit word of his whereabouts, Mrs. Breslin notified the police. An extensive search was undertaken by the authorities but no trace of the missing man could be found.

Man hunt

One of the most extensive man hunts ever witnessed in South West Donegal was sparked off on Tuesday morning following the discovery by Mr. Edward Boyle, Dunkineely, that his shop had been entered and a sum of money taken. Entry had been made through a back window and had been so expertly effected that Mr. Boyle and his wife did not discover for some time that anything was wrong.

1973

Prominent businessman’s death

The death occurred this week in a Dublin hospital of Mr. Garrett Ormond, owner of Lareen Estate, Kinlough and managing director of Messrs. Rogan (Donegal) Ltd., the world-known firm of fly-tying specialiss operating in Ballyshannon and Kilcar.

Aged 59, the late Mr. Ormond was a Co. Wexford man who spent many years in England where he had extensive commercial interests. He came back to Ireland to purchase the Lareen Estate at Kinlough where he carried out large-scale development with a view to establishing a tourist centre there.

Eleven marooned for two days.

The eleven crew and passengers of a small boat that was suddenly caught up in a storm on its way from Tory Island to the mainland during the week has a gruelling experience as they raced for shelter to Innisbofin Island.

The drama began half way betgween the island and the mainland when a strong and sudden gale made it impossible to continue the passage to the mainland pier at Magheraroarty, and any attempt to return to Tory had to be abandoned as heavy seas lashed the landing slip. Eventually, a safe dash was made to Inishbofin where passengers and crew remained for two days until the seas settled.

No grants for curragh building

Small fishermen along the Rosses shoreline are to seek an investigation into the manner in which their claims for grants to build currachs were rejected by both the Industrial Development Authority and Gaeltarra Eireann. The fishermen claim that IDA officials pointed out that the area was in the Gaeltacht and it was not within the scope of that body to give any assistance. Their subsequent application for grants was s rejected by the Dept. of the Gaeltacht on the grounds that Irish was not the spoken language of the areas in question.