What Donegal people said

Who said what, about what

By Staff Reporter


By Staff Reporter



What Donegal people said

Ollie Horgan

“I definitely have to thank him. We would be all gone just from the smoke itself.”

- Paddy Doherty of Fintown, praising his 16-year-old son Oran, who awoke his family when fire broke out in their home.

“To even get a mention from them is great, so that is great news.”

- Paul Diver of the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, after National Geographic Traveller named Donegal its top place to visit in its Cool List: 17 for 2017.”

“At the end of the day, it’s very difficult for me. Five people lost their lives. Day to day, it’s still very difficult.”

- Davitt Walsh, on being named Rehab Person of the Year after his bravery and quick-thinking saved a four-month-old baby after the family car slipped off the pier at Buncrana.

”I was a wee bit nervous before it, but when I got on it was just like talking to an old friend.”

- Alex Nicholas, age 7, from Buncrana, whose appearance on the Late Late Toy Show last week stole hearts across the country.

“We are now planning to have the service in place in April 2017, all going according to plan.”

- Danny Devlin, locally based Action for Hope co-ordinator, on news of plans to open a Pieta House in Letterkenny.

“We are all very proud of what he did. He did not talk about it much. He was a very quiet man, very private.”

- Evelyn Gallagher, whose grandfather, Donegal man James Duffy, was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery when he was serving with the Sixth Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Palestine in December 1917.

”It’s been a very distressing time, because trust has been broken. But we have all strived to get on with our everyday work supporting schools.”

- Jacqui O’Reilly Dillon, Donegal Education Centre director, on news that probes into alleged fraud are underway at the centre, regarding irregularities discovered last year.

“People need to be vigilant and look out for one another and any suspicious vehicles or suspicious activity. When people are doing their shopping they should be careful about storing high-value goods in their car.”

- Garda Crime Prevention Officer Paul Wallace.

“It is hard enough to fight disease but it is worse when you have to fight for your drugs as well.”

- Brendan McLaughlin, Donegal health campaigner, saying anyone who needs the breakthrough Cystic Fibrosis drug Orkambi should receive it.

“I think we have to look at other ways of running our health service.”

 Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, as Donegal county councillors unanimously approved a vote of no confidence in the Health Service Executive that was tabled by independent Cllr. Michael McBride.

“Teresa May doesn’t know what Brexit will bring; how does Aogán Ó Fearghail know?”

- Naomh Ultan official, Terence McGinley, as Donegal opposed the GAA dropping the National Anthem and flag, as President Ó Fearhail suggested.

”The chances of him coming to Donegal are still on.”

- Patsy McGonagle, Irish Olympic athletics manager, who spoke with Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt at the world premiere of the new film, “I Am Bolt”.

“I have been speaking to all the squad and it’s a slow process, but hopefully we’re getting close to agreement with a few of them.”

- Finn Harps Manager Ollie Horgan, on talks with members of last year’s squad.