LETTERKENNY’S PARTY IN THE PARK HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

first_imgAnybody in the vicinity of Letterkenny today could do a lot worse than to visit the town park near the general hospital.Today sees the Donegal Youth Service Party in Park celebrate its 7th such event.More than 15 acts will take to the stage in the park form 2pm right up until after 8pm. The bands include Don’t Feed The Bassist, Jamaican Vampires, The Matthew Trainor Experience, Leila Keeney ad many more.But as well as many top acts, there will also be plenty of other distractions to entertain what promises to be a huge crowd.These include the Ultimate Frisbee, a tug o’ war, a penalty shoot-out and all the usual party in the park stuff like face painting.Youth Development Officer John Ruddy said last year’s party in the park attracted more than 1,000 people and he predicts this year will be even bigger. As well as many food vendors, people can get a slice of the action with free pizza!This is a strict non-alcohol event and kicks off at 2pm. We’ll see you there.EndsLETTERKENNY’S PARTY IN THE PARK HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! was last modified: August 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyParty in the parklast_img read more

WW1 memorial portrait to appear on Donegal beach

first_imgA portrait of a young Irish seaman who died in the First World War will be revealed in the sand on a Donegal beach on 11th November.Port Bán Beach at Dunree in Inishowen is one of 30 beaches in Ireland and the UK taking part in the Pages of the Sea commemoration to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.On Sunday 11th November the face of Seaman John Buckley, a casualty from the First World War, will emerge from the sand over a number of hours at Dunree. Buckley was 21 years old when he died on 25th January 1917. The Cork man was serving as a merchant seaman aboard the SS Laurentic when it sank off Lough Swilly.Seaman John Buckley (22 November 1893 – 25 January 1917)Buckley’s face and the 29 other portraits around Ireland and the UK will represent the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.The project is being led by English film director Danny Boyle.It will be delivered in Northern Ireland and County Donegal by the Nerve Centre and National Trust. Attendees can get involved in stencilling and have the opportunity to hear some of the poems written by the community and view the artwork created by local school children.A free shuttle bus will run every 20 minutes from Dunree Fort to the beach.Port Ban Beach at DunreeThe event is an opportunity for locals to learn more about the SS Laurentic disaster in 1917.Three hundred and fifty-four lives were lost on that day when then vessel struck mines laid by a German U-Boat.The ocean liner had set off from an unscheduled stop at Buncrana when she was holed just off Lough Swilly. It only took 20 minutes for the ship to go down. The wreck of the Laurentic lies 120 feet below the waves of Lough Swilly. Many of the 350 dead are buried in Fahan and Cockhill.Originally operated by the White Star Line – also famous for its ill-fated Titanic – Laurentic had been converted during the war into an armed merchant cruiser. She was carrying soldiers back to Canada, but was also laden with an estimated 43 tonnes of gold ingots at the time of its sinking, worth £300 million. She stopped in Buncrana to drop off some ill seafarers after an outbreak of yellow fever.Local fishermen rescued the survivors, although many that made it to the lifeboats died due to extreme cold weather that evening.John had been born in Youghal, County Cork, to Mary and Patrick Buckley. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.Other portraits in the exhibition in Northern Ireland will be placed on Murlough Beach in County Down, Portstewart Strand and Downhill Beach in County Derry. At the launch of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle said: “Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide. They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or forever changed by the First World War.He added: “I’m inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made.”Anyone who is interested in getting involved with events and workshops at Port Bán beach can contact [email protected] memorial portrait to appear on Donegal beach was last modified: November 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunreePort Bán BeachSS Laurenticlast_img read more