CANCER: People living in Co Donegal and other coastal counties are more susceptible to getting skin cancer, according to a report. The study by the National Cancer Registry examined geographical and socio-economic differences between incidences of the two most common forms of skin cancer over a 10-year period.
DUMP: Donegal County Council says it has no plans to provide a new landfill in the county – as plans are underway to take waste North from next year. A new superdump is being earmarked for north Derry. A report this week said the Council’s landfill site at Ballynacarrick, Ballintra will be full by the end of this year.
CHARITY: Anyone in any doubt about the great Donegal youth need only read about two Bundoran teenagers. Rachel Ward is off to Cape Town in South Africa to work for a charity there called Prochorus and Richard Fitzgerald is going to India to teach English and Gaelic football (if he has time) with the charity Saphara.
NURSES: STUDENT nurses held a lunchtime protest yesterday at Letterkenny General Hospital. The action is over plans to cut their pay during work placements. Fourth-year student nurses are to lose pay as part of government policy.
POETRY NIGHT: TWO of our finest Gaelic poets will be in Ballycastle, Co Antrim tonight reading from their works. Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird is from Árainn Mhór and works as a school teacher in Letterkenny. He has published folklore, prose, poetry and books for children. His latest works are Rún an Bhonnáin (novel) and Faigh Greim ar an Ghrian (poetry). He was awarded first prize in the O’Neill Poetry Competition in 2010. Gréagóir Ó Dúill was born in Dublin and grew up in Whitehead, County Antrim. He spends his time between his native city and Gort an Choirce. The event at the family centre in Ballycastle is free and starts at 7pm.
EVACUATED: Donegal couple Patricia and Vincent Callaghan were evacuated from their luxury hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egpyt, because of the crisis in the country. The couple hope to return to the country once the crisis is resolved.
LOCK-IN: AN English tourist has called for bus drivers to check their vehicles after he fell asleep aboard a Lough Swilly bus and had to spend the night in Letterkenny bus depot. John O’Doherty, from Bolton, suffers from a heart condition, escaped using a ladder and was then helped by three passing gardai.