Four Donegal Food Companies Sample Products in SuperValu Dungloe

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Karl and Michelle Bonner of Irish Fish Canners, Dungloe with Liam Mc Shea, Manager, Super Valu, Dungloe at the food night.

On Wednesday evening last, four Donegal food companies sampled their produce at a special food tasting night in SuperValu, Dungloe as part of a national initiative to support the development of the Irish food sector.  The Food Academy Start programme has seen the Local Enterprise Offices team up with SuperValu and Bord Bia to support the growth and expansion of Irish based food businesses.

O’Donnell’s Bakery, Inishowen Country Kitchen, Irish Fish Canners and Mulroy Bay Mussels are among 10 businesses from Donegal who have participated in this programme.  All participants in the programme had the opportunity to pitch their product or idea to a local SuperValu representative and a representative from the SuperValu head office.

These four businesses achieved an opportunity to trial their products in local SuperValu stores and the feedback from SuperValu has been very positive promising exciting times for the food sector in Donegal.

The Food Academy offered Donegal food businesses both new and established an opportunity to learn from each other while they are challenged to look at their food business and develop a commercial offering which could potentially lead to their products being on retail shelves around the country.

Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal County Council, believes that the Food Academy Programme is an important initiative in helping achieve the objectives set out in the Donegal Food Strategy.  He stated “we want to make Donegal a place with a strong food culture and food economy, creating new businesses and promoting economic development locally. We will continue to work with the local food sector delivering innovative programmes to help them grow and develop to boost our county’s food credentials”.

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Liam Mc Shea, Manager, Super Valu, Dungloe tastes some of Joseph Doherty’s Inishowen Country Kitchen desserts at the Super Valu food tasting event.

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Brenda Quinn and Aideen Gillen sample some of Andrew Mc Elhinney’s O’Donnell’s Bakery produce at the Super Val, Dungloe food tasting night.

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Eithne Mc Gee (right) sampling some of the fish products courtesy of Michelle Bonner of Irish Fish Canners at the Super Valu Dungloe food tasting event.

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Margaret Reilly enjoying some of Joseph Doherty’s Inishowen Country Kitchen produce at the Super Valu Dungloe food tasting event.

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Sampling some of the fish produce at the Super Valu Dungloe food tasting event.

Supervalu customers trying out some of the fish produce from Irish Fish Canners, Dungloe at the Super Valu Dungloe event.

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Bridget Wilhare of Mulroy Bay Mussels with Liam Mc Shea, Manager, Super Valu, Dungloe at the food tasting night.


Donegal Sport Star Review September 2014

September successes in Donegal sport

Donegal GAA September 2014 DSS Review

Despite the massive disappointment of Donegal’s double All-Ireland Final defeats the county still enjoyed its fair share of sporting successes in September. There were notable achievements in athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, hurling, motorsport, soccer, triathlon and surfing.


It was the first time that Donegal had the senior and minor teams in an All-Ireland on the same day and that was a magnificent feat in itself. And it was an even bigger deal for the minors as it was their first time ever to feature in the final. However, both teams failed to produce their best form in Croke Park making it a miserable day for the county.


But there was still plenty of successes in the county that will be expected to feature among the nominees for individual and team honours at the 2014 Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of January.

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Mark English rounded of the best season of his young career by finishing fourth in an 800m race at the Continental Cup in Morocco in a time of 1:45:74. English was representing Team Europe in a world top class field, which was won by Botswana’s Nigel Amos the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. There was a bit of a boost for soccer in the county as Finn Harps reached the last four of the FAI Senior Cup following a 4-1 victory over non-league side Avondale Utd in a replay in Ballybofey.


Ollie Horgan’s side had been held to a 1-1 draw by Avondale in Cork. But, there was a downside with the news that Harps got the worst possible draw for the semi-final away to top Premier side St. Patrick’s Athletic. Apart from the somewhat surprise 3-2 home win over promotion challengers Shelbourne it wasn’t a good September for Harps who suffered a 1-0 defeat against First Division strugglers Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park followed by their heaviest loss of the season going down 3-0 to Galway FC at Terryland Park. And it was another 3-0 defeat right at the end of the month as Horgan was forced to take an under strength team away to Wexford Youths.


Going back to the FAI Senior Cup semi-finals it was also an away game for Donegal’s representatives on the Derry City team Barry McNamee and Sean Houston who drew Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium. McNamee and Houston had helped Derry secure a place in the semi-finals thanks to a 5-0 win over Drogheda Utd in a replay at the Brandywell.


There was Donegal success at the European Badminton Circuit event in Dublin. Raphoe’s Rachael Darragh and her partner Paul Reynolds won the mixed doubles. In the Irish Open U15 there was silver for Kyle McGee (Raphoe) in the singles. Kyle also won gold in the mixed doubles along with his partner Clogagh Dunne.


In her first international event outside Ireland Rachael Darragh and her partner Sara Boyle were defeated at the quarter-final stage of the Polish Open after winning their first round game. And there was family success at the Irish Autumn Open Raphoe’s as Rachel’s uncle Joshua McGee first won the Men Singles Final and then went onto also take the Men’s Doubles title.


At the end of September Lagan Harps Ladies won the FAI Junior Cup with a big 8-1 win over Tipperary Town. Despite playing the final in Tipperary the Manor side, managed by Brid McGinty, were far too strong for their opponents with Amber Barrett, Nikita Burke and Lauren Harper each scoring twice in the decider. At the start of the month the Lagan ladies had won the Arena 7 Donegal Women’s League Shield with a 5-1 win over Bonagee Utd at Leckview Park with the help of hat-trick from Harper.


However in the Ulster senior women’s final Lagan lost 3-2 to Greencastle FC who completed a treble having previously landed the Inishowen League and Foyle Cup trophies. More good news for Lagan came as Zoe McGlynn from Raphoe won her first international cap for the Republic of Ireland U17s coming on as a sub in a 1-0 win over Denmark in a friendly played in Dublin.


The fine form of Letterkenny 24/7 Club’s Aidan Callaghan continued as he finished second at the Olympic Triathlon in Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Callaghan who was the 2012 Donegal Sports Star Award Triathlon winner is currently the second ranked triathlete in the country within the national series rankings of Triathlon Ireland. On the international front Letterkenny’s Triona McMenamin won two bronze medals, representing Ireland, at the World Surf Rescue Championships in France.


Donegal’s Declan and Brian Boyle were victorious in the Clare Stages Rally in their Subaru WRC S21B to keep alive their hopes of retaining the National Rally Championship title. And there were celebrations for the St. Johnston Cricket Club who returned to the Premiership of the North West League on a day of high drama. Early in the day St. Johnston defeated Bonds Glen but had to wait until later to learn whether they were promoted. News that Burndennett had lost to Drummmond to confirmed their place in the Premiership.


The current Donegal Sports Star ‘Best Secondary School Girl’ award holder Loreto Convent Letterkenny’s Arlene student won the Ulster Schools Combined Events title at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. It included three personal bests in the Hurdles 12.2; High Jump 1.61m, Shot 8.94 while she had a Long Jump of 5.38m. At the start of the month Letterkenny’s Darren Mangan won his first professional fight in a unanimous points decision against Kashif Muammad-Brown at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in New York City. There was no surprise when Jason Quigley won the ‘Best Senior Boxer’ for the second successive year at the annual Donegal Boxing Awards held at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town while Michael Gallagher his Finn Valley BC colleague Michael Gallagher took the ‘Best Junior Boxer’ honour.   Letterkenny’s Philip Deignan, riding for Team Sky finished 39th overall in the Vuelta Espana in Spain. Deignan was also a member of the Irish team that took part in a World Championship event. It was a good start to September for Donegal GAA as Ryan McHugh was named ‘Ulster Player of the Year’ at the provincial All-Star Awards in Armagh. The Kilcar man was also one of six players named on the Ulster All Stars team along with Neil McGee, Karl Lacey, Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and skipper Michael Murphy. Neil Gallagher followed that up by winning the August Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award for his two outstanding performances in the quarter-final and semi-final wins over Armagh and Dublin.


But on Sunday 21st September there was double heartbreak for Donegal GAA when both the Seniors and Minors lost their respective All-Ireland Finals to Kerry at Croke Park. Despite an improved second half performance Declan Bonner’s boys still lost by four points to the Kingdom. In the senior decider Jim McGuinness’s struggled to get out of the starting blocks and found themselves 1-1 down after just three minutes.


Gradually with the help of three Michael Murphy frees Donegal got back into the contest and were level at half-time. Captain Murphy put his side in front just after the restart but it was to be the only time in the final that Kerry were behind. Donegal had their best spell of the game after keeper Paul Durcan gifted Ciaran Donaghy a goal that put his side four in front. That lead was to cut to one point but that was as close as the Ulster champions got with Kerry eventually winning by a goal.


Termon Ladies won the Donegal Senior Football Championship title for the fourth time in five years by hammering Glenfin 4-18 to 1-11 in the final in Convoy. ‘Player of the Match’ Geraldine McLaughlin scored 4-10 in the decider as Termon completed the three-in-a-row.  On the same day Carndonagh won the County Junior Football Championship with a 4-17 to 3-5 win over Buncrana in Convoy.

It was a good month for the Letterkenny Gaels Club as first one of their former player Aaron Bradley completed the double with Tirconaill Gaels by helping them to London Senior League title thanks to a one point win over Fullham Irish at Ruislip. And the Club itself created their own little bit of history by winning an adult league title for the first time by taking the Division 4 title.


At underage level St. Eunan’s retained the Ulster Og Sport title defeating Killeavy from Armagh by a point in the final at the O’Donnell Park. In the middle of September the Dungloe senior side returned to Division 1 of the All-County League clinching promotion with a 3-13 to 2-9 home win over Bundoran. Meanwhile, Ardara were crowned Donegal Junior B Champions following an easy 2-11 to 0-3 victory over Glenswilly in Donegal Town.

At the end of the month Burt won the Donegal Senior Hurling Championship title for the fourth successive year with a big 15-point victory over McCumhaills in the final played at the O’Donnell Park.


In Martial Arts Letterkenny man Brian Crossan defeated Michael McCrossan in Strabane to become the undisputed holder of the Irish World Kickboxing Union and Irish World Kickboxing Association 79kgs titles while Finn Valley’s Sharon Heapes was a member of the Ulster Women’s Rugby team who played in the inter-provincial campaign.


A Caoimhe Barrett goal gave Fanad Utd a 1-0 win over Lagan Harps U-18s in the Women’s Glencar Inn Cup Final.


Letterkenny’s Chris Flanagan (Derry City) and Cockhill’s Harry Doherty (Brighton) both featured for the Republic of Ireland U-19s in a 1-0 international friendly win over the Netherlands at Tallaght Stadium.


There was a double for Inishowen women’s football in two Ulster Cup Finals at Ballyare. First the Moville Celtic U-14s defeated Glenree Utd in a sudden death penalty shoot-out after the game had ended scoreless. And that was followed by the Greencastle victory over Lagan in the senior final. Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin and Milford’s Amber Barrett both featured for the Republic of Ireland’s U-19 side in the UEFA European Women’s Championship group games in Sweden.


It was with great sadness that Donegal soccer followers learned of the death of the legendary Hugh ‘Dick’ Doherty at the end of month. Only last January the Buncrana man was the Hall of Fame winner at the Donegal Sports Star Awards a fitting tribute to his lifelong service to soccer. It started as a very talented player for Derry City and Dundalk before transferring to Glasgow Celtic and then to Blackpool. When he returned home Hugh became a highly regarded administrator locally in Inishowen and the USL while on the national stage he was a member of the FAI Junior Council.


In tennis the Donegal team of Anne McGrath, Drew Chambers, Jane Watt, Paul Bannigan, Francis Venzon, Robert Thompson, Chemey Lanz and Mary Barry won the Quadrangular Tennis Tournament involving Tyrone, Derry and Fermanagh at the Omagh Tennis Club.


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Donegal Sports Star Review October 2014

Ryan McHugh October DSS Review

Ryan McHugh honoured as GAA ‘Young Player of the Year’

An array of individual and team success stories in October are expected to feature on the nominations list for the 2014 Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of the year. Highlights of the month included Ryan McHugh’s GAA ‘Young Player of the Year’ honour and the four All-Star Awards picked up by county players.

Jason Quigley October DSS Review

Jason Quigley continued his perfect start to professional boxing

There was overseas success for the Finesse Gymnastics Club and young motorcyclist Caolan Irwin while Jason Quigley continued his perfect start to professional boxing. Meanwhile there were national titles for the Ulster Senior League soccer squad; rally crew Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore and bowler John Quinn.

Four Donegal players Paul Durcan, Neil McGee, Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy were named on the GAA/GPA All-Star team of the year while Ryan McHugh was named Young Player of the Year. For the second successive year Ardara’s Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore won the National Modified Rally Championship for two wheel drive cars. The Donegal crew clinched the back-to-back titles at the Cork 20 Rally.

The Ulster Senior League retained the FAI Inter-provincial title when the competition was hosted in the county at the beginning of the month. The side jointly managed by Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon recorded wins over Connacht and Leinster which gave them title before losing to Munster in their final match. The Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Display team won the overall award at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow. Coached by Meganne Herron with choreographer Linda Bennett the Donegal girls were competing against 26 other teams from across the British Isles. They were the only Irish team at the championships which were held in the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, the venue which hosted gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games during the summer.

Ballylennon Bowling Club member John Quinn won the All-Ireland ‘Champion of Champions’ Singles competition in Belfast. Jason Quigley remained unbeaten in professional boxing with his third straight win and he done it in impressive style stopping Greg McCoy in the first round at the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Massachusetts.

Kilmacrennan’s Caolán Irwin became the only teenage motorbike rider from the Republic ever to make it through to the final selection of the prestigious Red Bull Rookies Moto GP trials, which was held in Guadix, Spain. Caolan got through from an initial selection of 3,500 teenagers and did exceptionally well in the Spanish trials.

Along with another Kilmacrennan lad Richard Kerr, Irwin had been chosen to take part in the Red Bull Rookies MotoGP selection. On the international cycling front Philip Deignan finished 18th overall in the Tour of Beijing in China.

In athletics Race Walker Brendan Boyce was shortlisted for Endurance Athlete-of-the-year by Athletics Ireland after a really good season.

Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney won the Men’s Masters section at the Donegal Cross Country Championships in Gweedore with Letterkenny AC’s Ivan Toner second and Paul Ward (Tirconaill AC) third.  At the Donegal Cross-Country Championships in Castlefin it was Rosses AC member Ciaran McGonigle who won the male individual title while Letterkenny’s AC’s Shauna McGeehin was first across the line in the female section. The event had it’s biggest ever entry with Inishowen AC winning the male team section with Letterkenny AC securing the female team title.

At the beginning of the month there was double success for Donegal at the Ulster Novice Intermediate Boxing Championship Finals at the Dockers Club in Belfast where Dunfanaghy BC Welterweight Colm McFadden and Letterkenny BC’s Cillian Boyce won their respective finals. Illies Golden Gloves fighter Darryl Moran was beaten at the quarter-final stage of the European Youth Championships by England’s Niall Farrell in a light flyweight contest.

Right at the end of the month Rory Gallagher was confirmed as Jim McGuinness’s successor as Donegal senior football team manager while Maxi Curran and Declan Bonner were ratified respectively as the U-21 and Minor bosses for another year.  Urris were crowned Donegal Junior Football champions after a 2-9 to 0-8 victory over Naomh Ultan at McCumhaill Park while the Termon ladies booked their place in the Ulster Final for the second successive year with an excellent 5-11 to 2-15 away win over Castlewellan in Co. Down. St. Eunan’s and Glenswilly went onto secure their respective places in the Donegal Senior Football Championship Final with wins over St. Michael’s and Naomh Conaill.

However, a Naomh Conaill protest over their claims that Ciaran Bonner should have been sent-off rather than black carded cast a doubt over the staging of the final. Their protest was turned down by the County Board and the club subsequently lost an appeal over that decision to the Ulster Council. Kilcar won their first All-County League Division 1 title since 1987 with an easy 5-19 to 0-10 win over Gweedore in Magheragallon. Ramelton’s Mairead Coyle won a silver medal in her division at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation London Open in Crystal Palace.

Declan and Brian Boyle completed the double at the end of the 2014 season by winning the Donegal Harvest Rally. The Leitir crew had previously secured the National Rally Championship. There was major disappointment for Ballybofey’s Johnny Dunleavy and Letterkenny’s Cillian Morrison as Cork City lost 2-0 to Dundalk in the Premier League decider at Oriel Park.

Ciara Grant helped UCD Waves book their place in the FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final by defeating Castlebar Celtic at Jackman Park. Hopes of a Finn Harps giant killing act were well truly shattered by St. Patrick’s Athletic who recorded a big 6-1 victory in the FAI Senior Cup semi-final. Donegal had four players hoping to win FAI Senior Cup medals after Derry City booked their place in the decider following a dramatic late 2-0 semi-final replay win over Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell. Barry McNamee played the 90 minutes while Mark Timlin, Sean Houston and Ciaran Gallagher were on the subs bench.

Isle of Doagh man Stephen McLaughlin scored his first goal for new club Notts County whom he joined on a short term loan deal from Nottingham Forest. The former Finn Harps and Derry City player scored the equalizer in the 2-1 Johnston Paint Trophy win over Scunthorpe. Lagan Harps player Zoe McGlynn received her second call-up to the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad for the UEFA Women’s Championship Qualifier Round Group 4 games against the hosts Serbia, Lithuania and Romania. However, a hamstring injury was subsequently to rule her out of the tournament.

Cockhill Celtic were the big winners at the Ulster Senior League presentation function night as league and cup champions while striker Garbhain Friel took both the ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Top Goalscorer’ Awards. In the middle of October former Letterkenny Rovers player Dale Gorman was in the Northern Ireland squad for three European U-17 Qualifying Group games playing in the 5-2 defeat by Russia while being a sub for the matches against Czech Republic and the Faroe Islands. The results meant Gorman, who is with English League 2 side Stevenage, will not be going to the finals of the U17 competition.

Letterkenny’s Chris Flanagan along with Inishowen goalkeepers Harry Doherty and Peter Burke were members of the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad who played two internationals away in Sweden. All three got a game each. Seamus Coleman scored his first goal of the season in a 3-0 home win for Everton over Aston Villa in the Premiership after returning from injury.   The Donegal Junior League made a winning 2-1 start to their Oscar Traynor Cup group phase overcooming Cavan/Monaghan in Ballyare thanks to goals from a Richie Moore penalty and sub Benny McLaughlin. At a special meeting of the Ulster Senior League delegates voted by 12-3 majority to return to winter football after a seven year summer season spell.

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Donegal Delegation to New England October 2014

by Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell

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In October I led a Donegal Delegation to Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Golden Bridges events and to engage with a range of partners to advance partnership and collaboration across a range of sectors.  This formed part of a broader North West of Ireland delegation and the Mayor of Derry, Clr. Brenda Stevenson also took part.

This activity took place in the context of the Donegal Diaspora initiative and the visit further advanced cooperation and collaboration across a range of areas – economic, education, political, cultural and community.  The Golden Bridges events provide a valuable platform for the North West of Ireland with Donegal County Council working in close partnership with Derry City Council and the Irish Echo Newspaper in this regard.  The Golden Bridges events were opened by the Cathaoirleach, the Mayor of Derry and Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston and were attended by a broad range of business, political, educational representatives as well as representatives of the Donegal community living in Massachusetts.

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Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston; Clr. Brenda Stevenson, Mayor of Derry; Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Clr. John Campbell at Golden Bridges

The 2014 Golden Bridges Award recipients included two Donegal men, Michael McCarron from Drumfries, ex-president of the Donegal Association of the Greater Boston area and Danny Hutton from Buncrana, singer with the internationally renowned group Three Dog Night.

A summary of the trip can be found here (Appendix 1 – Detailed Itinerary).  The visits and meetings that took place encompassed a wide range of activities relating to business development, cooperation and collaboration in the areas of third level education and research, consolidation of potential links, renewable energy development, ICT development, tourism and investment opportunities.

A highlight of the trip for me was the visit to the Irish Pastoral Centre (IPC) in Dorchester and meeting with a group of older immigrants from Ireland, many from Donegal.  It was great to see the excellent work carried out by the IPC on behalf of emigrants from Ireland.  The visit to the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) was also useful in this regard.  The wide range of services and supports for immigrants provided by the IIIC were outlined and the ongoing cooperation between IIIC and Donegal County Council highlighted by the management and staff of the centre.

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At the Irish Pastoral Centre, Dorchester with Chaplain Fr. John McCarthy; Sr. Marguerite Kelly and Director Megan Carroll

We were grateful for the reception provided for the Cathaoirleach and the Mayor of Derry by the Massachusetts State Senate President Murray and the Chancellor of UMass Lowell, Marty Meehan, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and which was attended by a broad range of UMass faculty and Senior Executives from other agencies with which, we and LYIT are working in close cooperation.

It was useful and enjoyable to meet with members of the Donegal community in Boston, including those working for the undocumented and also to attend the AGM of the Donegal Boston GAA Club which works to support all of our community, especially our younger immigrants in the Boston region.

Monday, 6th October

9.00am – Mass Technology Collaborative, Boston

Meeting with Mass Technology Executives to discuss areas of partnership and collaboration between Mass Tech Collaborative and Donegal (LYIT, ERNACT) and possibilities for engaging in a number of collaborative projects relating to ICT.

11.30am – Cambridge Innovation Centre, Boston

Meeting and tour of facilities.  Areas for partnership and collaboration explored (LYIT, Colab, ERNACT, Donegal Enterprise Centres).  Cooperation to take place on adopting this model for use in a Donegal context.

Photo 3With Brendan Greally at Cambridge Innovation Centre

Photo 4With Brendan Greally, Director of International Relations Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

2.00pm – M2D2 Project, Lowell

Meeting to discuss ongoing collaborative work with M2D2 Medical Science Research and Development Centre project which has now established a base at LYIT (Colab) in Letterkenny.  Presentation on plans for development of M2D2 operation in North West of Ireland.

Photo 5With Steve Tello, UMass; Senate President Murray; Steve McCarthy, M2D2 Project; and Nathan Hafer, UMass Worcester Medical School at M2D2 base Lowell

3.00pm – Centre for Irish Partnerships, UMass Lowell

Meeting to discuss ongoing partnerships with the Centre for Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell.  Areas of ongoing and potential future collaboration explored in areas of mutual interest.  Centre to continue to link Donegal in to various relevant University facilities throughout the UMass system.

6.00pm – Reception, UMass Lowell

Reception for the Cathaoirleach and the Mayor of Derry hosted by Chancellor Marty Meehan and State Senate President Therese Murray.  Attended by UMass Faculty, Mass Life Sciences, Mass Technology Collaborative and others involved in partnership with Donegal/North West of Ireland.

Photo 6With Steve Tello, UMass; Steve McCarthy, M2D2 Project; Chancellor Marty Meehan; President Murray; Vice Chancellor Jackie Moloney; and Nathan Hafer, UMass Worcester Medical School

Tuesday, 7th October

8.30am – West Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC), Springfield

Meeting to discuss ongoing partnership with West Mass EDC – Ann McFarland Burke, Dawn Creighton, Western MA Director, Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  West Mass EDC meeting to support Donegal in terms of enterprise, tourism and creative industries.

Photo 7With Ann Burke, West Mass EDC; Dawn Creighton, AIM; and Allan Blair at West Mass EDC, Springfield

10.00am – Valley Mentors, Springfield

Presentation by Paul Silva, Valley Mentors on innovation business monitoring model developed in Springfield.  Support to be provided to adopt and replicate in Donegal context.

12.00Noon – Worcester State University, Worcester

Reception hosted for Cathaoirleach and  the Mayor of Derry by University President Barry Maloney.  Attended by College Faculty, local government, business, Chamber CEO Tim Murray, Senator Michael Moore and others.

1.30pm – Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Worcester

Meeting with Tim Murray, CEO Worcester Chamber of Commerce to discuss ongoing partnership re presentation of businesses and other links between Donegal and Worcester.

3.00pm – Worcester Planning Institute

Presentation on strategic planning process being introduced for Worcester and surrounding region across all sectors.  Discussion on areas for shared learning and cooperation.

4.30pm – Becker College / Mass Digi, Worcester

Discussions with Becker College President and with faculty at Mass Digi.  Partnerships between Becker, Mass Digi, LYIT and ERNACT being developed for promotion of Creative Industries through transatlantic partnership and collaboration.

Photo 8With Tim Murray, CEO, Worcester Chamber of Commerce and Robert Johnson, President Becker College

Wednesday, 8th October

9.00am – Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC)

Presentation on work of the IIIC on behalf of immigrants to Boston and Massachusetts.  Presentation on work of the IIIC across a range of areas and discussion on ongoing partnership between Irish International Immigration Center and Donegal County Council.

Photo 9At Irish International Immigration Centre (IIIC) with staff of IIIC

Photo 10With Ronnie Millar, Director of the Irish International Immigration Centre

11.30am – Irish Pastoral Centre (IPC), Dorchester

Presentation on work of the IPC and meeting with a range of older immigrants.  Discussion on areas of cooperation and mutual support between IPC and Donegal County Council.

5.30pm – Golden Bridges

Golden Bridges Showcase and Tourism Presentations

(See programme attached – Appendix 2 – Golden Bridges Agenda 2014)

Thursday, 9th October

8.00am – Golden Bridges Economic Seminar

(See progamme attached – Appendix 2 – Golden Bridges Agenda 2014)

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With Congressman Richie Neal and John Cullinane of Cullinet

12.30pm – Golden Bridges Awards Lunch

Showcase awards lunch with participation from a range of political and business interests.  Awards presented to Donegal recipients Michael McCarron from Drumfries and Danny Hutton from Buncrana.

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With Michael McCarron,  Former President Donegal Association of Greater Boston Area

Photo 13With Danny Hutton, Buncrana of Three Dog Night and Art McCabe, Economic Development Manager Lawrence City Council

3.00pm – Boston City Council

Round table on cooperation in the fields of Tourism and Enterprise development with executives from Boston City Council.

5.30pm – Irish Consul General, Boston

Reception for Cathaoirleach and Mayor of Derry attended by Irish community Boston and various political, business, education, etc, partners.

Friday, 10th October

8.00am – New Bedford Fish Market

Visit and tour of New Bedford Fish Market and Auction.

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At New Bedford Fish Market and Auction

9.30am – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Meeting with UMass Ocean Marine Science and Technology Centre (Ocean Marine Research) re collaboration on ocean development in Donegal.   Collaboration to take place on development of Killybegs as a Marine/Energy Centre of Excellence.

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With Director of UMass Marine Science & Technology Centre

11.30am – Meetings took place with a range of stakeholders in New Bedford

New Bedford Offshore Wind Terminal

New Bedford Wind Energy Initiative

UMass Dartmouth (President)

Tour and meetings in relation to mode of best practice developed in New Bedford for Ocean energy.   Potential for collaboration in a Killybegs/Donegal context explored.

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With John Quinn, UMass Dartmouth and Matthew Morrisey, New Bedford Wind Energy Initiative

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UMass Dartmouth Centre of Ocean and Marine Resources, New Bedford

3.00pm – New Bedford Whaling Museum

Meeting with New Bedford Whaling Museum, a key tourism facility in Massachusetts.  Discussions on areas of cooperation.

Photo 19At New Bedford Whaling Museum

Saturday, 11th October – Donegal Boston GAA AGM

Attended Donegal Boston GAA AGM in Dorchester, Massachusetts.