Jax brings a great deal of happiness to our family

Kirsty with Jax

Kirsty with Jax

When Kirsty Robb and her partner Bret set up home together they felt that a dog would be a welcome addition to their new family.


“We had just moved into our first home together and we were both keen to get a dog.  One night shortly after we moved into our new house, we were watching Animal Rescue on TV and we both felt it would be best for us to give a dog from a shelter a new home” said Kirsty.


“We went to the Dog Shelter at Glencar Scotch in Letterkenny and were introduced to a gorgeous 4 month old full bred Jack Russell and we immediately fell in love.  We called him Jax.


“Jax is our baby” smiles Kirsty.  “He is so smart.  At night when it is time for bed he sits at the bottom of the stairs and closes his eyes.  It is as if he is telling me that it is bedtime and time for me to take him up to bed.  He is such a smart little dog”.


Jax with favourite toy

Jax with favourite toy

Kirsty has no hesitation in recommending anyone who is interested in getting a dog to rehome a dog from a shelter or rescue centre.


“Jax’s previous owners surrendered him to the Dog Shelter because they could not care for him and we were there to give him a second chance.  I think anyone who is thinking about getting a dog should seriously consider rescuing a dog from a Dog Shelter or Rescue Centre.  I found the staff in the Dog Shelter in Letterkenny to be very welcoming and helpful and we received a great service from them”.


Kirsty is also adamant when she says having a dog is not just about the cute factor.


“It is hard work cleaning up after a dog especially a small pup.  You have to be fully committed to owning a pet, it is not just about the cute factor, you have to have time to spend with them and make sure all their health needs are looked after.


“You should also remember that small cute pups can grow-up into large dogs and that their needs change as they grow-up and get older”.


That said Kirsty is very happy with their decision to get a dog.  “Jax is just part of the family now, he goes everywhere with us and I can’t imagine life without him.  Whilst having a dog is hard work at times, it is also very rewarding and Jax has definitely brought a great deal of happiness to our little family” smiles Kirsty.




10 Commandments for Caring for Your Pet

  1. An Annual Health Assessment is essential for your pet
  2. Feed the Right Food
  3. Neuter early
  4. Pet Health Insurance is a‘must have’
  5. Prevent Fleas and Worms
  6. Train Your Pet Well
  7. Microchip Identification
  8. Dental Care is Vital
  9. Keep Slim, Fit ‘n Mobile
  10. Have fun.


Donegal Dog Shelter

Glencar Scotch


T: 074 91 25159

Open Mon – Sat 9.30am to 1.30pm


Encouraging Engineering in Donegal



Stephen tell us about his experience being an Engineer




A career in engineering has proven to be a good choice for Milford man Stephen Flynn who was at one time considering a career in accountancy.  “I can honestly say I am glad I chose engineering” laughs Stephen.


“I don’t remember ever having a bad day at work, I enjoy what I do, I enjoy working things out and problem solving with the people I’ve worked with over the years and I get a great sense of satisfaction when I see the finished product”.


Stephen returned to Donegal in 2003 following a number of years in the UK and Scandanavia.  “I worked in tunnelling in London on the Jubilee Line extension from Westminister to Stratford and then on the Oresund Link connecting Sweden and Denmark.  These were big jobs to be involved in, in my 20’s”.


Stephen who is married with three children believes returning to Donegal was the right decision.  “It’s where I am from, it’s where my family is from and coming back home was a good move for us.  Donegal County Council is a good employer for engineers.  It provides sustainable employment with good career prospects.  The variety of work is excellent and you can see the difference you are making in your own community whether providing or improving housing; infrastructure like roads, broadband and water or improving amenities  like parks, beaches and tourism attractions. The Council also provides the fire service as well as helping to keep main roads passable in snow, frost and flooding events.


Stephen is part of the local branch of Engineers Ireland and is involved in organising Engineers Week in Donegal.


“When you mention engineering people automatically think about construction but engineering is about so much more.  There are currently opportunities for software engineers, electrical & electronic engineers and environmental engineers as well as civil engineers in Donegal as we speak.


“Engineer Ireland hosted a careers day this week in LYIT attended by many local companies where we are invited secondary school students to come along and meet engineers about what a career in engineering is all about.  We are also keen to encourage more girls into engineering.  We have brilliant female engineers working in the Council and they are great role models for girls who are thinking of a career in engineering”.


When asked what advice he would give to someone who is interested in a career in this area Stephen has no hesitation in saying “while it is important to have an interest in maths and science, it is also important that you are good at working with people.  You can have the best ideas in the world but you need a team with different skills to work with you to make it a reality.”


“Last year only very few civil engineers graduated in Ireland there is now a shortage of graduates both here and abroad. We need more engineers graduating each year if we are to be in a position to fill the job opportunities that are emerging and keep good quality employment in the county.”


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016


Kids enjoying the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016

Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 faoi lánseol anois i ndiaidh di a bheith seolta i Leabharlann Phobail Bhun Dobhráin inniu, Dé Luain 29 Feabhra. Beidh an Fhéile idirnáisiúnta ag leanstan ar aghaidh idir 1 agus 17 Márta, agus beidh breis agus 120 imeacht ar siúl i gContae Dhún na nGall é fein. Sheol Seirbhísí Leabharlainne Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall an clár imeachtaí s’acu ar maidin, agus ba é Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, an Clr Ciarán Ó Brógáin, i gcomhar le Cathaoirleach Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae, An Clr. Mícheál Ó Cuinn, a sheol clár an chontae don tseachtain.


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 has hit the ground running with its successful launch in Bundoran Community Library today, Monday 29th February. The international festival will run from the 1st – 17th March 2016 with well over 120 events taking place in Donegal alone. Donegal County Council Library Services’ released their programme of events this morning; the programme was launched by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Ciarán Brogan, together with Cathaoirleach of the Council’s Coiste na Gaeilge, Cllr Mick Quinn.



The formalities were preceded by a superb production of music and song by pupils of Gaelscoil Éirne, Ballyshannon.


Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish-language festival which promotes the use of both Irish language and culture throughout Ireland and across the world. The festival runs for over a fortnight in March each year and it has built up incredible momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of our language and culture held here in Ireland annually. The festival gives absolutely everyone a chance to enjoy the Irish language, be they native Irish speakers, language learners or those with only a few words.


Is bliain fhíorthábhachtach í seo don fhéile chomh maith, mar go bhfuil sí ag tarlú le linn chomóradh céad bliain Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916, imeacht mór tábhachtach i stair na hÉireann.


This is a signifigant year for the festival as it coincides with the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising which is without doubt an integral aspect of the history of Ireland.


Sheol baill foirne ó Rannóg na Seirbhísí Cultúrtha leaganacha Gaeilge de dhá thogra comórtha 1916. Sheol Judith McCarthy ó Iarsmalann Contae Dhún na nGall an taispeántas taistil ‘An Scéal s’againne: Dún na nGall agus Éirí Amach na Cásca’. Insíonn an taispeántas seo scéalta fá dhaoine as Dún na nGall agus imeachtaí a tharla i nDún na nGall le linn 1916. Sheol Cartlannaí an Chontae, Niamh Brennan, leagan Gaeilge den phacáiste oideachais staire agus oidhreachta dar teideal ‘Contae Dhún na nGall in 1916: Ón Imeall’. Tugann an pacáiste seo léargas iontach a tharla i nDún na nGall le linn 1916 agus an tionchar a d’imir Éirí Amach na Cásca ar shaol an chontae. Tá samhlacha de dhoiciméid stairiúla ó 1916 mar chuid den phacáiste seo, ina measc grianghrafanna, foirmeacha, ráitis, póstaeir agus litreacha.


Staff from the Cultural Services Division launched the Irish Language version of two 1916


Judith Mc Carthy, Curator of the Donegal County Museum

centenary projects. Judith Mc Carthy, Curator of the Donegal County Museum, launched the travelling exhibition “Our Story: Donegal and the Easter Rising”. This showpiece tells the story of individuals from Donegal and events that took
place in Donegal during 1916. County Archivist, Niamh Brennan, launched the Irish language version of the history and hertitage education pack entitled “County Donegal in 1916: From the Edge”. This pack offers an excellent insight into the events that took place in Donegal during 1916 and the effects of the 1916 Easter Rising on the people of the county. The pack is accompanied by 19 replicas of a variety of source documents from 1916, these documents include photographs, forms, statements, posters and letters.


Beidh go leor leor imeachtaí ar siúl le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge idir imeachtaí na Comhairle Contae agus imeachtaí an phobail i gcoitinne. Beidh comórtais scríbhneoireachta, biongó, lá giolcaireachta na n-údarás áitiúil, ranganna Gaeilge, ceardlanna ceardaíochta, maidineacha caife, imeachtaí spóirt, cainteanna staire, drámaí, tráth na gceisteanna, ciorcail chomhrá agus go leor eile. Beidh breis agus 120 imeacht ar siúl ar fud Chontae Dhún na nGall agus beidh na himeachtaí ag leanstan ó dheireadh mhí Feabhra go deireadh mhí Mhárta.


A multitude of events are set to take place during Seachtain na Gaeilge, between Council events and community-organised events. There will be writing competitions, bingo, a local authority “tweeting day”, Irish classes, craft workshops, coffee mornings, storytelling, sporting events, historical talks, dramas, quizzes, conversation groups and much more. There will be well over 120 events taking place throughout Donegal and events will be taking place from the end of February right through until the very end of March.


Fá choinne tuilleadh eolais ar na himeachtaí i nDún na nGall, déan teagmháil le Seán Ó Daimhín ar 074 9172496 nó sdaimhin@donegalcoco.ie nó tabhair cuairt ar www.snag nó ar shuímh idirlín na Comhairle Contae fá choinne eolas a fháil ar imeachtaí cóngarach duitse.


For more information on events in Donegal, contact Seán Ó Daimhín at 0749172496 or sdaimhin@donegalcoco.ie or visit either www.snag.ie or the Donegal County Council website to look for events near you. You can download the Programme of Events here.