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Blaze a Trail with Wainfest
Wainfest, Donegal’s Arts and Book Festival for children launched
its 25th programme in The Colmcille Centre in Gartan. The festival
was launched by Leas-Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Martin
McDermott with the help of senior students from Gartan National
Wainfest runs from 2nd to 10th October and has an amazing line-up of
the very best in children’s cultural programming. This year’s theme
Blaze a Trail is a nod to one of Donegal’s most famous sons,
Live family events, with Spraoi agus Spórt in Carndonagh, include
Parent and Toddler Music
Fun, Build a Teddy Bear and Design a T-Shirt. The full programme is
available to download at
Re-opening of Public Service Centres
As Covid 19 restrictions continue to ease, the Councils Public
Service Centres and County House, Lifford, will reopen to the public
with effect from Monday 20th September 2021.
In order to ensure that services are delivered in an environment
that is safe for customers and staff, customers are expected to
observe public health guidelines, including hand sanitisation,
social distancing and to follow the directions of Council staff.
It is acknowledged that many customers made the switch to dealing
with the Council by email, website or other virtual means during
Covid-19 and those online services will continue to be fully
available and strongly supported.
Motor Tax Service 20.09.21
Online: The online system has been used extensively since the
offices closed, with almost 90% of tax discs now being renewed
online in the County. The public are being asked to continue to use
this very convenient service.
Opening of Motor Tax Counters: For Motor Tax services that are not
currently available online, Motor Tax counters will be open on
Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.15am to 12.15pm, and 1.15pm to 3pm).
Forms and contact details: All forms are available at
www.donegalcoco.ie , and we can be contacted by phone on
0749153900, or by email at
Oral History of Donegal 09.09.21
The Peace IV Echoes of the Decade Oral History project has now
gone online for all to hear.
The project's aim was to promote understanding of different cultural
traditions and narratives. The project focused on the legacy of
Ireland's Decade of Centenaries (1912-23) and the lasting legacy of
these years in County Donegal. This cross-community project involved
workshops with children and young people, as well as an Oral History
The Oral History strand of the project took place during the autumn
and winter of 2020. Oral Historian, Regina Fitzpatrick interviewed
12 individuals (by phone) from around County Donegal including
George Mills who was born and raised in Culdaff. In his interview
George talks about the very rich history of the Young family and Culdaff House.
These recorded interviews are now in Donegal County Archives’
Collection and eleven of these recordings have been uploaded onto
the Council’s website at
George Mills from Culdaff was a participant in the Peace IV
Echoes of the Decade Oral History Project.
Bus Éireann issues new travel advice 04.09.21
Bus Éireann welcomed the return to full capacity on all public
transport from 1 September 2021. Please be aware the measures
introduced to safeguard passengers and employees remain in force
• Mandatory face masks throughout the journey (with exemptions on
• Hand sanitising units on board
• Cashless payment options including Leap cards, ticket machines in
stations and online at www.buseireann.ie
• Guaranteed seat reservation for interurban travel on
• Deep cleaning overnight and additional cleaning during the day
• Windows should be kept open where available, coaches have air
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