REVEALED: DONEGAL ISLANDS THE LAST BASTION OF THE IRISH CORNCRAKE

first_imgThe last of the corncrakesDONEGAL’S Islands have become the last bastion of the corncrake, shock new figures show.The number of birds identified have dropped nationally to just 183 – 86 of them are on Donegal’s islands, 43 of them on Inishbofin and Inishdooey.They have disappeared completely from Co Sligo. It is also the first time they haven’t been heard in the Shannon Callows. The Government spent more than €175,000 giving money to farmers to allow their lands to remain unharvested and clear for the corncrake.According to the June survey, the iconic Irish bird is now only found in Donegal, Mayo and the Connemara Islands.Those behind the survey – the National Parks and Wildlife Service – say they are not overly concerned with the apparent drop of 20 per cent in numbers; there were 220 birds last year.They believe the birds just may not have been calling during the survey. However the bird in Ireland remains under serious threat. Despite this it is not classified as being close to extinction because of the large numbers of the birds recorded in other parts of Europe and Russia. REVEALED: DONEGAL ISLANDS THE LAST BASTION OF THE IRISH CORNCRAKE was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Corncrakedonegallast_img read more

DRUMKEEN MARCHING BAND TO RISE FROM THE ASHES!

first_imgThe big drum is set to bang once more in Drumkeen!The county has a strong tradition of music and marching and none more so than the St. Patrick’s Accordion Band (Drumkeen Marching Band).This small village produced one of the finest marching bands in the country. They were DMBA League Champions, All Ireland Slogagh Champions and World Manx Champions to name but a few.Not bad for a village the size of Drumkeen? Like many of the bands than marched before them, a slow decline in numbers meant they disbanded in the early 90’s. These ladies enjoyed their tea at the fundraising tea dance.More often than not, old friends who marched along side each other, each and every Sunday of the Summer months have more recently met on more somber occasions.The passing of band stalwarts & most devoted supporters reminded these dear friends of their shared days. These bands were the backbone of a community. Each Summer Sunday was spent at a competition. The children learned music and marching, with a health dose of competitive spirit too. Friends and skills were forged for life.A few moths ago, a small group of enthusiastic people met to see if a reunion of the St. Patrick’s Marching Band, Drumkeen could be arranged.Plenty to smile about for the fundraising tea for the Drumkeen Marching Band.A strong team of people have been busy fundraising for the bands reunion. The first big fundraiser was on Sat 27th September. It was extremely well attended. The Guest tea had all the appeal of a vintage afternoon tea with friends. There was a few games of bingo too for extra fun. The highlight of the day was the a special performance by local legend Raymond Sweeney creative director & lead dancer of Titanic Dance along with Realta Dance. It was an fantastic spectacle. The total raised at the fundraiser was €1162.00. Community Spirit is alive & kicking in Drumkeen.The next meeting is Saturday 8th November in the Drumkeen Parish Hall. The organising committee plan to have the reunion event next year on Saturday 6th June. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. DRUMKEEN MARCHING BAND TO RISE FROM THE ASHES! was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:donegalDrumkeen Marching Bandlast_img read more