From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday, May 16, 1986

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‘We talk too much’: Buncrana UDC - Some members of Buncrana Urban District Council have admitted that they talk too much. The admissions came at the Council’s monthly meeting during a discussion on a motion proposed by Colr. Seamus Gill that the Council should set a time at which its monthly meeting would finish. Colr. Dermot McLaughlin said that far too much time was wasted at every meeting by councillors re-hashing items discussed at previous meetings and, as a result, matters at the end of meetings were sometimes rushed through.

Former Glenveagh owner dies in US - American millionaire art collector, Henry McIlhenny, who made the Glenveagh estate available for the establishment of a national park in Donegal, has died in Philadelphia. He was aged 75. He owned the Glenveagh estate near Letterkenny since the 1930s and lived there for about two months of the year. Guests there included Yehudi Menuhin, Charlie Chaplin, Henry Fonda and Greta Garbo. Mr. McIlhenny had been curator and director of the Philadelphia Museum of Decorative Arts. His personal collection included works by Degas, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Noted author dies at 93 - There have been many tributes to Peadar O’Donnell, veteran republican, social rebel, author and native of Donegal, who has died in Dublin, aged 93 years. O’Donnell was born in 1893 at Meenmore, near Killybegs, the fifth of eleven children of a small farmer. Growing up in a poor rural community, he saw the effect poverty had on people around him. Many went to Scotland to pick potatoes and while there lived in dreadful conditions. The cause of the “tattie hokers”, as they were called, was the first of many issues to prick his social conscience.

Derry’s stray dog problem - Several councillors have expressed concern about the growing number of stray dogs being allowed to roam the streets. Chief Public Health Inspector John Collison said that, in the first quarter of this year, 186 stray dogs had been impounded and, of these, 158 were destroyed. Alderman William O’Connell said he was alarmed at the number of dogs roaming the streets in packs and said it was a sad reflection on society. “As well as the danger of a child being bitten, there is also the danger of a child being frightened by a stray dog and running into the path of an oncoming car,” he said.

Dermot’s Arts Council appointment - Mr. Dermot McLaughlin, a native of Derry, has been appointed Traditional Music Officer by the Arts Council in Dublin. He has been studying in Dublin since 1979. He is well known in the traditional music world playng the fiddle.