The week in Donegal in quotes

Fishing tragedy reflections, World Cup success and what's Donald Trump going to do for Irish illegals in US - just some of the quotes of the week

The week in Donegal in quotes

”It’s brilliant, a massive three points. I say this all the time, when I come out with this group of lads, it’s a privilege.” - Seamus Coleman, Ireland’s captain, after Ireland beat Austria 1-0

“The families are so grateful for the support and genuine friendship we received from neighbours, the communities of Burtonport, the Rosses, Killybegs and fishing communities all along the coast over the last 40 years.”
- Annmarie Carbery, who lost her husband, Ted, and her brother, John, in the Carraig Úna fishing tragedy 40 years ago.

”We do believe that it was a knife that the man was carrying and we are treating the incident as being as serious as it seems.”
- Garda Superintendent David Kelly, after a man believed to be carrying a knife approached a 12-year-old boy in Dungloe.

“Doing nothing is not an option.”
- Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Terence Slowey, on the need for the council to push for funding for coastal defences at Maghery strand.

“This striking, cosmic figure of God the Father will be a worthy addition to our church, complementing the Holy Family painting above Our Lady’s Altar.”
 - Father Colm Ó Gallchóir, PP, on a three-panel stained glass window, signed by Harry Clark Stain Glass Ltd., that will be installed in St. Catherine’s Church.

“We just want clarification for the many Irish families who have made a massive contribution to the US over the years. They are living in very uncertain times.”
- Michael McMahon, Bundoran, chairperson of Families of the Undocumented in Ireland, on the uncertainties surrounding US President-elect Donald Trump’s policies on undocumented people.

“Every single one of the ASTI teachers at this school is on the higher rate, but we feel so strongly that it’s unfair, [that's why] we are out here today.”
- Louise MacSharry, teacher at Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, on the ASTI picket last week before the union suspended their action to allow talks to progress.

“It will be a facility for all the community and we hope it is used by all the community.”
- Pól Mac Cumhaill, chairperson of the Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair committee, on the amharclann, which the committee hopes to reopen early next year following extensive refurbishments.

“It needs to be better lit and needs CCTV and needs park attendants.”
- Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, who raised concerns about antisocial behaviour at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park in Letterkenny at the Letterkenny Municipal District meeting.

“Donegal are one of the top teams in the country and I know from my involvement in schools’ football that a lot of quality footballers have come through Donegal in the last few years. I have to say that I’m excited by the challenge.”
- Richard Thornton, Donegal’s new coach/trainer.

“I have been ringing people, but getting them to answer the phone can be an achievement.”
- Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan, who has made attempts to speak with other players with a view to bringing them to Finn Park.

“It’s great for everyone to have another Premier Division season to look forward to but yes, Finn Harps will need the support and help from the public again more than ever.”
- Aidan Campbell, Finn Harps Commercial Officer, as the Harps invite suggestions and fundraising ideas from supporters.

”It’s brilliant, a massive three points. I say this all the time, when I come out with this group of lads, it’s a privilege.”
- Seamus Coleman, Ireland’s captain, after Ireland beat Austria 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

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