first_imgFancy winning the wedding of your dreams worth €15,000.Then the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey, in association with a number of the top wedding suppliers in the North-west are hosting a dream wedding competition. One lucky couple will prevail as the winners of an amazing prize of an all inclusive wedding with a reception for up to 150 guests, to the value of €15,000 to be held at the Villa Rose Hotel.To enter the competition, couples will go head to head in a “Mr & Mrs to Be” style competition, with heats taking place in January 2013.Finalists from each heat will then proceed through to the grand final which will determine the overall winners of this amazing prize. The competition is limited to approximately 40 couples so anyone entering will have a one in forty chance of winning.The prize package consists of: Wedding Reception sponsored by the Villa Rose Hotel; Bridal Gown from the Bridal Rooms at McElhinney’s Department Store; Men’s Suit Hire from Evolve Menswear; Bridesmaids Dress by Celebrationz; Wedding Photography by Gerard McHugh; Wedding Cars by Gerard McGirr; Wedding DVD by Arthur Lynch; Cake by Heidi’s Creative Cakes; Wedding Entertainment from DJ John Bosco & Mr Majestic; Flowers by Ballybofey Florist; Drinks Reception by Findlater & Febver. This package is valued at €15,000 and will be an excellent start to married life for the lucky winners.The competition is open to anyone wishing to enter; however terms & conditions state that any couple who have already booked with another venue are strictly prohibited from entering.In order to enter simply contact The Villa Rose Hotel on 074-9132266 for an application form or email weddings@villarose.net for further details. WIN THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2012 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:000competitionVilla Rosewedding€15last_img read more

first_imgPaul Mallon of Gallagher’s Bakery, Linda McLean of Mallow Mia, Anna Good of the Whole Green Juice Co, John Molloy of Green Pastures Dairy and Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods Ltd, all local companies with products in this year’s finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards.Donegal’s blossoming reputation as an exciting and innovative food destination, received another timely boost this week with confirmation that 13 Donegal food products have made the finals of Blas na hEireann – the Irish Food Awards.Now in its 8th year, Blas na hEireann takes place in Dingle, Co Kerry on October 2nd and 3rd and is the
 biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of IrelandOver 2,500 products were entered into this year’s competition and organiser Artie Clifford, who visited Donegal earlier in the year to encourage food businesses to enter, says the Donegal products have reached the final stages in some very competitive categories. The Donegal finalists who between them provide all 13 of the Donegal products in the final stages, are Aran Ard Teo from Ardara, Green Pastures Dairy from Convoy, Island Seafoods from Killybegs, PureBred Gluten Free Bakery from Ardara, Mallow Mia from Newtowncunningham and Mulrines of Ballybofey.But the companies will have to go through a rigorous judging process first to see if they can capture one of the much sought-after prizes.The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative said the awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Donegal Food Businesses. “Last year we had seven products in the finals so it is a sign of the progress we are making here in the county that we have almost double that number this year. The Donegal Food Strategy recognises the huge potential for food in Donegal and we want to work with people with a commitment to Donegal food to create opportunities for success.”Indeed Artie Clifford affirmed that he has been extremely impressed with the ongoing commitment to food industries in Donegal.‘The Local Enterprise Office & Donegal County Council are keen supporters of what we do and we are delighted to be working again with them. It is great to see what they are doing with the Donegal Food Coast Initiative and I think it is important that we have an offering all along our coastline for our guests and visitors to be able to sample the finest of local product.”The local businesses in this year’s final will hear results from the Regional Best in County and Best in Farmers Market for Donegal on 2nd October in Dingle, but it will be a day later before they discover if they have been awarded a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze at the national awards. THIRTEEN DONEGAL FOOD PRODUCTS IN PRESTIGIOUS FOOD TASTE FINALS was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:awardsdonegalFOOD TASTElast_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue has joined the thousands of teachers protesting in Dublin today against cuts to frontline education services.More than 2,000 teachers marched outside the Dáil today to voice their anger at cuts to school resources and teacher numbers, as well as unreasonable cuts to the pay of newly qualified teachers.Deputy McConalogue said, “In just one budget, this government broke a series of promises it made to teachers, students, parents and children.  Resources for the children who are most in need of support have been cut.  Small schools have been targeted for sweeping cuts to staffing levels and threatened with closure. “Third level students are being landed with a series of increases in fees.  And newly qualified teachers are being hit with a disproportionate and deeply unfair cut to their pay.“I strongly believe that frontline education services must be protected, particularly at a time when we need to foster sustainable economic growth.  While everyone understands the strain on the public finances, nothing will be solved by targeting the classroom and expecting children to bear the brunt of cuts,” said Deputy McConalogue. McCONALOGUE JOINS TEACHERS’ DUBLIN PROTEST OVER EDUCATION CUTS was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:McCONALOGUE JOINS TEACHERS’ DUBLIN PROTEST OVER EDUCATION CUTSlast_img read more