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Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival has managed to get EVEN BIGGER this year; already boasting Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid, Two Door Cinema Club and Clean Bandit as headliners.

The festival takes place in Donegal's Bundoran every year; a uniquely Irish haunt which has sold-out tickets weeks before the festival over the last four years.

Now they've added major names like Jax Jones, The Magician, Wild Youth, Hermitage Green, The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Le Boom, Jerry Fish, Bitch Falcon, Trojan Sound System, Kormac and Inhaler to the lineup.

The festival has seen major artists grace their stages, like luminaries Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Bastille and Seasick Steve.

It began way back in 2008 as an after-party for a big surfing competition, and now hosts a range of the world's top skateboarders, BMX bikers and beach sporting heroes.

Festival director Ray O’Donoghue couldn't contain his excitement about 2019's eclectic line-up, and we don't blame him.

He said: "We’re delighted with this year’s lineup and with our new additions. We think it is by far our strongest lineup yet! There’s something for everyone there, from Sigrid to The Sugarhill Gang, Two Door Cinema Club to Jax Jones  and everything else in between."

He continued;

"We’ve sold out the last 4 years so we expect this year to be no different. We’ve even got a surprise or two still left up our sleeves. We literally can’t wait until the summer."

The summer festival will take place from June 21 until June 23 in 2019, and early bird tickets have already been snapped up.

Day and weekend tickets are still available now from Ticketmaster outlets, priced at €119.90 for three days non-campsite and €149.90 to include four nights of camping banter.

Limited single day tickets are available from€54.90 + VIP Upgrades for €50, if you head to the Sea Sessions website you can catch them now before they're gone.

Feature image: Instagram/@sea_sessions

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A man in his late 20s is due to appear in court this evening charged in connection with the death of a mum-of-two.

The body of 27-year-old Jasmine McMonagle was found at her home in Killygordon in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is believed the young mum lost her life due to knife wounds following an attack.

Reports claim the mum had contacted the Gardaí before the attack took place. She reported a domestic disturbance at 4.20 am.

Gardaí were refused entry to the home, which she shared with her partner, at 4:47 am.

A man in his late 20s was then arrested at 7.30 am. He was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station and will now appear before the Sligo District Court at 8pm today.

The man shared two children, believed to be aged one and seven, with the deceased. They are currently being cared for by close family.

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A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman in Donegal last night.

Gardaí sealed off the area in Forest Park in the village of Killygordon after being called to the scene.

Local reports on Friday morning stating that a person had been fatally wounded.

Sources then said the victim had died following the incident, with the body remaining at the scene.

Gardaí have since confirmed that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of the young woman.

A man in his 20s has been detained in Letterkenny Garda Station.

Three ambulances allegedly arrived at the house in the east of the county in the early hours of this morning, with children and other occupants leaving the house shortly afterwards.

A statement released by the Gardaí at 11:45am has stated;

“Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the death of a woman in her 20s this morning the 4th of January 2019 at Forest Park, Killygordan, Co. Donegal. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

"The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and the body remains at the scene pending an examination. The Garda Technical Bureau has been notified and will be carrying out a technical examination at the scene today.

"A man in his 20s has been arrested and is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 in Letterkenny Garda Station. Investigations are ongoing.”

Patrick McGowan, who is the local county councillor in Killygordon, commented that; “All we know is that there has been a very serious incident and everyone in the locality is shocked."

“All we know is that somebody has been seriously hurt and Gardaí are awaiting the forensics team to arrive.”

He stated that locals are awaiting more information on the incident.

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A controversial billboard erected by a Donegal nightclub has been branded as "disgusting" and "misogynistic" by furious locals. 

The large advertisement for Liberty's club in Buncrana features am image of a woman wearing shorts and holding a gold club, along with the caption: "“Libertys – Your 19th hole for the summer.”

The offensive ad had been the subject of numerous complaints, with many calling for it to be removed. 

Speaking to the Donegal Daily, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said the billboard was  “just plain offensive."

"If it was shock value publicity they were seeking, then mission accomplished," he said.

"They need to cop themselves on, show some respect for our community and take it down!”

Many of the club's regular punters have also taken to the venue's social media calling for them to remove the offensive ad. 

One commenter wrote: "This not funny. It's blatant rape culture.Please take it down and replace it with an image that shows a young woman who is confident, in control and sexy, as opposed to a faceless receptacle for some drunk guy's hard on."

While another accused the establishment of promoting "rape culture and misogynistic sexism." 

"You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is being shared on social media and is doing you no favours. Promoting rape culture and misogynistic sexism in one poster."

The club has not yet responded to calls to remove the image. 

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Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision in Co. Donegal this morning. 

A pedestrian was fatally injured when he was struck by a car at Sandhill, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal at about 4.15 am.

The pedestrian was a male aged in his 20s. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was uninjured.

The road at the scene in closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

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Gardaí in Donegal are currently investigating a road traffic accident which has left a 22-year-old man in a serious condition in Letterkenny University Hospital.

According to emerging reports, the single-vehicle collision occurred in Burnfoot, approximately five miles from Buncrana, in the early hours of this morning.

A Garda spokesman elaborated on the details, saying: "The collision occurred at approximately 3.10am on the 15th December on the main  Buncrana to Letterkenny Rd at Tieveban, Burnfoot." 

"The 4×4 collided with a stone wall. Emergency services attended the scene, the driver and sole occupant was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital."

It has been established that diversions have been put in place and the road remains closed to facilitate a forensic examination.

Gardaí have issued an appeal to anyone who may have used that road between 2.50am and 3.20am this morning, and advised them to contact Buncrana Garda station on 074 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Ten people including eight children have been rushed to hospital after a road accident this morning.

The crash involved a van and a school bus in Carrickmore in St Johnston, Co Donegal.

The accident happened just after 8.15am. 

Eight children have been taken to hospital, along with the driver of the van and the school bus. 

None of those injured are understood to be seriously hurt.

'A total of eight children and two drivers have been taken to hospital but thankfully none of the injuries are serious,' Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told The Mirror.

'This accident could have been much worse and we are now investigating the cause of this accident.'

The school bus was making it's way to school at the time with up to 20 children on board. 

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The body of a man was found during a search for a Canadian diver off Malin Head, Donegal, last night.

The man went missing during a deep-sea dive on Saturday. 

His body was recovered at the wreck where he had been diving. 

The man went on a chartered dive to explore the Pinto wreck, which is 65 metres below the surface.

After the divers got into difficulty, the Lough Swilly life boat was called to assistance. 

This is the second body to be recovered in Donegal this week, after the remains of a missing hill walker were found in the Derryveagh Mountains.

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On Saturday, authorities became aware that a hillwalker had gone missing in the Derryveagh Mountains in Co Donegal.

It is understood that the man, who is believed to be British, had not been seen since last Thursday, but notification of this did not reach authorities until the weekend.

According to The Journal, a search operation was swiftly launched, with mountain rescue teams from Sligo and Leitrim, as well as Bunbeg Coast Guard, Malin Head Coast Guard and Rescue helicopter 118 taking part in the coordinated effort over the weekend.

It has been established that at 6pm last night, the body of the missing hillwalker, who is reported to have a home in Donegal, was discovered.

The cause of death has yet to be established.
 

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In your weird news of the day, ladies, our good friends up in Co Donegal quite literally felt the earth move earlier today.

According to emerging reports, an earthquake, which measured 1.5 on the Richter Scale, was recorded at approximately 06.45 this morning on the Fanad Peninsula.

It has been established that local residents in the Milford and Kilmacrennan areas experienced tremors, and the Irish National Seismic Network is eager to hear from anyone who experienced the earthquake.

According to Today FM, the Irish National Seismic Network have launched a questionnaire for members of the public to share their observations on this morning's quake.

Commenting on the incident, Tom Blake, the director of the Irish National Seismic Network, said: "There was a minor tremor which measured 1.5 on the Richter Scale — that’s a fairly minor tremor but was felt nonetheless."

“It was felt by people and would have been felt by animals. Our systems pick up very minute tremors," he explained.

“We are very keen to hear from people and if people could share their experiences with us then we would ask them to get it touch."

According to The Irish Times, there have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings in the wake of the minor earthquake.

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Post mortem examinations are due to be carried out today on the bodies of two men found off the Donegal coast.

Then men were found separately near Mallinbeg after they were reported missing when they failed to return from a fishing trip on Saturday night.

The body of one man, in his 50s, was discovered by a farmer at around 10.30am on Sunday morning.

At around the same time, a member of the public reported that a car understood to belong to the two men was still parked at the side of the pier.

A short time later, the second man (40s) was found in the water by Coast Guard officers.

According to Gardaí, the bodies of the men have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

The Irish Coast Guard says it did not receive any distress call, however, it was noted that divers in the area had reported difficult conditions.

A boat was later found washed up on a rocky stretch of coastline.

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Some lucky person has woken up a millionaire this morning, not a bad way to start the New Year.

According to the National Lottery, the winning ticket was sold in Cork at the Topez Service Station on the Lower Tivoli Road.

The €1 million ticket owner no doubt celebrated the New Year in style after the win.

Although the winner has not yet come forward, ticket holders have 90 days to claim their prize.

In addition one lucky winner will receive €250,000 after grabbing a last-minute ticket in Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

Four others are also set to bag €100,000 with their winning tickets from the annual Christmas Millionaire Raffle.

If you haven’t yet checked your ticket, you can do so here

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