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Vol.3 No.1 May / Bealtaine, 2001

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New Art Gallery in Fintown
The Screig Gallery of Contemporary Irish Art, Fintown contains paintings and drawings by Elizabeth McGill, Stephen Loughman, Felim Egan, Rosie McGurran, Brian McMahon, Dermot Seymour, Gary Coyle and Patsy Dan Rogers, among others.
The Gallery is open to visitors Monday to Fridays 10.00am to 4.30pm or by appointment at other times from June 15th.
For further information telephone (+353) 75 46992 or email

The Tubucular Croaking of Plastic by Dermot Seymour Oil/Canvas 102 X 125 cms, 1996 ©
The Tubucular Croaking of Plastic by Dermot Seymour
Oil/Canvas 102 X 125 cms, 1996 ©

Lettermacaward Centenarian Surfs the Net!
Mary Ellen Ward, (née Cannon), 101 years old, is County Donegal's oldest Internet user. The former school-teacher uses the Internet every day and new technology is no more daunting to her than the blackboard slate of her youth. Mary Ellen was married to the late Joe Ward, Drumlaghdrid, with whom she had three daughters. Mary Ellen was widowed young and taught for many decades in Donegal before her retirement. In 1990 Mary Ellen moved to Boston to live with her daughter, Dorothy Powers.

Arranmore Lifeboat Volunteer Honoured
Nora Flanaghan, the only woman crew member of the Arranmore Island Lifeboat, will represent Ireland in the RNLI "Volunteer Spirit" cermony in Poole, Dorset. Nora, a qualified nurse, joined the Arranmore crew seven years ago.

Issac Butt's Birth Place under Threat

Issac Butt

The home of the 'father of Home Rule', Issac Butt (1813-1879) is under threat from a proposed development by Glenfin GAA who have submitted proposals to Donegal County Council to build an indoor training facility; changing rooms and meeting hall in a field adjacent the birth place of one of Donegal's most esteemed historical figures. The Glebe House, as it is known, was built by Issac Butt's father, the Rev. R. Butt in 1774, on the site of an ancient Church founded by St Taovog. The current owner restored the house (the only 18th century house in Glenfin) and opposition to the proposal is widespread among local people, An Taisc and the Donegal Historical Society.
The local Parish Committee have a much larger site with derelict buildings near the GAA pitch but the trustees have refused that site to the GAA.
The 'Soviet' will never be dead as long as 'the Committee' reigns in Donegal! Email your opposition to the before the council votes on planning permission for this ill-conceived development.

Úna Campbell Exhibition in An Grianan
Donegal based artist Úna Campbell is exhibitng large scale conceptual works based on ancient burial sites, known as Cairns, at An Grianan, Letterkenny until June 2nd. The paintings are semi-circular and enclose the viewer both formally and in content. In addition to painting Úna is curator of Gailearí na gCroisbhealach, Falcarragh.

Glenveigh Open to Visitors
The Government have lifted all restrictions on visitors to National Parks and Heritage Centres as of May 11th, 2001. The Park, Visitors Centre and Castle were closed due to the Foot & Mouth scare since February.

President McAleese Visits St.Johnston and Carrigans
President Mary McAleese opened a new community resource centre in St.Johnston on May 9th. The centre facilitates local community, health and education groups in the St.Johnston and Carrigans areas and cost IEP250,000 with funds from th