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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.4 No.4 December, 2002
    Holiday In Donegal in 2003!

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Frankie Kennedy Winter School 2002
The 9th Annual Frankie Kennedy Winter School/Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy will be held between December 28, 2002 and January 1, 2003 in Gaoth Dobhair. The school attracts music lovers and traditional music fans from all over the world and some of the sessions at previous Winter Schools have assumed legendary status.
Classes, workshops and concerts are a central part of the school and classes commence at 3pm on December 28th with Registration from 1pm at Lakeside Centre, Dun Lewey (Ionad Cois Locha). Courses cost 50 Euro.
The Official opening of the Winter School takes place at 5.30pm on the 28th in the Lakeside Centre, Dun Lewey/Ionad Cois Locha followed by a launch party for the CD release of "Trad Tráthnona 2" featuring local Donegal singers including Máire Ní Cholm, Diminic MacGiolla Bhride, Nora Duibhir, Connie Mhary Mhicí and more.
Other concerts during the School feature Paddy Glackin and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill; Liz Carroll and John Doyle; Seamus Begley, Lillis Ó Laoire and Altan. Further information and ticket reservations email .

Save the Swilly Update
On the 14th of December indigenous Lough Swilly fishing people held a meeting with the Lough Swilly Wild Oyster Development Association and representatives from the oysters pickers and the Inch Pier Committee.
Their cause of concern is the introduction into the Swilly of 100 dredgers with powerful 1,000-horsepower engines which has altered the balance in the Lough and local people claim that the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and the Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems (CLAMS) all favour the big operators at the expense of indigenous fishing people.
There is also evidence that large dredgers have seeded mussels outside licensed areas and have dredged these areas, removing natural oysters without a licence. This has happened in the full knowledge of BIM, CLAMS and the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. For further information email .

Burglaries up 29% in Donegal
Recently released statistics have revealed that burglaries are up by 29% per cent in the last year in Donegal while the figure nationally is a rise of 2.3% per cent. Almost 4000 Euro is the average amount of goods stolen in each home burglary and the recent hike in insurance costs is making it harder for people to insure their homes against theft in the County.

Opposition to Windfarm in Lough Foyle
There are proposals to situate an offshore windfarm in the Tunes Plateau off the mouth of Lough Foyle to supply electricity for Northern Ireland.
The Government has give the consortium the green light to apply for the license under the Foreshore Act but local people from both sides of the Border are opposed to the plan which will radically affect the marine environment, tourism and fishing in Inishowen and in County Derry.
Journeys of a Lifetime
South Donegal resident and well known travel writer Mary Russell has launched a new web site to coincide with her new book Journeys of a Lifetime which includes several Donegal episodes. See Mary Russell.

Ramelton Action Group
In early December the AGM of the Ramelton Action Group heard complaints about the newly installed street lights along the Mall. Ramelton is designated a village of Georgian architectural importance and local people believe that the recently erected lamps are not in keeping with the village's 18th century style. The street lights were installed as part of a village renewal scheme and the Ramelton Action Group also claims that the new pavements are a danger to elderly people.

Wage Cut for Gweedore Workers
Nearly 200 workers at Comerama Yarns in Gweedore have been asked to take a 10% per cent pay cut amid fears over the factory's future following the loss of 160 jobs at the company's other Irish factory in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.
Inderama, an Indonesian company which owns Comerama, has plans to open a factory in Lithuania which recently joined the EU and it is feared that this will result in job losses in Gweedore.

Gort na Éalaiona Exhibition
Gort na Éalaiona Art Group are currently exhibiting in Dalann an Dearg Gallery in Gweedore. This small works exhibition includes pieces by Sarah Lewtas, Ian Gordon, Ebie Francis and Mary McGinty. For further information telephone (+353) 75 32710.

Tribunal must include Fullerton killing
There are calls for the Morris Tribunal which is investing Garda misconduct in Donegal to also inquire into the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin County Councillor Eddie Fullerton in Buncrana in 1991. One of the gardaí involved in the subsequent investigation is facing allegations before the Morris Tribunal.

Rubbish or Recyclables?
Over 2000 derelict cars were collected in Donegal this year by a private company for free. The company has been collecting the cars for free for 5 years but are now forced to introduce a 25 Euro per car charge due to increased Insurance costs.
The cars are then recycled but Donegal County Council is now demanding that the company obtain a waste collection permit and the company has closed as they insist they are recycling and not collecting rubbish. In the past five years 700 cars have been collected from Aranmore Island alone and in the past few months 100 cars have been taken from the beach in Downings by the Company free of charge.

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Rathmullan Holiday Village Proposed
An application for Planning Permission for a fifteen million Euro holiday village near Rathmullan has been lodged with Donegal County Council.
The 26 acre site in Glencross is three miles from Rathmullan overlooking Lough Swilly and would include 119 apartments with a capacity to accommodate one thousand visitors.

Fintown Water Pollution Continues
Statutory responsibility for the provision of safe public water supplies rests with the County Council yet they have continued to ignore the situation in Fintown where the water is foul tasting and causes stomach upsets due to the presence of E.Coli.
The North Western Health Board monitors the water quality and advises the Council to issue boil notices where appropriate but they cannot compel the Council to act.
Local residents have been complaining for several years but as yet the new treatment plant installed at Lough Muc has not come into operation.

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