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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.5 No.3 February 2004    Holiday In Donegal in 2004

Donegal Newsletter Nets more Subscribers on Air!
Our Donegal on the Net Email Newsletter is celebrating our fifth year online with over 10,000 free subscribers. Our monthly 'View from the Hills' reports are broadcast live on the 'Echoes of Erin' Radio show which is broadcast between 1.00p.m and 2.00 p.m EST every Sunday on WEDO-AM 810 and can be received in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland as well as in greater Western Pennslyvania. Our next Report is broadcast on March 7th.

Oideas na mBan, Baile na Finne
Béidh an oiche seodóireacht an déanamh le Deirdre Black de Luain, 17ú Feabra, 2004 ag 7.30úr sa Digiteach i mBaile Aird, Baile na Finne. Le tiollamh eolais a fháil cuir r-phóst . Béidh an oiche le ealaíontóir, Heidi Nguyen, de Luain Marta 1ú, 2004 ag 7.30úr sa Digiteach i mBaile Aird, Baile na Finne. Le tiollamh eolais a fháil cuir r-phóst .
Deirdre Black will give a jewellery making workshop at An Digiteach, Hightown, Fintown on Monday, 17th of February, 2004 at 7.30pm. All women welcome.
Artist Heidi Nguyen will give a workshop at the Digiteach, Fintown, on Monday, 1st of March, 2004 at 7.30pm. All women interested in taking a class or in joining the women's group are invited to come along. Information from .

EU Regional Funding set to Diminish
There will be no transitional funding for the Border, Midlands and Western (BMW) region after 2006 unless Member States allocate larger budgets in the next two years. Following the accession of ten new States on May 1st an extra €5bn to €12bn will be allocated for regional funding with the Irish taxpayer accounting for over €50m a year. After 2006 the BMW region will lose its designation as a poor region because the overall average EU income will be lowered in accord with the economies of the new States joining the Union.

Tragic Murder of Ballintra woman
Gary McCrea (39), the estranged husband of Dolores McCrea (35), was formally charged with her murder at Donegal District Court on January 30th. The late Dolores McCrea had been missing since January 20th, 2004 and her remains were identified eleven days later. The couple separated last year and had been married for 18 years with four young daughters.

Government Broadband Strategy Criticised
Buncrana Councillor Jim Sheridan has criticised government policy on the provision of broadband in Inishowen because of the costs involved for the consumer. The current strategy has put the cost of providing the broadband infrastructure onto the consumer and beyond the reach of many businesses and private households. A major rethink has to occur if Broadband is to be provided at reasonable costs and the Government should be looking at cost-cutting alternatives, like wireless and satellite systems, rather than laying fibre optic cable as it plans at present.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites

Irish Dancing Classes
Ceildhe and Set dancing classes have resumed in St. Mary’s Hall, Malin Head on Wednesday nights from 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m. and from 8.30p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Dancing classes are held in Teach Cheoil, Fintown each Thursday night from 8.00p.m. - 10.00p.m.

Ulster GAA 'Club of the Year'
Malin was awarded the Ulster GAA 'Club of the Year' and the Donegal 'Club of the Year' at a ceremony in Croke Park at the end of January. Malin beat off stiff competition from Ulster clubs, Castlewellan, Co. Down and Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh for the Ulster title. The triumphant Club Officers were escorted to Malin by a motor cavalcade when they crossed the Donegal County line.

Council Backs Call for Irish in the EU
Donegal County Council has voted to call on the Government to make Irish an official language of the European Union. Irish was not designated an official language of the Union on our entry in 1973 but, as Ireland now hosts the Presidency of the Union, the Government could decree Irish an official language of the Union, giving acknowledgement to the first language of the State and creating employment for Irish speakers in Europe. Under current proposals potential employees must speak two 'official' European Union languages to gain employment in EU bodies but, as it is, Irish is not recognised.

Tug O War Competition
Clonmany Tug O War team will host a charity competition on the 14th of February in Clonmany Community Centre. The Competition is for 600 and 640 kilos. The weigh-in is at 1 p.m. and the first pull is at 2.30 p.m. All proceeds are in aid of the Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin.
Missing Woman Attracta Harron
Missing strabane Woman Attracta Harron

Local Woman Still Missing
The family of Strabane woman Attractra Harron are desperate to find their mother who disappeared on her way back from Mass in Lifford on December 11th, 2003.
Mrs Harron is a 65 year old retired librarian who was last seen walking between lifford and her home in Strabane in County Tyrone after early morning Mass. There have been several unconfirmed sightings of a confused woman answering her description in Dublin, the latest sighting as recently as January 28th, 2004. Anyone with information should email her family at [email protected] or contact any police station.


Donegal VC Remembered
A new Stg £22 million accommodation block at Catterick Infantry Training Base in Yorkshire, England has been named after Royal Inniskilling Fusilier, Mr James Duffy, of Drumany, Letterkenny who was awarded the Victoria Cross for Bravery after World War I. The late Mr. Duffy's daughter, Mrs Nellie O'Donnell, and his grand-daughter, Mrs Evelyn Gallagher, attended the official opening of the Duffy VC Block. James Duffy survived the First World War and returned to Donegal where he died in 1969.

Independent Councillor Joins Sinn Féin
Killybegs Cllr.Thomas Pringle has joined Sinn Féin in advance of the local elections. 'Over the past number of years I have been impressed with the energy, hard work and dedication of many Sinn Féin members in the Dáil and Councils. I believe that this is a party with a bright future and I hope to help shape that future. My decision to join Sinn Féin is a decision to become part of an All Ireland party that will put the people first', said Cllr Pringle.

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Ardara Walking Festival 12th-14th of March, 2004
The Ardara Walking Festival is guaranteed to challenge and exhilarate the experienced walker and encourage the not so experienced. All levels of walks are expertly catered for over the weekend and there is lake, river and sea fishing for the more sedate. Féile Siúlóide/ Ard a Rátha and Ardara Parish Council acknowledges the support of the community, land owners and sponsors for their continued generosity. For further details and booking information email .

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