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

Carry On Moulin Rouge in Gortahork
A new musical by Maggie Dan's Drama Group will premiere on Friday the 30th of April at 9pm in Teach Maggie Dan's, Gortahork.
The show is set in a Parisian café and the cast includes Kevin Gallagher who has just finished a sell out tour with the Balor Theatre production of Educating Rita; Ms Jackie Sharkey with The Richard Druce jazz trio and Joanne Lindsay on clarinet. Nora Kavanagh is the principle dancer and the special guest for the opening night is Alan Amsby, aka Mr Pussy. Booking for the show is on 0861088397 or 074 9165630.

A man of Arranmore
Patrick Anthony Gallagher, of Cherrydown Avenue, Chingford, London, formerly of Arranmore Island, died in Whipps Cross Hospital, London, on the 16th March some ten minutes short of his 66th birthday on St Patrick's Day. It is a measure of the man that the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St Teresa of Avila, North Chingford was packed to overflowing, with family and friends, from near and far, for the funeral services. Pat had a great love and respect for the ocean acquired during his young life on Arranmore and this was reflected in the hymns sung at his requiem mass. Fr Michael Stokes, Parish Priest of our Lady of Grace and Dean of Waltham Forest conducted the services with befitting dignity and eloquence.
Pat was born in Glasgow on St Patrick's day 1938, the only son of Paddy (Bhiddy Earghal) and Biddy (nee Sharkey). Pat is survived by his wife Mary, his three daughters Margaret Papa, Sheffield; Bridget Ward, Headford, Galway; Maria Lidbury, Bexleyheath, Kent; and son Patrick, Chingford. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Idir Peil agus Pobal
A new book, The History of Ardara GAA by John Keeney, includes over 600 photographs taken since the first Senior team photograph was taken in 1922. The book will be launched in the Lake House Hotel on Friday the 16th of April with the Guest speaker Martin Carney.
The will book will also receive Dublin, New York and London launches at the Portobello Hotel on Friday the 23rd April; Molloys Bar, 57-82 Moshulu Avenue, Bronx on Saturday the 1st of May and in the Tirconaill Gaels Clubhouse on the 8th of May. For further details email .

Echoes of Erin Belataine Fair
The Annual Echoes of Erin Belataine Fair will take place on April 24th at the Irish Center, Pittsburg, 6886 Forward Avenue, Squirrel Hill from 2.00pm until 11.00pm. Admission $10 for adults, children free. For further details see Pittsburgh Irish. This family day of entertainment supports Irish programming on WEDO 810 Radio.

'The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut'
'The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut' is the title of a lecture to be held on Thursday, April 8th, 2004 at 7:30 pm in Robinson House, Claymont, Delaware. The Lecture by Profs. William Watson and John Ahtes, History Dept. Immaculata College, Chester Co., PA. revives the story of 57 Irish railroad workers who went to the US in 1832 to work on the Penn-Columbia railway line but who all died within 6 weeks from cholera and were buried in an unmarked mass grave at Duffy's Cut near Exton. The speakers are trying, with State sponsorship, to rediscover the grave and to bury the men with dignity. For further details see Robinson House.

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Donegal People wanted for Soup Line
An art project by Bill Drummond will take place across Ulster as part of this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast from the 29th of April until the 9th of May. The artist is keen to recruit participants for the project, especially in the areas of Rosapenna, Carrigans, Inch and Burnfoot where the Soup Line passes through Donegal and Dungiven, Maghera, Belfast, Comber and Portavogie in the six counties. During the art work Bill Drummond will be available every evening to travel to one home in each of the above listed townlands and make soup for the householders - 'Because it is a friendly thing to do.'
If you would like to participate email .

Féile Gael Linn
Béidh an Ceoláras Náisiúnta Dé Luain 26ú Aibreán 2004 le Altan; Skara Brae; Iarla Ó Lionaird agus Peadar Ó Riada; Tony Mac Mahon agus Steve Cooney.


The Aware Support Group in Buncrana hold weekly meetings every Monday in the Mental Health Clinic at 7.30pm. Anyone who suffers from depression is welcome to come along. Please don't suffer in silence, as Aware is there to help. For more information contact Mary on 074 9320791.

Men wanted in Carndonagh
Urgently needed are more men for the Salsa Dancing which will begin on the 29th March in the Wesley Hall, Carndonagh. The Salsa Dancing class is held each Monday night at 8.30pm, all welcome. The following courses are due to begin shortly in the Wesley Hall: First Aid, Reminiscence theraphy, Personal Development, Basic Book-keeping, Basic Computers, Intermediate Computers, Crafts, and Communication Skills. These courses are supported by Donegal VEC and the Dept of Social Community and Family Affairs. If you are interested telephone 9374725 between 10am and 5pm Monday-Friday.

Berkeley in Belfast
Donegal rock band Berkeley return to Belfast as special guests of Torgas Valley Reds at The Pavilion on Friday April 23rd.

Pine View By Ian Gordon
Pine View By Ian Gordon     Oil on Canvas

Ian Gordon is currently exhibiting new paintings at An Danlann Dearg, Gaoth Dobhair. See Ian's work at

Loughanure National School Fundraiser
The parents of children attending Loughanure National School are trying to raise €100,000 Euro to ensure the proposed refurbishment works at the school are completed. Read all about the 'Sponsor a Brick' campaign on the Loughanure National School website.

Beidh an chéad Sult eile ar siúl an Déardaoin seo, 8 Aibreán. Beidh an club ar siúl mar is gnách thuas staighre sa Castle Inn, in aice le Jury’s Christchurch Inn.
Nóta: Osclóidh na doirse ar 8.30 p.m. agus beidh saorchead isteach i gceist go dtí 9.00 p.m. Beidh an gnáthchead isteach, 5 euro, i gceist ina dhiaidh sin.
Timpeall 9.00 p.m. déanfaidh an file Conallach Cathal Ó Searcaigh roinnt dánta a léamh agus ansin seolfaidh sé albam nua Thaidhg Mhic Dhonnagáin, Imíonn an tAm. Seinnfidh Tadhg agus a ghrúpa ar feadh trí cheathrú uaire ansin. Is iad na ceoltóirí atá sa ghrúpa ná Garvan Gallagher (dordghiotár), Keith Donald (sacsafón) agus John Ryan (méarchlár). I measc na n- amhrán a chanfaidh Tadhg beidh ‘Amhrán an Ghaeilgeora Mhóir’, a insíonn scéal fir nach bhfuil sásta bean a phósadh de bharr go bhfuil droch-chaighdeán gramadaí aici!
Ó 10.15 p.m. ar aghaidh beidh an grúpa The Bossa Hogs le feiceáil. Tá ceathrar ceoltóirí (giotár, méarchlár, dordghiotár agus cnaguirlisí), agus amhránaí as an mBrasaíl, sa ghrúpa seo agus seinneann siad ceol bríomhar as Meiriceá Theas. Cuirfidh grúpa tí Sult deireadh leis an ócáid, mar is gnách.
Eolas breise: (086) 407-3284 nó (086) 401-5318; r-phost nó feic Club Sult.
Faigheann Sult tacaíocht airgid ó Fhoras na Gaeilge.

Aer Lingus for Sale
It's reported that the government will put Aer Lingus up for sale within the next 12 weeks. The proposed sale of the Irish State airline comes hot on the heels of the news that Irish citizens will, from October, be subject to finger-printing or bio-metric identification before boarding flights to the United States.
This will mean that Irish people will now be finger-printed by US officials on Irish soil. What price neutrality?
The Irish mistrust of authority and experience of miscarriages of justice will see a predictable drop in ticket sales to the US from Ireland come the Autumn - something the Irish Government is no doubt aware of in its sudden push to sell off the State airline.

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Smoking Ban
Following the implimentation of the Ban on smoking in the workplace in Ireland on March 30th, there are reports of a significant drop of trade in pubs in the Letterkenny area while local hotels are counting the cost with wedding cancellations from customers from Northern Ireland who can still smoke in 6 County hotels, clubs and pubs.
On day three of the Ban opposition politician and spokesperson on Justice, John Deasy, was dismissed from his post for smoking in the private members bar of the Irish parliament. So it's one law for all...

April showers...
Donegal is bathed in April hail and showers. Indeed It rains 300 days a year here yet there are still parts of the County which have poor quality drinking water or none at all as in the case of two hundred homes at Letterleague and Glenmaquin near Letterkenny.
That this is the case in 2004 is a clear indication of how infrastructure development has failed in the County. Prior to the last two local elections these communities were promised public water supplies but the Council now says it would cost each household €6000 Euro - roughly $8000. There is an EU directive that compels the government of each member state to provide every household with a public water supply. Obviously the republic of Donegal is not subject to that Directive.

Enya in the News again...
Enya is set to earn an additional 6 figure sum to add to her €60m Euro fortune because of a dozen notes composed by the Donegal musician some twenty years ago. The piece from Bodecia is sampled on Mario Winans' track - 'I don't want to know' currently at number 9 in the US charts.
Another Donegal musician and near neighbour of Enya's family, Francie Mooney, father to Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh of Altan fame and grandfather of the renowed young fiddler Ciaran Mooney, has been elected President of the Oireachtas for his outstanding contribution to Irish music and Irish culture.

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International Peace Conference, Maine
Hugh Curran from Killybegs, presently teaching Peace Studies at the University of Maine, is Director of a three day International Peace Conference - Peacemaking in the 21st Century: Inner Peace, Outer Action which will take place from June 18th-20th in Orono, Maine. The Conference explores themes of peace in a rich variety of ways, from spirituality to art, from storytelling to dance, from native rights to veterans rights, from compassionate living to restorative justice and reconciliation. For more information see the Conference Website.

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