Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News Vol.5 No.7 July 2004 Holiday In Donegal in 2004
Local & Europeean Elections
Sinn Féin were the real winners in the local elections in Donegal held on June 11th. Pearse Doherty, Thomas Pringle, Gerry MacMonagle and were elected for that Party while Nicky Clarke was elected to the Green Party in Letterkenny.
Independent Fianna Fáil lost several seats and then went on to support Fianna Fáil in the newly elected County Council.
Fianna Fáil's Junior Minister for Transport, Dr. Jim McDaid, failed to impress the electorate in the European elections and standing Independent MEP, Dana Rosemary Scanllon, lost her seat.
The Finn Valley Councillor Patrick McGowan, of Fianna Fáil, has been elected the new Chair of the Donegal County Council, a position his late father, Senator McGowan held for many years.
Oideas na mBan - Feile an tSamraidh Fintown
'It is ironic that when we set the date for a "women's festival' in Fintown we didn't know that it would fall on the weekend of the game between Armagh and Donegal in Croagh Park!' declared Pauline MacAodháin of Oideas na mBan, the women's education group who organised the Summer celebration in Fintown.
However the expected exodus from Donegal to Croagh park and Donegal's defeat at the hands of Armagh did not dampened the spirits of the Oideas na mBan organisers and a lively weekend of debate, ceol, art and craic was had from July 9th to 11th.
The Feile an tSamraidh included a Wine & Cheese Opening in Teach Mac a Bhaird (the Railway Bar) at 8.30pm on the 9th of July with Guest Speaker, Bridghid McLaughlin (of the Sunday Independent), who talked about local poet and actress Madge Herron.
On Saturday 10th of July there was a Hill Walk on Aghla, guided by local Historian, Colm MacAodháin and on the Sunday there was a busy Car Boot Sale and Barbeque at Teach Jimí.
Tionólfaidh Daltaí na Gaeilge ár Seachtain Gaeilge
29 Lúnasa - 4 Méan Fómhair 2004, Esopus, Nua-Eabhrac
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Daltaí na Gaeilge will hold our week-long Irish Language Immersion Program, August 29th - September 4th 2004 in Esopus, New York. All are welcome! General Information, directions and a Registration Form are available at Daltai.com.
Daltaí na Gaeilge invites all Gaeilgeoirí, their Families & Guests For a Day of Fun and Friendship on Saturday, July 17th at 12.00 noon at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, NJ. Cost $ 15.00 Adult - $ 7.50 for Children.
Price includes admission to the Grandstand, complementary program & pen along with our catered picnic under the umbrellas in the Park¹s Picnic Grove. Call 732-571-1890 or email . Tickets will be held at the Gate for everyone under the name of Daltaí na Gaeilge.
A to Z of the Best Irish Sites
Earagail Arts Festival
The The Earagail Arts Festival is on from July 8th to 24th at venues throughout North West Donegal.
Someone took the silly idea of dividing the County, arts wise, a few years ago and venues south of Dungloe are not included... This was a devisive measure, leaving venues and artists from south of Dungloe out in the cold.
It's always great to see artists from elsewhere exhibit in Donegal but visitors and Donegal people alike would still like to see representations of Donegal exhibited and supported locally.
2004 MacGill Summer School
The 23rd annual Patrick MacGill Summer School will take place in Glenties from July 18th to 23rd. The theme of this year's school is Politics & Democracy in Ireland in the 21st century. Numerous debates will take place each day and guest speakers include Martin, McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Senator Mary O'Rourke of Fianna Fáil. Other events include Donegal fiddling, local art and a live production of 'The Tribunals Show'. For further details see MacGill Summer School.
Patrick McGill 1889-1963
Fatal Crash near Burnfoot
The tragic deaths of three Latvian immigrant workers occurred in a fatal car crash near Grainne's gap, Burnfoot on the morning of June 19th.
The accident occurred after midnight, but the car was not found until 7.45 am when a passing motorist noticed the car.
The deceased were Janis Rogis (21), Dairis Sters (19) and Maris Valbe (22). A fourth Latvian Andris Buturla (21) was admitted to Letterkenny Hospital where his condition this week was described as 'stable'.
The deceased had only arrived in Ireland in May to work at the Inishowen Engineering plant. The remains of the deceased flown home to Latvia.
Donegal in Ulster Final
It was an exciting finish to the Ulster GAA Gaelic Football Semi-Final in Clones on June 20th when Donegal beat current all-Ireland and Ulster champions Tyrone.
Colm Anthony McFadden, from Creeslough, was the star of the match making 1-7 so Donegal achieved a 1-11 to 0-9 victory over neighbouring County and the All-Ireland champions Tyrone.
The hero of the day, Colm McFadden, is a former pupil of St Eunan's College in Letterkenny where he led the college to a McLarnon Cup title.
However Donegal were defeated by Armagh in the Ulster Final in Croke Park on July 11th by an embarrassing 3-15 to 0-11.
'Boys tackling men...' was one overheard comment from a disgruntled Donegal fan.
Come on lads, it's only a game and there's always the back door...
Purpling Zig Light by Anne Quinn
oil on canvas 25x25 cms (2004) ©
Screig Gallery, Fintown, Donegal
'Deichneabhair' is a group exhibition of paintings inspired by the Donegal landscape which opened on Saturday, July 10th at the Screig Gallery, Fintown.
'It is truly amazing that so many artists whose work is of such calibre and beauty work here in Donegal - I only wish we had more room to exhibit in. Each of these artists sees the landscape in their own unique way yet their work is instantly recognisable as coming from Donegal.' enthused the Screig Gallery Director.
The exhibiting artists are: Sarah Lewtas and Ian Gordon; from Dunlewey; French artist Heidi Nguyen who has been working near Dungloe for five years; young St. Johnston artist Anne Quinn; Celine McGlynn; from Stranorlar; Burtonport based Montgomery Pickett; Ardara's own, Stephen Bennett; Carrigart artist Aódh Ó Dochartaigh; Craigavon artist Gerard Maguire and Scottish born Janet Pierce (Áosdana).
The Screig Gallery is sponsored by the Searc.ie Internet Consultancy in Fintown. The exhibition runs until July 24th, 2004. Further details by emailing the .
Gailéaraí an Screig, Baile na Finne, Dún na nGall
'Deichneabhair' - Taispeantas Foscailt An Gailéaraí Screig, Baile na Finne ag 5.00úr De Sathairn 10ú Iúil.
Is Taispeantas le deich Ealaíontóirí ag obair i Dhún na nGall - Sarah Lewtas, Ian Gordon, Heidi Nguyen, Anne Quinn, Celine McGlynn, Gerard Maguire, Montgomery Pickett, Stephen Bennett, Janet Pierce agus Aódh Ó Dochartaigh. Le tiollamh eolais r-phóst .
Mountain View Cottage, Derrylougháin , Gweebarra - Available August 2004
Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc
Threse Kennedy retrospective at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Falcarragh until July 30th.
The Nationality Referendum
The Nationality Referendum held on June 11th was passed in favour of the Government's proposal to change the definition of Irish nationality.
This was a sad day for Ireland, which will no longer 'cherish all the children of the nation equally' as enshrined in the 1916 proclamation.
Now the Dáil has the power to change the definition of who can get get an Irish passport without recourse to Referenda and the position of Irish citizens in the 6 Counties and those hereforto eligible for Irish Citizenship in the US is now in the balance.
In response the US Government is making it harder for Irish citizens to work and live in the United States with increased reports of Visa difficulties for Irish Citrizens seeking to work there.