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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.5 No.9 September 2004    Holiday In Donegal

Beslan Tragedy felt in Donegal
The murder of over four hundred people in the Ossetian town of Beslan was keenly felt by several young Russians studying in Letterkenny.
A special prayer service for those affected by the tragedy will take place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology on September 16th at 10 a.m.

Glenties Harvest Fair
The annual Harvest Fair in Glenties will run from the 9th to the 12th of September. Traditionally the Harvest Fair Day was looked forward to by young and old for weeks beforehand and was a three-day event. First there was 'the gathering' day; then there was the 'Fair day' itself and then there was 'the scattering' on the following day. This year the Fair Day is on the 13th.

Is ESB an abbreviation for 'Erasing Scenic Beauty'?
The Director of the Screig Gallery, Fintown has hit out at the ESB (Electricity Supply Board) Networks division for erecting three 11 metre tall poles next to the Gallery without consultation or notice. The new poles, which carry double the voltage at 20KV, are even more of an eyesore than the previous poles which were much shorter and half the diameter.
'We have visitors from all over the world who come to avail of our
Dú Genealogy services as well as to visit the Screig Gallery. We came here because of the view and we haven’t spent the last seven years building up the business for the ESB to wipe it out with these poles which are not even EU regulation distance away from these buildings. What would visitors think about how much we care for our environment? If we don't appreciate it - nobody else will. The ESB is a semi-state company - it's our money. I think it is a disgrace what ESB Networks have done.'
A spokesperson for the Alternative to Pylons group in the area, said
'The money for this line renewal comes from the European Union and it would be no additional cost to the ESB or to local residents to move the line behind the Gallery and the Playschool in Fintown. This is typical of the ESB’s gung ho attitude. The impact on tourism was one of the reasons An Bord Pleanála turned down the ESB’s plans to put pylons across West Donegal two years ago and here we have the ESB blatantly ignoring the wishes of local enterprise yet again.'
Pierce Doherty of Sinn Féin has asked the ESB to supply the actual costs of putting the poles out of sight at the Udaras Business Park in Fintown while Fine Gael Deputy Dinny McGinley has protested to the CEO of the ESB and has set up a meeting between ESB Networks, and the Gallery.

Centre Without Walls Project
Raphoe Youth and Community Project has recently been designated a cross border 'community hub' of the Centre Without Walls Project based in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. The Project can now offer ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), CLAIT (Computer Literacy and Information Technology) and Lou Tice Personal Development courses free of charge. The courses will commence in mid September and are limited to ten people on each course. Childcare costs will be subsidised. It is advisable to book early so please contact Lorraine at 91-45796 as soon as possible. Further courses are available