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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.5 No.10 October 2004    Holiday In Donegal

Oireachtas na Samhna, 26-31 Deireadh Fómhair, Leitir Ceanainn
Ceiliúradh atá san Oireachtas ar gach aon cheann de na healíona traidisiúnta - anhránaíocht, ceol, rince, litríocht, scéalaíocht, drámaíocht, dreas cainte agus na fis-ealaíona ina measc. Feic Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
Is é Proinsias Ó Maonaigh (Francie) Uachtarán ar Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2004. Tá aithne mhór agus ardmheas ar Phroinsias mar mhúinteoir ceoil, mar fhidléir agus mar chumadóir ceoil.
The Féile Shamhna 2004 takes place in Letterkenny from the 26th - 31st of October 2004. The 107 year old competition includes Sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, storytelling, dialogue in verse; cabaret, oratory and numerous fringe events. For further information and programme see Oireachtas na Gaeilge.

Samhain International Poetry Fesitval
"Poblacht beag atá i nGort an Choirce atá suite idir na sléibhte agus an fharraige in Iar-thuaisceart Dhún na nGall. Tá sé ar cheann de chomharsana na Flaithis, baile grástála Greenwich, rúndiamhara Montmarte, Baile Cúige ina dtig le rud ar bith tarlú.
Tá Gort an Choirce níos mó ina chioníoll ná ina áit,
'a bheith beo' deoch a ól as tobar fíoruisce na cruthaíochta."
Cathal Ó Searcaigh

The Samhain International Poetry Festival will take place in Gortahork, Co. Donegal on Halloween Weekend From the 29th to th 31st of October. The Festival includes Poetry Master Classes, Recitals, Music, Lectures & The Smurfit International Poetry Competition with a prize fund of €6,000
Beidh an Fhéile ar siúl i nGort a' Choirce Co. Dhún na nGall ón Aoine 29 Deireadh Fómhair go dtí an 31 Deireadh Fómhair 2004. Mar pháirt den Fhéile, beidh Ardranganna Filíochta, Aithriseoireacht Filíochta, Ceol, Léachtaí & Comórtas Filíochta ina bhfuil duaischiste de €6,000 - Tuilleadh Eolas Féile Fílíochta na Samhna.

Donegal jobs concern
Sixty-three workers and more than 100 volunteers face jobs losses in Inishowen, Co Donegal, with the announcement that eight FÁs community enterprises may soon close.

Gardai investigate fraud claim in Donegal fisheries
The Garda Síochána have launched an investigation into allegations that fishermen in Killybegs have been fraudulently recording fish catches.

North West Walking Guides 2005
Three day walks in the Blue Stack Mountains with accommodation in Donegal Town. This is a great value weekend package with most accommodation providers offering the weekend at €149 per person sharing. For further information see North West Walking Guides.

Mountain View Cottage, Derrylougháin , Gweebarra
Available Autumn / Winter 2004

Irish Language Requirement for Gardai
Donegal Councillor Pearse Doherty has voiced his concern at reports that the Justice Minister Michael McDowell is to drop the Irish language requirement for membership of the Garda Siochána. He described the proposal as an insult to Irish language speakers and called for it to be rescinded immediately.
'Article 8 (1) of the Constitution states that the Irish language as the national language is the first official language. The Department of Justice has consistently acted in deliberate breach of this provision and if they go ahead with this hare brained proposal the result is that members of the Garda will be unable to work effectively in many communities across this state', said Doherty.

O’Donnell Clan Reunion
The O’Donnell Clan Association, in conjunction with the Donegal Town Community Chamber, are organising an O’Donnell Clan Gathering for July 2005. It will open on the 2nd of July and last for a week. A full programme is being planned. Contact: .

Royal and Prior Raphoe, School Reunion
A reunion of the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, Class of 1979, will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday, October 23rd, at 8pm. Tickets for this buffet and disco are €25 and are available from (+353) 7491-29854.

Dyslexia Association, Glenties
The Resource Centre of the North West Dyslexia Association, Glenties branch, has re-opened in the Glenties Comprehensive School on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm. Places are available for children who have been psychologically assessed. The contact numbers are (+353) 74-95 51605 and (+353) 74-95 41456.


New Book on Handball
Pat Mulholland launched his new book on the History of Handball in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on the 21st of October at 8.00pm. For postage costs and to order email .

Counselling Course for Women
Letterkenny Women's Centre are planning to run an eight week course, 'Introducing Women to Counselling and Listening' in the Gweedore area. The aim of the course is to raise awareness about counselling. It will be a gentle, non-academic course. It will provide an introduction and exploration of aspects of counselling e.g. the qualities of a counsellor, counselling skills, the provision of counselling services and issues that are brought to counselling.
Learning will be through group interaction and while the course is not counselling training, there will be time to find out about and try our basic listening skills. The facilitator will encourage a fun, relaxed environment. The course is not so much about wanting to be a counsellor. It is an introduction to these issues for you as a parent of partner or member of your community. Kate Hoods will facilitate the course. Kate is an experienced group facilitator. She is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and works in Letterkenny Well Women's Centre. If you are interested in this course please contact Letterkenny Women's Centre on 91-24985.

Proinsias Ó Maonaigh

Is é Proinsias Ó Maonaigh (Francie) Uachtarán ar Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2004.

Public Outrage at Minabpoll Landfill Proposal
Following three well attended meetings in Gartan, Fintown and in Glenswilly there is overwhelming local objection to the Council's proposed Landfill at Minabpoll which is situated adjacent to scenic Meeniroy Hill and only 11 kms from Glenveigh National Park. Locals fear environmental pollution; the loss of tourism revenue and devaluation of their land and homes. The fact that the site is 900 ft above the Gartan main water supply and that a tribituary of the River Finn runs through the site makes the very suggestion ludicruous.
At a meeting in Fintown, one member of the public compared the proposition to a Monty Python sketch. 'It's like an Irish joke. Why would you choose a place with 2000-3000 mm of rainfall per annum, at 1000ft above sea level to situate a dump - never mind the wind capacity? It's ridiculous.'
The proposed landfill dump at Minabpoll would be capable of taking up to 80,000 tonnes of rubbish per year, according to Donegal County Council's own Environmental Impact Study (EIS) which cites a daily average of 29 vehicles travelling in each direction from the site, or worst case scenario, 27 vehicles per hour. The logicistics are frightening. These statistic coupled with the light pollution of orange flourescent lights 24/7; the gas flare buring off methane and carbon monoxide gases; the disruption to the bird and wildlife whose numbers are exceptionally high; the hazards of vermin; insecticide and the pollution to local sheep and turf farms, makes this the most ridiculous proposition ever to eminate from Donegal County Council. The County has not published their intention to site a landfill at Minabpoll so they are in breach of the law.
Members of the public are urged to put their objections in writing to An Bord Pleanála (64, Marlborough St, Dublin 1) before the November 8th deadline.
Trevor Sargent T.D. of the Green Party will visit the proposed site at Minabpoll on Friday the 29th of October at 2.30pm. There will be a 'NO DUMP!' public meeting in Foxhall Parish Hall, Glenswilly on Monday November 8th. Further information from .

Tourism Course in Inishowen
Inishowen Rural Development Ltd, in association with Sligo IT and the Western Development Tourism Programme are currently running a part-time 80 hours (normally 11 weeks) course in Tourism Marketing & Management to be held in the offices of IRDL, Pound Street, Carndonagh. This innovative course will lead to the award of a Single Subject Certificate accredited by Sligo I.T. The programme is aimed at increasing the expertise of practitioners in the area of tourism. If you are interested in a place on this course please contact Gillian McColgan or a member of staff in the IRDL office for an application form, on 074-9373083 or email [email protected].

Oideas na mBan
Oideas na mBan are running an Introduction to Computers & Communications course for women in the Digitech, Baile na Finne from November 4th to December 2nd. For further informaton email .

Fiach Arts Calender 2005
The Fiach Arts Circle, Ballybofey have published a full colour calender for 2005 with illustrations of places in the Finn Valley. This calender would make a beautiful Christmas present for friends and relations. The calender costs €8.50 with part of the proceeds going to local charities. For postage costs and to order email .

Womens' Legal Rights
Letterkenny Women's Centre provide an information and support service in relation to legal rights. If you have any queries about separation, divorce, custody, maintenance, domestic violence or any other legal issue, please contact the centre.
The centres offers a completely confidential service and can refer you to the appropriate bodies, should you wish to take matters further. Clinic hours are: Monday and Tuesday morning 9.00am - 1.00pm.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites

Eamon O'Kane at Cavanacor
Eamon O'Kane is having a solo exhibition in Cavanacor Gallery until the 20th of October. O'Kane has established an indisputable reputation over the past decade. This exhibition of painting is entitled 'The Studio,' and it follows his last show 'America' at the gallery held five years previously. In the interim he has had a remarkable twenty-five solo exhibitions nationally and internationally in Louisville, New York, Hanover, Zurich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Holland, Copenhagen, Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny, Cork, and Belfast.
'The Studio' is a long anticipated follow up and it features a superb selection of the artist's recent practice. References are made to the world's leading architects; Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Alto, Le Corbousier, Lacation Vassal and Elam and Bray. The result is a magnificent flight of artistic fancy, where O'Kane imagines these ideal architectural spaces for other artists and himself as studios. These buildings are located in remote locations removed from civilisation and often surrounded by trees. They are essentially ideal spaces and yet O'Kane has also constructed a series based on Kubrick's landmark film, 'The Shining,' where the artist's retreat overwhelmed the protagonist claiming his sanity.
PArt of the exhibition is comprised of a series based on the Overlook Hotel and 'The Shining', small paintings offering vignette impressions of the exterior and interior. This is a pivotal exhibition for O'Kane marking his second homecoming and reaffirming his unwavering commitment to art. Mike Fitzpatrick has insisted 'For Eamon, to work is to live; this strategy in turn develops and forms his language and philosophy.'
The exhibition continues until the 20 October. For further information contact Marianne O'Kane, Curator, Cavanacor Gallery, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co. Donegal. T/F 074 9141143 [email protected] Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6, Sunday 2-6 or by appointment. View our website on

The walking group will assemble every day at the car park, Cashelnagore Station at 11am. The walk lasts on hour. For further information phone 074 91-35255. Bridge classes take place every Wednesday in the Old School, Gortahork at 1.30pm. The Irish language group will meet on Wednesday October 20th in the Old School, Gortahork at 2pm. Yoga classes continue every Monday night in çras Begley, Falcarragh at 7.30pm. Golfing groups meet weekly. It is hoped to have a computer class in the Technical School, Gortahork in October and an art class sometime in October. Anyone who wishes to participate please contact the secretary at 91-35513. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday October 20th at 3.30pm in the Old School Gortahork.

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