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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.5 No.12 January 2005    Holiday In Donegal in 2005

Burtonport Baby is the first of the New Year!
Emma Duffy, daughter of Anne Marie and Oscar Duffy, was the first baby born on January 1st, 2005 in Donegal. Weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds in Letterkenny General Hospital, the bonny Emma is a welcome addition to the Duffy family, well known seafarers in the 'Port'.

Tá Sult Teoranta, i gcomhar le Gaelchultúr Teoranta, ag tairiscint ranganna Gaeilge do dhaoine fásta ag ceithre leibhéal ón 21 Feabhra 2005 ar aghaidh. 24 uair de ranganna, thar ocht seachtaine, a bheas i gceist. Beidh na ranganna seo ar siúl i gceanncheathrú nua Gaelchultúr i mBarra an Teampaill, i lár chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Eolas breise: (085) 707-6182; Sult.
Sult Ltd., in conjunction with Gaelchultúr Ltd., will be running Irish language classes for adults at four levels, commencing 21 February 2005. There will be 24 hours of classes, over eight weeks. They will be held in Gaelchultúr’s new headquarters, in the Filmbase building, Temple Bar.
Further Information on Sult.

National Archives Opened
State papers opened under the 'thirty year rule' in the National Archives in Dublin have revealed that there were plans to turn over large tracts of the 6 Counties to the Republic in 1974 after the Sunningdale power-sharing executive collapsed.
The archives state that the then British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, also considered complete withdrawal from Ireland and giving the Six Counties dominion status within the Commonwealth.
The implications of redrawing the Border were carried out by Irish officials who anticipated the transfer of most of Tyrone, Fermanagh, South Down, South Armagh and Derry to the Republic or redrawing the border along the River Bann. Why the plans were not implemented was not disclosed.

Barbre de Brun in Fintown
Sinn Féin MEP Barbre de Brun visited local community groups and businesses in County Donegal just before Christmas. The Brussells based Member of the European Parliament was accompanied by Grainne McGeady, the Sinn Féin candidate in the forthcoming Údaras na Gaeltachta elections in April. Údaras is the government agency charged with supporting employment in the Gaeltacht and this is the first time that Sinn Féin has put up a candidate in the Donegal Údaras elections.

Available to Rent in 2005
Mountain View Cottage, Derrylougháin, Gweebarra, Donegal

All politics is local
The late Speaker of the House of Representatives Irish-American "Tip" O'Neil, whose ancestors hailed from Buncrana, once stated that 'All politics is local'.
This famous quotation came to mind after a major abuse of the planning process in Donegal has been revealed by Donegal County Council officials.
Local Councillors were told last week that a number of people in rural Donegal who were granted planning permission to build homes for their own use but who then put up these properties for sale.
This, of course, comes as little surprise to local residents who have seen rural house prices rise as new housing in sold to holidaymakers.
In recent years Councillors have expressed reservations about planning restrictions on the indigenous community but many of these houses have been sold to people from outside Donegal and the resultant ribbon development is very unsightly in many formerly scenic areas.

Farmers' Market
The Farmers' Market takes place in Mc Ginley‘s Car Park, Pearse Road, Letterkenny on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Market supplies a wide range of farm produce, specialist and organic food and handcrafts.

Calling all O'Donnells
The O'Donnell Clan Association in conjunction with the Donegal To