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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.6 No.1 February, 2005    Holiday In Donegal in 2005

First Donegal Murder in Many Years
Meenacross townland, in the wilds of the Rosses, is in shock after the murder of well-known bachelor, 36-year-old Shaun Duffy. In the first murder in West Donegal in many years the victim was killed by two men, Gardai believe, who had been lying in wait for him after he returned home from a family party on January 28th.
Shaun Duffy knew many people in the greater Rosses area and was involved with a number of community organisations.
The crossbow used in the attack belonged to Mr Duffy himself. Gardai have ruled out the possibility that he was killed in a failed burglary as nothing was stolen from the house.
Fr John Joe Duffy, a cousin of the deceased, officiated at the Requeim Mass. Fr Duffy said Shaun was involved in the Meenacross Show, the Mary from Dungloe Festival and the Donegal Rally and that he had a great love for horses.
The second eldest in a family of eight, Mr Duffy is survived by his parents, Kathleen and Liam, his five brothers and two sisters.

Decentralised Jobs due soon in Donegal Town
There was good news in Donegal town when the Office of Public Works confirmed this week that it is 'close' to purchasing a property in Donegal Town for the location of the decentralised staff from the Department of Social and Family Affairs. A total of 230 staff are due to be relocated to the Donegal Town office, making a welcome boost to the local economy.

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Personal Debt exceeds Income in Ireland
The Central Bank's revelation that personal debt in Ireland now exceeds our annual earnings for the first time comes as no surprise.
Personal debt continues to rise at 25% per cent a year and, at this rate, Ireland will join the most heavily borrowed countries in the world in just a couple of years.
Borrowing in Ireland is largely due to property buying. The Central Bank hopes that house prices will moderate to match the rise in incomes, and that the building boom will taper off but they have been hoping that for several years.
Throughout Europe people rent their homes and have security of tenure but in Ireland our obsession with buying property (a race memory of the days of the landlords?) continues unabated and the average house price in rural Donegal is now €200,000 (US$260,000), ten times the average income in the County.

Peace Process in Disarray
The International Monitoring Commission has told the British and Irish Governments that the IRA were responsible for December's Northern Bank robbery of 35m Sterling and that the Sinn Féin leadership knew about the operation in advance. The British government is now set to impose financial penalties on Sinn Féin following the Commission's report.
Following the IMC announcement Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has challenged the Irish Government to arrest the leaders of Sinn Féin leaders or prove their allegations with evidence.

Bluestack Ramblers are 10 years old!
The Bluestack Ramblers will be ten years old this year. Plans are being put in place to celebrate this event over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April. Watch this space.

Steiner School Meeting
An Introduction to Steiner Waldorf 'Early Years Education' will be presented in a Talk by Margaret Duberley on Wednesday February 9th in Buncrana Library. Enquiries to Kathleen on (074) 93 74 557. See also Steiner Ireland.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites
Ian Gordon Exhibition
A solo Exhibition by Ian Gordon takes is currently on view at the Cambridge Gallery, Derry. The Exhibition runs until February 18th.

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 nó feic: Sult.

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

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

Lough Derg Wind Farm Project Rejected
Plans for a wind farm overlooking Lough Derg have been rejected by An Bord Pléanala. An objection to the wind farm was raised by An Taisce and An Bord Pléanala's ruling stated that the wind vanes would have disrupted the peace and tranquility of the Lough where pilgrims have been visiting Station Island for 1500 years.

Dún na LIVE on WEDO108
Patricia Sharkey, of Dún na, delivers a Monthly ' View from the Hills' Report, live from Donegal, on the first Sunday of every month on Pittsburgh Radio WEDO 108FM.

Kevin McGee Exhibition at Letterkenny Arts' Centre
Kevin McGee, one of Donegal's more eccentric artists, is exhibiting 'trí' at Letterkenny Arts Centre, until the 19th of March.
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Amhráin Chonallacha i Frankfurt
Beidh ceardlann amhránaíochta ar an sean-nós ar siúl i gceartlár Frankfurt ar an 19ú Márta 2005 óna a 11 go dtí a 4 chlog.
Is é Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde as an Charraig i nGaoth Dobhair a bheas ag teagasc amhrán sean-nóis i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla. Thug Doimnic ceardlann amhránaíochta don Scoil Shamhraidh Liatroma agus d'Oideas Gael i rith an tsamhraidh 2004. Is iad amhráin as Tír Chonaill a bheas Doimnic ag múineadh i Frankfurt.
Tá an ceardlann eagraithe ag an Chumann Gearmánach-Éireannach Réin-Main atá lonnaithe i Frankfurt agus tá sé cláraithe mar cheann dena himeachthaí idirnaisiúnta i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge 2005. Tuilleadh eolais - feic

Gender Inequality Still Rife in Ireland
Irish women are better educated and worse paid than their male counterparts, they also live longer and die poorer than men in Ireland according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office.
It seems Irish men are more likely to reach the top of their chosen profession than Irish women and are more likely to be making the decisions in central and local government in Ireland.
The 'Women and Men in Ireland 2004' report shows that parity between men and women has yet to be achieved, some thirty years after equal pay was introduced. Ireland has the most balanced population in the European Union, with 101 women for every 100 men but women earn two-thirds the salary of men, and tend to get lower public grants in the arts and sports in Ireland.
Only slightly more than 13% per cent of members of parliament are women in Ireland and they make up less than 20% per cent of the Country's County Councillors. The Report also shows that young Irish women are racing ahead of men in the third-level education tables. There are not only fewer Irish men graduating from college now, but males are more likely to drop out of education early. The gap is such that more than half of Leaving Cert (high school) students in 2002 were women while three out of five graduates were female. Women graduates far outnumbered men in education, health and welfare, while proportions were broadly similar in social sciences, business and law.

A look Back at Lough Eske
'A look Back at Lough Eske' by Dermot Devitt, traces local history from the time of the Four Masters to the present day. The book includes interviews with local personalities as well as information gleaned from the County Library and the County Archives. The ISBN No. is 0-9548818-0-X. The book is priced at €20 and can be bought directly via at €25, including postage.


Údaras Elections imminent
The elections to Údaras na Gaeltachta take place in April and Donegal Sinn Fein's Údaras candidate Gráinne Mhic Géidigh has been prolific in highlighting issues of local concern. She recently voiced her disappointment at the withdrawal of the evening bus service between Falcarragh and Dungloe via Gweedore.
Mhic Geidigh said "I am very disappointed by the decision to withdraw this service. However more than anything I am deeply concerned at the number of older people who have no means of transport now. Lack of public transport in the Gaeltacht is an issue that deeply concerns me as many people do not have their own transport and live in very rural areas." Grainne concluded "Myself and Cllr Pearse Doherty will be following up on this issue and are calling for a acceptable service for all the people of the Gaeltacht."
The well know bus route, through one of the most picturesque areas in Europe, should be kept on as a tourist attraction, as well as a vital local service.

Donegal Twins Born 20 Miles Apart
A Donegal couple are celebrating a unique birth after one of their twin girls was born at their home near Killygordon, and the other was born twenty miles away in Letterkenny General Hospital.
The drama began when the expectant Roisin Friel telephoned her husband Patrick, who works in Ballybofey, to tell him the twins were on their way. Patrick made the fifteen minute dash home to find Roisin had given birth to one twin girl, Neola Rose. Rosin was then rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where she gave birth to the second daughter, Nikita Louise, an hour later.

Liz Carroll & John Doyle in Philly
Liz Carroll and John Doyle will give a concert and host fiddle and guitar workshops respectively in the Philadelphia Irish Center / Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, West Mount Airy, PA on Sunday, May 15th, 2005. The Workshops are at 3pm followed by the concert at 7pm. Further information from .

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