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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.6 No.3 March, 2005    Holiday In Donegal in 2005

Uachtarán na hEireann in Donegal
President Mary McAleese will visit the County on Monday, March 7th. The President has engagements in Dungloe, Stranorlar and Letterkenny.
The president is visiting Worklink in Dungloe, a number of schools in the County as well as Letterkenny Institute of Technology where she will address the college.

Donegal Artists in New York
Four artists from Tory Island - Patsy Dan Rodgers, Anton Meenan, Ruairi Rodgers and Michael Finbarr Rodgers are exhibiting in New York this month. They will visit Glucksman Ireland House, the Center for Irish Studies, at New York University, and will be honored by a reception in New York City Hall and a reception in the Irish Embassy in Washington DC during their visit.
An exhibition of their work will open at Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003, on the evening of Thursday, March 3rd, at 7pm and the exhibition will run until the end of May.
The artists will also be guest speakers in Padraig O Cearúill’s (Gaoth Dobhair) NYU Irish language classes and Prof. Mick Moloney’s Irish music class during their stay.
The artists will be honored by the Irish American Heritage & Culture Committee, Dept. of Education, New York, with a reception at New York City Hall at 10.00am on Friday March 4th 2005. See Ireland House for details.
Finn Valley artist Anne Quinn is also currently showing in New York in Druids Bar/ Restaurant at 736 10th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets. Anne will be having a solo exhibition at the Irish Art Centre, New York from the 3rd of April until the 30th of June. She will also be in a group show in Roscommon Art Centre later this year.

Anne Quinn Painting

Slither by Anne Quinn

Donegal Heading for the Stars?
Donegal will be represented in the 'You're A Star' final by the Henry Girls from Inishowen. The winners of this competition will represent Ireland at the 50th Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine in May. The Henry Girls, (aka the McLaughlin sisters - Karen, Lorna and Joleen with Belfast guitarist Stephen Murray) are among the the final three in the competition.

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2005
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2005 will be held in Letterkenny from the 21st to the 28th of August, 2005.
During Fleadh weekend people will come from all over Ireland to Letterkenny to play music, sing and dance through the streets. This festival will attract over 220,000 visitors to the town as well as 10,000 performers of whom 4,000 will compete in the traditional music competitions. See Comhaltas or email

Ardara Walking Festival
The annual Ardara Walking Festival commences on March 12th with walks to suit all abilities. Brochures detailing the walks are available from most businesses in Ardara. Final registration for strenuous walks is March 5th, as numbers will be limited. Waterproof jackets, over-trousers, warm hats, gloves and walking boots will be the fashion wear of the weekend. Jeans or runners are prohibited. Remember to pack a hot drink, some food, and high energy snacks like chocolate, glucose sweets or energy bars in your rucksack, along with any spare clothing you think you might need. Keep to the centre of paths, take your litter home, don‘t disturb the wildlife, and have a good time! Remember the dance on Friday the 11th March in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel for the opening of the walking festival. The music will be by John McNicholl and Band.
Further information is available from Terence and Patricia on (+353) 74 95 41830 or or Donal and Marie Therese at .
All groups and individuals planning to participate in the Ardara St Patrick‘s Day parade are asked to register as soon as possible with Marie, at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel reception desk; send children‘s art competition entries to Stephen Bennett.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites

Wildlife Education Centre on Inch Island
The Department of the Environment are to make funding available for the development of a 274 hectares site at Inch Lough.
According to Cllr. Francis Conaghan the Department are set to re-draft a management Plan for public consultation. The development at Inch Lough has the potential to attract large numbers of bird-watchers, walkers and cycling enthusiasts to Inishowen.

What's On in Donegal
There will be some interesting Lectures on Local History on 11th of March, 2005 at The Courthouse, Lifford at 8pm. As always this is a light hearted evening with some traditional music and, of course, some wine and cheese. One of this year's speakers is Donegal Author Dermot Davitt, this promises to be an excellent evening’s entertainment. May we advise you to come early as we have limited capacity.
O'Donnell's Bar Meenaneary - Traditional session Easter Saturday & Sunday with special guests Jim Mckillip and John Cunningham.
Donegal Town can boast one of the best annual parades in the County. Parade starts 11.00am. Dancing to Country Traditions @ The Bluestack Centre, Donegal Town at 10.30pm.

President Mary McAleese

President Mary McAleese will visit Donegal on March 7th.

Ballyshannon Drama Festival
Patricia McBride, Director of An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, will officially open the 53rd Ballyshannon Drama Festival on Saturday, March 12th. Patricia has praised the festival for their committment to drama over the past half century.
The week long festival includes productions of Johnny Belinda by Elmer Harris; The Honey Spike by Brian McMahon; Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer; April Bright by Dermot Bolger; The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin Mc Donagh; Harvey By Mary Chase and The Kings of Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy.
For Bookings phone Jim Flynn on (+353) 71 98 51323.
John Travers, Festival Director, said Ballyshannon Drama Society was very conscious of the important role played by regional theatres such as An Grianán in Letterkenny.


Údaras Elections imminent
The elections to Údaras na Gaeltachta will take place on April 2nd 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 as a great loss to local people.
Udarás na Gaeltachta Fianna Fail Election Candidate Cllr. Brian Ó Domhnaill welcomes the following funding which has been made available by the Minister for Transport for road improvement and maintenance works:- Ballyboes/Corcreggan, €150,000 euro; Portnablagh, €150,000; Creeslough Village, €150,000.

Muff Festival
The will be a meeting of the Muff Festival Committee on Tuesday night, 8th March at 8 pm in the Resource Centre. New members welcome.

Cross Border Smuggling is Rife
Donegal Customs officers have seized a number of consignments of heating oil from Northern Ireland in recent weeks at Bridend, Newtowncunningham and Letterkenny.
The Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that they had uncovered a ‘sophisticated‘ smuggling operation. Kerosene and marked gas oil on sale in Northern Ireland have chemical markers added to them. There is a total prohibition on the importation of these oils and Customs Officers are empowered to seize the oil, the conveyance and any equipment used with it. Northern Ireland oil can be 'Laundered' and last November Customs officers discovered a laundering operation near Castlefin which was capable of laundering 20,000 litres a day.

Vintage and Classic Car Club
The next monthly meeting of the Donegal Vintage and Classic Car Club will be held in Jackson‘s Hotel, Ballybofey on Monday, March 7th at 8.30pm. A full attendance is requested and new members are very welcome.

Footstool Making
A foot stool class will be held in the Playhouse, Dunfanaghy on a Saturday in April from 10am-4pm. Names now being taken. This class is supported by the VEC Adult Education Centre. Please register your interest at 9136548 for further details.

International Women‘s Day
Raphoe Youth and Community Project are organising a walk on Monday, March 7th to mark this important day. So come along and join in the celebration. All are welcome. Starting from the Volt House at 12.30 the walk will take approximately thirty minutes, refreshments will be served in the Volt House on completion of walk.

Twin Towns Environment Group
The next meeting of the Twin Towns Environment Group to which everyone is invited will be held in St. Mary‘s Parish Centre at 8.30 on Tuesday March 8th. The preservation of the environment is important to all, so please come along and bring your friends.

British/Irish meeting in Bundoran
The future direction of the peace process will be the main topic of discussion at the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body when it meets in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran durng the second week in March.
The purpose of the British/Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body is to bring together members of the different legislative institutions in Ireland and Britain to discuss matters of common concern.
One hundred members of the British Parliament, Scottish Assembly and the Dail will hold two days of meetings with Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan giving the keynote address.
It is only the second time the high profile bi-annual meeting has been held in Ulster.

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