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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.6 No.5 May, 2005    Holiday In Donegal in 2005

View over the Bluestacks from Minabpoll where Donegal County Council propose putting a Landfill Dump

View over the Bluestacks from Minabpoll where Donegal County Council propose putting a Landfill Dump

County Council's Landfill Management under Scrutiny from EU
Three landfill sites operated by Donegal County Council have been declared to be in breach of various European Union Waste Directives by the European Court of Justice.
Responding to the ruling a spokesperson for Donegal County Council said that the sites at Drumnaboden, Muckish and Glenalla, had been granted waste licences by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the disposal of inert waste only and that all three landfills were now closed.
Donegal County Council currently has one landfill dump in operation at Ballinacarrick, Ballintra but it's licence is at an end.
An application has been submitted to the EPA for a waste licence and to An Bord Pleanala for Planning Permission for a proposed landfill site at Meenaboll on Meeniroy Hill, which is being strongly opposed by environmental groups.
Late last month An Bord Pleanala wrote to Donegal County Council asking for clarification on a number of points, including the renovations which would be carried out on the R250 approach route to Meenabpoll and, significantly, what would be the visual impact from nearby Glenveigh National Park?
The County Council has two months to respond and must then publish its proposals for public scrutiny when, without doubt, locals will raise their concerns once more.
Meenabpoll is an elevated townland with tributaries of the Rivers Finn and Lennon running through it as well as drainage to Lough Gartan. The proposed landfill would be situated in clear view of Earagail and Glenveigh National Park and, while the Bluestack Mountains are not part of the National Park, the landfill would be visible from these peaks which are favoured by walkers from Donegal and all over the world.

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Ballyshannon Heritage Town
Fine Gael County Councillor Barry O'Neill has urged Donegal County Council to recognise Ballyshannon as Ireland's oldest Town and to discuss the potential impact of the designation on both local History and Tourism.
Ballyshannon is one of five designated Heritage Towns identified under the County Development Plan 2000 along with Ardara, Moville, Ramelton and Raphoe. The Cllr stated that Ballyshannon is historically rich in history and the benefits to Tourism from a proper plan to compliment a 'Heritage Town' would be advantageous in the light of the economic climate locally and he called on the Council to erect signage on all approach roads to Ballyshannon signifying its status as a Heritage Town.

Poetry-Form & Freedom in D
An eight session whistle-stop tour through the world of poetic form will take place under the tutorage of Nigel McLoughlin at Pobail Le Chéile, Cloughaneely (074 9180111) on Thursday the 12th of May from 7 - 9pm.
Nigel says 'We will salivate over sonnets, find virtue in the villainous villanelle, sample the sexy sestina and pant over pantoums. We will battle with ballades and ballads, free-base free verse and slam dunk syllabics and when all that‘s done - if there is any energy left we‘ll banter in blank verse and round up the rondeaux; have a high old time with haiku and tuck into tanka'.
So if you don‘t know your englyn from your elbow, why not go along and join in with a jocular ottava rima or carry out a ram-raid on a renga. You just might enjoy it! First class on Thursday 12th and on Wednesdays thereafter. Cost: €15 - 25.

Group Water Scheme for Minaward & Sladran
The people of Minaward and Sladran, outside Buncrana, applied to Donegal County Council to have a group water supply nineteen years ago. But until now they were still carrying water from wells and using water that is not fit for human consumption. However it was announced this week that a supply is to be connected to the area and it is hoped that work will commence immediately.

Origin Farmers' Market
A new cross border farmers market will be taking places in Counties Donegal, Tyrone, Sligo, Leitrim, Antrim and Roscommon is to be launched at the end of May. The new project incorporates six markets in six towns north and south under the one title of 'Origin Farmers Market'. Developed by Arigna Leader in partnership by North Antrim Leader, Sligo Leader, West Tyrone Rural and Donegal Local Development Co., Origin Farmers Market is aimed at benefiting small local food and craft producers, farm families and the market towns in general. The first of the markets will be launched in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim on April 30th, to be followed by Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim on May 6th. Letterkenny‘s market will be launched in early May along with Strabane and Sligo on June 4th. Local producers in the Letterkenny area who are interested in plying their wares at the market should contact Frank Kelly on 086-877854.

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Bealtáine Festival
As part of the Bealtáine festival for older people here will be a traditional music session with Jimmy McBride at Derrybeg, Wednesday, May 11th at 2pm. On Friday, May 27th at 2pm there will be storytelling with Ranafast born, Gearóidín Breathnach, in the Gaoth Dobhair Day centre. All senior citizens are welcome and admission is free.
Satharn na nGael
Tionólfaidh Daltaí na Gaeilge clár lá Dé Sathairn, 28ú dé Bhealtaine 2005, i gConshhocken, Coill Phenn. Tá súil againn go bhfeicfidh muid ansin thú. Tá Faisnéis Ghinearálta, Eolas an Bhealaigh agus Foirm Chláraithe ar fáil tríd an nasc seo: .
Daltaí na Gaeilge will hold a one-day Irish Language Immersion Program (Satharn na nGael) on Saturday the 28th of May 2005, in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. On-line Rregistration available. General Information, Directions and a Registration Form are available through this link:

Gweedore Gaeltacht Football Champions for 4 years running!
Gweedore were crowned Senior Donegal Gaeltacht champions for the fourth year in succession and now qualify for the All Ireland Gaeltacht finals in Cillna Martra in Cork on the June Bank Holiday. The match was held in Glenfin and the score was Gweedore 2-12: Glenfin 1-10. As runners up Glenfin will travel to Cork as will the Glenfin Junior team after they emerged victorious over Downings in the Junior final. It will be the first time in the history of the Glenfin Club that they have both the senior and junior teams will be competing in the All Ireland Gaeltacht final.

Ireland's biggest Wind Farm cuts the Donegal air
The largest wind farm in Ireland has opened at Meentycat outside Ballybofey. Visible for 50km and from every mountain top in Donegal and Tyrone, these urban steel monstrousities are anything but a mirage.
Hailed by some as 'clean and green' the fact is that these wind turbines destroy the rural landscape because of their high visibility and because they require an electricity infrastructure of pylons and high voltage cables which utterly change the land upon which they are erected. Donegal does not have the electricity infrastructure to support these wind farms and the County should be looking to the example of places like the Isle of Mull in Scotland which has banned wind farms from the island.


Courses for Parents in Dungloe
Are you a Parentliving around Dungloe? Would you like to do a course to help with your parenting skills? Topics include Behaviour Management, Nutrition and Play. A course will be held in Cois Locha Hall, Dungloe, commencing on Tuesday 3rd May, 8-10 p.m. For Booking contact 074 9561686. A DIY workshop will held in Cois Locha on Tuesday 10th May from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost is €10 euro. Booking essential. Contact Rosses CDP on 074 9561686.
A CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) course will be held in Cois Locha Hall on Monday 23rd May 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. €5 euro per person. Proceeds will go to the Heart Foundation. Booking is essential before Thursday 19th May as places are limited. Contact the Rosses CDP on 074 9561686.
A Barn Dance will be held in Ostan na Rosann on Thursday 18th May. Music by Country Traditions. Dancing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission €7 euro to be paid at door. Everyone welcome.

Security Alarms
Letterkenny CDP are now taking names from people who are eligible to apply for security alarms, lighting and locks for door and windows. These are funded by the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The closing date for applications is May 24th. For further information please contact:
Letterkenny CDP, 2 Errigal Road, Woodlawn, Letterkenny, or you may ring the office on 91-20633.

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

Connect Castlederg Project
The new Project Co-ordinator of Connect Castlederg is Monica Ramsey. She is meeting with funders and community workers and activists in the Ballybofey and Castlederg areas and is currently based at the DergFinn Centre in Ballybofey.
If you are an existing support group or would like to set-up a support group around the areas of Disability, Caring, Lone Parents, etc. Contact 074 9132438. This project is supported by the EU Interreg IIIA Programme for Ireland /Northern Ireland.

Loughanure Tidy Town Clean Up
A clean-up day will be held in Loughanure on Saturday the 28th May. Donegal County Council will provide gloves, refuse sacks, litter pickers as well as a skip to dispose of the rubbish collected. Coiste Mionthograi Loch an Iuir is urging all residents to monitor the area along the road outside their own dwellings and remove any litter, while the committee will look after the areas where no houses are situated. Any resident of Loughanure who purchases a hanging basket or window box from John McGinley of Loughanure or Angela Rodgers of Meenacrieve during May will receive a discount on their purchase. This offer is available as part of the Tidy Towns competition. Strimming will take place on the four main roads shortly while it is hoped to employ a road sweeper to clean kerbs and footpaths. The various flower beds will be planted with floral displays in the middle of May.

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