Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News Vol.6 No.6 June, 2005 Holiday In Donegal in 2005
Second Morris Tribunal Report
THE second report of the Morris Tribunal into the conduct of the Donegal Gardaí following the death of Mr. Richie Barron, a Raphoe cattle dealer, in a hit and run accident in 1996, has been published.
Mr Barron was found on the roadside leading out of Raphoe in the early hours of 14th of October, 1996. Initially it was thought he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident but within days gardaí had designated the case as a murder inquiry.
Frank McBrearty Jnr and his cousin Mark McConnell of Raphoe were arrested and later alleged that gardaí forged a murder confession in Frank's name.
The 668 page report confirmed that members of the Gardaí tried to frame Frank McBrearty Jnr and Mark McConnell for the murder of Mr Richie Barron. Chief Superintendent Denis Fitzpatrick (retired), Superintendent John Fitzgerald, Det Supt Joseph Shelley, Supt Kevin Lennon and Det Inspector John McGinley came in for extensive criticism. The report also stated that a number of other guards had lied to the tribunal.
Mr Justice Morris said that after several more months of hearings into Garda corruption in Donegal, 'the spirit wearies at the lies, obfuscations, concealments and conspiracies to destroy the truth that would be apparent to any reasonable person who had sat through more than a few days of our hearings.'
Frank McBrearty Junior said the latest report did not go far enough. He said he did not need Mr Justice Morris to tell him he and his family were innocent. He said the whole country knew this and that they had told the Minister for Justice the facts for several years.
In his first report in July 2004, Mr Justice Morris found that two members of the Garda Síochána orchestrated the planting of ammunition and hoax explosives in Co Donegal to further their careers.
This week, TV3 broadcast video footage, filmed by a member of the gardaí, which showed Frank McBrearty Jr being dragged by two police officers along the floor of Raphoe Garda station. Mr McBrearty stated that he 'was burned by cigarettes and a garda walked on my back and head. That was taken out of the video.'
See also Vol.4 No.3., Vol.3 No.5 and Vol.2 No.5 County Donegal on the News.
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Drama in Action!
The Balor Theatre's Developmental Community Arts Group has launched a report 'Drama In Action' which outlines their Drama practise in schools throughout Co. Donegal. A short documentary film was shown which demonstrates Educational Drama sessions in action.
Wanderings across the Pond
Joseph Ferry of Philadelpia is making his way across the Atlantic to Falcarragh in his second attempt to fulfil a life's dream to sail the Atlantic single-handedly. Joseph Ferry teaches at Chestnut Hill College and Widener University. He is director of internet learning programmes for the Institute for Caregiver Education, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Joe departed for Ireland aboard The Falcarragh on May 26, 2005 from Chesapeake.
You can follow his progress at Tenebrae.org.
Dunfanaghy Student is best in the World
Ross Wasson of Dunfanaghy was among three Gold medal winners in the International Competition for Trades Apprentices. Ross won Gold in the automobile technology section. The 20 Irish contestants were up against 630 apprentices from 43 countries.
The Irish team outperformed entrants from the US and UK and were ahead of those from many other industrialised countries. There is a drop in the number of Irish Students now going to college as more students are taking up trades and apprenticeships because they earn money whilst training and will get well paid jobs on qualification.
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Ireland Has lowest unemployment in EU
Ireland has the coveted title of having the lowest jobless rate in the EU at just 4.2% per cent.
German unemployment continues to rise at 10% per cent while the worst unemployment rate is in Poland, at 17.9% per cent.
According to the Department of Family and Social Affairs, nearly 85,000 people came to Ireland from the new EU member states in the past year.
Richard Gilpin & Band
Richard Gilpin & Band will be playing at the Limavady Festival on the 9th June, 2005 from 10:30 to Late. See Limavaddy Jazz & Blues Festival.
The Emergency and World War II
Donegal County Museum is commemorating 60 years since The Emergency / World War II with an exhibition and associated events. The Museum is looking for contributions from the public of memories and reminiscences of these years.
If you can help or know of someone who can, please contact Caroline at The Donegal County Museum, High Rd, Letterkenny on 074 9124613 or email the .
Peace II Continue
The European Union Peace Fund has pledged a further €144m towards generating economic and social integration in areas most scarred by the troubles.
The European Commissioner for regional policy announced a two-year extension of the Peace II programme in Belfast on June 3rd.
The programme aims to foster greater cross-border co-operation and the decision to extend the programme comes after sustained campaigning from various community groups in Northern Ireland and in Counties along the border. See ADM-CPA.
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Rates Strike looms in Buncrana
Cllr Paul Bradley has warned of the possibility of a ‘rates strike’ in Buncrana if Donegal County Council try to implement their policy of removing unauthorised business signs in the town.
At the May meeting of the Buncrana Town Council the Chamber were told by the Town Engineer that unlicensed signs would be removed except for signs advertising Bed and Breakfast establishments, which were to get a stay of execution until the end of the tourist season.
New Poetry Collection by Donegal Poet
'Selected Poems: Elegies and Epiphanies' a new poetry collection by Hugh McFadden (whose paternal family came from Falcarragh/Newtown, Co. Donegal) has just been published by Lagan Press and is available in all good bookshops.
It will be officially launched at a reading by the author in The Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, on the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd at 7.30p.m. This is Hugh McFadden's third collection of poetry.
He has also recently edited the writings of the Poetry Ireland founder, John Jordan, whose 'Selected Prose', edited by Hugh McFadden, will be published by Lilliput Press in the Autumn.
Beidh Sult ag tógáil sosa anois go dtí an fómhar. Beidh an chéad ócáid den seachtú sraith ar siúl sa ghnáthionad, an Castle Inn, Teampall Chríost, Déardaoin, 22 Meán Fómhair 2005.
Táimid buíoch d'Fhoras na Gaeilge (feic Foras na Gaeilge) chomh maith, a bhfuil tacaíocht curtha ar fáil acu don chlub ón tosach. Murach an Foras, ní fhéadfaí leanúint ar aghaidh leis an chlub.
Reáchtálfar Turas na bhFilí Albanacha go hÉirinn idir 28 Bealtaine - 3 Meitheamh 2005. Mar chuid den Chuairt, beidh ceardlann amhránaíochta agus léamh filíochta ar siúl in ionad Gaelchultúr (www.gaelchultur.com), Foirgneamh Filmbase, An Chuarshráid, Barra an Teampaill idir 1-2 p.m., Déardaoin, 2 Meitheamh. Fáilte roimh chách.
Sult is taking a break until the autumn. The first event of the seventh series will be held in the usual venue, the Castle Inn, Christ Church, on Thursday, 22 September 2005. We are grateful to Foras na Gaeilge for supporting the club since its establishment.
Convoy Pipe Band
This is Convoy Pipe band‘s centenary year and they are appealing for anyone who may have old photographs of the band, old newspaper clippings or any information on the history of the band to contact Alan Laird on 086-1047136. All original photographs or clippings will be returned.
Congratulations to Convoy Pipe band who were placed fourth in the County Fermanagh Championships in Enniskillen on Saturday, May 28th. The band will be travelling to compete in Broughshane on Saturday, June 4th and in Cookstown on Saturday, June 12th. Anyone interested in travelling with the band to these competitions should contact Willie Buchanan on 91-47245.
Dunlewey Old Church
In 1954, after this church was unroofed, the tops of the walls were capped with concrete and the tower was made secure. With the ravages of time and weather, these measures were eroded and the structure returned to what was considered an unsafe condition. A few years ago a committee was formed to preserve the church structure and fund raising was begun. The local community responded admirably and the fund grewwith the help of the Donegal County Council Task Force.
The preservation work was officially launched at the end of May. Both John Boyd, Church Preservation Committee and by Gary Martin, Peace and Reconciliation Fund, officiated. A tree was planted by Fr. Michael Sweeney, P.P., current Donegal ‘Person of the Year‘.
Donegal GAA Summer Camp
Donegal GAA summer camp will be held in the St. Mary‘s Club ground from Tuesday, June 28th to Saturday, July 2nd. The summer camp will include Gaelic football, fun games, hurling fundamentals and small side games competitions. Prizes to be given. Each child will receive a special Donegal kit. For further details please contact any member of the St. Mary‘s GAA.
Lime Kilns remembered in Loughanure
A sign relating to the limekiln industry has been erected beside the miniature limekiln at the crossroads. This tells the story of the lime industry in Loughanure and includes a coloured map indicating the various sites where lime was manufactured as well as other features within the village. Thanks to Roger Byrne who supplied and fitted the material which houses the sign. The various flower beds constructed around Loughanure have now been fully planted with floral displays and shrubbery. Coiste Mionthograi Loch an Iuir are grateful to the Committee who will maintain these flower beds.
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