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Vol.6 No.10 October, 2005     Holiday In Donegal    Hire a Guide to Donegal

Naomh Conaill Win Donegal Senior Football Champinship
The bonfires were lit all along the roads from Ballybofey to Glenties when Naomh Conaill won the Donegal Senior Football title for the first time in a replay against St. Eunan's at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey on October 9th. The Glenties team were last in the final 40 years ago. Men of the Match were John Gildea, centre half back Thomas Donoghue, full forward Brendan McDyer, midfielder Anthony Thompson and centre half forward Johnny McLoone whose father played in the 1965 final. Glenties will now play Mayobridge of Down in the Ulster Club Championship.

Inishowen Peninsula in Mourning
Inishowen and the people of Buncrana and Quigley's Point, in particular, are in mourning for the loss of five young people in a tragic road accident on the Carndonagh to Quigley's Point road in the early hours of October 8th. All five fatalities were in one car while the driver of the second car is in a critial condition.
A sixth man, Brian Power (21) from Derry, died the next morning in another car accident on the Muff to Burnfoot road, several kilometres from the location of the first accident.
Four of the young people who died were from Buncrana - Darren Quinn (21) and his cousin Gavin Duffy (21); Rochelle Peoples (22); Charlene O‘Connor (21) and the fifth fatality was David Steele from Quigley‘s Point.
The accident happened at 3.30 am when the two cars collided at Cross, five kilometres from Quigley‘s Point on the Carndonagh road. These deaths bring to 20 the number of people who have died on Inishowen roads in the last 18 months.

Samhain Poetry Festival
If you're a poet and you know it - you still have time to enter 'The World's Richest First Prize for a HAIKU' poetry competition which closes on October 24th with a $5000 dollar prize fund.
The competition is part of the 3rd International Poetry Festival with readings by Seamus Heaney, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Rita Anne Higgins and many more poets which will take place over the Halloween Weekend (28th to 31st Oct.) in Teach Maggie Dans, Gortahork for further information phone 00 353 086 10 88 397 or see Samhain Poetry Festival. Be there or be square...

Cathal Ó Searcaigh

Cathal Ó Searcaigh by Rachel Brown ©

Sinn Féin opposed to increased development charges
Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse Doherty has called on all parties on Donegal County Council to oppose increases in development charges. Cllr Doherty was speaking after the presentation of a draft scheme which would see a tenfold increase in development charges on new homes being built in most areas of the County; increases from €4800 to €5,400 for houses over 151m square in urban areas while charges on new rural homes would be increased to between €8,000 and €10,000 with charges of €15,000 on 'holiday homes'.
Describing the policy as 'flawed', Cllr Doherty added, 'We in Donegal already pay taxes on our wages, VAT on purchases, VRT on cars and all the other hidden taxes that this government has introduced. To now expect a small section of Donegal people, mainly young families who are already struggling to build a home for themselves, to pay for major capital work like sewerage schemes when they mostly have their own septic tanks is nothing short of a disgrace'.

The Peadar O‘Donnell Weekend
The 6th Annual Peadar O‘Donnell weekend will take place in Dungloe from Friday, October 21st until Sunday, October 23rd. The official opening reception with guest speaker Tim Pat Coogan will take place in Ionad Teampall Chróine at 7.30pm. Frank Sweeney will give a talk at 8.30pm on Saturday night on 'Rosses Life and Society during Peadar O‘Donnell‘s Youth'. He is the author of ‘The Murder of Connell Boyle in County Donegal in 1898‘ and is the editor of ‘Hanging Crimes‘. On Sunday the 23rd a lively debate on the peace process is expected between Sinn Féin MLA, Alex Maskey, and Ulster Unionist Party MLA, David McNarry. The weekend will also feature an exhibition of work by local artists and a sale of antique books by Michel Herron, Brendan Carroll and The Little Bookshop, Carnmore Road.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites

Rampart School Reunion
The old Rampart School closed its doors for the last time in 1971 but a recent meeting in St. Columba‘s Community Centre is set to organise a Rampart School reunion which will be held from August 11th to 13th, 2006.
A committee was elected and they are now collecting the old school roll books with the assistance of Pat Connaghan, NT, Principal Acres, National School.

Rosses Curragh Club Rises
This year, after a break of twenty fiver years, the Rosses Currach Club has been established. The intention is to promote the tradition of currach racing in the Rosses, as well as preparing teams to take part in the regattas which are held in the west of Ireland during the summer. Racing in Owey curraghs will continue to feature in the clubs activities. To date the club has the use of two racing currachs and a further currach is being made for the club in Connemara. The next meeting of the club will take place in Jimmy Johnny‘s in Burtonport on Monday, October 10th.

the view from the Hills...

Sult Arís
Beidh Sult ar ais arís don seachtú sraith Déardaoin na seachtaine seo, 22 Meán Fómhair. Beidh an club ar siúl mar is gnách sa Castle Inn, in aice le Jury’s Inn, Teampall Chríost. Osclóidh na doirse ar 9.00 p.m. agus tosóidh an ceol beo timpeall 9.30 p.m.
Nóta: Mar gheall air go bhfuil costaisí tar éis méadú go mór le bliain anuas, bhí orainn an cead isteach a ardú go €7 (mic léinn €5), an chéad ardú ó bhí 2001 ann. Seo iad aíonna na seachtaine seo: grúpa tí Sult an t-amhránaí sean-nóis Mairéad Ní Fhlátharta as an Spidéal na damhsóirí Tango Monina Paz agus Julián Brigatti as an Airgintín Eolas breise faoi na haíonna le fáil ag: Club Sult.
Faigheann Sult tacaíocht airgid ó Fhoras na Gaeilge. Cuireann an nuachtán Foinse tacaíocht ar fáil don chlub chomh maith.
Eolas breise: Tá cúrsaí Gaeilge Gaelchultúr faoi lán seoil anois ach tá roinnt áiteanna fós fágtha i gcuid de na ranganna. Eolas agus bróisiúr:(01) 675-3658
Beidh taispeántas ealaíne le Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin á sheoladh i nGaelchultúr, Foirgneamh Filmbase, An Chuarshráid, Barra an Teampaill ar 8.00 p.m. ar an Déardaoin. Beidh deochanna saor in aisce le fáil agus beidh deis ag daoine dul ar aghaidh chuig Sult i ndiaidh na hócáide. Fáilte roimh chách.

Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe ©Tom Kumpf
Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe, Donegal ©Tom Kumpf

Beltany Stone Circle Conference
The Official Opening of the Beltany Heritage Conference took place in Raphoe on October 7th. Since Neolithic times, through the Bronze and Iron Ages, and into the Early Christian period, Raphoe and it's hinterland was a place of ritual and worship.
The Heritage Conference was part celebration and part exploration of one's of Ireland's most neglected Stone Circles which dates to as early as 3,000 B.C. The Conference was attended by leading archaeologists and local historians and the keynote address was given by Dr. Brian Lacey.
Other speakers included Helen Lanigan Wood, Curator at Fermanagh County Museum and Dr. Stefan Bergh, of N.U.I. Galway who drew parallels between Beltany and the Carrowmore Stone Circle in Sligo.
The Conference was hosted by 'Raphoe Community In Action' to highlight the importance of our ancient landscape and to encourage visitors into the area. It's hoped that in the long term a niche heritage market will flourish and bring much needed employment into the area. Further information can be found at Raphoe Heritage Conference.

Glenties residents oppose 'Energy Corridor'
There was a large attendance in Mallinahone National School to oppose the ESB's scheme to run high voltage lines and pylons through several of the Glens of Glenties - part of their proposed 'energy corridor' from Binbane to Letterkenny.
Local Councillors Enda Bonner, Terence Slowey and Brian Ó Domhnaill voiced their support for the residents while the Chair reported that the ESB refused to attend and would not meet with more than four people at a time.
There was an excellent powerpoint presentation highlighting the fact that these proposals are to facilitate windfarms rather than augment the existing power supply.
It was generally felt that undergrounding is the best option in areas of scenic beauty and examples were cited of projects in Cork Harbour and in France where many kilometres of lines were undergrounded. No-one is against infrastructural development but it was felt that local generation and using 'renewables', such as CHP and willow coppicing, are 'more green' options that windfarms and overground pylons.
Many speakers also voiced their concerns about health if the proposed pylons were situated in these basin valleys.
Representatives from the Meenabpoll Anti-Dump Group were also present and there was a suggestion that an umbrella Gaeltacht Lár Environmental protection group be formed. For further information see Alternatives to Pylons.

Twin Towns Environment Group
The Twin Towns Environment Group recently visited the Organic Centre, Rossinver. Cormac, from the Irish Seed Savers‘ Association, explained about apple tree grafting The native Irish Apple Collection is one of their most valuable achievements. A tour of the orchard and a talk on pruning was followed by a meal in the centre‘s cafe, which was specializing in apple dishes on the day.

Even the Rocks Have Names
Fear a tí at the launch of the ‘Even the Rocks have Names‘ project was Maolmhuire Mac Suibhne and the event took place in Meenacross Social Centre. A map referring to place names in the Tráighéananna Bay area was designed by French artist, Heidi Nguyen, who has been living in Donegal for several years. John Cullen researched and recorded the place names from local residents while Fiona Sweeney of the Rosses Library was the project co-ordinator. The map, priced at €5 euro, is on sale in the Rosses Library where a photo display has also been mounted.

The Fireside Fleadh
The Fireside Fleadh will take place in Bonner‘s Bar, Mullaghduff over the October Bank Holiday Weekend with Kenny G on Friday October 28th; The Richard Gilphin Band on Saturday, October 29th and The Torpedo Chickens on October 30th.

Caisleán Óir
This new musical is based on the heartrending story by the famous Rann na Feirste writer Séamus Ó Grianna (brother of Seosamh MacGrianna), which traces the lives of childhood sweethearts Séimi Gallagher and Baba Mhairtín Friel with evocative music, energetic choruses, solos and duets. The musical features original songs by Leslie Long and has been adapted for stage by Long and Kathleen Ruddy as directed by Phil Dalton. Caisleán Óir means 'Castles of Gold' - the musical will run for five nights in An Grianán Theatre from November 1st to November 5th at 8pm nightly. Tickets are from €10 to €15.

Dongeal Beaches under attack
Contractors working on a project for Donegal County Council at Rossnowlagh beach have illegally removed sand. Donegal County Council have said the sand was removed by mistake and has since been replaced. This work was conducted as part of a pilot beach management project for which the Council has received funding in the region of £800,000 from the European Peace & Reconcilation programme.
A spokesman for the Department of Marine said the Department had received complaints about the removal of sand from the beach, constituting a breach of the foreshore licence.
Elsewhere in Donegal the Green Party has described Port Arthur beach in Gweedore as resembling 'a lunar landscape' after illegal quarrying removed several thousand tonnes of sand from the beach.

Falcarragh School Reunion
A reunion of past pupils (1957-1966) from Clochar Mhuire na nAingeal, Falcarragh will take place on Sunday, August 6th, 2006 in Ostán Loch Altan, Gortahork. For further details contact 074 91-31545 or 074 91-246684.

An tSeain Bheairic Teo
Ceol, Craic agus Comhra - Traditional music nights will continue at An tSeán Bheairic every Wednesday night between 8pm-10pm. Musicians, dancers and storytellers wanted. This event is free.
Internet Access is now available at an tSeain Bheairic at the cost of €4 euro per hour. Printing, copying and scanning are also available. Broadband will be available from October 20th.
The Saturday Film Club will run every fortnight beginning October 14th at 1pm. The cost is €3 per child. If you would like to participate in the Christmas craft fair or exhibit work in the shop please contact 074 91-80888.

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

Trash is Worth Cash
Your 'Office Trash' could be worth thousands of Euro to Childline and Holy Trinity School, Dunfanaghy! Office materials that normally end up in the bin can be recycled to raise valuable cash for the school. Every time you donate an old ink cartridge or old mobile phone for the Recycool programme the school and Childline will receive a donation.

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