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Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News    Vol.7 No.4 June/July, 2006     Holiday In Donegal!    Hire a Guide to Donegal

11 Blue Flags for Donegal Beaches
Donegal has maintained 11 Blue Flags, with only Kerry and Mayo earning more. Narin beach at Port Noo had its Blue Flag restored after losing it last year.
The other Donegal beaches that maintained their status were: Murvagh, Rossnowlagh, Fintra, Narin-Portnoo, Carrickfinn, Marble Hill, Lisfannon, Portsalon, Culdaff and Shroove.
The criteria in question cover environmental management, washing and toilet facilities and provision of visitor information.

DergFinn Partnership
DergFinn Partnership are a unique Cross Border & Cross Community group of people who are Carers or involved in Caring in the Castlederg, Co. Tyrone and Ballybofey, Co. Donegal border areas. The DergFinn Partnership has just launched a new website at

Haggerty Family Reunion
The Haggerty Family Reunion will take place from Auust 18th to 20th, 2006 at the Illahee State Park, Bremerton, Washington.
A 100 person shelter has been reserved for all day Saturday & Sunday with a major potluck picnic planned for Saturday afternoon. Bremerton residents Patrick Haggerty, his spouse Julius, & with assistance from Genny Haggerty are hosting a Friday afternoon chili feed at: 1613 Perry Ave, East Bremerton for those coming in on Friday.
This is not an exclusive affair. All relatives, in-laws, outlaws, common laws, step (up & down children), shirttails, x-wives or x-husbands, current "squeezes", friends & other tag-a-longs are more than welcome. In fact if you even think you may know someone related to Peter Haggerty & Nancy McGuire, you should be there.
RSVP to Patrick Haggerty @ 360-405-6106 as they need to get an idea of the numbers attending. Patrick Haggerty can also assist with where-to-stay & how-to-get-there information.

McGonigal DNA Project
Frank McGonigal's (Ontario, Canada) Hugh McGonigal and Sarah Coyle were born in Ireland around 1814, according to the 1851 census in Glasgow, Scotland. Frank is sure that his ancestors were born in Inishowen and is looking for male McGonigals willing to partake in a Y DNA test. Participants will have to pay for the test, but if you're interested in Genealogy this is the best method of research when all else fails. For information email .

Wanderings across the Pond
Joseph Ferry of Philadelpia is making his third attempt to cross the Atlantic to Falcarragh 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 from Chesapeake for Ireland aboard The Falcarragh on May 24, 2006. You can follow his progress at Tenebrae.

Féile Cholm Cille
Beidh an chéad Féile Cholm Cille i nGleann Cholm Cille ón 9ú-11ú Meitheamh. Beidh roinnt mhaith imeachtaí suimiúla ag tárlúint ar feadh 3 lá - Na Hot House Flowers, ceol traidisiúnta ón Albain, ó Éirinn agus ó Oileán Mhanainn, ceardlanna Gaeilge agus Gaidhlig na hAlbain, ranganna seite agus mórán eile. An bhféadfadh sibh an t-eolas sin a chur suas ar bhur suíomh idirlíon? Is féidir dul i dteagmháil liom (D. Donnelly) ar 087-4159355 má tá breis eolais uaibh.

Dinny McGinley
Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley

Dinny McGinley Bows Out of Politics
Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley has decided to retire next year after 25 years in politics. The 63-year-old Deputy, a former teacher, said it was time to 'hand on the baton' and said his election in 1982 and his success in six subsequent elections were the highlights of his career. Deputy McGinley's only regret was the fact that, on too many occasions, he found himself speaking in the Dáil about job losses in Donegal.
McGinley will be sorely missed in Donegal politics as he is a gentleman with the peoples' interests at heart.
Fine Gael South West Councillor Terence Slowey won the nomination to represent the Party at the next election.

Lifford Old Courthouse
The Old Courthouse in Lifford has recently launched a new website highlighting the tours and facilities available at the Old Courthouse Visitor Centre and providing excellent local information. See Old Courthouse or email the .

18th Annual Earagail Arts Festival 10th-23rd July, 2006
An tSean Bheairic Visitors Centre, Falcarragh plays host to eleven local artists who will be exhibiting a mixed medium show of paintings, prints and sculptures during the Earagail Arts Festival while their respective studios in Falcarragh, Gweedore and Dungloe will be open to the public as part of the Lorg Artist Trail from the 10th to the 23rd of July. See Go Lorg.

the View from the Hills...

Inishowen Summer Gathering 2006
The Inishowen Gathering Committee are pleased to confirm that the popular 3 day celebration of our environment and heritage held last summer on the Isle of Doagh will take place this year at Caratra, Culdaff, Inishowen on July 21st, 22nd & 23rd. For details of the events see Inishowen Summer Gathering.
Sea and Cliff by Heidi Nguyen

Sea and Cliff by Heidi Nguyen, one of the artists exhibiting at
An tSean Bheairic Visitors Centre, Falcarragh during July, 2006

Donegal News on Air
Patricia Sharkey, editor of this Newsletter, can be heard in Pennslyvannia
on 'Echoes of Erin' WEDO 108FM on Sundays from 1.00-2.00pm and online
at Echoes of Erin. The show is hosted by Diane Byrnes, former Grand Marshal of the Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade and the doyen of everything Irish in Pittsburgh. If you want your Irish Goods or Services to reach the Pittsburgh Irish then advertise on 'Echoes of Erin' by emailing . If you are in Sydney you can listen to Sydney Irish Radio 107.3FM on Sundays from 7.30 to 9.00am local time (see Sydney Irish Radio) while Brisbane listeners can catch Mike Cunningham's show on 4EB 98.1 FM with Patricia Sharkey's 'View from the Hills' on Saturdays between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

39th Mary From Dungloe Festival
The Mary From Dungloe Festival, now in its 39th year, will run from the 29th of July to the 7th of August. Last year's winner, Katie Armstrong from Philadelphia, will attend the music Festival and highlights include Tommy Flemming on August 5th. For a day to day Festival Guide see Mary From Dungloe.

Holiday Houses and Cottages available for Rent in Donegal

John Jordon Anthology published
A writer with Donegal connections, Hugh McFadden, has just published 'Crystal Clear: The Selected Prose of John Jordan' (Lilliput Press). John Jordan (1930-1988) was a scholar-poet, short story writer and eminent literary critic, who re-founded the magazine Poetry Ireland in the early 1960s. He was the founding-editor of Poetry Ireland Review, the journal of the Poetry Ireland society. He was also a well-known broadcaster on such RTE programmes as Sunday Miscellany, the Thomas Davis Lectures and the TV book show Folio. Hugh McFadden is the Literary Executor of the Jordan Estate.

Philadelphia Ceili Group
The Philadelphia Ceili Group will present a concert of Traditional Irish Music and song featuring Donegal singer Deirdre Bonner, winner of the Joe Heaney award for traditional singing, accompanied by Morgan Campbell on banjo and vocals on Sunday June 25th 2006 at 8pm at The Commodore Barry Club (Irish Center), Carpenter Lane and Emlen St in West Mt Airy.
Deirdre and Morgan have just released their first CD titled "Atlantic Bridges" on May 6th 2006. The CD highlights the connections and bonds between Irish and American folk music. Concert information at Philadelphia Ceili Group; email or call 215 248 0502.

A to Z of the Best Irish Sites

Arranmore Island Water in Danger
Residents on Arranmore Island are concerned that their only fresh water supply could be destroyed due to illegal dumping on the Island.
The illegal dump at Ballintra Mountain includes household rubbish, cars, furniture and dead animals and is adjacent to the lake which provides water to the islanders.
A scheme was introduced to encourage people to dispose of their waste properly but a more responsible attitude needs to be developed on the Island and throughout Donegal.
A Waste Awareness Day will be held on the island, according to Suzanne Tinney, Waste Awareness Officer for Donegal County Council. Contact Suzanne on (074) 91 72538.

Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid
Ionad Cois Locha, Dún Lúiche plays host to Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid on July 11th. Winners of ‘Best Song’ at this years Pan Celtic Festival local choir Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid’ are traditional séan-nós purists esteemed for their unique approach to choral arrangement. Lead by Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde, the 25-member choir sing their extensive repertoire of time-honoured séan-nós ballads.

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