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News Vol.8 No.5 May, 2007    Holiday In Donegal!

Missing Child has Donegal Connections
Ellen McCann, (nee Ferry) originally from Burtonport, is the grandmother of the missing four-year-old girl, Madeleine McCann, who was snatched from her holiday apartment in Praia de Luz in the Algarve, Portugal on May 3rd.
Mrs McCann was married to the late John McCann, originally from St Johnston, and she now lives in Glasgow. Their son Gerry and his wife Kate, were dining with friends some 100 yards away from their ground-floor apartment in Praia de Luz, Portugal and were checking on their children every 30 minutes. Madeline was last seen by her father Gerry at 9.15pm on May 3rd. When her mother Kate returned to check on their children at 10pm she discovered Madeleine was gone while the couple's two year-old twins Amelie and Sean lay sleeping.
Portugese police sniffer dogs followed Madeleine's scent to a nearby supermarket before it was lost. The McCann family recently spent Easter in Dungloe.
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on tel. 0044 1883 731 336 or the nearest police station. Note that Madeleine's pupil meets her iris on her right eye.

Donegal Connection in the US Senate?
Brian Kavanagh, whose father John hails from Buncrana, was voted into the New York State Assembly in November, 2006. The Democrat has hinted at running for the American Senate in 2012. John Kavanagh emigrated to the US in 1958 where he joined the police department. He married Eileen Cahill whose father was from Killybegs and her mother was from Derry.

Donegal Gears up for General Election
The General Election is on May 24th. In Donegal South West Dinny McGinley is standing for Fine Gael;
Pearse Doherty for Sinn Féin; Seán Ó Maolchallann for the Green Party; Ministers Mary Coughlan and Pat the Cope Gallagher are standing for Fianna Fáil and Seamus Rodgers for the Labour Party. In Donegal North Jim McDaid, Niall Blaney and Cecilia Keaveney standing for Fianna Fáil; Pádraig Mac Lochlainn for Sinn Féin; Senator Joe McHugh for Fine Gael; Siobhan McLaughlin for Labour and Frank Gallagher for the Greens. There are four independent candidates in the election.

Pearse Doherty handing in his election papers

Cllr Pearse Doherty, being nominated for election by Donegal GAA county player Kevin Cassidy.
Also pictured are Pearse's sons, Colm and Pádraig, Pearse's wife Roisin (centre)
and Gráinne Mhic Geidigh (left) and Mairead Mhic Geidigh (right).

Donegal News on Air
News from Ireland can be heard in Pennslyvannia on 'Echoes of Erin' WEDO 810FM on Sundays from 1.00-2.00pm and online at Echoes of Erin. The show is running for 19 years and 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 Kevin O'Seoige's Irish show on 4EB 98.1 FM with Patricia Sharkey's 'View from the Hills' on Saturdays between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

1.7 Milliún Fáinne i stoc anois!
De réir an daonáirimh dheireanaigh tá Gaeilge ag 1.66 milliún duine in Éirinn. Táimid réidh daoibh agus tá Fáinne ann a oirfeadh do gach aon duine daoibh i stoc againn anois.
Tá an Fáinne Airgid oiriúnach do dhaoine le cumas bunúsach Gaeilge agus an Fáinne Óir do dhaoine a bhfuil líofacht sa Ghaeilge acu. Tá costas EUR4.00 ar an bhFáinne Airgid agus EUR5.50 ar an bhFáinne Óir. Tá an Seanfháinne ar fáil, fáinne atá níos mó ná an gnáthfháinne agus bhí an-tóir orthu le linn scannánú "Michael Collins". Tá costas EUR7.00 orthu. Tá Fáinne 9 ct. ann ar EUR40. Is minic a bhronntar an Fáinne 9 ct. ag ócáid speisialta nuair atá comóradh nó ceiliúradh á dhéanamh. Bronnadh ceann, mar shampla, ar an Uachtarán Máire Nic Giolla Íosa nuair a sheol sí Seachtain na Gaeilge cúpla bliain ó shin.
Tá suaitheantas dar teideal 'Cúpla Focal' ann dóibh siúd atá bródúil as an gCúpla Focal atá acu nó atá ag iarraidh a dtacaíocht don teanga a léiriú. Tá sé ar fáil ar EUR4.00. Níl gá le scrúdú - níl aon bhrú.
Is féidir gach ceann díobh a cheannach ar líne ach cuairt a thabhairt ar Fainne.

Kilmacrenan School Reunion
Kilmacrenan School is to hold a reunion on the 10th and 11th of August 2007. The committee have set up a website at Kilmacrenan School Reunion with school registers from 1884 through to 1999, as well as photographs of the school and pupils. There is also information on the history of the school. If you have any material (stories, pictures, etc.) related to the school then please let them know by emailing .

Houses and Cottages to Buy or Rent in Donegal

Donegal Walking Weekends 2007
The Bluestack Challenge – June 9th 2007
Already 300 people have signed up for this year’s Bluestack Challenge for Special Needs. The challenge is approx. 40km through the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains in South Donegal. Last year this event raised €200, 000 for special needs. So if you feel up to a challenge and are free on June the 9th email .
Flight of The Earls -- 3 day challenge – Sept 14th to 16th inc. 2007
So far 30 brave souls have signed up for this event. This is your chance to participate in an historical walk, commemorating the walk taken by Rory O’Donnell in 1607 when he led his family and friends from Donegal Town to Rathmullan. To participate, you should be prepared to walk approx. 75 km over the 3 days and to sleep rough on both nights.
For more information on both walks email .

Guest of the Nation
Ronan Gallagher from Leitrim made his film 'Guest of The Nation' on a budget of only €100 euro. The film was shot on a Canon XL1 and edited on an Apple computer using Final Cut Pro.
It stars Nigerian actor and writer Eugene Ebhonuaye who fled sectarianism and racism in his own country to end