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News Vol.8 No.7 July 2007    Holiday In Donegal!

McGlinchey Summer School
The McGlinchey Summer School will commence on June 29th and run until July 1st. This year, as all Donegal commemorates the fourth Centenary of the Flight of the Earls, the Mc Glinchey Summer School takes this opportunity to explore Inishowen at that time of our history with a variety of events from a Day Trip to Rathmullen Flight of Earls Centre to a lecture on John Toland (1670-1721) by Prof. Seamus Deane. The McGlinchey website has been launched and carries detailed information and schedules for this year’s Summer School .

Balor Theatre
The Balor Theatre's role in Donegal Arts and Culture has increased at an impressive rate over the last number of years and nowhere is this more evident than in a packed programme next month as part of the 19th annual Earagail Festival. From comedians to children's plays, classical music to African jazz and an exhibition culminating in a concert featuring Grammy award nominated Cajun musicians this has been described as the most impressive arts event the Theatre has been involved in.
See Earagail Arts Festival Programme for details.

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Killybegs Training Iniative
This training initiative is currently taking names for a course(s) leading to FETAC qualifications in computers, digital media, and historical research. It is a 30 week, full-time course. benefits are unaffected, childcare, meal/travel allowances are available. For more information, call 074-9741903.

Inishowen Agricultural Show
The Inishowen Agricultural Society will hold its 95th Annual Show at the Showgrounds, Tulnaree, Carndonagh on Saturday, 21st July commencing at 10a.m. sharp. A fun day out for all the family.

Inishowen Carnival
The Inishowen Carnival Group are looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in getting involved should telephone 9373375 or email .

Campaign to Stop High Tension Electric Cables
The Platform "No a la MAT" in Catalonia (Spain) and the Collectif Non à la THT in French Catalonia are launching a Campaign of signatures to stop the project of a high tension (HT) line between France and Spain. This project, with a clear economical target based on the sale of the excess electricity generated by French nuclear power stations, has been rejected by more than 180 municipalities on both sides of the border, but is backed by the Spanish and French governments with the support of the EU.
The Campaign needs your support to stop the HT line -called MAT in Spain and THT in France, to help prevent an ecological disaster for a region of a great value and to put in place a new culture of energy in the European Union.
For further information see NOMAT or click on Signature Campaign and send the letter included to the Spanish and French Ministers of Industry and Energy.

Muckish Hill Climb and Walk
On Saturday, August 11th, there will be a Muckish hill climb and walk. Assemble at 10.30 am sharp at McCarry's Bar, Kildarragh. A coach will transport the participants to start of the walk/climb. The hill climb will take 3 hours and the walk will take 1.5 hours. Tips for walkers: In the interest of safety, everyone must abide by their group leader's instructions; dress accordingly; be prepared for mixed weather conditions; bring adequate rain gear and sun protection; walking boots must be worn; carry a bottle of water in your pack. Proceeds are in aid of Children's Hospital, Crumlin. For further details contact Manus McFadden on 9138365 or Gerald Duffy on 9138363 or 087-6109331.

Ag Éirí go hIontach le Céimí Cúrsa Teilfíse i nGaoth Dobhair
Tá ag éirí go hiontach leis na mic léinn a d'fhreastail ar an Dioplóma i Scileanna Teilifíse in Ionad na hOllscoile i nGaoth Dobhair le 4 bliana anuas. Le déanaí, bhuaigh an clár Siúlach Scéalach, a léirigh mic léinn an chúrsa agus mic léinn an Ard-Dioplóma i gCumarsáid Fheidhmeach, (An Cheathrú Rua), an léiriúchán teilifíse i nGaeilge is fearr ag comórtas SMEDIA i mBaile Átha Cliath. Taifeadadh an clár faisnéise i nGaeltacht Ghaoth Dobhair ag tús na bliana.
Tá an cúrsa seo ag tosú arís i mí Mheán Fómhair i gcomhpháirtíocht le hÚdarás na Gaeltachta agus tá an tIonad i nGaoth Dobhair ag glacadh le hiarratais anois. Ní bheidh táillí le híoc chun freastal ar an gcúrsa seo agus íocfar liúntas cothabhála leis na rannpháirtithe.

Bingo Dhobhair
Beidh an bingo ar siúl in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar Dé Sathairn, 7ú Iúil ag toiseacht ar 8.30 i.n. Beidh Bus saba ag fágáil Teach Andie Ward ar a 8.00 i.n. agus tógfaidh sé daoine atá ar an bhealach. Tá tuilleadh eolais ar na himeachtaí se oar fail ó Mháire ag 074 9532949, nó cuir ríomh phost ar .

Malin Raft Race
The annual Malin Raft Race will be held at Malin Bridge on 29th July at 5.30pm. There will also be Fun and Frolics, ducks and music on the Village Green. There will be a Treasure Hunt on 5th August, from 4-7pm, followed by a Disco in the Malin Hotel by Highland Radio’s top DJ Martin Friel.

CPR Course
Are you interested in learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? The Twin Towns Heartsafe Group are planning to run a CPR and AED course on Monday 9th July 2007. Please telephone 07491 31245 if you are interested in participating in the course.

Turfstack & Mt Errigal

Turfstack & Mt Errigal by JJ Gallagher ©

New Photographic Website
Gweebarra based photographer Johnny Gallagher has launched a new website of landscape photographs of Donegal. See

Ó Cadhain i dTír Chonaill
Ó Cadhain i dTír Chonaill eag. Pádraig Ó Baoighill. Taisce de bhéaloideas as Gaeltacht Thír Chonaill. Tugann an t-ábhar léargas ar a shaibhre is a bhí an traidisiún béil tráth a ndearnadh an taifeadadh sa bhliain 1957. Máirtín Ó Cadhain a bhailigh an t-ábhar agus é i mbun taighde ar son Gael Linn. Feic Coisceim.

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Rathmullan School Reunion
The Ballyherrin/Leatbeg school reunion will take place on Saturday, August 4th. Anyone who attended these schools and have not received notification of the event should contact John McDermott, Ballyherrin, on 9159922.

Dungloe Centre for Learning
Ionad Teampall Chróine, Chapel Road, in conjunction with TUATH, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Donegal County Development Board recently organised a welcoming event in the Ionad to mark their selection as a prospective 'centre for learning'.
As one of the five prospective 'centres for learning', the Ionad will undergo a training programme in order to deliver a range of community development courses to promote the uptake of lifelong learning at local level. The project is co-funded by Border Action and the International Fund for Ireland, part-financed by the European Union's Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and managed for the special EU Programmes Body by the Cross-border Consortium. All were welcomed to the Ionad for the occasion by Michelle Ní Chnáimhsí, Bainisteoir, Ionad Teampaill Chróine. Among those in attendance were; P.J. Molloy, Cathaoirleach TUATH, Paddy Harte of the IFI and John Andy Bonar, IT Letterkenny.
Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness named Professor of Creative Writing at UCD

McGuinness named Professor of Creative Writing at UCD
Donegal playwright, Frank McGuinness has been named Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin. The title which recognises his achievements in drama and literature will remain with him for as long as he is writer in residence at UCD.
'I am extremely honoured with the award of Professor of Creative Writing' said McGuinness, 'This is one of the very few times in my life when I find myself short for words. It is a great privilege to work in the UCD School of English and Drama among such revered Irish writers as my good friend and colleague Professor Declan Kiberd.'
McGuinness was born in Buncrana, County Donegal and received a scholarship to study at University College Dublin in the early 1970s. He first came to prominence in 1982 with his play ‘The Factory Girls.’ His reputation as a master playwright was firmly established in 1985 when his play ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme’ was staged at the Abbey Theatre and then internationally.
His plays include The Factory Girls (1982), Baglady (1985), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985), Innocence (1986), Cathaginians (1988), Mary and Lizzie (1989), The Bread Man (1991), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (1992), The Bird Sanctuary (1994), Mutabilitie (1997), Dolly West’s Kitchen (1999), Gates of Gold (2002), and There Came a Gypsy Riding (2007).
His translations include Chekhov's Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, Ibsen's Rosmersholm, Sophocles's Electra and Ostrovsky's The Storm.

Literary Award for Ó Searcaigh
Donegal Poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh has won the American Ireland Fund Literary Award for 2007. The prize was presented on June 23rd in Muckross House in Killarney, before a gathering of Irish literati and American business people. As part of the award Cathal O'Searcaigh receives $25,000 USD - around €20,000.
'It's always difficult for poets to make a living - so this will certainly enhance my purse. They have a phrase in Irish....a heavy purse makes a light heart - and that's how I feel after receiving this prize,' Ó Searcaigh said.

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Stephen Bennett Exhibition
Ardara artist Stephen Bennett is currently exhibiting a new collection of expressive work at the Ferrara Gallery, Belfast. Stephen, a former illustrator with Saatchi & Saatchi, works from his studio gallery in Ardara. Stimulated daily by the people and the ever-evolving landscape that surrounds him, Stephen's work has the vibrant palette and increasing spontaneity of an artist who clearly loves his craft and the inspirational setting in which he lives. View Stephen's work at Stephen

Tara Campaign Calls on Minister Gormley to Review Designations
The Campaign to Save Tara is calling on the Minister for Environment to review all documentation relating to the archaeological excavations and surveys along the proposed route of the M3 motorway through the Tara/Skryne Valley. A number of very important sites uncovered during excavations were considered for National Monument status. The Campaign is calling for a review of the methodology and decision-making procedures in regard to these sites. In addition the Campaign is now calling for a full independent assessment of the Valley route, in light of the fact that the Lismullen National Monument was not identified during initial surveying.
The Campaign is also concerned at the revelation that the new Attorney General, Paul Gallagher, acted as Senior Council for Meath County Council in the 2006 M3 High Court case. Mr. Gallagher is quoted in newspapers at the time as saying the proposed route of the M3 did not interfere with any National Monuments. This has patently turned out not to be the case and in fact, as well as passing directly through one designated National Monument, the Campaign alleges that full disclosure will show a number of non-designated monuments are within the road-take.
The Campaign to Save Tara has welcomed the World Monument Fund decision to include Tara on their list of the 100 'most endangered sites'. This new designation will bring further pressure on the Government to accept the need for a rethink of this potentially disastrous route selection. It also adds weight to arguments that the whole Tara area should have been considered a 'complex of monuments' at the outset. The recent discovery of a new National Monument at Lismullen has thrown into question the accuracy and competence of the NRA-funded archaeological process, which to date has cost over €40 million.
The proposed M3 motorway was to have commenced construction in the summer of 2006 but due to unforeseen archaeological discoveries, particularly at Lismullen, construction proper is yet to begin along the controversial stretch between Navan and Dunshaughlin.

Carrick Commemorates 'Liberty Belle'
A commemorative committee has been formed in Carrick to remember Mary Cummingham who was the inspiration for Dublin born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens design of the $10 and $20 coins commissioned by US President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.
Mary Cunningham was then working as a waitress in New Hampshire, having emigrated to the United States some years earlier together with several of her siblings.
The Carrick committee hope to raise &euor;5,000 to erect a plaque in her honour in the village and anyone who is interested in contributing can contact the committee on (+00353) 74 9139011.

Tory Film Festival
The Tory Film Festival will take place from July 5th to July 9th and this year's theme is 'Islands & Islanders'. This film festival draws its programme from a very distinct collection of feature films and documentaries from the coastal regions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and some far-flung and exotic world coastal locations. The common thread in this year's Festival, is the desire to document and understand the traditions, people, hardships and triumphs peculiar to Islands & Islanders. Over 5 days on the remote Island of Tory, across 3 screens, more than 40 films spanning a myriad of styles and genres, will come together for a celebration in celluloid of Islands and Islanders everywhere. See Tory Film Festival for a schedule of events.

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.

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Inishowen Drama Project
A new drama project will be held in Moville at the District Family Resource Centre and will run from the June 25th to July 11th. The project is aimed at young people over the age of 14 years. The initiative is free but places are limited. For further information contact the Family Resource Centre on 9385548. The project is supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund and the North West Drugs Taskforce.

New Gaelcholaiste in Buncrara
A new Gaelcholaiste will be opening in Buncrana on 27th August, 2007. Gaelcholaiste will welcome students from all schools in Inishowen and Derry. For further details please contact Mary Ann Kane, Education Officer at Donegal Vocation Education Centre on 9161600 or Caitriona on 9363736.

The Buncrana Aware group are meeting on Monday July 9th at 7.30pm in the Nursing Unit. If you need further information contact Marie on 086 876036.

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