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News Vol.8 No.10. October, 2007    Holiday In Donegal!

Glenties Fiddlers' Festival
The Glenties Fiddlers' Festival will take place from October 5th to 7th. This annual festival attracts some of the most talented traditional musicians from around the country for one amazing weekend of ceol agus craic. Donegal fiddlers who will be present at this year's event include Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Dermot McLaughlin, Joe Byrne and Martin McGinley, all leading exponents of the Donegal fiddling style.
The Festival will take place in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. The picturesque village of Glenties has won awards both in the national Tidy Towns competition and the international European competition, Entente Florale.

Lainseáil ar Scéim Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn faoi acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003
Tá sé beartaithe ag Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn a Scéim, faoi Alt 11 d'Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003, scéim ar glacadh léi ar na mallaibh, a lainseáil go hoifigiúil. Beidh an lainseáil ar siúl, go tráthúil ar Lá Eorpach na dTeangacha, in Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn ar an gCéadaoin, 26 Meán Fómhair, 2007 ag 12.30i.n. (seomra 1452). Tá fáilte roimh chách. Is féidir cóip den Scéim a fheiceáil ar

Save Tara Campaign
On Saturday 22nd September, the harpers of Ireland gathered at Dáil Éireann to voice their opposition to the destruction of historic sites at the Tara/Skryne Valley. The harpers assembled at Kildare Street and called on the government to implement alternatives to the destruction that is taking place on the route of the M3 motorway.
The speakers included Kathy Sinnott MEP, actor Stuart Townsend, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, campaigner Dr Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin and harpers Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Laoise Kelly. Massed harpers performed 'The Harp that Once Through Tara's Halls', among other noted harp pieces.
On Sunday 23rd September 1,500 people gathered at the Hill of Tara to create the world's first human harp and the message 'SAVE TARA VALLEY'.
This event was directed by the internationally renowned Aerial artist, John Quigley, who has created similar human 'aerial art' images all over the world. To see images of the Tara event visit Spectral
The archaeological sites currently under threat are inextricably linked with the harping and bardic traditions of Ireland for more than 2,500 years. The harp has been used in the coat of arms of Ireland since 1270 and is the symbol of the Irish State today. It is found in the seals of the President, Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Government Ministers, on State currency and is the insignia of the Irish Law Courts.
The campaign to SAVE TARA says is an outrage that the Irish people should be forced to choose between infrastructure and heritage. The World Monument Fund has recently placed Tara on its list of the 100 most endangered sites worldwide.

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Ann Quinn Exhibition at Glenveagh
Donegal artist Ann Quinn recently completed a three month artist residency at Glenveagh National Park. There will be an exhibition of the work she produced at Glenveagh Castle opening on Sunday October 28th which will run for 2 weeks.
Ann Quinn will be having her second solo exhibition 'Autumn in Middle East, Summer in West' at the Cross Gallery, Dublin opening on 17th January, 2008. The exhibition will be based on her experiences at Glenveagh this Summer and travelling in Iran last Autumn. For further information see Ann
For information on other Donegal artists exhibiting in October see Arts & Crafts on Donegal

Beltany Heritage Conference in Raphoe
The archaeologist appointed to monitor developments at the proposed route of the M3 motorway through Tara, Dr Conor Newman, will speak on the importance of Tara through six millennia of Irish history when he addresses the Beltany Heritage Conference on Saturday October 6th in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe.
He will be joined by Dr Brian Lacey, CEO of the Discovery Programme, who will talk about the link between the ancient Gaelic kings of Tír Conaill and Tara.
Ms Mary Harte, Conference Convenor, said 'This will be one of the rare opportunities for the public to hear from those involved in research at Tara on the importance of this cultural landscape. I have no doubt we will be treated to a stimulating debate on the context of Tara in modern Ireland.'
Other speakers include Donegal Heritage Officer Joe Gallagher who will give a talk on conserving our archaeological heritage. For further information see Beltany Circle.

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Bluestacks Festival
There will be an easy afternoon of poetry and jazz music in Coxtown Manor, Laghey on Sunday, October 7th from 2.30 to 6pm.
Renowned poets Rita Ann Higgins, Louis de Paor and Francis Harvey will be reading in the company of poet Ann Joyce and emerging local writers from Donegal Town and Bundoran. Music is by 'TAKE 3' and the event is hosted by Denise Blake. Admission is €10/8 and booking is essential: 087-6486079.
As part of the Bluestack Festival, Céilí na Féile, a night of Céilí, Sets and Two-hand Dances will take place in the Bluestack Heritage Centre on Monday 1st October, from 9 pm. - midnight. Admission, including supper will cost €5 euro. Fear a'Tí, Clement Gallagher, calls the tune on the night with music provided by Bríd and Moya Gallagher from Glenfin, on fiddle and keyboard, Art McNally from Derry on button accordian, and John Bonner from Drumkeen on banjo. This will be instead of the usual céilí and sets class with Clement every Monday night from 8.30 - 10.30pm.

1 Million for Disability
The campaign 'One million for Disability' was launched on January 23rd, 2007. The signature campaign aims to collect at least 1 million citizens’ signatures to combat discrimination in all aspects of the lives of disabled citizens in Europe.
The European Union must respond to the call of at least 1 million citizens as stated in the draft European Union Constitutional Treaty.
On October 4th, 2007, a massive outdoor gathering will take place in Brussels, Rond Point Schuman, from 1-3pm. It will be the focal point of the "1 million 4 disability" campaign. A delegation will meet the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament and the EU Portuguese Presidency to call for a European non-discrimination legislation in favour of disabled persons.
More than 1000 participants are expected to join the gathering: delegations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe, disabled persons, their families and friends from all the regions of Belgium and neighboring countries, EU and national officials, civil society representatives and many others.
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Further Job losses in Gweedore Business Park
Twelve employees have been laid off at the Smarter Loans call centre in the Gweedore Business Park, giving rise to fears for the jobs of the remaining 36 employees.
The Regional Chairman of Údarás Na Gaeltachta, Senator Brian O'Domhnaill, has called on the company's board to clarify its plans. At one time the company employed 100 staff in Gweedore.

Diving Expedition ends in Tragedy
A dive, to film a German submarine sunk off the coast off Malin Head during World War II, ended in tragedy on October 2nd with the death of diver Michael Hanrahan from Rathfarnham, Dublin. He is said to have got into difficulties on his ascent to the surface.
Mr Hanrahan was one of four divers who were filming the U-Boat 778 at a depth of 70 metres. Mr Hanrahan had 30 years' diving experience. The dive had twice been postponed in September due to inclement weather.
Derry City Council has plans to raise the U-Boat and exhibit it in a 'Battle of the Atlantic' memorial exhibition.

€216,000 for Fintown Sports Facility
A new racing track and football field will be built at Fintown where Coiste Forbartha Páirc Phobail Acla have secured funding from Roinn na Gaeltachta. Phase I of the Development will include upgrading the existing pitch, and the provision of sprint track and fencing. The balance of the funding has been raised by the committee.

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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 Caomhín 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.

Lifford Job Club
A Job Club is starting on Wednesday October 10th in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Croaghan Heights. The Job Club brings together unemployed people of all ages who are looking for work. 10.30am to 2.00pm daily (from 10th October until 26th October). Membership of the Job Club is voluntary, free and totally confidential. To register please contact course facilitators Lareina or Eleanor at The Job Club on (071) 98 58959 or leave your details at Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on (074) 91 41773. Job Club is an initiative of Donegal Local Development Co. Ltd and FÁS.

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People in Need Telethon
The Donegal branch of the People in Need Telethon are anxious to contact Donegal Associations throughout the world for the purpose of promoting support for the RTE People in need Telethon. All monies raised for People in Need in Co. Donegal is returned in full to Donegal by way of grants to qualifying groups/organisations for capital projects. Interested parties can contact the Telethon by emailing Barbara Gibson, the County Donegal Telethon Coordinator, at .

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