Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News
Vol.3 No.7 January/ February, 2002
Gweebarra Bay, February 2002 ©
New Police Chief Superintendent for Donegal
Catherine Clancy, a native of Portnoo, has been named the new Chief. Supt. for the Donegal Division of the Gardai. She is the first woman to be appointed to the rank in the State.
Chief. Supt. Clancy, who joined the Gardai in 1975, was in charge of the Community Relations Branch of the Dublin Metropolitan Division before her recent appointment in Donegal.
Meanwhile public representatives have welcomed the Government's decision to hold a Public Inquiry into Gardai malpractise in Donegal as revealed in the Carty Report under which a number of prosecutions of police officers are now pending. See County Donegal.net News Vol.2. No.5 Jul-Aug. 2000 and Vol.3 No.5. Oct-Nov. 2001.
Death of noted Folklorist
The death took place on January 18th of Dr. Sean O'hEochaidh at the age of 88. Dr. O'hEochaidh, a native of Teelin, made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of local folklore during the 1930's and 40's when, working for the Folklore Commission, he traversed the townlands of Donegal, recording memories, stories and songs on wax cyclinders in his native Irish.
Most notably Dr. O'hEochaidh, a former Donegal Person of the Year, transcribed Mici MacGabhann's 'Rotha Mor an tSaoil' ('the big wheel of life') which was later translated into English as 'The Hard Road to the Klondyke'.
There was a large attendance at Dr. O'hEochaidh's funeral in Gortahork.
Archaeological Discovery near Letterkenny
Work was stopped on the new Letterkenny Sports Centre when what could be the remains of an ancient ring fort were found during excavations of the site which is on the outskirts of Letterkenny near New Mills. The site archaeologists have warned the local council that they may not be able to continue with the building project as the site is of such potential significance. Further excavations of the site are now planned.
Call for Submissions for Summer Art Exhibition
The Screig Gallery of Contemporary Irish Art, Fintown invites submissions for an on and off line exhibition entitled:
Light and Landscape - Solas agus Talamh
Exhibition Dates: July 14th to Aug.14th, 2002
Deadline for submission: May 1st, 2002
Media: Traditional and Digital
Artists who wish to make a site specific work can be facilitated.
For information on methods of submitting work: telephone (+353) 75 46992 or email the Screig Gallery.
An bhfuil tú ag tabhairt cuairt ar Cho.Dhún na nGall? Cad tuige nach dtabharfann tú cuairt orainn ag Gailéaraí Screig atá lán d'Ealaín Comhairseartha Gaelach, agus atá suite i mBaile na Finne i nGaelacht Thír Chonaill. Ar chuid den chnuasach tá pictiúirí agus líníochtaí le Elizabeth Mac a'Ghoill, Stephen Loughman, Felim Egan, Rosie McGurran, Brian McMahon, Dermot Seymour, Gary Coyle, Rory agus Patsy Dan Rogers.
Tá an Gailéaraí fóscailte do chuairteoirí Dé Luain go Dé hAoine 10.00 ar maidin go 4.30 sa tráthnóna nó thíg leat coinne a dheanamh ag uaireanta eile. Tá an Gailéaraí ar fáil do mhic léinn ealaíne i bhfoirm seiminéaraí agus ceardlainn. Thíg le mic léinn páirt a ghlacadh i Seimineáraí Cultúrtha An Gaeltacht Lár agus ár n-áiseanna Stiúideo Idirlíon a úsáid. Le tiollamh eolas a fháil amach cuir glaoch ar (+353) 75 46992 nó
cuir R-phost ag Gailéaraí Screig.
Donegal Person of the Year 2001
The Donegal Person of the Year 2001 is Patsy McGonagle from Ballybofey. Patsy was Irish Athletics Team Manager at the Sydney Olympics and has worked ceaselessly to promote athlethics in the County for over 30 years.
The presentation dinner to honour Patsy will be held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on March 1st, 2002 under the auspices of the Donegal Association of Dublin.
Art Exhibition at An Grianán
An Grianán Theatre is currently hosting an exhibition entitled 'Foilsiú' by Gort na hEalaíona. The paintings, sculptures and watercolours are the work of a dozen artists living between Errigal and Tory Island in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
For further information email:Gort na hEalaíona
Donegal was hit by severe winds and flooding at the beginning of February. One hundred mile winds were recorded at Malin Head and these, combined with high tides, caused Burtonport Harbour and a number of rivers to burst their banks, flooding county roads and bringing down electricity lines for several days.
MBE for Donegal singer
Daniel O'Donnell accepted a Valentine's Day gift with a difference when he received an honorary MBE from Prince Charles in the British Embassy in Dublin on February 14th. The award was made for Daniel's contribution to music and to charity.
New Chair of Údaras na Gaeltachta
Liam O'Cuinneagain, Director of Oideas Gael, has been appointed Chair of Údaras na Gaeltachta. Liam is also a Board member of Foras na Gaelige and his new appointment will be for 3 years.
Marinas Planned for Donegal
The Department of the Marine has announced that four new marinas will be developed in Donegal - at Killybegs, Burtonport, Rathmullan and Buncrana as part of the National Development Plan for Marine Tourism. These marinas will be grant aided by 75%.
John Doherty (1798-1854) Remembered
A 3 day Summer School to commemorate the 19th century trade unionist, John Doherty, will be opened by President McAleese on April 12th, 2002 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. Speakers will include David Begg of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Eamon McCann of the Derry Trades Council. For further information email John Doherty Summer School.
Dunlewey Wood Opposed
Plans to develop a private forest at Dunlewey beneath Errigal mountain have met with local opposition. When the plans to plant a nine acre site became known, locals staged two protests - claiming that the area is totally unsuitable for tree planting and that the proposed coniferous wood would ruin the view of Dunlewey Church and the lake as well as destroy the upland bog upon which the development is planned.
The County Planning officer is in agreement with the opposition group but, once again, the County Development Plan and the National Development Plan appear to be at odds and the situation is still unclear.
Ardara Walking Festival
The Ardara Walking Festival takes place over the St Patrick's Weekend when over 500 people from Ireland and abroad are expected to attend. Experienced local guides will lead all the walks which range from a 'strenous' 6½ hour walk through the Bluestacks through to 'moderate' and 'easy' walks! Registration is on Friday, March 15th. For more information telephone Donal Haughey on (+353) 75 41830.
Deprivation in Donegal
The Central Statistics Office has revealed that Donegal has the fifth lowest disposable income in Ireland at just over 11,000 Euro a year with the average total income per person in Donegal at 13,431 Euro per annum.
A new report from the North Western Heath Board has cited Donegal as one of the most deprived Counties in Ireland with a higher than average incidence of teenage pregnancy, alcoholism and child poverty.
Among the worrying figures revealed in the report was the fact that 66% of those surveyed said they were regularly drunk compared with 48% nationally and over 25% of those with learning difficulties in the County were under 18 years of age.
Sixty Years a Strolling
The Lifford Players are celebrating their Golden Jubilee with a production of John B. Keane's play 'Sive' in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on the 8th and 9th of March, 2002. Thrice winners of the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival, the Lifford Players have consistently entertained audiences in Donegal and further afield with their incisive interpretations of modern Irish dramas.