Friday, 29 October 2010

Belfast Man Locates Time Traveller.


New Issue of Donegal In Touch

Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine. This e-zine is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project. Through this project Donegal is reaching out and connecting with people in all parts of the world who have a connection to or interest in Donegal. This e-zine is sent to people in all parts of the world.

Please feel free to pass this e-zine on to others that you feel might be interested in it. Any views, comments or contributions to the e-zine are very welcome. The latest edition of the e-zine can be viewed or downloaded via the Donegal County Development Board website - using the following link:

For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Maria Ferguson at or Roisin McBride at

Fáilte go ríomhiris Dún na nGall i dTeagmháil. Tá an ríomhiris seo ina pháirt de Thionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall. Tá Dún na nGall ag síneadh amach agus ag nascú le daoine ar fud an domhain a bhfuil gaol nó suim acu leis an chondae. Cuirtear an ríomhiris seo chuig daoine i ngach cearn den domhan.

Seol an ríomhiris seo chuig duine ar bith a mbeadh suim acu ann, le do thoil. Beidh fáilte roimh thuairimí, ráitis nó eolas don ríomhiris. Tá an eagrán is deireannaí don e-iris le fáil le léamh nó íoslodáil ó suíomh idirlín Bord Forbartha Chontae Dhún na nGall - ag an nasc seo a leanas:

Chun tuilleadh eolais ar Chontae Dhún na nGall nó ar Tionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall, dean teagmháil le Maria Nic Fheargusa ag nó le Róisín Nic Giolla Bhríde ag

With kind regards

The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team ______________
Roisin McBride

Research Officer
Strategic Policy Unit
Donegal County Council
Tel: +353 74 9172562
Fax: +353 74 9142130

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Revamped museum enjoys visitor boom

the Ulster Museum, the unique lighting was done by a local colour blind gent

This report taken from The Belfast Telegraph, 21 October 2010.

The Ulster Museum has welcomed more than half a million people through its doors in the year since its multimillion-pound renovation.

The attraction has won a string of awards since it reopened in October last year after a £17 million remodelling of the building.

Officials have now revealed that it has been visited by around 625,000 people in the last 12 months, representing a 200% increase in the figures recorded before its dramatic facelift.

Director of National Museums Northern Ireland Tim Cooke said the public reaction to the Ulster Museum had far exceeded expectations.

"We anticipated higher visitor numbers as a result of the rejuvenation but had not predicted a response of this level," he said.

"The refurbishment has allowed us to reach wider and more diverse local, national and international audiences. What has been most encouraging is that many of our visitors are new to museum life, representing all social groups and ages."

The Ulster Museum has won seven major awards including the Museum and Heritage Award for Best Permanent Exhibition and the UK Art Fund Prize, which has been billed as one of the world's most prestigious museum awards.

Mr Cooke added: "Winning major UK awards and partaking in prominent loan programmes such as the recent Downing Street exhibition has all helped raise the museum's profile in an international context."

"It sends out a message that Northern Ireland's cultural assets and our approach to visitor engagement are world class. We have exciting plans for the future to build on our successes and continue to draw visitors to the Ulster Museum."

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Monday, 25 October 2010

Talk Irish Needs Your Vote

Michelle Gallen - founder of - has been nominated as a Digital Hero for Northern Ireland.

The prize is £5,000 plus free broadband for the winning project. £5,000 will help us create loads more new resources for to help even more people learn Irish.

Please click on this link and vote for Michelle. It's a one click voting system so it should take you only a few seconds!

Please please spread the word and get as many people as you can voting to support their lovely website!

Vótáil ar son - Duaiseanna an Laoich Dhigitigh (Digital Hero awards)

Ainmníodh Michelle Gallen - bunaitheoir - mar Laoch Digiteach do Thuaisceart Éireann.

Gheobhaidh an buaiteoir £5,000 agus leathanbhanda saor in aisce. Cuideoidh £5,000 le foireann Talk Irish a lán acmhainní úra a chruthú don suíomh, acmhainní a chuideoidh le níos mó daoine Gaeilge a fhoghlaim.

Iarrtar ort cliceáil ar le vótáil ar son Michelle - ní ghlacfaidh sé ach 5 soicind!

Agus le do thoil, scaip an scéal agus iarr ar a mhéad daoine agus is féidir vótáil ar son an tsuímh ghalánta seo!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Ulster Scots Radio Program

Frae it wus furst pit oot in 2002, BBC Norlin Airlan's A Kist o Wurds haes bin rinnin lang'r nor onie ither Ulster-Scotch programme on tha wireless. Iverie sennicht we bring ye a kist o sangs an music, crack, rhymes an wittins frae aa roon tha hale kintrae. Sae swutch on Radio Ulster fur a guid lissen - an fin oot mair aboot tha leid, tha heirskip, tha screivins an tha hist'rie o Ulster-Scotch.

Since A Kist o Wurds began in 2002, it has been BBC Northern Ireland's longest-running Ulster-Scots radio programme. Each week we bring you a selection of music, poetry, news and crack from all over the country. Tune into BBC Radio Ulster and find out more about the language, culture, literary traditions and history of Ulster-Scots.

Web Site Link:
A Kist o' Wurds

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Gaelic Language Careers in Ulster

The Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge Irish language opportunities tour, organised by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, is well underway with events having taken place in Belfast and Letterkenny in the past two weeks.

These seminars are aimed at second level students, in the senior cycle in schools across the country. During the seminars the extra advantages which the Irish language provides in the workplace are discussed.

To date, An Chomhdháil has held these seminars in Killarney, Dublin, Galway, Cork, Castlebar, Belfast and Letterkenny.

The speakers are inspirational, aspirational and motivational, and their words encourage students to consider Irish as a career option.

Among the speakers in Letterkenny were Caoimhín Ó Casaide, a Donegal footballing hero, and teacher. Loretta Ní Churraighín from Gleann Cholm Cille, spoke about her work as an executive with Oireachtas na Gaeilge, while Caitlín Uí Chlochláin discussed her career to date, and her role as an Irish language coordinator with Donegal County Council.

RTÉ and TG4 journalist, Caoimhe Ní Chonchoille spoke of the many opportunities which the Irish language has afforded her, and said that she would not have carved out the same career path without Irish. Caoimhe spoke to the 400 students about her time at NUI Galway, where she completed an Arts degree in English and Irish, as well as a masters degree in Modern Irish. Caoimhe also completed a postgraduate diploma in Media Studies, with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge.

As part of the seminar, questions from the students were welcomed, which gave rise to lively debate about the future of the language, Gaeltacht status, Irish as a compulsory subject, Irish at third level, and the Government’s support for the language.

Representatives from third level institutions were on hand with exhibition stands, to inform students of the various Irish language courses available to them after they leave school.

In November, An Chomhdháil will host Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge seminars in Tullamore, and Dublin. To register your school for either of the upcoming events, please contact Brígíd on 01 679 4780.

Check out our video of Buntáiste Breise na Gaeilge in Letterkenny on Youtube here.

Mayoress of Donegal To Speak in Boston

Cora Harvey, Mayoress of Donegal will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Irish Echo Golden Bridge Awards, which will be held in the Marriott Copley Place Hotel on the 3rd November. The Mayor will be accompanied by Clr Dessie Larkin, Chairperson of Donegal County Development Board.

Mr Henry McGarvey, Managing Director of Pramerica, will be a recipient of one of the Irish Echo Golden Bridge Awards for 2010, which promotes Irish-American Partnership. This award is in recognition of the substantial contribution made by Pramerica to the economy of Donegal and the North West since establishing in Letterkenny in 2000.

Also among the Honorees will be Rep Charles Murphy Chair Of The Ways and Means Committee in the Massachusetts State House and former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.

If you would like to attend the Irish Echo Golden Bridge Awards or would like some further information on the awards, please contact Ms Madeline O'Boyle by email at or Tel: +1 212-482-4818

Roisin McBride Strategic Policy Unit
Donegal County Council
Tel: +353 74 9172562
Fax: +353 74 9142130

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Stone Mountain Highland Games

Canadian Piper Andrew McCain

A chance to have Haggis with your grits in October.

October 15-17, 2010
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Established 38 years ago, the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival is one of the oldest international festivals to take place in the Metro Atlanta area. It is very popular in the community and routinely draws participants from all over the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom (including Scotland, Ireland and England), Australia, and other parts of the world.

Stone Mountain Highland Games is an all-volunteer organization created to preserve and foster Georgia's Scottish heritage and ties within our local community. Sponsored by Stone Mountain Highland Games, inc, a nonprofit Georgia corporation, all proceeds from the annual festival events are used to benefit worthwhile Scottish related activities and organizations within the Atlanta region. For further details contact: Stone Mountain Highland Games.

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