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This is the current edition of the quarterly newsletter from the island of Arainn Mhor in Co Donegal, Ireland. An Charraig (meaning 'The Rock' in Irish), is Arranmore Island's newsletter and aims to promote island activities while also focusing on its survival and future job opportunities. The newsletter will promote community events, stories and updates at home and abroad so that we can remain connected wherever we are. It is supported by the online blog http://arranmorenewsletter.blogspot.se For people interested in Arranmore Island, its way of life and promoting its future.


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  1. 1. The An Charraig newsletter promotes the island activities with a focus on its survival and Future Job Opportuni- ties. An Charraig will promote community events, stories and an update for islanders at home and abroad so that we can remain attached wherever we are. We hope it will be a one stop shop for people interested in Arainn, its way of life and promoting its future. The newsletter includes stories from abroad that may help the promotion of Arainn and its longevity. Keep up to date at http://arranmorenewsletter.blogspot.se/ Contact sgallagher@syspro.ie or 00353 85 8555792 or fb Shirley Atsyspro. Donations for Print Copy gratefully accepted. Edition 2 Meithmeath 2014 MUINTIR NA TÍRE Arainn Mhor Island Community Council Election Day Monday 26th May 2014 More on page 2 Inside this Issue Gairmscoil 3 Tuarascáil an Cruinniú 3 Cumann na mBád, Árainn Mhór 4 JBH 5 New Business 7 Low Carbon 9 Community Power 10 Youth & Elders 10 Swell 12 12 12 Following the resounding success of the poll (266-4) counted on the 19th April, an election for 16 Island Councillors for the Inaugural Is- land Community Council will take place at Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh from 9.00-19.00pm on Monday 26th May 2014. The poll proposed that Arainn Mhor Island will set up a community island council based on Muintir na Tire Community Council model. This resulted in the setting up of a Steering Group to facilitate the election of an Arainn Mhor Council (“the Council”). The Council will be set up and run accord- ing to Muintir na Tire’s guidelines and regulations. The system used by Muintir na Tire is a tried and tested model and has proven very successful in other communities such as Bere Island. Information on Muintir na Tire is available at (www.muintir.ie). The main aim of the Council is to represent everyone on the island and to give a voice to every person. It is imperative to the success of the Council that all the people of Arranmore are fairly represented and the Steering Group are inviting all members of the community to actively take part in the process. The steering group have created a number of sub committees and will request that a member from each is co-opted onto the council. This cre- An Charraig Distribution IE, UK, USA, ES, Ca, DE, CH, SE, DK, FR, GR, AU, TD, IA >25,000 views to date James O'Neill, Muintir na Tire
  2. 2. ates an equal opportunity umbrella for all sectors of the community. The election will be confidential and we ask that voters elect 5 people they would like to represent them on a local, region- al, national and international stage. We ask voters to consider having all parts of the community represented, young and old, male and female, native and non na- tive. Muintir na Tire's Officer James O Neill will preside and carry out the count. Part of the Community Council's remit is to discover what the island wants so an Island Needs Analysis Questionnaire has been distributed in public places and online and will collated by the steering group on election day. The purpose of this questionnaire is to find out what you feel should be done to make things better for you, your family and everyone in the community. The information gathered from this questionnaire will be used by the new Muintir Island Community Council to decide what work will be un- dertaken in the community, subject to resources and funding and will help the Community Council to prioritise particu- lar projects. We have added a few that might help people decide what is a prior- ity however other suggestions are very welcome. If you would like to have a say in the development of your community, please come out on the day or submit a postal vote. Contact arainnmhorsteering- group@gmail.com or post on sustainable islands group for further details. Voting by postal is available until 25th May. Continued from front page Page 2An Charraig VOTE ON 26th May 2014 TV3 will be filming some of the event so anyone who does not want to be on film, please let steering group know and this can be sorted on the day. The people with the highest votes will be asked to they want to sit on the council and these will be called in strictest confidence. Should they wish to sit on council, their names will be an- nounced. The island community council will meet with Muintir na Tire's James O'Neill and decide who will be the chair- man /mayor for next three years. A celebra- tory dinner will take place following the in- augural Island Election at the Glen Hotel. Thanks to the steering group, Shirley Gal- lagher (Chairman), Denis O'Donnell (secretary), Paula Killeen (Treasurer), Annie Bonner , Frances Early & Bernie Green for their time and effort in making this a reali- ty. Also to John Mc Hugh, Conal Ka- vanagh, Patrick O Donnell & Michael Early for their participation in collecting polls which created a democratic mandate for the council. Shirley Gallagher Steering Group Chairman John Lenty and Hughie Ban at Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh
  3. 3. Page 3An Charraig Bhí cruinniú ar siúl in Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh ar an 8 Bealtaine, 2014 08:00in. Rinne Nóirín Uí Mha- oldomhnaigh, Bainisteoir, Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór Teo cur síos don lucht éisteachta (95% mná) faoi stair na Gaeltachta agus an tionchar a bheas ag Acht na Gael- tachta 2012 ar an Ghaeltacht. Labhraítear an teanga don chuid is mó, i measc daoine ata ag dul anonn in aois. Sa bhliain 1992, d’fhreagair 86 % de daonra an oileáin go raibh an Ghaeilge a labhairt acu ar bhunús laethúil. Fán bhliain 2006, laghdaíodh líon na gcainteoirí laethúla Gaeilge go 55%. Faoi láthair labhraíonn 50 % de phaistí scoile an Ghaeilge taobh amuigh de ghnáth uaireanta scoile. I measc na cúiseanna taobh thiar de na hathruithe luaigh sí brú an Bhéarla, an imirce agus ais- imirceach. Léiríodh an tábhacht a bhaineann leis an stádas Gaeltachta ó thaobh saol chultúrtha agus eacnamaíochta na ndaoine agus an oileáin. Míníodh go mbeidh gá plean gníomhaíochta pleanála teanga a chur i bhfeidhm ar mhaithe le cur chun cinn agus cosaint teanga. Chuir Nóirín in iúl nach bhfuil i gceist brú a chur ar an phobal i dtaca le pleanáil teanga ach deir sí go gcaithfidh an pobal an cinne- adh a dhéanamh faoin teanga agus faoi stádas Gaeltachta sa todhchaí. A meeting was held at Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh on the 8th May 2014 ar 8:00pm. Nóirín Uí Mhaoldomhnaigh, Manag- er, Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór informed the audi- ence, which was 95% female, of the history of the Gael- tacht, and the changes as a result of the 2012 Gaeltacht Act. The language has steadily declined with the older 'third ' generation the principal speakers. At the 1992 census 86% of the population spoke Irish daily with it decreasing to 55% in 2006. 50% of island children speak Gaelic beyond the school gate. She acknowledged the many reasons that changes had occurred in the use of the language on the is- land including emigration, return of emigrants and predomi- nance of English. She explained the potential cultural and economic impact that losing Gaeltacht status could have. But an action plan is needed to foster the use of the language. Nóirín highlighted that there is no intention of enforcing language planning; usage of the Irish language and retention of Gaeltacht status is a matter that the commu- nity must decide upon. In fact she highlighted that the action plan needed to be positive and that there should no enforc- ing rather a promotion of our cultural heritage. Tuarascáil an Cruinniú ó Acht Ghaeltacht (2012) Nóirín Uí Mhaoldomhnaigh Report on Meeting on Gaeltacht Act (2012) Shirley Gallagher Fír as Gael Linn leis Muinteoír Maire Nic Chathmhaoil , agus foireann Aideen Ni Ghallachóir, Erin Nic Eachmhar- caigh, Caragh Nic Gabhainn, Aine Nic Eachmharcaigh Comhghairdeas le Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arainn Mhór! Máire Nic Cathmhaoil Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Dhún na nGall Bhain An Cumann Gaelach i nGairmscoil Mhic Diarmada ar Oileán Árainn Mhóir an chéad duais i gComórtas Raidió Gael Linn leis an chlár a rinne siad ‘Inis Caorach’. Dhírigh an clár ar stair Inis Caorach, an cineál saoil a bhí ag daoine ansin agus na fáthanna ar tréigeadh é sna caogaoidí. Cuireadh agallaimh ar Mhicí Eddie Ó Gallachóir, ar Phaddy Bhidí Ó Dónaill,ar Mhadge Uí Bhaoill agus ar Willie Mhicí Ó Gallachóir fá laethe a n- óige ar Inis Caorach. Tá na daltaí agus na múinteoirí fíorbhuíoch dóibh uilig as a gcuid scéalta agus a gcuid ama a roinnt leo go fial fláithiúil. Chuaigh ceathar de na daltaí agus múinteoir dá gcuid chuig Stiuidió RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ar an 8ú Bealtaine 2014 le páirt a ghlacadh sa chlár ‘Rónán Beo @3’ nuair a fógraíodh na buaiteoirí beo ar an aer. Bhain an scoil duais de €650 agus corn galánta. Tháinig an scoil sa chéad áit sa chomórtas céanna sa bhliain 2011 agus sa dara háit in 2012. Tá áthas an domhain ar na daltaí agus ar fhoireann na scoile gur éirigh chomh maith sin leo i mbliana. The Cumann Gaelach (Irish Society) in Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada have won first prize in Comórtas Raidió Gael Linn with their programme on Inishkeeragh Island. It focused on the history, the lifestyle and the reasons why it was abandoned in the fifties. Micí Eddie Ó Gallachóir, Paddy Bhidí Ó Dónaill, Madge Uí Bhaoill and Willie Mhicí Ó Gallachóir were interviewed about life on Inishkeeragh. The pupils and teachers are very grateful to the interviewees for sharing their stories and time so generously with them. Four students, accompanied by their teacher, went to the RTÉ studio in Derrybeg on the 8th May 2014 to take part in the programme ‘Rónán Beo’ when the winners were announced live on air. The school won a prize of €650 and a beautiful trophy. The school won first place in this same competition in 2011 and came in second place in 2012. Both students and staff are delighted with their achievement this year.
  4. 4. As part of the Bealtaine Festival the day centre will host an open day on Wednesday 28th May. The theme for the day is "Reminiscences of the Past". Clients of the day centre are asked to bring in anything used in their daily life. These can be old pots, cameras, washboards, churns and many other items that were used in everyday life when they were young. We would also invite members of the public who have old memorable items to bring them in, either on Cumann na mBád, Árainn Mhór Page 4An Charraig Cumann na mBád, Árainn Mhór is a club on the island of Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal, Ireland whose aim is to promote boating of all kinds to islanders and visitors. The organisation is an Irish Sailing Association (ISA) affiliated club on the is- land of Árainn Mhór, whose aim is to instill a love of the sea and our beautiful #island environment through boating of all kinds. #sailing #kayaking Courses available but Places limited, book early to avoid dis- appointment. Members only. All sessions are weather permitting. Cumann na mBád was founded in 2013 by Comharchumann Forbartha & Fostaíochta (CFFAM) Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh, Fal a’ Gabhann, Árainn Mhór, Co. Dhún na nGall Seamus Bonner Telephone:07495 20024 Mobile - 087 0983749 @ Trá Leadhb Garbh Jul 6 – Jul 11 all-day The Irish Water Safety Association in associa- tion with Comhar- chumann Forbartha & Fostaíochta are organis- ing the following lessons on Arranmore: Lessons in, Swimming, Survival, Rescue, Resus- citation. €30 first child, €20 second child and €10 third child. Seamus Bonner Telephone:07495 20024 Mobile - 087 0983749 the day or the day before. Many of the items used have wonder- ful memories and stories at- tached and are a source of histo- ry. All of the items will be re- turned on the day. We would also appreciate an hour of our local musicians time on the day if you can come along. The Bealtaine Festival is an annual event which celebrates creativi- ty as we age. Irish Water Safety Swim Week Cian & Aoibhe Sweeney at Wee Neilies Good Luck to all doing Exams
  5. 5. JUNE BANK HOLIDAY (JBH) 2014 Rannagh Park, Arainn Mhor Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June by Conal Kavanagh Page 5An Charraig Check out Group SUSTAINABLE islands on facebook/Linkedin Group A Real Lypis Tory Glasgow Gaels Ballay Group C Midland Warriors FC Palatico Clannad International WoodCarvers Group B St Anne's Gallagher Tunnelling Arranmore United Rebels. Group D Finn Harps Barhale Deamos Dreams Stonecutters We are soon approaching the JBH which will be an exciting weekend for the Island. We are again full with 16 teams coming from all parts of the globe as far as USA, England, Scotland and Ireland of course. The competition has been running successfully now for the last 13+ years and it keeps going from strength to strength. Thanks to the football club committee Hugh Nancy Rodgers (Chairman) Sinead Mc Cauley (Secretary), Sally Brady (Treasurer), Conal Ka- vanagh (Assistant Treasurer), Frankie Rua Early, Danny Neil Gallagher, Danny Winnie Rodgers and Ruan Reynolds. The competition kicks off on Saturday the 31st of May @ 11:30. The final is at 6 o clock on Sun 1 of June. The entrance fee is €250 per team with prizes as follows winners €1000 2nd €500 3rd & 4th getting €250 each The teams are as follows and divided into their groups Bernard (Lenty) Gallagher, Real Lypis’s Captain, 2013 Winning team said ‘winning the JBH tour- nament last year was the best feel- ing in the world and I look for- ward to 2014 and may the best team win’ Arranmore Utd won the Division Two League title and this year was the first time the Islanders won a trophy on their home patch, Rannagh Park. Their previous most recent success was the 2006/07 CT Ball Division Two. They were presented with the cup on Saturday 19th April 2014. Arranmore United Win the League
  6. 6. May Day Weekend came to the island with a hint of mist in the air. After weeks of settled weather the Atlantic front came in with rain showers and the ever present wind. Wee Neily RIP passed away in 2012 and Sunday 4th May saw the 2nd re- membrance day, a sponsor day for Done- gal Hospice. The day was a fitting tribute to Neily who was a great musician. Neily played the accordion along with stalwarts Paddy Dhonal and Ownie Greene and he was also a member of the pipe band, playing the bagpipes. Dodging the showers the musicians from near and far came to play their part and they brought young and old with them. Mary (James Mickey Mhor) Rodgers began the musi- cal extravaganza with Trad na nOg, a collection of fine musicians and singers, singing sean nos and playing traditional Irish Music. Unforgettable tunes such as Mary Black’s ‘Katie was sung so beauti- fully that it is still in my head days lat- er. Bands from around the Rosses came from Mulladuff, Keadue, Crickamore, Dungloe Seniors, Maghery and of course Arainn Mhor Pipe band marched in and performed superbly. Smuggler’s Night club AKA John Neilies, Neily Phils, the hall, and the disco was the venue. It was a tight squeeze but the MC, Tubbsy, Thomas Costello, who cut his DJ teeth at the venue kept the tempo up and bands moving. The bands prepared outside in the mist and waited their turn to perform in the crowded dance hall. The Arainn Mhor pipe band with Alec leading the charge were the final band, €3,400 was raised on Sunday with donations and a raffle which had prizes galore. A signed Celtic football shirt was auctioned to Cian Sweeney who was determined to get it and he did at €105. It was a fun day out and thanks to all who played their part. Words Shirley Gallagher Photographs Mary Rodgers Fundraiser Raised Smugglers Roof Ownie Greene, Wee Neily Boyle and Paddy Dhonal in Smugglers in 2007 Smugglers full to capacity
  7. 7. NEW BUSINESS ON ARAINN MHOR Residential Creative Writing Courses Write On Arainn Mhor.co.uk The Write On Arainn Mhor creative writing course in Done- gal , run by Shei- la Gallagher, provides peace and tranquillity in a nurturing environment. Set on an idyllic island in the northwest coast of Donegal, it provides the perfect opportunity to have a calm space where you can have some ‘me time’ – something of a luxury in the chaotic world in which we live. It gives you time to relax, restore , reconnect. This course is loose enough to allow creativity to emerge and flourish, and structured enough to develop style and content. By Wee Sheila (Dhonal) Gallagher BRU/HOSTEL NOW OPEN Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh are de- lighted to announce a new partner- ship with Grassroutes to provide electric and hybrid bikes for hire on the island. The bikes are availa- ble to hire from the community centre daily from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 1pm to 9pm Saturdays. Rates: e-bike €15 for 3 hours, hybrid bikes €10 for 3 hours. Bikes are an excellent way to see the island and there are nu- merous routes to explore. To book call 087 0983749 or call in to see us. Seamus Bonner Brú Árainn Mhór, Arranmore Islands hostel is now open! A great place to stay and right on the shore front and within walking distance of the ferry. For more in- formation please call 00 353 87 3976340 Frank Green Mojo GoGo are delighted to announce the return of the 3rd annual ARANMOJO FESTIVAL at Early's Bar, Arranmore Island on 16th -17th August 2014. Only 200 Tickets will go on sale for this years f e s t i v a l & t i c k e t s a r e p r i c e d a t € 2 2 . 5 0 Visit www.aranmojofestival.com for full festival details. It's going to be an Amazing Weekend at Early's Bar & We hope to see you all there. Jerry Early
  8. 8. Page 8An Charraig Edward Mary Eddie ‘RED’ Gal- lagher won the World Championship Tug’o’War with Team Clonmany B in Castlebar, Co Mayo in February 2013 Red said ‘it’s nice to come home with this lot!!! had the time of my life at the world championships, it will stay with me forever’. The Arainn Mhor pipe band came out to meet the world champions and to wave off the Beaver Islanders who were sad to leave the island. There was a HUGE PARTY In Killeen's on EASTER Monday, where Annette, Edward’s sister put on a spread fit for world champi- ons. They later had to prove them- selves by pulling Arainn men up the Plohog brae! Edward Gallagher worked hard training for the last number of months along with his Clon- many B teammates to achieve a World class performance in indoor tug’o’war. Page 8 WORLD TUG’O’WAR CHAMPIONS VISIT ARAINN
  9. 9. Page 9An Charraig ‘This is my house’ says Michael, ‘we installed this boiler in 2012, it is a 14kW unit heating 6 double radiators with con- stant hot water, costing €1500 in pellets for 1 years heating. We last bought €300 of oil in 2011.’ Islander, Michael Kavanagh has been involved in renewable for the past 8 years. Michael provides a full service for retrofits, new builds and insurance quotations and full works carried out. This includes job specification, supply, installation, and maintenance of wood pellet stoves, boilers and flooring. Pellet stoves work on the same principle as an oil boiler so when retrofitting your house or building there is no need for additional pipework in your hotpress as your pellet stove is computerised and has everything built into it. Therefore it is easier to install a pellet stove into your existing building than a solid fuel stove. The wood pellet stoves are Italian designed and made and size ranges from dry (room heater only) 5-12 kW and from 12-33kW for boilers (hot water systems). Pellet stoves are more efficient than oil, coal, gas or turf boilers. You can heat an average house (1500sq feet) for €21/week including constant heat and hot water with pellets. This heat can be controlled to suit each individual customer. Michael can provide wood pellets all year round. Michael ‘s background is in carpentry having worked all over the world but specialises in solid wood flooring from supply, installation and restoration. Michael can provide all wood products for internal woodwork including doors, architraves and skirting etc. For further information please contact Michael T:086 8543305 E :mkflooring@gmail.com S:Kavo1888 W: www.lanordica-extraflame.com Low Carbon Renewable Technology in Donegal
  10. 10. An Charraig Page 10 The Youth & Elders Project explores important ques- tions about our relationships, our societies and our way of living. In 2012, we set sail on the Lovis, exploring the Baltic Sea and our relationships with ourselves and each other and how to reconnect the generations.. In 2014, we journey to an Irish island, Arainn Mhor, in Co Donegal to reunite, to engage with ourselves, each other and with islanders. Islanders still to group togeth- er in youth and elders from 8 to 80. Emigration has always been part of our lives so community matters. We will explore the importance of family, values and c o n n e c t i n g o n a n o t h e r l e v e l . We are creating the space for a series of explorations of these crucial issues, inviting the participation of everyone from all spans of life, and we are always on the lookout for those who are ready to support each other’s projects, and collectively illuminate a better future Trip to Arainn Mhor island €350pp for 12dayss 20th July- 1st August To include Accommodation -12 nights Food - communally cooked Volunteer time to island community council Outdoor activities land and sea Music lessons & concert Art of hosting Payment secures place. For bookings please contact Shirley at E:sgallagher@syspro.ie S:shirleyatsyspro T : 0 0 3 5 3 8 5 8 5 5 5 7 9 2 'One sailing ship called Lovis, 31 brave sailors, four countries, the wide field around the topic of youth and elders, seven days of crossing the Baltic sea. For me this sounds like an invitation for stories to be written.' Anna Hanschmidt Let the story continue.... By Shirley Gallagher By Adrian Begley Youth & Elders 2014 Arranmore Island is no stranger to the sporting world or people achieving great successes in sport. From soccer to tug-o-war, darts, sailing and rowing, over the years the island has been well represented in various different fields of sport. The latest sporting area that now sees Arranmore get regular mention is in motorsport and in the world of rallying in particular. Rallying is a form of motorsport where specially prepared cars are raced over what is known as a 'Special Stage' with the competitors covering the distance the fastest being the winners. Each car has two people onboard, the driver and the co-driver who reads spe- cially prepared notes which describe the road ahead and tells the driver how fast he or she should be driving to achieve the best time. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather Tom Begley, Jordan Murphy is now a regular co-driver. Jordan has long had a keen interest in the sport having been attending the motorsport events from a young age with his uncle. At the age of sixteen he began competing as a co-driver and now having just turned eighteen has already competed in some very well known motorsport events right throughout Ireland such as the Circuit of Ireland and Ulster International rallies and gathered a collection of trophies having several podium wins in the last fifteen months having competed alongside drivers like Malachy Loughran, Stephen Smith and most recently Stanley Ballentine. Jordan’s events are now a real family affair with his uncle, parents, brother and sisters, grandmother and cousins all travelling to watch him compete. He arranges his sponsorship to be able to take part in the events and has made it a real island affair receiving sponsorship from the likes of Smugglers Nightclub as well as his now regular sponsor Dominic Sweeney and Arranmore Ferry. Rallying and indeed motorsport is Jordan’s life and so much so that this year he will be going to Swansea University after is Leav- ing Cert examinations to begin a degree in Motorsport Engineer- ing. With Jordan already making a name for himself in racing cir- cles and moving to Swansea this year it will only improve his chances of succeeding in a challenging sport and there is no doubt we will be seeing much more of Jordan in the motorsport world internationally in years to come. So keep and eye out for this very driven and determined young man as he continues to help put Ar- ranmore on the map in the very competitive world of motorsport. Islander Jordan Murphy wins Circuit of Ireland ERC
  11. 11. The island of Arranmore in Co Donegal has a programme of measures to ensure that it can become independent of imported energy, create and safeguard jobs on the island and keep money in the island economy. The IEE funded project Smarter Multi Level Govern- ance (SMILEGOV) is examining the major barriers to creating a low carbon society on islands. It is bringing together the various stakeholders and the multilevels of governance required to achieve the EU target of 20% reduction in Carbon and 20% increase in renewa- ble energies by the year 2020, ie less than 6 years from now. The crux of the project is to engage all stake- holders including islanders to agree to the Pact of Is- lands. The pact asks for commitment to examine and agree an island energy action plan within 12 months of signing the document. The project will showcase 50 projects during its lifetime; we want to be one of those 50. Points of Interests Information Gathering. Dr Shirley Gallagher has re- cently attended the Friends of the Earth Community Power Workshop, EU Community Energy Confer- ence, as well as the Green Awards Ceremony at Dou- bletree Hotel in April 2014. The island project and its driver were both nominated in their relevant categories Community and Leader. April saw Shirley travel along with Michael Kavanagh another islander to Bir- mingham to meet other Pioneers in Practise (PIP). Both have been accepted onto the European funded Climate KIC Scholarship. There are 300 pioneers throughout Europe in 2014, 30 from Uk, 9 from Ire- land and 2 from Arainn! Shirley and Michael are currently working on Lough- borough University’s Strategy for Energy Research. They are currently based at the Enterprise Office. There are 11 schools on campus which is >400 acres. There are strong links with industry and it has a very exciting energy research programmes. We have a strategy to work with the media, including T V 3 , I r i s h R a d i o I n t e r n a t i o n a l (www.irishradiointernational.com), and our blogspot An Charraig ) as well as our facebook groups Sustain- able Islands and Linkedin Sustainable Islands as well as Twitter @shirleyatsyspro. The hashtag is #cyclisle. The Arainn Mhor sustainability project has been finally given a name-we needed one as finalists in the National Green Awards– ReGen Arainn Mhor. By Shirley Gallagher SMILEGOV UPDATE An Charraig Page 11 Báid Farantóireachta Árainn Mhór supported ReGen Arainn Mhor and will be presented with certificate at an Island Commu- nity Council Event www.arranmoreferry.com Maith thuBad Dearg UK’s 1st Roadside Hydrogen Pump for Hydrogen Fuelled Vehicles in Loughborough University Offshore Islands Gaelic Football Weekend 2014, ArranmoreIsland, Co. Donegal Saturday 5th—Sunday 6 September 2014 The annual offshore islands Gaelic Football Weekend 2014 will be held at Rannagh Park, Arranmore Island from Saturday 5th September to Sunday 6th September. Islands participating this year include Arainn Mhor, Inis, Mor, Inis Meain, Inis Oir, Inis Tuirc, Clare, Whiddy and Bere. For more information please contact Conal Kavanagh on 087 2930091.
  12. 12. Haven't got your Glastonbury tickets? Missed out on your favourite band this year? Don't worry, we will have our own music festival on the island in July. Swell Festival is taking place at the holiday vil- lage on Arranmore from 11-13th July 2014. The festival has an amazing line-up including an array of talented local bands and musicians; Duke Special, In Their Thousands, Farriers, The Wood Burning Savages, Mark Black, The Heads of State, The Capitol and Rosie Carney, to name but a few. The full line up for the weekend can be seen on Facebook (www.facebook.com/swellfestival) or website (www.swellfestival.com). The festival will have two stages; the main stage for music and a 2nd stage, the Ardán na Fia stage for arts. Where you can enjoy poetry, spoken word, live art, DJs, installations, sculp- ture, sound baths as well as other activities. The Bluestacks Jam Club stage will run throughout the festival, which gives all festival goers a chance to perform themselves if they like. There will be a Preacher's Pulpit onsite too, for those of you who wish to spread your views! The Swell in conjunction with CFFAM will provide other activities to cater for the whole family. A number of activities will be available for younger children at Ionad an Chrois Bheal- aigh, as well as a number of traditional games on the campsite. Watersports (weather permitting) and bike hire are provided through booking through CFFAM. https://www.facebook.com/arainnmhor T07495 20024. .Electric Bike hire is run through CFFAM in conjunction with Grassroutes Ireland. Tickets for the festival are now available through the website (www.swellfestival.com). There are a number of ticket options available; the non-camping weekend pass for €40, the weekend pass with 2 nights camping for €50 and weekend pass with 3 nights camping (including entertainment on Friday night) for €60. There are also a number of self-catering options available (in conjunction with the Arranmore Holiday Village) starting at €480 for 4 people. Under 12s will be admitted free if accompanied by par- ents and guardians and 12-18 year olds must be accom- panied by an adult over 25 years old. Come and join us for a week- end filled with music, art and entertainment. It's going to be swell! Thanks to John and his team for supporting the printing of the newsletter for this An Charraig Page 12 SWELL UPDATE BY MARIE (SAMMY) GALLAGHER Edition 2 Meithmeath 2014

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