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The 31st Annual MacGill Summer School



The 2011 MacGill Summer School will be held in Glenties, Co Donegal from Sunday, July 24th to Friday, July 29TH inclusive.

The school will again be focused on reforming the Republic and will take up where it left off last year when up to sixty speakers dealt with the economic crisis in which the country finds itself and with the urgent need of reform of our institutions-social, economic and political.

Since last July, the economic crisis has, if anything, deepened with, in particular, the amount of recapitalisation needed by the banking system steadily growing, the state having had to have recourse to the international Monetary Fund and the European Union in order to meet its daily budgetary requirements and keep the economy afloat and unemployment at a record level.  The gap between the

Expenditure of the state and its revenue is unsustainable.


A new government led by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore took power following the General Election of February 25th.  The Fine Gael/Labour Coalition in its Programme for Government, Government for National Recovery 2011-2016, commits itself to tackling many of the issues raised at the 2010 MacGill Summer School and contained in the publication, The MacGill Report 2010—Reforming the Republic, launched in December last.

“By the end of our term in Government”, they state, “Ireland will be recognised as a modern, fair, socially inclusive and equal society supported by a productive and prosperous economy.”

Apart from confronting the challenges presented by the perilous state of the economy, high unemployment, massive public debt and the crisis in the banking system which, not unexpectedly, are their  priorities, the Government is committed to an extensive programme of reform including constitutional and political reform, public sector reform and reform of the health service and of our education system.

Reform of our political system as well as of the public sector was singled out in Glenties in 2010 as absolutely essential to the task of climbing out of the recession and creating a well governed, economically sound and healthy society.  It was clear that not only do we have an economic crisis but a political crisis as well.  As now agreed by many commentators and members of political parties, our political institutions including the Dail and Seanad are no longer fit for purpose.  As Enda Kenny himself stated two years ago at the 2009 MacGill School in his address, A New Politics for a New Society,

“We cannot fix our economy or create a just society unless and until we also fix our politics.”


At last year’s MacGill School, Dan O’Brien  of the Irish Times said:


Without reform of the political system, the disasters of today, the 1980s and the 1950s are destined to be repeated at potentially ever greater cost.”


The political landscape has, of course, changed utterly, at least on the surface, following the General Election in February and the implications of this development will be analysed at the 2011 MacGill.   More importantly perhaps, so also will the proposals of the new Government for fundamental reform of our political institutions, including the houses of the Oireachtas themselves, and the progress being made towards their implementation.  Our education system as well has featured many times in the MacGill deliberations and, recognised as it is as one of the key factors in our prospects for recovery, will be high on the agenda of the School in 2011.  So also will the health service which has featured so often in the debates in Glenties.

Whilst bearing in mind that the new Government will have been in office for a little more than a hundred days and its priority will be to get its strategy to deal with our dire economic situation underway, MacGill will provide an important and timely opportunity to look at what has been begun, what more there is to do and how and when it is going to be done.

Involved in our daily symposia will be members of the Government itself, representatives of the opposition parties, heads of business and industry, economists, trade union leaders, academics and journalists—and, of course, the very well informed and concerned members of our audiences for MacGill prides itself on its tradition of being a very democratic institution.


Joe Mulholland

MacGill Summer School 1981 – 2011

History and achievements:

The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty one years.  It was founded in 1981 in Glenties in Co. Donegal to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, whose books in the first decades of the twentieth century on the social conditions in Donegal, the plight of migrant workers in Britain and the horrors of the Great War in which he fought as a soldier of the London Irish Rifles are still being published.


Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 7th April 2011

Those fortunate enough not to be dosed over the past fortnight have enjoyed lovely golfing conditions and the extra hour in the evening is bringing the post-hibernation golfers onto the pristine links once more. The last two Wednesday competitions have seen the ‘old guard’ to the fore with Frankie Kennedy enjoying a one point win over Sean Hanrahan and James Keeney pipping Patrick Boyle on a break-off-tie. Their routes to success were polar opposite: James nailing the back nine with a trio of three-pointers, while Frankie did likewise on his front nine.

Sean Hanrahan recovered from his midweek runners-up finish by winning the March Medal sponsored by Coast and Cliff Rescue with 69 nett. The seven-handicapper had three birdies on his card before he reached the last, but he must have sensed that a good finish was still required following a damaging quadruple bogey on the picturesque ‘Downstrands’ hole. The class told when his birdie attempt dropped on the final hole to give him the narrowest of victories on a break-off-tie from in-form, Gerald McDwyer. Sean is the non-playing captain of the Ulster Cup team and his side are soon to play Bushfoot from Co. Antrim. We wish the team, and indeed all our club teams well for the busy schedule to come.

The captains of the County Donegal golf team events are as follows: Donegal League (v Gaoth Dobhair) Patrick Boyle; Minor League (v Donegal) Frank McGinley; Seniors (v Dunfanaghy) James Quinn; Juniors (v Cruit Island) Martin Roarty.

The fourball event last Sunday saw a newcomer to the podium, Michael Lovett team up with P.J. Gallagher to win the Keltic Hygiene first prize. Their score of 43 points betterball included birdies at ‘Aisling Uí Dhomhnaill’, ‘Dolmen’ and ‘Downstrands’ on the front nine alone and despite a few hairy moments on the way home, the lads held their nerve to win comfortably. Noel Quinn needed only one shot to complete the long 11th hole, his tee shot holing out for a fabulous hole-in-one.

Michael Naughton is enjoying a deserved break following the excellent performances of his Gaeltacht team. Their penultimate match was a tough one, away to Rosapenna. Seven points were won on the day, a good return on away turf. Saturday last had the team playing in Cruit Island and eight points was sufficient to qualify for the top four playoff to be held in the middle of this month. Hopes are high that the club can add to its sole Gaeltacht League success back in 1995 and we wish the team every success.

The professionals are running a junior golf camp on the 26th and 27th of April. If previous years are anything to go by, it should be a big success! The course includes a carefully structured programme of events, fun competitions and games. The cost is 50 euro per child, which includes lunch each day a complimentary academy shirt. For booking, please call Connor or Daragh at 074-9545107 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 074-9545107 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 087-6331370 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087-6331370 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The club is now active on Facebook and the latest news and information can be followed at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club or Narin & Portnoo Pro Shop.

March 23: Wednesday Open: 1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 38; 2. Sean Hanrahan (7) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Owen Boner (14) 37 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls March 27: Coast & Cliff Rescue: 1. Sean Hanrahan (7) 69 b.o.t.; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 69; 3. John McBride (10) 70 b.o.t.; Cat A Patrick Boyle (11) 71 b.o.t.; Cat B Michael McGinley (17) 70; Cat C Kevin Gilgunn (20) 73; Nines: James McGuinness (26) 33 b.o.t.; Tony Dooley (17) 34.5; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls March 30: Wednesday Open: 1. James Keeney (14) 37 b.o.t.; 2. Patrick Boyle (10) 37; 3. Gerald McDwyer (11) 35 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 12 balls.

April 3: Keltic Hygiene: 1. P.J. Gallagher (10) & Michael Lovett (23) 43; 2. Ciaran O’Kane (8) & Gerry Feeney (14) 40 b.o.t.; 3. Tom O’Donnell (10) & Eamon McGill (9) 40 b.o.t.; Hole-in-one: Noel Quinn on the 11th (16 balls); Twos: 3 balls.

April 10: Errigal Éisc Teoranta; Single stableford; Open April 13: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 9th March 2011

Five of the six prize-winning golfers of last week’s events scored 38 points, with Patrick Boyle exceeding that total by three. His win in the Wednesday Open featured golf of the highest calibre, with birdies at Loch Eala and Lunula. Twenty-two points coming home added to the twenty on his front nine and he proved a worthy winner.

Sunday’s competition saw Kieran Cunnea finish the stronger of the three golfers on the same total. The birdie at Sweeney’s Bank was his second of the day following an earlier success at Bernie’s Holm. The P.R.O. ventured out on his first excursion of the year to be greeted with the usual derision and frivolity. And that was just from his playing partners! The course is in superb condition, with fast greens and well-defined fairways and surrounds. Hats off to the greens staff, their convenor and council.

An Ulster Alliance event was held on Saturday featuring many low handicappers and professionals. Damian Mooney struck again, reducing the course to just 67 strokes. The weather was ideal and from the off, Damian was in full control, firing his driver to four feet at the first for an opening eagle!

An insurance scheme for golfers is available in the clubhouse through Golfsure Insurance Company and coverage commences soon. The annual fee is just 20 euro, so contact the Pro Shop to add your name to the long list of golfers who have already subscribed.

March 2:  Wednesday Open
1. Patrick Boyle (11) 41; 2. Joseph McLoone (10) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Pat Connaghan (21) 38; Twos: 3 balls March 5: Ulster Alliance: 1. Damian Mooney 67 gross; March 6: Club Open 1. Kieran Cunnea (15) 38 b.o.t.; 2. Ciaran O’Kane (9) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Sean Connaughton (19) 38; Twos: 3 balls; CSS 73

Sunday March 13: Lakehouse Hotel, single stableford, open Wednesday, March 16: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;