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16/07/2015 - Sun shines in Glenveagh for International delegates



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Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr. Gerry McMonagle welcoming delegates to Glenveagh National Park


Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Letterkenny Municipal District Mayor Cllr. Gerry McMonagle officially welcomed 33 international delegates of the LADDER project to Donegal on Wednesday evening 15th July 2015 at the beautiful setting of Glenveagh Castle.


The delegates who are here as part of a three-day EU level training course on Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) were enchanted by the spectacular scenery and old world charm of the castle and its surroundings.


The Local Authorities as Drivers for Development   Education and Raising Awareness (LADDER) project is a collaboration of 26 partners and 20 associate partners from 18 EU and 17 non-EU Countries with ALDA. the European Association for Local Democracy acting as lead partner.


Cathaoirlech Cllr. Ciaran Brogan said “we are delighted to be a partner in this project and it is great that so many countries are represented at this training event which is being hosted in Donegal.  There are representatives from Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria, Malta, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Italy, Denmark and Belgium and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what Donegal has to offer visitors whether they are on holiday or participating in an event such as this”.


Donegal County Council’s Social Inclusion Unit are leading out on the LADDER project which aims to change attitudes and improve public understanding of issues and difficulties facing developing countries tackling global poverty, promoting justice, human rights, and sustainable ways of living.


The visit to Glenveagh was a refreshing addition to the demanding training schedule of the delegates and the graceful dancing of the Rí-Oga Dance Academy accompanied by local musicians provided a beautiful end to the evening for the audience many of which are first time visitors to Donegal and Ireland. 






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