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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Friday, July 23, 2 THE LtlMBKIUWt nCKWLU rrioay, jviy _ Donegal cottages for hoSsdayers is hailed with the long name as a miiacle. The magician is Father Mf- and he has worked his MAIiVE SEl.BY GLli.N'COUMBKILLE In this age of instant towns and planned cities, reviving a dying, Dyer, village may not seem like much, magic more by pleading, of a feat-'But in western Ire- j cion. determination and land, the re-birth of this tiny j work than by prayers and clcvo- a County Donegal community i lions. The words most people use to describe him and his ladies are "dynamic1" and The tall, black-hah cd ui bit gray now lie's in his hilc-; looked like Fifties i, btelli1 browed priest' idyllic pace. Peat smoke Irish adrift in the industrial ing the vegetables was a can- wastelands of the English Mid- ning factory and, after another hnds a charge thill" had bat- selling job up and down the fled and saddened him. i land, a cannery was set up- his new parish in I curled above thatch roofs, per- He persuaded a Dublin firm to build a kni'-ting factory to give work to the girls. Housewives ll ller ministering to ,he air wall the Aran sweaters at home to the Irish love: sheep nibbled i earn extra spending money. on the hills; waves lapped Ihe The ever restless cleric dis- beaclr fuchisias covered the i covered some earth in the stone 'fences; and the long val- neighborhood he couldn't iden- ley ended in the ocean that re- lily. He had it analyzed and it fleeted the gold, orange and red shades of Slieve League Mountain to the sou'.h. It was the sort of place artists love lo ;iaint and escapists like to visit. But the village was dying as as a mpale that turns red too early. The young people had left; most of the older peo- ple were living off the dole, the rest were trying to scrape a living from the dead soil. was found to be china clay. So, naturally, a had to be found to install a pottery to join the silversmith who was teaching his craft. With its beach, fishing and scenery, Glencolumbkillc was a natural spot for liolidayers but there was no place for them to stay. Across from thi new park, Father McD y e r talked villagers into building How about a smile? Africa in Okanagan To help fight the apathy of holiday cottages typical Da- thc villagers. Father McDyer negal cottages on the outside talked them into building a so- but inside featuring modern eial hall and ended up laving kitchen and bath as well as the the first bricks himself. traditional open fireplace. When he worked to bring: smal, electric power lines into the. js a toulisl attraction, village, grumblings led to char-1 Three Cott5ges of 17tn> lath ges that he was a Communist i pm] mh show pl.n. But he was too busy running i gl.essive slagcs ,n ijvjng corn- dances, emcecing concerts, or- fort These are uscd as ganizing a band, running ba- (ea rooms ift shop and folk zaars and storming conn cil singing puu. I meetings to worry. He pleaded, cajoled, address- ed meetings and bullied money out of the government, friends abroad and benefactors at home. j The big problem was jobs to I get men off the dole (some were quite comfortable living on Villagers criticized his A girl in the gift shop presiding over all Ihe sweaters, Connemara marble oinaments. baskets, and handwork made in Glencolumbille told us how happy she was to see things develop. "For myself, I used to wanl lo go to England to work but I am going to stay right she said. "Everyone is better off now and happier, and the children are staying in school longer than they STEW AND JET CRUISER Lovely CP Air stewardess, Coleen Campbell will present this jet cru'iser to the second place finisher in the World Salmon Championships (B.C. Salmon Derby) at Vancouver August 14-15. The only bigger prize is n mere to top winner. B.C. fiberglass double eagle 17-foot cruiser comes with jet propulsion system and 150 h.p. motor, also a new trailer. ivilh nobility for in an English castle Okanagan Game Farm was es- tablished in Penticton, British Columbia the answer to all these questions has been "yes.'' Visitors can tour the fascinat- ing farm during most daylight hours year round. The Okanagan Game Farm was originally a means of re- locating surplus animals from Al Oeming's Game Farm near Edmonton. Oeming, in co-oper- ation with a group of Pentic- are relaxed and quite natural pie an opportunity to see these without the endless pacing animals in a fairly natural na- and neurotic movements of an-! bitat." he said. "Whenever it is imals that are closely confined. possible we want lo preserve In addition lo attracting vis-1 and propagate rare and en- itors explosion Uhe fulure that the eldesl boy Ihe game farm has also _ been problems this decided to give up his job increase yields. planted o'ne and a half acres with 50.000 celery plants, he earned more money than he ever had before. He and his family were so optimistic about farm has also been beneficial tc scientific and cdu c a t i o n a 1 communities the continent. For the past two years they have conduct- ed field tests for the Univer- and the Oka- sity of British Columbia depart- naoan Indian Band, located the ment of zoology wilh a new farm c-n MO acres of semi-arid drug for immobilizing w Idhc land overlooking beautiful Ska-1 Tins be of value o the 'fish and vndlife departments "This 'enterprise promised to' in re stocking certain areas be a tremendous drawing card I and in tagging specimens m in an area that was already i order to observe migration, attracting large numbers of: In 1969, in co-operation wiln tourists. Furthermore, they local fish and wildlife people. believed that exotic African an- the game farm captured six imais not only could live in California bighorn sheep From the Canadian outdoors, such as j the nearby Vaseaux Lake area, they had in Edmonton, but that They are endeavouring to learn in the more moderate climate j why the flock is increasing so 01 the Okanagan Valley they I slowly in less than tnree might propagate. years these sheep have had a Both of these original con-1100 per cent increase in num- cepts have proven out; the Oka-1 bers in captivity, nagan Game Farm is now one Scientists from the Univer- plggeiy and v be one of the few places i poultry farm at home. to see them. Th Control standards for London hotels of the major tourist attractions in British Columbia and trades animals all over the world. Last year two Siberian Tiger cubs were bora on the farm and one of these was traded to Gene Holler's Wild Animal Park in Cab'fornia. Al Oeming dropped his di- rectorship in the project after it was successfully launched and the board of directors now comprises residents of the Oka- nagan Valley exclusively. The original plans have been ex- panded and in addition to ani- on-tht-spot Okanagan sity of Idaho have conducted blood tests at the Game Farm: the University of Illinois has also expressed interest in doing re- search there. Tom Hall, a director of the game farm, who retired a few years ago after a successful career in electronics, started a whole new career by taking photographs at the game farm started as a hobby with Tom, snapping shots of the vis- itors and animals, has now be- come a full time occupation. PLANNING to TRAVEL? let A.M.A. World Travel Look After All The Details At No Service Charge To You! We Book All Airline Flights In North America and Overseas! STEAMSHIP (Atlantic and Pacific) Tours Cruises Car Rental European Rail "A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL it appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS. "For the Best In Travel AIL-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A. World Travel Service 903 3rd ALL S. LETHBRIDGE INQUIRIES WELCOME! Oflict open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. lo 5 p, Frofl Parking at Rear of Building By IAIN LONDON tCP) "I ha- ven't a clue where I'm going to slay in even shut Hyde Park at midnight and throw out anyone trying to sleep there." Shirely Nixon, 21-year-old nativ of Toronto on holiday here, echoed Ihe accommoda- tion problem faced by thou- sands of young tourists during the peak summer period. Tourism is Britain's fourth largest money-spinner. Last year 6.5 million visitors came to Britain and 85 per cent gathered in London. priced hotel accommodation is scarce during the summer boom and even the general a night minimum is more than most youngsters can af- ford. For them, finding a place to stay is a nightmare. Peggy Doucette, 19-year-old student from Vancouver, booked into a single room in a small hotel. The she paid in advance included breakfast "hi'l when I went up to my room. I found tour strangers sleeping on the floor." she claimed. The English Tourist Board, an accomodation advice bu- reau, plans lo curb what it calls "cheap hotel rackets." The organization recently sur- veyed hundreds of inexpen- sive hotels in London and will draw up a "control of stand- ards" by 1972. "Our inspectors will be con- tinually checkinn the stand- ards we set." a board spokes- man explained. "If these aren't maintained, the hotels will he dropped from our reg- isters. Simple as that." Youth hostels, ideal refuge for the young seeking little more than a roof over their heads who can pay up to it a night for it, rarely have any vacancies during peak holiday periods. Greg North, 13. of Vancou- ver, said he found hostels "nearly impossible to get into around July. I had to hang around in queues for three days before I found a hostel bed nt three dollars a night. But I was very lucky." a consumers' watchdog publication, discov- ered during a survey inln youngsters' accommodation that one hostel warden was turning away more than 50 persons n January. "One 120-lx-d youth hostel had lo turn down (ifi.noo ad- vance bookings in a year, so anyone who gcLs in is the magazine said. in recent years ac- commo d a t i o n alternatives have sprouted during summer months. For the hardy tourist, crniping may solve his prob- lems. CAMP SITES CHEAP Three 500-tent campine sites are available from April until September in Greater London. For less than 50 -iew pence a night, visitors with their own tents nre provided witli extra blankets and a shower room. The disadvantage of camping for the tourist is that none of the sites is close lo central London and the return rail fare to citv attractions can cost more than the site fee. Christian Aid, a charity or- ganization for vagrants and dropouts. this year went a step further, providing tents, sleeping bags, food and wash- ing facilities on a site near AVormwood Scrubs prison in west London for 30 new pence a night. Christian Aid director Colin Hodgetts explained that the camp aims to accommodate "reallv desperate tourists. We provide everything for those who can't find anywhere at all to Naomi Buckley, secretary of a Canadian advice bureau in London, said the Christian Aid site "is one of the places we are recommending to the tremendous number of young Canadians who arc inquiring about places to stay this year. We get at least 50 requests a day. mainly from students, and we try to help wherever possible. We always try lo have something on our files." Scandinavian film available free MONTREAL Airlines' headquarters have in- troduced 'A new film on Scan- I dinavia called 'The Enchanted Isles of the Baltic.1 i The duration of the lilm is 2V minutes, it is in color and the width is 16 mm. It was filmed on tile islands between Sweden and Finland the largest arch- ipelago in Europe after Greek islands during the summer of 1H70. The producer is Dr. John Bulger who is well- k.iown for his earlier travelo- gue films. The film is available free of charge lo clubs, chiirchgrmips, associations, schools etc., by request, Correspondence should be .'.ddrcssod lo: Scandinavian Airlines Siiile MO, .100 Dor Chester Blvd. Wist, Montreal. Father McDyer is s e 1 d o LOUISE Veronica usually are worn, dress branded "Communist" or charge of Ihe be informal tonight, Sir tator" any more. He thinks eliminating the explains, because the might be called a "Christian Communisl" and has Anyone who's ever dreamed of living in a do you say to a knight or guests aren't going to be in evening clothes. that his ideas work. He says a so, "When I stand before the Almighty I don't want to hobnobbing with nobility can make that dream come true for one day at least the practised ease of one used to guiding people about the by Gorton, xlinner consists of 'four courses instead of the promised three. blamed for things I have not done." Irish co-operative is the essence of the priest's miracle because in a land of supreme individualists. Irish and co-operative are opposite adjectives, particu arly in wes'.em Ireland where people admil to being obstinate, dogmatic, inflexible and jusl plain ornery. But they concede now that the coopcra-ive That's Ihe cosl per day tor two people for staying in a genuine caslle under a British travel agency's program designed to show tourists how the English really live. Tourisls are offered the chance to stay in three different categories of houses-ranging from a country cottage at S38 per day for two. to castles described as "some of the most famous houses hi opened the castle and its gardens for public tours several years ago she points out things of interest: the Sevres dining set, the 16th century Burgundian statue, the family portraits by Joshua Reynolds. Just when the visitor begins to think he's in a museum, not a house, Lady Veronica opens another door, gestures at an elaborately carved Elizabethan four-poster bed and announces "This is vour by champagne, after which the genlleroen remain for port and cigars while the ladies retire. When the party gathers in the library again, Lady Veronica explains some of Ihe money-making activities of the castle. In addition to the tours-given only in the summer there are Muncaster Castlfl ashtrays for sale, Muncaste' Castle' mats and flowers from The fee is all dressing room is nurseries. The next morning, after Guide to drinks, a tliree-course dinner with wine and coffee and a Uie hall. There are electric heaters in each "only the downstairs has central a further lour ol the castle, including a closer look at the Pele Tower whfJe travel P The money must be laid Lady Veronica explains an eleclric Henry VI is supposed to have taken refuge in 1461 Lines offer "The Complete Guide To Sea Tiavel." is a just-off-the-ress booklet about life at sea aboard tre big iliips of the P and 0 to the travel agency which advises: "Visitors are particularly asked to note that no money may change hands between guest and host. It's all right to tip the servants. The idea is lo give the tourist the feeling that he is a personal friend, not simply in only inches from a 16lh century Flemish tapestry. "Come down to tea when you're Lady Veronica advises, then leaves the visitors lo wander about, slightly awed, wondering if it's really all right to touch. During tea, Sir William, the Battle of Towton. _ According lo tradition, King Henry presented Sir Johr Penington with an enamellec glase bowl with the blessing thai as long as Uie bowl remained intacl, Uie family fins of Penninglon would flourish The bowl, known as Hie Luck of Muncaster, is still intac Prospective P and 0 passengers get a Ihumbnail history of the world's largest pas-s e n g e r steamship company which during the past 150 vears has carried such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Makepeace guest, at the home where he is staying. Among the caslles available for a visit is the home of Sir William Pennington-Ramsden, and his wife, Lady Veronica. Situated here in the hills of Cumberland, only a few hundred yards from the Allan-lie Ocean, Muncaster veteran of the Life Guards who spent many years in Kenya, complains about high taxes, asks about American driving laws and talks about the birds and animals on the estate. After tea, a bath and then dinner. Although dinner Sir William has eight grandchildren. Departing, the visitors urged to come back again "Let us know when you're going to be in calls Lady Veronica, as though the visitors were indeed persona friends. Kudyard Kipling, Ulysses S. Grant, Somerset William's home, is, according lo tradition, hv Hifi the foundations of tower. The oldest 1 No doubt some of them the current structure, r of trouble handling Tower at a corner of vXI traditional twelve piece was erected in nmW aboard P and 0 %JFA y v arrav of silver is sive confusing approach via a pages 21 and 22 explain it winding road The hows and whys of baggage also are explained in de-tai So are the festivities that, on a cold, rainy evening, evokes images of Gothic novels, complete Lawson sailing day and how to get and hidden guests aboard for bon parties. A message on the butler, wails your ticket includes and what travel documents you'll need main entrance, overlooking miles of valleys, DISNEY not forgotten. Packing tips and what lo wear morning, noon and nighl is an hills. 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