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Glenties Notes on 10th September 2007

By on September 10, 2007 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

Congratulations to Lisa Mc Devitt (Doochary Queen) who was selected in the Limelight on Sunday night as this year’s Glenties Harvest Fair Queen.  Congratulations also to Alana Molloy, Glenties who was selected as this year’s Teen Queen. 

Fiddle and Guitar Lessons will recommence in the Play School / After School Building on the Glen Road, Glenties at 10.30a.m. on Saturday 15th September.  For further information contact Ernan at 074 9541037.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Donal Gallagher, Narin Road, Glenties on the death of his brother, Francie Gallagher, Stranorlar, (formerly Doobin, Glenties) which took place last week in Stranorlar; also to all the relatives and friends.  Francie was 99 years old.

A position has become available for an Afterschool worker.  This is an afternoon position.  For further information please contact Mairead at 074 9551904 or Shauna at 074 9551032.  Preference will be given to applicant with a childcare qualification.  If interested please apply in writing with full C.V. to The Management, Glenties Playgroup and Afterschool, Glen Road, Glenties, Co. Donegal before 5p.m. on Friday 28th September.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

The local Lifeboat committee would like to thank all those who helped to make their recent Raft Race such a success.  Firstly, we would like to thank the teams who took part in the race, provided the entertainment and who raised a great deal of money, those who supported on the day, the Gardaí for their help, Michael Mc Laughlin and Frankie Mc Hugh for the use of the field, Mr. and Mrs. Capper for supplying the power, Frank Connaghan for the use of his lorries, local residents and boat owners for their co-operation, those who manned the safety boats, the judges, Phil Mc Grenaghan and Denis Wilson and M.C. Jack Kennedy.  Thanks also to Mary Keown, who took care of the registration, to Tommy Barrett and Joseph Molloy for their contribution, to the publicans and business people of Glenties, Ardara, Narin and Portnoo for all their help and donations and to everyone who helped in any way.  The day was a great success and the money raised will help save lives at sea.

Congratulations to Conor Mc Closkey, Main St. Glenties and Angela Wilkinson, Letterkenny who were married in the Cathedral, Letterkenny on Saturday last.

Congratulations to Emily and Hugh Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties on the birth recently of their second child, a baby brother (Daniel) for Darragh.

Congratulations to Maria and Billy MacInnes, Derries, Glenties on the birth recently of their fourth child, a baby sister (Ruth) for Ellie, Lia and Wills.

The death took place at her home on Wednesday 29th August 2007 of Mary Alice Mc Kelvey, Currien, Fintown (nee Spillane, Glenties).  Her remains were brought to St. Colmcille’s Church, Fintown on Saturday morning.  Fr. Cunningham C.C. Fintown assisted by Fr. Eamon McLaughlin concelebrated Requiem Mass.  Readings were by her nephew, Gavin Spillane and her son Stephen.  Mairead Mc Kelvey, Carol Mc Nelis, Molly Mc Nelis and Damien Mc Kelvey read Prayers of the Faithful.  Her sisters, Sheila, Anne, Evelyn and Dympna brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by the local church choir, of whom she was a member, Mary Alice’s sister, Margaret, Isobel Curran, Tara Connaghan and Fiona Quinn.  Burial took place in the adjoining Graveyard.  Mary Alice is survived by her husband, Connie, sons, Stephen, Thomas and Conal, sisters, Sheila, Margaret, Anne, Evelyn and Dympna, brothers, P. J. and Christy, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, Aidan and Ciara, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Acla Park Fintown – Field Development Car Draw will take place this Friday 14th September in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties.  Doors will open at 9.00 p.m. and Draw will take place at 12 Midnight. The first prize is a Honda Jazz.  There are nine other prizes including a Flat Screen T.V, Weekend for 2 in Galway, 1,000 litres of heating oil etc.  Tickets (20 Euro) are on sale up until night of draw.  Music is by Erin’s Own.  Everyone is welcome.

A Prayer Meeting for Teenagers and Adults will be held in the Day Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties every Tuesday at 8.00p.m.

Glenties Notes on 4th September 2007

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Congratulations to Joe and Bridget Mc Glinchey, Main St. Glenties, who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this week.

Congratulations also to John Joe and Mary Melly, Main St. Glenties who celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary a few weeks ago.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Mary Alice Mc Kelvey, Currien, Fintown, who died at her home on Wednesday 29th August.  Sincere sympathy is extended to Tony Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties, Margaret O’Kane, Cappry, Ballybofey, on the death of their uncle, James Boyle, (formerly of Mullanmore, Glenties), who died in Scotland last week; also to all the relatives and friends.

A Table Quiz in aid of Naomh Conaill Ladies GAA Team will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Monday at 9.00p.m. Teams of 4 ~ 40 Euro.

This year’s annual Harvest Fair Festival will be officially opened on Friday 7th September at 8.00p.m.  Battle of the Bands takes place in the Limelight later that evening in Studio 2 and Teenage Non-Alcoholic Disco in Studio 1. There will be music in the pubs and on the street and fun and games.  Saturday is Kids Day.  Naomh Conaill Golf Classic also takes place on Saturday.  On Sunday 9th Glenties Brass Band will play on Main Street from 3.30 – 4.00p.m.  The Band and Float Parade is at 4.00p.m. and the Harvest Fair Queen will be chosen at the Limelight Disco that night.  At 6p.m. on Monday a Wheel Changing Competition will take place on the street and it’s Kids Movie Nite at 6p.m. in the Highlands Hotel followed by a Table Quiz at 9p.m.  Wednesday 12th is the Harvest Fair Day with stalls of every kind lining the street.  Come along and enjoy the fun.

Parky the magician will perform his magic show in the Limelight, Glenties on Sunday 9th September at 5.15 p.m. after the Parade.  Admission is 5 Euro.

A weekend of workshops and dancing will take place in the Highland Hotel, Glenties from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September.  On Friday night there will be a Ceili from 9.30p.m. ~ 12.30a.m.  Music is by Orial Ceili Band (Armagh) and admission is 8 Euro.  Refreshments will be served.  Workshops are on Saturday 11a.m. ~ 1p.m. and 2p.m. ~ 4p.m. Maggie Pickins with Joe Mc Guigan (Derry), Sets and Ceili with Clement Gallagher.    On Saturday night there is a Barn Dance from 9p.m. ~ 12.30a.m.  Music is by John Cannon & Michael Coyle and admission is 8 Euro.  Refreshments will be served.  The workshop on Sunday is from 11a.m. ~ 1p.m. ~ 2 Hand Donegal Dances with Anne Connaghan and Clement Gallagher.  Admission to workshops is 5 Euro per session or full weekend ticket can be purchased for 25 Euro.  There will be a Closing Barn Dance on Sunday from 3p.m. ~ 6p.m.  Music is by Country Traditions and admission is 8 Euro.  For further information contact Clement Gallagher at 074 9737142 or Anne Connaghan at 087 0987991.

On Friday 14th September a fundraising event will take place in the Dolmen Centre in aid of the North West Wellness Centre Breast Screening Facility.  The night’s entertainment will include comedy, music, stories and fashion from the Autumn / Winter Greenhouse range of fashion.  This is a charity well worth supporting so try and keep Friday 14th free and come and enjoy a super evening of entertainment, while also supporting a great cause. 

A Safe Pass Course will be held in the Dolmen Centre on Thursday 20th September.  The fee is 100 Euro.  For booking please contact 087 2458839.

A Talk and Presentation by Fr. Martin – a renowned expert on the “Shroud of Turin” will take place in the Dolmen Centre on Thursday 13th September at 8p.m.  Fr. Martin is from Amplefort Abbey in York and devotes his time to the promotion of the “wonders” of the Shroud.

Children’s Ballet Classes will resume in the Dolmen Centre on Monday 17th September.  For registration and further details please call Anna at 087 7928014.

Naomh Conaill GAA Golf Classic

By on August 30, 2007 | Category: Glenties,Naomh Conaill,News | No Comments

The Naomh Conaill GAA Golf Classic takes place at Nairn and Portnoo Golf Club on Saturday September 8th 2007 at the beginning of what is the Harvest Fair Festival time in Glenties.

This years event is being run as a three ball scramble and entry for any team of three is 150 euro. Places are still available on the timesheet but are filling quickly so to book your time please contact Brian Carr at 0879354012 or Nairn and Portnoo Golf Club at 0749545107 or alternatively email Richie Quigley at richieq1701@hotmail.com.

Tee sponsorships for 80 euros are also still available, please contact us via the same contacts to book a tee sponsorship. A buffet will be served to all competing golfers after their round and great prizes will be on offer on the day. We are hoping that this will be one of the best events ever so please come along and have a great days golf and craic in Nairn and Portnoo.

Glenties Notes on 28th August 2007

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On Saturday 18th August 2007 Philip Boyle and Belinda Earl were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties.  Fr. Paul Gallagher officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Philip is a son of Phil and Bridie Boyle, Stranaglough, Glenties and Belinda is a daughter of Brian and Margaret Earl, Melbourne, Australia.  Mick Wallace gave the bride away and her friend, Nicole Burton and the groom’s sisters, Michelle and Laura Boyle attended her.  Desmond Kee, brother-in-law of the groom was bestman.  Cormac Molloy and Mark Furey, friends of the groom were groomsmen.  Emma Kee, niece of the groom was a flowergirl.  Readings were by Caroline Kee sister of the groom and Candice Renne, friend of the bride.  Bridget and Lorraine Molloy, Ciara and Mairead Mc Devitt read Prayers of the Faithful.  Bridie Boyle, mother of the groom and May Wallace, friend of the bride brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Cliona Heena accompanied by Leonard Dorrian on the organ.  The reception was in The Blue Haven, Kilcar and the honeymoon is being spent in Fiji. 

Congratulations to Nicola and John Cruise, Delvin, Co. Westmeath on the birth recently of their twin boys (Conall and Calum).  Nicola is a daughter of John and Paula Hegarty, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

The Annual Harvest Craft Fair takes place on Saturday 8th Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th September in the Community Centre, Glenties.  Anyone wishing to exhibit their crafts please contact Martin at 9551471.

The Glenties Day Care Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent will remain closed until Monday 10th September.

Tai Chi & Qi gong classes with Charles Shovlin, minimum of 10 to maximum of 15 people, ten-week course in the Community Centre, Glenties.  This course covers the first and second part of the Tai Chi form, “Tai Chi For Everyone”.  Enrolment night is Wednesday September 5th from 7.30p.m. until 9.00p.m.  Please ring Charles at 074 9551596.  Book, Video & DVD are available on this series.

Downstrands Family Resource Centre ~ Evening Classes
“We are presently planning a programme of evening classes for Autumn / Winter.  If there is a particular class which you would like us to organise and run in your area ~ Ardara, Glenties or Downstrands, please contact Bernie or Ann at 9545879 or email to downstrandsfre@yahoo.ie   If sufficient people (min 8) are interested we will endeavour to run the course”

E.C.D.L. Ordinary and E.C.D.L. Advanced Computer Courses (V.E.C. Certified) will be commencing in the Community Centre, Glenties on 13th September. 

E.C.D.L. Ordinary will be from 9.30a.m. – 11.30a.m. ~ 7 Modules ~ Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Databases, Internet, E-Mail and Office I.T.  The duration of the course is 30 weeks.  Deposit secures place and payment can be made in instalments.  The cost is 350 Euro.

E.C.D.L. Advanced will be from 12.00 – 4.00 p.m. ~ 4 Modules ~ Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and Presentations.  The cost is 650 Euro.  Deposit secures place and payment can be made in instalments.  For booking of both courses and for more information contact 086 3961533 or 087 6325069.

Glenties Notes on 21st August 2007

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Congratulations to Susan O’Regan and Darren Smith, who chose the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh for their wedding on Thursday 2nd August 2007.  Susan is a daughter of Liam and Helen O’Regan, Swords, Co. Dublin and Darren is a son of Bill and Barbara Smith, England.  Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  The bride was given away by her brother, Alan O’Regan, and her sister Deborah Carolan attended her.  Niall Mc Cormack was bestman.  Hannah Carolan and Allie Healy were flowergirls and Andrew and Lewis Yates were pageboys.  Readings were by Danielle Power and Karen Brooks.  The psalm was sung by Hannah Carolan.  Ian Burke, Catherine Reid, Jacquie Brett, Louise Mc Gonagle and Siobhan Mc Carthy read Prayers of the Faithful.  Helen O’Regan and Barbara Smith, mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music was by Tanya and Ted.  The reception was held in Harvey’s Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Donegal and the honeymoon was spent in South Africa. 

On Thursday 9th August 2007 Raymond Brennan and Lorraine Gallagher were married in Meenacross Church.  Fr. Meehan officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Raymond is a son of Phil and Mary Brennan, Stranaglough, Glenties and Lorraine is a daughter of Neilie and Lily Gallagher, Dungloe.  Her father gave the bride away and her sister Siobhan Gallagher was her bridesmaid.  James Brennan, brother of the groom was bestman.  Readings were by the groom’s sister Mary Long and Alva Boyle.  Niamh Brennan, Philip Floyd, Niall Gallagher and Sean Ward read Prayers of the Faithful.  The mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Mary Maume on the organ and Sarah Maume on the violin and Ciara Floyd.  The reception was held in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara and the honeymoon was spent touring in Ireland.

Helen Flannery and Andy Malone were married in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday 11th August 2007.  Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Helen is a daughter of Tommy and Margaret Flannery, Ardun, Glenties and Andy is a son of Ann Malone, Letterkenny.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Mairead Cranley and Michelle Flannery and her friend, Riaghan Byrne attended her.  Rory Malone, brother of the groom was bestman and the groom’s friends, Barry Keeney and Paul Kelly were groomsmen.  Clionadh Ní Mhianain was a flowergirl and Jack Flannery and Shéa Malone were pageboys.  Readings were by Susan Ní Mhianain, sister of the groom and Declan Flannery, brother of the bride.  Jack Flannery, Jamie Cranley, Aaron Hayes, Mark Bonner, Ian Molloy and Erin Gildea read Prayers of the Faithful. The mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  A Reflection was read by Caroline Mc Gill.  Music and singing was by Amanda Mc Guigan, Siobhan Brown, Bridget Molloy, Pat and John F. O’ Donnell.  The reception was held in the Blue Haven and the honeymoon is being spent in Sicily.

Congratulations to Isabel Mc Carthy and Sebastien Malbois who were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh, Glenties on Friday 17th August 2007.  Fr. Francis Mc Loone, uncle of the bride officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Isabel is a daughter of Nabla (nee Mc Loone, Lugnagillew) and Pat Mc Carthy, Galway and Sebastien is a son of Lilian and the late Yves Malbois, France.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Máire Kyne and Niamh Mc Carthy attended her.  The groom’s brothers, Yannick and Pascal Malbois were groomsmen.  Gabrial Gestin, nephew of the groom was a pageboy.  Readings were by Caroline Gestin, sister of the groom and Seamus Mc Carthy, brother of the bride.  Paul and Colm Mc Carthy, Seamus Mc Loone, Pascal Malbois, Stephane Lenain and Arnaud Germain read Prayers of the Faithful.  A niece and nephew of the groom, Fabien and Julia Malbois brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Pauline Glackin and Joseph Rodgers.  The reception was held in The Lake House Hotel, Clooney, Portnoo and the honeymoon is being spent in France.

Congratulations to Evelyn Boyle and Ian Hayden who were married in St. Kevin’s Church, Kilnamanagh, on Friday 17th August 2007.  Evelyn is a daughter of Mary (nee Mc Gill, Glenties) and Tom Boyle, (formerly Tullycleave, Ardara) now resident in Tallaght, Co. Dublin.

Congratulations to Joseph and Margaret Kennedy, Kilraine, Glenties who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently.

Congratulations to John Boyle, Glen Road and Catherine Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties who got engaged last weekend.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Friday 10th August 2007 of Paddy Boyle, Stranaglough, Glenties.  His remains were brought to his home on Saturday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday afternoon.  Fr. Pat Prendergast celebrated Requiem Mass at 1.00p.m.  Readings were by Paddy’s nephews, Philip Boyle and John Kennedy and his nieces, Laura Boyle and Caroline Kee read Prayers of the Faithful.  Singing was by Nora Gallagher.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Paddy is survived by his wife Annie, son John, daughter-in-law, Helen and granddaughter Amelia, brothers, Phil, Gerry, Eamon and John, sister, Mamie Kennedy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

It is only a couple of weeks until the Harvest Fair Festival so it is time to put on your thinking caps if you are taking part in the Float Parade.

Coiste Forbartha Páirc Phobail Acla are making a final push to collect the necessary local contribution for the development of The Community Field in Fintown.  They are appealing for more representatives from all the clubs, schools, parents and helpers of the community to unite in one last big effort to make their draw a success for the area.  Anyone who can help, please contact any active committee member.  It is only four weeks until someone wins a New Honda Jazz at the Draw Dance in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Friday 14th September.  “Please get involved in helping your community.  Ní neart go cur le chéile!”

The Playgroup / Afterschool will re-open on Tuesday 4th September 2007.  There are still some places available in both Playgroup and Afterschool.  For further information contact 074 9551907 from 4 / 9 / ’07.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped in any way during our school year and also in the successful running of our drop-in service.

The A.G.M. for Glenties Community Playgroup will be held on Monday 27th August at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Glenties Notes on 13th August 2007

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Congratulations to Fiona and Laurence Breslin, Cronkeerin, Ardara, on the birth recently of their second child, a baby brother (Oisin) for Alicia.  Fiona is a daughter of Vera and the late Kevin Breslin, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

Congratulations to Yvonne and Jim Mc Guinness, Creeslough on the birth recently of their first child a baby girl (Toni Marie).  Jim is a son of Jim and Maureen Mc Guinness, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

The marriage of Alison Mc Dyer and Kieran Mc Monagle took place in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 3rd August 2007.  Fr. James Muldowney, uncle of the groom assisted by Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Alison is a daughter of Hugh Brendan and Rose Mc Dyer, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Kieran is a son of Charlie and Margaret Mc Monagle, Leck, Letterkenny.  Her father gave the bride away and her sister Colleen Mc Dyer and her friend Julie Mc Cormack were her bridesmaids.  Cathal Mc Monagle, brother of the groom was bestman and another brother, Mickey was groomsman.  Readings were by Brendan Mc Dyer, brother of the bride and Francie Mc Monagle, brother of the groom.  The groom’s sisters, Mary, Catherine and his brother, Stephen read Prayers of the Faithful.  Margaret Mc Monagle, mother of the groom and the bride’s aunt, Grainne Mc Dyer brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’Donnell.  The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon is being spent in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Florida. 

Congratulations to Raymond Brennan, Station Road, Glenties and Lorraine Gallagher, Dungloe who were married in Meenacross on Thursday last.

Congratulations to Helen Flannery, Ardun, Glenties and Andy Malone, Letterkenny who were married in Edeninfagh on Saturday last.

On Saturday 4th August 2007 Martin Kennedy and Anne Marie Mc Bride were married in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg.  Fr. Michael Sweeney assisted by Fr. Kevin O’Doherty officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Martin is a son of Patrick and Mary Kennedy, Main St. Glenties and Anne Marie is a daughter of Qwenie and Eibhlín Mc Bride, Strand Road, Bunbeg.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Mairead, Noreen and Louise Mc Bride attended her.  Joe Byrne a friend of the groom was bestman.  Another friend, Johnny Mc Loone and the groom’s brother-in-law, Jonathan Mc Cann were groomsmen.  Nathan Byrne, Martin’s Godchild, was a pageboy.  Readings were by Rosanna Monaghan, a cousin of the bride and Annmarie Mc Cann, sister of the groom.  Prayers of the Faithful were read by Brid Higgins Ní Chinneide, Charles Diver, Emer Curran, Martina Lynch, Grace Bonner and Lynn Porter.  A Reflection was read by Pauline Gillespie.  Music and singing was by Kathleen Diver and the Mc Fadden sisters.  The Psalm was sung by Mairead Mc Bride.  The reception was held in The Óstan Gweedore, Bunbeg and the honeymoon is being spent in Mexico, New York and Boston.

This year the annual Harvest Fair Festival starts on Friday 7th September and continues until the 12th with fun and games and entertainment of all sorts.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife, son, brothers, sister, other relatives and friends of Paddy Boyle, Station Road, Glenties, who died on Friday last.

Beidh cúrsa Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge thar thréimhse dhá bhliain, ag tosú sa Leabharlann i mBaile na Finne ag deireadh mhí Mheáin Fómhair 2007.  Tá bróisiúir eolais agus foirmeacha iarratais le fáil sa Leabharlann.  Beidh oiche eolais sa Leabharlann níos giorra don am.  Tabhair cuairt isteach, nó is feidir glaoch a chuir ar an Leabharlann idir 9.30a.m. agus 5.00p.m. Luan to hAoine ag 9546071.

Marino Restrepo is often referred to as a “St Paul for These Times”.  His experience of “Illumination of Conscience” is absolutely incredible.  Originating from Columbia, he was once a famous musician and actor, enjoying a hedonistic lifestyle, but all this changes when he had the most wonderful encounter with God, during his horrific six months captivity, at the hands of Farc Rebels, holding him for ransom.  His experience left him a changed man and he now travels the world spreading God’s Message of Love and Mercy.  He will share his Testimony on Monday 20th August in St. Connell’s

Glenties Harvest Fair Festival

By on August 11, 2007 | Category: Videos | No Comments

Brian Friel

By on August 6, 2007 | Category: Local History | No Comments

Glenties features in much of Brian Friel’s writing. His mother was a native of the place and was a member if the McLoone family, consisting of five daughters and two sons, who lived adjacent to the railway station. Brian, an only son, and his two sisters spent almost all of their school holidays at their grandparent’s home in Glenties.

It was fitting therefore that the theme of the 1991 Patrick MacGill summer school in Glenties should have been his work, and fitting too that on the opening night of the school Brian should have, in his address before the presentation of his masterpiece “Dancing at Lughnasa”, marked that he was proud that his extraordinary happening was taking place in the county which he called home. This memorable one night only performance was staged by the abbey theatre players in the local comprehensive school about 200 yards from this living legend’s grandparents home and was unique in so far as the players traveled specially from London for it. The widely world acclaimed play is special to the people of Glenties because the star-studded abbey company performed something which had characters who were well known and remembered as people who lived there.

Brian Friel dedicated the play to as he himself wrote “The Five Glenties Ladies” and those were his four aunts and his mother. The play itself, which was proved to be his most successful revolved around the lifestyle of those who knew them lived ties and those who knew them lived through an almost unbelievable emotional experience on that might in Glenties and are grateful to the author for using his influence in getting the abbey cast.

Naomh Conaill – A History of the Naomh Conaill GAA Club in Glenties

By on August 6, 2007 | Category: Local History | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

The year 1921 saw the formation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Glenties. However the playing of a hurling match between Kilraine and Brackey (Ardara) in the summer of 1905 was perhaps the first time Gaelic games as we now know them were played in the parish of Inniskeel. This match was arranged by Alex McDyer, Kilraine and Charles McGill, Brackey.

It took place in a field called Tommy Boyle’s Holm, near Derries crossroads. Prior to 1921, Association Football as it was then, now Soccer, was organised in the area by the Glenties United Soccer Club. With the formation of the GAA Club in the parish in 1921 the Soccer Club disbanded in July of that year and its members threw their lot in with the Gaelic Club. History was made on Sunday 24th July 1921 with the playing of the first Gaelic football match on Dan Early’s field at the Curragh, Mullinard on the Ardara road. Teams from the town and Kilraine took part with victory going to the town side.

Bit by bit the club became more and more organised during its first year. It was decided towards the end of 1921 that Peter Gallagher the owner of a field on the Church road not far from where we are today be approached with a view to renting the ground for matches. This venue was used on special occasions and was last used in 1939 when the property was sold to the late Joe McLoone.

It was at this venue that Glenties played Bundoran in the semi-final of the 1921 Senior Championship in front of a very large attendance and emerged victorious by 1-7 to 1-5. The team went on to play Castlefin in the final at Ballybofey only to be beaten by three points. This was some achievement by the team in its first year. With the loss of this venue the Club leased a field from Peter O’Donnell at Stranaglough for a short period. The annual rent was £8.

In 1925 the Club was on the move again, this time back to the Church Road. A field was rented from Mr. Sproule adjacent to where we are today. This venue became known as Hollymount Park and was used extensively up to 1939 when the tenancy was terminated.

Our next home was again at Stranaglough, this time at Brennan’s Holm, rented from James Brennan whose family would become leading lights in the Club. This would not be the only time the club moved to this location.

This move coincided with the proposed development in Glenties of a sports field to cater for everyone. In 1940 it was decided to purchase land from B. McDevitt & Co. situated between the Church Road and the Tullyard Road for this purpose. Some four acres were purchased at the location now occupied by the Irish Oak factory owned by Michael Duddy. The property was held in trust for the people of Glenties.

The GAA Club moved to this venue in 1943 and remained there until 1968. The first match played on the sports field took place on 29th June 1943 with the Defence Forces taking on the S-W Donegal L.D.F.

The Club was so involved with this very suitable location that an effort was made by the club in 1952 to purchase the property outright but conditions attached to the sale meant it was not an attractive acquisition. The matter was not pursued and instead the club went about realising its ambition of owning its own grounds. In the meantime the sports field was used by the club up to 1968 when it was sold by the Board of Works as an industrial site.

During its years at the Sports field the club purchased land from the McDevitts at Stranakevlin in 1957. This land could be assessed from the Station Road and the Main Street by the laneway at what is now Colm Melly’s property beside the Bridge. However the land was deemed to be not economical for development as a football ground and the club sold it to James Kee (Butcher). As the Club had no debt on the property when it was sold, the acquisition of other property with the proceeds of the sale was most attractive and it was now made the priority.

A momentous step was made in 1963 when Francie Houston purchased land from Paddy Gallagher (The Mines) at Carrickbrack on behalf of the club. As Danny Boyle wrote in his book, “On the fields of Inniskeel”, this location had a strong sentimental value for the club owing to its use in the early years.

Francie Houston and the late Barney Campbell were appointed Trustees and the first Park Committee was formed consisting of the following.

Chairman: John McSwiggan, Ardconnell
Secretary: Thomas Brennan, Main Street
Treasurers: Charlie Cannon, Main Street, Danny Boyle, The Station

In 1969 playing activities ceased at the sports field and once more it was back to Stranaglough with Phil Brennan accommodating the Club with the use of Brennan’s Holm again.

This venue was used while development continued at Carrickbrack and in 1971 the playing surface was ready for use. The Club had a permanent home at last. In 1972 after matches were played at Carrickbrack it was decided to name the property after Davy Brennan who served his native club and county both as a player and official. During the early years of Gaelic games being played in the parish other pitches were used. Matches were played at Tullyhoniver, Kilraine. Both football and carnogie were played on a field along the river at Strasallagh. In the 1950’s local matches were played at Shallogans adjacent to where the wood factory is today. Parish League Matches were also played at Con McNelis’ (Clarkes) Holm, Kilraine in the late 50’s.

The administration of a Club needs a venue for meetings and in its formative years meetings took place in Phelans. A warehouse belonging to Hugh McDevitt that is now part of the Highlands Hotel was used by the club for a long period for many different purposes. However this premises had to be vacated in 1926 because it was to be used as an educational establishment. It was to become known as the “Tech” and it served the Parish and indeed the county well over its years of use.

The Market Hall became the focal point for Club activities, serving as a meeting hall, dressing rooms and used for social events to name but a few.

The first Officer board of the Glenties G.A.A. Football Club was installed at a meeting in the market Hall on the 29th August 1921.

The members of that board were as follows
Chairman: Denis Phelan
Treasurer: Thomas O’Donohue
Secretary: Patrick Maguire

A committee made up of the following was also set up:
T.P.P. Cannon,
Bernard Campbell,
Patrick Kennedy (Jnr)
Patrick Molloy,
Joseph c. Gallagher,
Joseph Gallagher,
Daniel Doogan,
J.J. Kelly,
Con Gallagher,
John Gallagher N.T.

Article compiled by Daniel McGeehan based on extracts from “On the Fields of Inniskeel” written by Danny Boyle.

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