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Minutes of Meeting Thursday 8th May 2008

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Intended meeting with the council due the previous Wednesday didn’t take place due to some council members being unable to attend.
Tidy Towns are to get a quotation for paint and submit it to the council.


Lights not working were repaired except one out the Ardara road.
The leaning pole out the station road was reported to the ESB.


A letter was read out from the council and it now looks like the Glenties playground will not be completed in time for the Tidy towns competition.
It was reported at the meeting that letters were sent to all the Co. Councillors looking for their assistance and only Terence Slowey and Padraig O’Doherty replied.

Health Centre

Work is continuing and in 3 months time the project should be ready to go to planning.


Contractor was contacted the previous Thursday to say that a cheque was ready for him but it hadn’t been collected.
There are ongoing delays with the ESB and the electrician is ready to go back to work as soon as the ESB is sorted.


There was a meeting with the Co. Council and they looked at the Community Centre and also the Museum
After this the Museum committee reported that the Museum was available.


We are awaiting a report on correspondence with the ethnic groups.
It was brought to the attention of the Garda present that some vandalism had taken place the previous Saturday night, flower pots overturned etc and this was to be brought to the attention of the units on patrol.

Harvest Fair (Me Gurks)

It is still hoped that the amusements will be erected in front of the new gym at the comprehensive.
There was a question regarding the safety etc of Me Gurks but it was reported at the meeting that their equipment is checked out on a regular basis and their record down the years is very good.
Regarding the Harvest Fair festival everything is on track at the moment with bigger and better plans than last year.


Engineers have been in town checking out lines etc so there is some progress.

Water Supply

Some problems reported with the quality of the water in Ard Connel. Water is reported as being dirty sometimes.


Problem with broken footpaths in Ard Conne! which has been reported to the Co. Council but nothing has been done.

Town Renewal Scheme

This matter was discussed but no decisions taken

Glenties Notes 14th June 2008

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The Classes of ’68 in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School are having their reunion on the first weekend in August. The Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday 2nd August. Please return your booking forms as tickets are limited. Contact numbers are – 086 3330000, 086 4010401 and 086 3671873.

The Mac Gill Summer School 2008 takes place from 13th – 19th July. Theme for the school this year is “The Life and Works of Brian Friel.

Opening hours for the Dolmen Centre have changed for the Summer and are as follows – Monday – Friday – 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday it will also be open from 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

An Auction will be held in the Dolmen Centre in August and they would appreciate any unwanted items, i.e. furniture, toys, electrical goods, bicycles, gym equipment, tools, paintings, etc. Items need to be in good condition and in working order. Unfortunately they cannot accept clothing.

Glenties Theatre Workshop will present the Children’s Musical “Make Believe” on Friday 20th June at 8.00 p.m. and on Sunday 22nd June at 3.30 p.m. Tickets are available in the following outlets – Iniskeel Co-op, Mc Glinchey’s Mace, Kee Butchers, and Cannon’s Service Station. Admission is 8 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for children. Proceeds are in aid of the School Gym. Please support.

Glenties Notes 4th June 2008

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Congratulations to Tara and Damien Mc Devitt, Kilraine, Glenties on the birth recently of their third child, a baby sister for Francis and Kieran.

Congratulations to Patricia and Brian Campbell, Dublin on the birth recently of their second child, a baby brother for Eimear. Brian is a son of Frankie and Nora Campbell, Glen Road, Glenties.

There will be Mass in Rossnowlagh on Friday 13th June to celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony and Blessing of the lilies. A bus will leave Mc Guinness’ at 6.00 p.m.

The Annual Walk in aid of Kidney Dialysis Comfort Fund will leave the Glen Tavern at noon on Saturday 19th July going by Edeninfagh, The Croaghs and Tangavane. For further information ring 074 9551170 or 9557978.

Participants are wanted for Glenties Tidy Towns Scheme, starting in Mid June. Applicants must satisfy specific eligibility criteria for FAS. Anyone interested ring 9551833 or 086 1209524.

A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of St. Columba’s Comprehensive School will take place on the 6th September. Anyone interested please call 9551172 and leave your name and telephone number. 

Glenties Notes 29th May 2008

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Congratulations to all the students in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties who received awards at their annual Presentation Dance in the Highlands Hotel on Friday 23rd May 2008, especially Irene Boyle, and James O’Malley, who got the ‘Student of the Year’ awards. Irene is a daughter of Pat and Barbara Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties and James is a son of Seamus and Bernie O’Malley, Station Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Theresa and Philip Boyle, Dooey, Lettermacaward on the birth in Letterkenny Hospital, of their first child, a baby boy on Friday 2nd May 2008. Mary is a daughter of Danny and Mary Mc Dermott, Meenagrubby, Glenties.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family, relatives and friends of Patrick Molloy, Fintown, who died in the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny on Wednesday 21st May 2008 and was buried in Fintown on Saturday.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Tommy Campbell, Glasgow and formerly of Lugnagillew, Glenties who died in Glasgow recently and was buried in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Wednesday 21st May.

Glenties Youth Club would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection. The amount raised was 828.50 Euro.

Nurse Fiona Mc Dyer wishes to thank all Patrons who supported the Coffee morning at the Glenties Day Centre in aid of the Alzheimers Society. A grand total of 400 Euro was collected on the day. Sincere thanks to all those who made the event such a success.

Glenties Notes 26th May 2008

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Congratulations to the pioneers who were presented with their Gold and Silver Pins on Friday 16th in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Paul Gallagher presented Teresa Gallagher, Narin Road, Glenties, Rose McGill, Fintown and Teresa O’ Donnell, Derries, Glenties with their Gold Pins and Denis O’Haire, Kilraine and Daniel Kennedy, Letterilly, with their Silver Pins. Three young girls, Roisin Bonner, Glen Road, Natalie Hegarty, Ard Patrick and Stacey Carr Kennedy, Station Road, Glenties were received into the Association. 

The New Sports Centre and the refurbished St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties was officially opened on Friday 16th May 2008 at 11 a.m. by Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan. An Ecumenical Service with Bishop Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe and Bishop Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe followed. The guests were entertained afterwards by the students of the school with a sketch about St. Colmcille (The Myth of St. Colmcille). After a tour of the school they had a meal in the Highlands Hotel.

The Tánaiste also opened the New Sports Hall and refurbished Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore on Friday afternoon.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Sadie Ward, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties on the death of her aunt, Bridget (Biddy) Campbell, Doochary which took place recently.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Fiona Gallagher, Station Road, on the death in Derry of her aunt, Sr. Philomena Cunningham, which took place recently.

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Glenties Notes 15th May 2008

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Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard in Glenties on Sunday 20th July at 3.00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 10th August at 3.00 p.m.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Ann Moore and family, Station Road, Glenties on the death of Ann’s mother, Mary Bridget Keegan, Mullingar, which took place recently.

An Information and Registration night takes place in the Playschool Building on Monday 19th May at 8.30 p.m. Any member of the public who would be interested in becoming a director is invited to attend. Parents intending to use the facility in the new term are obliged to be present.

A Pioneer Mass will be celebrated and Presentation of Pins will be take place in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties next Friday 16th May at 7.30 p.m.

Our new Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan paid a visit to the town on Sunday evening, where she was greeted with a warm welcome and many congratulations. Well done Mary.

The Corpus Christi Procession is a continuation of the Celebration of the Eucharist. Immediately after Mass the Sacred Host, consecrated during the Mass, is borne out of the Church to allow the Christian faithful to “make public profession of faith and worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament”. At the end of the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday 25th May we will process from the Church to the Grotto for Benediction (weather permitting). The people who are usually involved in the carrying of the canopy are asked to make themselves available, as well as those who usually steward the procession. The First Holy Communion Children are invited to walk in the Procession in their First Holy Communion Dress.

Glenties Notes 6th May 2008

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The death took place, on Friday 25th April 2008, at the home of her daughter, Breidín Keeney, Drimnacrosh, of Josie Houston, The Rock, Glenties. Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday morning. Fr. Paul Gallagher, Glenties assisted by Fr. Philip Daly, Kilclooney concelebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Josie’s son Sean and daughter, Rosaleen Devally. The psalm was sung by Nora Gallagher. Grandchildren, Alan Devally, Marion Corduff, Kevin Cunningham, Shaun Sutton, David Keeney and Olga Waite read Prayers of the Faithful. Breidín and Kevin Keeney brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by John F. and Pat O’ Donnell and Nora Gallagher. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Cuana Kerr, granddaughter, played a slow air on the tin whistle during the interment. Josie is survived by daughters, Mary, Rosaleen and Josephine, Galway, Kathleen, Dublin, Breidín, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, sons, Sean, Stranorlar, Francis, Glenties, sisters, Teresa Mc Mullin and Mary Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties, brother, Tommy, USA, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Josie’s husband Francie predeceased her in December 2003. Her sisters, Nan, Aggie, Chris, Rosha, Kathleen and Bridie and granddaughters, Cathy Sutton and Roisin Keeney also predeceased her.

The death took place at his home on Monday 28th April, of Neilie O’ Donnell, Meenahalla, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday morning. Fr. Paul Gallagher C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Neilie’s nephew, Brendan O’ Donnell and a family friend, Breid Byrne. Dessie O’ Donnell, nephew, grandchildren Thomas Anthony, Gerard and Marguerite O’ Donnell and Stephen Brennan read Prayers of the Faithful. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by grandchildren, Conal and Tara O’ Donnell. After Communion Neilie’s daughter Rita spoke about her father and thanked all who helped during his illness and during the wake. Music and singing was by John F. O’ Donnell, Peter Campbell, Denise Boyle and Siobhan Browne (Mc Elhinney). Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Neilie is survived by his wife, Maggie, sons, Columba, Seamus, Gerard and Michael, daughters, Mary and Rita, sister, Cissy Furey, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. He was predeceased by his daughter, Ann Carmel who died in her teens in 1980 and two other children who died as babies. His brother Jack died in 2001.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Peter Mc Loone, The Croaghs who died last week in hospital in Dublin and was buried in Edeninfagh on Saturday last. Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Annie Quinn (nee Gallagher), Fintown who died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar and was buried in Fintown last week. Before Annie got married she worked for a number of years in Glenties.

The Downstrands Family Resource Centre is having its Official Opening on Thursday 8th May at 4.30pm. We would like to invite everyone in the community to come along and join us in our celebration. All of our activities will be on display. There will be arts & crafts activities and face painting for the children with suitable refreshments. Adults are welcome to enjoy a finger buffet and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

I.N.T.O. Retired Teachers Function. A retirement function has been organized for Friday 23rd May in The Clock Tower Restaurant, Killybegs. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are 30 Euro and are available from Kilkenny N. S. 074 9544270 and Scoil Mhuire 074 9551521.

Community Employment Scheme Participants are wanted for Glenties Tidy Towns Scheme, starting in mid-June. Applicants must satisfy specific eligibility criteria for FÁS. Anyone interested please ring 9551833 or 086 1209524.

Fintown Parochial Bazaar will take place in the New Sports Hall at Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore on Sunday 18th May at 2.30p.m. Everyone is welcome.

A meeting of the Museum Committee will take place this evening Thursday 8th May at 8.30 p.m.

A meeting of the Care of the Aged Committee will take place on Monday 12th May at 8.30 p.m.

Eddie Stones will conduct a day of prayer and healing in Emmanuel House of Providence on Saturday 31st May. A bus will depart from the chapel Car Park in Stranorlar at 6 a.m., Donegal Town at 6.30 a.m. and Ballyshannon at 6.50 a.m. Please bring a packed lunch and the cost for the day is approximately thirty five Euro. To book a seat contact 074 9551440.

An Engaged Encounter Weekend is a communication workshop designed for couples preparing for marriage. The weekend is non-residential and will take place in The Thornhill Centre, Derry on 14th – 15th June. Early booking is advised. For more information contact 048 71350612 or 048 27638512 after 4.30 p.m.

The annual Dolmen fundraising Golf Classic was held on Saturday 19th April at the Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. The chairman and committee would like to express their sincere thanks to each and every one of you who helped in any way to make it such a great success. We would especially like to thank Patrick and Mary Mc Loone of Sash Windows who were our main sponsors on the day and also those who sponsored teams, tees and prizes and all who made donations. A big ‘thank you’ to Narin & Portnoo Golf Club and all the players.

Glenties Notes1st May 2008

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Congratulations to the twenty five boys and girls from St. Riaghan’s N. S. Kilkenny N. S. and Scoil Mhuire, who received their First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 26th April 2008; St. Riaghan’s – Tanya Harvey, Ellie Mc Innes, Eileen Elizabeth Conway, Caoimhe Mc Grenra, Caoimhe O’ Donnell, Chloe Mc Nelis, Zachary Gillespie and Daire O’ Donnell; Kilkenny – Alisha Kee and Theresa Melly; Scoil Mhuire – Michaela Boyle, Shane Mc Devitt, Conor Breslin, Nicola Mc Loone, Kevin Gavigan, Gwendoline Byrne, Dion Bonner, Jamie O’Donnell, Dara Beth Mc Loone, Cian Bennett, Niamh Brennan, Cian Doherty, Ronan Molloy, Josha Perraton, and Kirsty Gallagher.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Josie Houston, The Rock, Glenties, who died on Friday last at the home of her daughter, Breidin Keeney, Drimnacrosh.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Margaret Byrne and family, Glen Road, Glenties on the death in England recently, of Margaret’s aunt, Julia Martin (originally from Castlefin); also to all the relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Olive Mc Kelvey and family, Station Road, Glenties on the death on Sunday night of Olive’s mother, Mamie Gallagher, Meenagran, Inver in St. Joseph’ s Hospital, Stranorlar; also to her husband Augustine, the other members of the family and all her relatives and friends.

Donegal YMCA is hoping to bring an ‘early school-leaver’ training course to the Glenties area. There is an application in with the Department of Education, and we need to see who might be interested. Are you in a rut, unemployed, a lone parent, or lacking qualifications? If you are 16 – 25, STEP – Support, Training and Enterprise Programme – is for you. Leaflets and posters have been distributed in the area. An allowance is paid to all trainees and the course lasts 23 weeks, offering EDCL, Communications, Work Experience, Personal Effectiveness and more, leading to a full Level 5 FETAC Certificate. Currently running in Letterkenny, if interested in this programme, please contact Noel at 074 9161485 or Stewart at 087 9728904.

A Night at the Races in aid of the Lifeboats will be held in Paddy’s Bar, Glenties on Friday 2nd May at 9.00p.m. The R.N.L.I. is a charity, whose purpose is to save lives at sea. It provides a 24 – hour service. Approximately 750,000 Euro a year is spent training the volunteer lifeboat men and women who operate our lifeboats here. It depends on voluntary contributions, donations and fundraising events, so please come along to Paddy’s Bar on Friday night and support this very worthy cause and have a good night’s fun at the same time.

The Downstrands Family Resource Centre is having its Official Launch of the Project on Thursday 8th May at 4.30 p.m. in the Dolmen Centre. We would like to invite everyone in the community to come along and join us in our celebration. Come and see displays of our work – you might be in them! There will be arts and crafts, activities and face painting for the children, with suitable refreshments. Adults are welcome to enjoy a finger buffet and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you all there as the Family Resource Centre is here to work for everyone in the community.

Dungloe Hospital will be celebrating 50 years in existence this July. “We will be running some fundraising events to go towards a new recreational garden area for the clients of the hospital. A Booklet is at present being compiled, and we would like if anyone has any old photos or information, that would help depict the story of the last 50 years, to please contact Maeve O’ Donnell , Mary Ellen Hyland or Mary Gillespie as soon as possible. We are also holding a Garden Fete at the Hospital on Sunday 27th July. The success of previous Fete depended on the great support we got from the community and we hope we can call on that support again. We will be needing donations of good quality items for sale and raffles, (no jumble or clothes please)”. Contact the above named at the hospital – 9521044 if you can help.

A “Safe Pass” course will be held in the Dolmen Centre on Monday 12th May. For further information ring Tim on 087 2458839 or Deirdre on 086 6033927.

A Community Employment Scheme starts in the Dolmen Centre on Monday 26th May. Anyone interested in applying to be a participant should contact the Centre on 074 9545010 or Tim on 087 2458839. FAS rules apply. 

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 10th April 2008

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The meeting was opened by the Chairman. The minutes of the previous meeting were read, proposed and seconded.


Terence Slowey

Old Fire Station

The point was raised that new fire station has a debt and one way the Council could sort this is by selling the old fire station

Health Centre

A press release from Pat the Cope was read. The design team has now been appointed and the team will now immediately set about getting plans. The construction is to commence beginning of 2009 and to finish within the year.


Eileen Burges / Ciara Donaghey is to meet with the Community Centre Committee about the use of the centre for the library. Martin Breslin mentioned lobbying for a broader project with a library in the middle as it’s hard to get money for a standalone project. Martin proposed forming a committee to move forward the idea of a family / resource centre with a library.

A letter is to be sought form the Council to say that the fire station is for the library and will not be sold.

Short term there is still a need to get the library back. It was felt that this would not hamper the bigger picture of getting a family / resource centre. The old fire station and public toilets would then be a good site for the bigger project incorporating library, resource centre, toilets and meeting rooms. To find out from the community is there a need for something like the Dolmen Centre. A survey is to be distributed by Martin and Chris and the results to be returned hopefully for the June meeting.

Martin has a small group together. This type of project would take 3-5 years. Enquires will be made to the County Council about handing over the public toilet. The County Council would need to be in cooperation with the group on this if possible.


Paddy was been speaking to Terence Slowely. All roads that there are problems with should be brought to his attention and he will try and get something done.

Public Toilets

County Council to look about getting paint, no further update


There is a Civic Garda but all guards are encouraged to get involved in the community.

Drug meeting: only 7-8 parents attended. Janet Dean is holding a class and the 8-8 parents have joined.

The Gardaí have some contact with the ethnic minorities and will get more information.


James had noted there are 7 lights not working. Paul Doherty was to fix last week, apologising for the delay. James to be contacted tomorrow and they will be fixed.


No update

Famine Graveyard

Letter is to be sent to John Hegarty Exe. Engineer outlining how many signs are wanted and where they are to go. Tidy Towns will probably have a say on the sign type. The sign on the bridge has been cleaned up by the tidy towns committee. The point was raised that if you have Irish on the sign there is a 50% grant.

Tidy Towns

All the businesses in the town have been approached and there is good support. There is a Meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 in relation to same. They are still very disappointed with the attitudes of the county council. County Councillors have been invited but not to have a platform just to listen.


Nothing to report

Ethnic Minorities

Gardaí are in contact with leaders for ethnic minorities to get more information


Harvest Fair

Issue of McGurks and a new site as the old site seems very small and has the potential for accidents. Chapel car park was mentioned but the Harvest Fair Committee confirmed that they have already tried and it has been rejected. The new car park at the side of the new gym at the comp this to be looked into.

The Gardaí were commended for the traffic control last year and hope that the same will be in place this year.

Pedestrian Crossing

Again no decision was made in relation to new crossing at the comp. Brian Connon said that bigger towns haven’t got one.


Committee is at the last stages. Site hasn’t been transferred over to the County Council so this has delayed things but should be transferred within the next week. Money still hasn’t come through. As much work as possible being done before the site is handed over to be finished. There was a problem with the sewer at the site and the playground committee replaced at their expense.

The question was raised if the site would be tidy for the tidy towns. Martin to find out what they have to do and what the county council so that there won’t be any overlapping. It will become County Council property in the near future so it will be in their hands after that.

It’s not likely that it will be finished this summer. Martin is pushing Enda and the County Council to get ahead of other applicants as the site is ready to go where as other applicants are still looking for funding. The Tidy towns committee are not happy with this because of the 50th celebrations and the state of the site. The Parish council to write to the County Council to set the wheels in motion to try and get done before the 50th Celebrations.

Francis advised that a sign could be put up “that it’s under construction”. This would then mean that in relation to tidy town it would be taken in consideration.

Playground committee and the tidy towns to meet

Church Road Industrial Units

Grant has been confirmed and will be in within a few days. ESB still not installed. When the ESB gets connected it will still take 6 weeks to finish. When power goes on there is a grant for ESB €25,000. It’s going at a snail’s pace but getting there. More funding to be sought form community groups as there is a shortfall of €23,000 – €40,000.

There are currently 3 people for units and 1 for office space. The units are suitable for small manufacturing.

Better update for the next meeting


It was asked if there was any update on getting the traders to participate in the the parish council.

ESB Pole

There is a pole falling down on the station road. This is a safety issue and should be replaced. James is to chase up.

Lights on bridge

A sub committee is to be set up regarding same. Paddy has obtained plans.


Next meeting Thursday 8th May at 9:00 in Highlands Hotel

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