The Courthouse

Unusually for the small townships of West Donegal, Glenties has both a Market House and a Court House. The former seems to have been built about 1840 for the Marquis of Conyngham. It is a long low gabled two-storey building with two separate outside stairways giving access to the upper floor: today used as youth club, recreation room, stores and garage. In the lower storey, there is a single wide segmental arc and on either side an arched doorway: windows have been added rather miscellaneously from time to time. The quoins and dressings are of cut stone, as are the chimneys, otherwise the building is of random rubble harled over. Rather oddly, but endearingly, the upper walls are set back all round on the base furnished by the lower storey and stringcourse. The eaves of the Sables have cheerful little carved wooden brackets.

The courthouse is surprisingly sophisticated. It is a variant on William Caldbeck’s standard design, of five bays and two storeys, with hipped roof, built over a basement containing the bride well cells. The two end bays project, and the roof over sails the central bays. In the upper storey are five large round-headed windows, set in recesses and plain round-headed architraves, with their original glazing; the doors are set between simplified pilasters supporting pediment-shaped heads. The eaves have square modillions; the imposing chimneys form an integral part of the composition. The quality of the stonework is uncommonly high throughout. The original courtroom furnishings, including high box-pews, remain quite unaltered.

This building was the cause of acrimony between the Grand Jury and the Lord Lieutenant. The Grand Jury considered it “unnecessary and inexpedient” in view of the propinquity of the new courthouse at Donegal; His Excellency differed, and directed them to build it, at a cost of £900. This sum they resolutely refused to vote, on the advice of their Surveyor, who suggested that £650 would be more than adequate. After an exchange of stiff memoranda and resolutions the Grand Jury was constrained, with very poor grace, to give way. The building was in fact completed in 1843.

The Grand Jurymen of Co. Donegal were as parsimonious as they were stiff- necked. At the height of the Great Famine, they noted that Lifford Gaol (built for 113) was overcrowded by an additional 87 prisoners; to remedy this inconvenience and to discourage those who might commit offences in order to be fed in prison, they solemnly recommended to Government that the statutory minimum diet in the prison be reduced to accord with the current diet outside.

Legendary Glenties Footballer

The death took place of Columba McDyer, a member of the Cavan team which defeated Kerry in the 1947 All-Ireland football final in the Polo Grounds, New York.

A native of Glenties, Co. Donegal, McDyer was on the first Ulster team to win the Railway Cup in 1942 and also played in the same competition with Connacht.

His travels took him to Cavan in 1947 where he was a valuable member of the attack which defeated Kerry by 2-11 to 2-7, scoring a point in the final. Following his success with Cavan he returned to Donegal and his native Glenties where he coached the Donegal senior team for a number of years.

While in Cavan he worked as a carpenter with Elliotts, Church St. but in later years on his return to Donegal he took up a teaching career in Vocational schools in Donegal teaching carpentry.
Aged 80, the funeral takes place in Glenties today (Thursday).

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, sons, Paddy, Alec, James, Columba and Dan and daughters, Ena, Peggy, Deirdre, Patricia, Annie, Breege and Paula.

In a tribute to Columba McDyer, former Cavan star of the forties and fifties, Mick Higgins who played with him in that great All-Ireland year of ’47 said there was no yellow or red cards needed when Columba was playing.

“He was a gentleman on and off the field and was fortunate to have a midfield partner in Phil “Gunner”Brady who looked after anything that was needed to be looked after.
“I played against him when he was playing for Donegal. He came to Cavan at a time when we were having centre-field problems.

We found him to be an outstanding player and he solved our problems in this area of the field in partnership with Phil Brady.

“He was a great athlete with wonderful fielding. His chief asset, at least I felt, was his fetching. He was a fine fielder of a ball and never relied on punching, he always caught it.
“Columba was a genius too to launch an attack.

He didn’t play defensive football as was commonly understood and he always managed to get scores at vital periods.

Mick described Columba as quiet and unassuming. “You wouldn’t know he was on the pitch. He was a real gentleman on and off the field.

“He never resorted to rough play and was always skilful and naturally fit throughout his life. We used to train only for finals at that time and he would always be supremely fit. He had a tremendous attitude overall.

There are only five survivors from that ‘47 final – Mick Higgins, Tony Tighe, John Wilson, Peter Donohoe and Simon Deignan.

The following piece was written by Columba McDyer prior to Donegal’s victorious appearance in the 1992 All-Ireland final:-

As a link with the past and this year of historic success with the present record-breaking Donegal Senior GAA team, I have been asked to put on record, as a Donegal born All-Ireland senior medal holder – albeit with Cavan – my memories of that famous win in the Polo Grounds in New York in 1947.
Like everyone else, I am a very hopeful and aspirant spectator waiting cautiously and patiently to see our long overdue quota of 21 “Carruth” Gold (apologies to Olympic hero) medals coming to our illustrious Tyrconnell.

We all know and feel within ourselves what this will mean to us, and our faithful and popular scribe “The Follower” will, I am sure, adequately and fittingly describe this momentous sporting occasion, and I look forward to his contribution.

As for myself, I feel there will have to be some rumblings emitting from the distant past denizens of the Grianan of Aileach, recording their uncontainable approval.

However, to get back to what I was asked to do – to put on record a summary of my memories and experiences of the 1947 All-Ireland Senior football final at the Polo Grounds, New York, as a participant with the victorious Cavan team of that day.

I begin at the beginning – interrupting my honeymoon, saying farewell to my understanding wife, Peggy (music, Stand By Your Man) and joining up with my playing colleagues to motor from Ballyjamesduff to Shannon Airport (then Rineanna) and after a long delay and dispute with air pilots of T.W.A. plane, “The Moulmein Pakoda”, about luggage weight excess, we finally headed off for New York, landing first at the Azores and then on to Gander Airport, Newfoundland.

There we were served tea and muffins with maple syrup; reboarded the plane only to be told that one engine was not functioning correctly. Back to the airport for a long delay while the plane was being serviced; re-boarded again and on to Boston where we were all allowed off the plane to meet the Kennedy family and friends who were there to greet us. Finally, on to our destination at New York, where a bus awaited us to take us to our respective hotels.

Our hotel was “Hotel Empire” beside Times Square and a bus was laid on attached to the hotel for our collective activities.

I remember the many meetings with callers and friends; the difficulty to get a peaceful period for rest before the game.

I recall that the game itself was a very close encounter, and I do remember Kerry’s whirlwind start, and our shaky one, but gradually our team pulled out and got control and eventually we won by four points.
I remember the excitement after – moving out of the Stadium to where our bus awaited us. The attendance at the game was about 44,000 but there were twenty or thirty thousand more outside who couldn’t get in, and mounted police had to clear a way for the bus to get going.

I remember after the match meeting my friend, John Joe Campbell of Ardara, who came rushing to me on the field to congratulate me.

We had a series of luncheon engagements then where many important celebrities of the day attended, including a special function laid on by Co. Mayo born Bill O’Dwyer, then Mayor of New York. I still feel the excitement of the ticker tape cavalcade through New York City where all traffic was brought to a standstill and where we were paraded for miles in police vehicles, through lined streets, again courtesy of Mayor O’Dwyer, who also arranged for us to visit the Precincts of some Police Department to view the call up of criminals and crimes of the night as various police handed over their unfortunate arrested clientele.

The Mayor also arranged a special police car cavalcade for teams and officials for a visit to “West Point” Military Academy and a viewing of the spectacle of the lowering of the flag there at eventide, with a special meal laid on for us at the famous “Bear Mountain Inn.”

I also remember a visit and an interview with the German manager of “Schaefers”, the world famous brewery – one of the actual owners – who arranged with his Burtonport publicity advertising agent in USA a team visit to his New York Brewery. He was at the game and was very impressed. He presented each player present at the Brewery visit with a beautiful commemoration book and medal struck specially for some big centenary occasion worldwide for the brewery.

He was also interested in engaging the teams for exhibition matches throughout the States at his firm’s expense – a type of sponsorship job, you could say, but this was not possible.

A second game also took place in New York where a mixture of the Cavan and Kerry teams played an American selection. We were altogether three weeks on American soil and it was a hectic time. I remember a visit with one of my friends to a film in one of the big cinemas where a “Grantland Rice” special feature of the All-Ireland was shown and it was lengthy, very well done and much better than the record I have seen in Ireland of the filmed game. I haven’t met anyone else who has seen this feature.

The highlight of the journey home on the Cunard Liner, “the Queen Mary” to Southampton was a special meal for our party where the Captain entertained us with a banquet and where he issued special menus in Irish
for the two teams with the names of all the players in Irish and decorated with Cavan and Kerry colours. I have my copy of the menu still.

From Southampton we travelled by rail to London, stayed one night, then on to Holyhead by rail, and back by boat to Dun Laoghaire on the then “Princess Maud” boat.

We were there joined by friends and well wishers and proceeded to a function and dinner in the Gresham in Dublin.

I conclude with thanks for patience and my good luck and good wishes to Donegal team and management for the history of the century, in our sporting life.

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

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.

Brian Friel

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.

Glenties Notes on 7th May 2007

Congratulations again to the forty three boys and girls from the five schools in the Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Philip Boyce in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Sunday 29th April 2007 – Scoil Mhuire – Laoise Ward, Ciarán Thompson, Dawid Stanislawczyk, Colleen O‘Donnell, Stephen Molloy, Oonagh Molloy, Naomi Molloy, Mark Molloy, Rachel Mc Nelis, Brian Mc Loone, David Mc Kelvey, Kevin Mc Gettigan, Donna Kennedy, Ciarán Curran, Ryan Connaughton, Killian Doherty, Patrick Byrne, Christopher Bryne, Nicole Breslin, Michael Breslin, Eoin Boyle, Declan Boyle and Niamh Boyle.  Edeninfagh – Conor Quinn, Bréidin Browne.  Fintown – Mícheal Mac Mongail, Phil Mac Gaotháin, Eoghan Mac Fhloínn, Mícheal Mac Dabhaidh, Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Seamus Ó Dochartaigh, Cassie Ní Longa, Enya Ní Ghoill, Máire Nic Fhloinn, Eimear Ní Dhubh, Emer Ní Dabhaidh, Niamh Ní Chnaimhsí. Kilkenny – Paula Boyle.  St. Riaghan’s Drimnacrosh – Enya O ‘Callaghan, Sinead Mc Geehan, Nicola Gallagher, Lauren Gallagher and Hayleigh Byrne.

 

Congratulations to the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Saturday last and in The Church of the Holy Family,

Edeninfagh on Sunday.

 

Congratulations to Kathleen Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties and Declan Alcorn, Milford who were married in Glenties on Saturday 5th May ’07.

 

On Saturday 28th April Brian Campbell and Patricia Earley were married in KilbrideChurch, Kilbride.  Brian is a son of Frankie and Nora Campbell, Glen Road, Glenties and Patricia is a daughter of Anne and the late Robert (Raybin) Earley, Birmingham (formerly Mullinard, Glenties).  The bride was given away by her mother and was attended by her sisters, Caroline Earley and Sharon Lavin.  Daniel Mc Gill, cousin of the groom was bestman and the groom’s brother-in-law, Michael O’Connell was groomsman.  Eimear Campbell was a flowergirl and Aidan Lavin was a pageboy.  Readings were by the groom’s sisters, Martina O’Connell and Elaine Campbell.  Laura and Jenifer Mc Gill, Robbie Lavin and a cousin of the bride read Prayers of the Faithful.  The Gifts were brought to the Altar by the mother of the groom and an aunt of the bride.  The reception was held in Finnstown Country House Hotel and the honeymoon was spent in Barbados.

 

Kilkenny National School ’s Enrolment Day for Junior Infants for September 2007 takes place on Thursday 17th May at 1.30p.m.  Please bring the child’s Birth Certificate and P.P.S. Number.

 

In association with “Bealtaine 2007” Glenties will host a Barn & Céilí Dance in the Highlands Hotel on Thursday 24th May at 3.00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is Free.

Glenties Notes on 21st May 2007

A Coffee Morning will be held in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Sunday 27thMay at 12 pm in the Community Centre, Glenties.  Everyone is welcome so come along and support this very worthy cause.

 

On Saturday 12th May 2007 Nabla Mc Loone and John Mc Auley were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh, Glenties.  Fr. Francis Mc Loone, uncle of the bride officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Nabla is a daughter of John and Kathleen Mc Loone, Cornagrillagh, Glenties and John is a son of Danny and Margaret Mc Auley, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.  Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sisters, Máire O’ Neill and Eibhlin Scott.  The groom’s brother, Paul was bestman and his cousin Kevin Scullion was groomsman.  Readings were by Sean Mc Loone, brother of the bride and Lucia Bradley, cousin of the groom.  Seamus Mc Loone, Nabla Mc Carthy, Neal Burns and Aileen Cassidy read Prayers of the Faithful.  The Gifts were brought to the Altar by the parents of the bride and groom.  A Reflection was read by the bride’s uncle, James Mc Loone.  Music was by the Laughlin sisters.  The reception was held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey and the honeymoon is being spent in Canada.

 

Congratulations to David Molloy, Glenties and Michelle Delaney, Claremoris, Co. Mayo, who were married in Claremoris on Saturday last.

Glenties Notes on 29th July 2007

Congratulations to Teresa and John Gallagher, Meenahalla, Glenties on the birth recently in LetterkennyHospital of their first child, a baby girl, Ellie May.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Johnny Rodgers and family, Derries, Glenties on the death recently of Johnny’s brother Philip in London.

On Saturday 21st July 2007 Janet O’ Donnell and Felix Melly were married in St.Connell’s Church, Glenties.  Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Eddie Gallagher officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Janet is a daughter of Jimmy and Mary O’Donnell, Mullantyboyle, Glenties and Felix is a son of Jamsie and Bríd Melly, Lettermacaward.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Breda and Noelle O’ Donnell, the groom’s sister, Sinead Melly and a friend, Catherine Mc Loone attended her.  Trevor Melly, brother of the groom was bestman.  Another brother, Barry and two friends, Nicholas Gallagher and Michael Bonner were groomsmen.  Erin Melly, Godchild of the groom was a flowergirl and Shane Mc Devitt, Godchild of the bride was a pageboy.  Readings were by Diane Melly, sister of the groom and Rosaleen Mc Devitt, sister of the bride.  Danielle Mc Devitt, Jordan O’ Donnell, Ethan O’ Donnell and Chloe Doherty read Prayers of the Faithful.  The mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Eileen, Jenifer and Jody Laughlin.  Kieran Kennedy played the bagpipes as the couple were leaving the Church.  The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon is being spent in Lanzarote. 

The Annual Church Gate Collection for the Donegal Leprosy Fund, in aid of Foreign Missions, will be taken up before all the Masses next weekend. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August.  The collection will be given directly to Donegal Nuns and Priests working in Third World Countries to aid of this most worthwhile cause.

A Community Employment Scheme will be starting shortly in the Glenties area.  Fás eligibility rules apply.  For further information ring 086 3961533.

Places are available for Full – Time Traineeship Courses in Beauty Therapy and Childcare, which will be starting in September 2007.  For further details contact FÁS at 9560500.

Glenties Notes on 24th July 2007

The death took place in the Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny on Wednesday 11th July 2007 of Frankie Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties.  His remains were brought home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning.  Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn and Fr. Adrian Gavigan concelebrated RequiemMass.  Readings were by Frankie’s niece, Dolores Mulvey.  Nieces, Yvonne Watters, Emer Mc Connell, Teresa Booth and daughter-in-law, Niamh Nic Carthaigh Mc Hugh read Prayers of the Faithful.  Music was by friend of the family, Francis Kelleher on the organ.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Frankie is survived by his wife Mary, daughter, Geraldine, sons, Patsy and Jim, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.  He was the last surviving member of the family of Patrick and Catherine Mc Hugh, Clooney, Portnoo.  Four brothers, Michael, Jim, Patrick Joseph and Danny and one sister, Bridie predeceased him.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bid Fletcher and family, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the death on Sunday 22nd July 2007 of Bid’s brother, Shaun Friel, Buncrana.

Literary Award Winners at the 2007 Patrick MacGill Summer School in Glenties were – Stories – Junior Infants – 3rd “The Swamp Monster” by Nathan Mc Dyer, St. Riaghan’s N.S. Drimnacrosh, Glenties.  2nd “A Busy Hamster’s Day” by Leah Mc Innes, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  1st “Fairyworld” by Meallagh Kelly, St. Mary’s N.S. Ardara. 

Stories – Senior Infants – Highly Commended – “The Monster” by Kieran Furey, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  3rd – “The Magic Dolphin” by Erin Gallagher, St. Mary’s N.S. Ardara.  2nd – “Underwater” by Manus Mc Dyer, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  1st “The King Spider” by Ellie Mc Innes, St. Riaghan’s N.S. Glenties. 

Stories – First Class – 3rd – “The Three Wishes” by Zacchary Gillespie, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  2nd – “My Adventure Holiday” by Hannah Sweeney, St. Mary’s N.S. Ardara.  1st – “My Rocket” by Niall Mc Crossan, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.

Stories – Second Class – Highly Commended – “A Big Hairy Monster” by Daniel Doohan, Niall Mór N.S. Killybegs.  3rd – “Shrinking Medicine” by John Doherty, Killian N.S. Inver & “The Ghost of Meentinadea” by Finian Ward, Meentinadea, Ardara.  2nd – “The Girl Who turned into a Sweet” by Natasha Mc Cole, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  1st – “My Adventure” by Emma Sweeney, St. Mary’s N.S. Ardara. 

Stories – Third Class – 3rd – “A Visit to a Hospital” by Stephen Griffin, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  2nd – “Hallowe’en” by Michael Boyle, MeenagowanN.S. Lettermacaward.  1st – “Alienupiter” by Megan Byrne, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties & “A Very Unusual Pet” by Aaron Gallagher, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties.

Stories – Fourth Class – Highly Commended – “The Bad Man” by Christian Bonner, MeenagowanN.S.  3rd – “Where Times Collide” by Aoife M. Long, Scoil Mhín Tine Dé, Ardara.  2nd – “The Hunting Expedition” by Mark Young, WoodSchool, Ardara.  1st – “Zombies in Glenties” by Ryan Moore, KilkennyN.S. Glenties.

Stories – Fifth Class – Highly Commended – “Nerves” by Sinéad Mc Geehan, St. Riaghan’s N.S.  3rd – “Teachers on Strike” by Tomás Boyle, Scoil Mhín Tine Dé, Ardara.  2nd – “Michael and the Dragon” by Pauric Doherty, Scoil an Chillín, Inver.  1st – “In the Flickered Light” by Mary Dillon, MeenagowanN.S. 

Stories – Sixth Class – Highly Commended – “A Forest Fire” by Victoria Baskin, Wood School, Ardara & Memories of the Hiring Fair” by Catriona Mc Gill, Crannóg Buí N.S. Ardara & “Thomas’s Dreams” by Jamie Mc Cready, Meenagowan N.S.  3rd – “The Haunted House” by Declan Boyle, Scoil Mhuire, N.S. Glenties.  2nd “The Stone Age” by Nathan Young, Wood School, Ardara & “ The Day the Aliens Came” by Paula Boyle, Kilkenny N.S. Glenties.  1st – “The Dark Knight” by Bridget Martina Melley, MeenagowanN.S.

Poetry – Junior Infants – 3rd “My New Baby” By Rachel Mc Loone, KilkennyN.S. Glenties.  2nd – “Mummy” by Oliver Long, WoodSchool, Ardara.  1st “Water by Declan Sharkey, KilkennyN.S. Glenties.

Senior Infant – Poems – Highly Commended – “Aliens” by Iarla O Murchú. St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  3rd – “Hey Diddle Diddle” by Sarah Harkin, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  2nd – “Eimear and Eddy” by Emma Mc Dyre, KilkennyN.S. Glenties.  1st “The Keyboard” by Ciarán Gavigan, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.

First Class – Poems – 3rd – “The Old Sea Chest” by Dara Beth Mc Loone, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties.  2nd – “My House” by Alisha Kee, KilkennyN.S. 1st – “Blast Off” by Evie Doherty, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.

Second Class – Poems – 3rd – “April” by Shaun Sweeney, St. Mary’s N.S. Ardara.  2nd – “The Clock Struck Midnight” by Arianna Bonner, MeenagowanN.S. Lettermacaward.  1st – “Space” by Senan Boyle, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin & “The Three Wishes” by Kieran Gallagher, St. Riaghan’s N.S. Glenties.

Third Class – Poems – 3rd “Teachers” by Gemma O’ Donnell, St. Riaghan’s N.S. 2nd “Jack Frost” by Kirsty Baskin, WoodSchool, Ardara.  1st “Autumn” by Gillian Moore, KilkennyN.S.

Fourth Class – Poems – Highly Commended – “My Dog” by Shannon Curran, Niall Mór N.S. Killybegs.  3rd “When I was at the shop” by Charlene Mc Cready, Meenagowan N.S. Lettermacaward.  2nd – “Mother” by Stephen Moore, KilkennyN.S.  1st “Seasons” by Mark Young, WoodSchool, Ardara.

Poetry – Fifth Class – Highly Commended – “Judgement Day” by Tara Mc Ginley, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  3rd – “Ardara Show” by Conor Whyte, Crannog Buí N.S. Ardara.  2nd – “Autumn” by Tamara Payne, WoodSchool, Ardara.  1st – “Hallowe’en Night” by Georgia Fry, Meenagowan, N.S.

Poetry – Sixth Class – Highly Commended “The Moon” by Patrick Byrne, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties & “A Waste of Life” by Emer Tonry, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  3rd – “The Trap” by Aaron Bennett, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  2nd – “A Leaf Falling” by Donna Maher, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.  1st – “Autumn” by Nathan Young, WoodSchool, Ardara.

Adult Section – Runner Up – “Still Life” by James O’Donnell, Sandyford, Dublin.  1st – “I remember Roadside Hedges” by Anna Colhoun, Clar, DonegalTown.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bid Fletcher and family, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the death on Sunday 22nd July 2007 of Bid’s brother, Shaun Friel, Buncrana.

There will be a Prayer Service and a Blessing of Graves in The Old Graveyard on the Glen Road on Thursday 26th July at 8 p.m.

There are still places available for the Summer Camps being held in the Community Centre, Glenties.  Classes 1st & 2nd – on 30th & 31st July.  Classes 3rd & 4th – on 1st & 2nd August.  Classes 5th & 6th – on 3rd & 7th August.  Camps will be from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Cost of each camp is 10 Euro.  For booking contact Downstrands Family Resource Centre at 9545879.

A Charity Walk, in aid of Kidney Dialysis Comfort Fund, LetterkennyHospital, will take place on Saturday 28th July, ~ departing The Glen Tavern at 12 noon, via Edeninfagh and the Croaghs.  Sponsor Cards are available.  Please contact 9557978 or ring 9551170 to register for the walk.  Everybody is welcome.  Please support this very worthy cause.

Any child born in 2002, or already in school, who has not yet received their Preschool Booster, are now invited to attend their GP for the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine.  The 4 in 1 boosts immunity to Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Polio.  MMR boosts immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  All childhood vaccines are free of charge.  For fu
rther information contact Bernie Mc Nulty, Asst. Director of Public Health Nursing specific to Immunisations in Donegal at 087 9008239 or 9189117.

Glenties Notes on 16th July 2007

From the 18th July ~ 17th August the Glenties Playgroup / Afterschool, Glen Road, Glenties (opposite Scoil Mhuire) are offering a service for children in the Glenties and surrounding areas.  The facility is also open to all children who are visiting or holidaying in our area.  We are open from Monday ~ Friday 9.30 a.m. ~ 5.30 p.m.  Children can be booked in on and hourly basis at 2 Euro per hour.  The children will be provided with snacks but if the stay is longer than 2 hours please provide a healthy pre-packed lunch.  Activities on offer are ~ Group Games ~ inside and outdoor football, pool, table tennis, sports day, quizzes, treasure hunts, art and craft, colliage, table top games, jewellery making, puppet making, cooking, nail painting, hair braiding, sand play, painting and outdoor play.  Children are cared for by trained childcare workers who also have current first aid certificates and Garda clearance.  All places must be pre- booked.  You can contact Bridie at 074 – 9551416 / 9551907.

The annual Church Gate Collection on behalf of The Labour Party will be taken up in Glenties, Fintown and Edeninfagh on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July.

Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties will be among those who go on this annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Sunday 29th July to raise money for the Jason Clarke Foundation.  This is a charity which gives help and hope to persons with brain injury and stroke sufferers.  Each walker has to raise 400 Euro minimum, so Michael would greatly appreciate your help.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Frankie Mc Hugh, Ard Connell, Glenties who died in the Hospice in Letterkenny on Wednesday last.

Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard, Glenties next Sunday 22nd July at 3.00p.m. and in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 12th August at 3.00p.m.

The recent Wheelchair Association Church Gate Collection in Glenties amounted to 780 Euro and in Edeninfagh it amounted to 145 Euro.  Thank you for your generous contributions.

A Community Employment Scheme will be starting shortly in the Glenties area.  Fás eligibility rules apply.  For more information ring 086 3961533.

Congratulations to Michael Brennan who graduated recently from U.C.D with an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering.  Michael is a son of Francis and Kathleen Brennan, Main St. Glenties.

Glenties Notes on 9th July 2007

On Saturday 30th June 2007 Donna Mc Grory and Marcel Dill were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties.  Donna is a daughter of Eamon and Yvonne Mc Grory, Kilraine and Marcel is a son of Stanley and Marion Dill, Manorcunningham.  Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated.  The bride was given away by her father and she was attended by her sister Jane Kelly and the groom’s sister, Georgina Mc Crudden.  Jarlaith Tourish, friend of the groom was bestman.  Charlie Russell, uncle of the groom was groomsman.  The groom’s niece, Kirstie Mc Crudden, was a flowergirl.  Readings was by Michael Mc Crudden and Sharon Mc Glynn.  Sarah Diver, Nicola Roache, Hetty Mc Dyer and Sandra Wright read Prayers of the Faithful.  Singing was by Roisin O’Callaghan, accompanied by Tony O’Callaghan.  The reception was held in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny and the honeymoon is being spent in Boston and Florida.

Congratulations to Jane and Noel Kelly, Carrick na Mart on the birth recently of their twin daughters, Rianna and Alyssa.  Jane is a daughter of Eamon and Yvonne Mc Grory, Kilraine.

The death took place in LetterkennyHospital, on Sunday 1st July 2007 of Frank Quinn, Mill Road and formerly of Maas, Glenties.  His remains were brought home on Sunday evening and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Tuesday morning.  Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Paul Gallagher C.C. Glenties and Fr. Denis Quinn P.P. Falcarragh at 11.00a.m.  Readings were by Frank’s grandsons, Jamie and Ciaran Mc Hugh.  His daughter, Carmel Mc Hugh and granddaughter Majella Quinn read Prayers of the Faithful.  The Gifts were brought to the Altar by grandchildren, Martina and Patricia Quinn and Daniel and Joseph Mc Hugh.  Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Frank is survived by his wife, Margaret, daughter, Carmel, sons, Aidan and Francis, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.  He was the last surviving member of the family of Paddy and Susan Quinn, Upper Maas.  His brothers, Neil, Cormac, Joe, John and

Hugh and sister, Bridget predeceased him.

The recent Donegal Hospice Church Gate Collection taken up in Glenties amounted to 1,208.15 Euro.  The amount taken up in Edeninfagh amounted to 163.52 Euro.  Thank you to all who donated so generously.

A Disco will be held in the AfterschoolBuilding on Thursday 12th July from 7.30 ~ 9.30p.m.  Open to all in the age group 9 ~ 13 yrs.  Admission is 5 Euro.

A Car Boot Sale will take place in the Chapel Car Park on Saturday 14th July from 2 p.m. ~ 5 p.m.  Do you have an attic or garage full of Bric ~ a ~ Brac, Toys, Furniture etc.  Why not have a ‘clear out’ and make some money for yourself at the same time?  15 Euro per pitch in aid of the Playschool and Afterschool.  All welcome.

The annual Irish Water Safety swim week at Narin Strand runs from Monday 30th July until Saturday 4th August.  Beginners of all ages catered for.  Basic Life Support and CPR instruction for the advanced classes.  Any queries please phone Clodagh Duggan.  Swim lessons begin at the beach on Monday 30th July at 11.00a.m.

The 27th Annual MacGill Summer School will be officially opened by Mr. Enda Kenny TD Leader of Fine Gael on Sunday 15th July at 8.30p.m.  The Theme this year is “The Priorities for Government for the next Five Years”.  A short recital by Donegal Camerata String Quartet will follow and afterwards the 7th Annual John Hume Lecture will be delivered by Fr. Alec Reid C.Ss.R and The Revd. Harold Good OBE.  A Reception, courtesy of EU Commission Office in Dublin will follow that.  Previous to the Official opening, Frank Galligan will present the Poetry Awards at 4.30p.m. and at 6 p.m. the Opening of an Exhibition of Paintings by Johnny Boyle.  Many high profile speakers will be in attendance during the week for the lectures and debates.  All events will take place in the Highlands Hotel.  The Summer School Office is on Main Street opposite the Hotel.   Bookings may also be made at 074 9551103.