Glenties Notes 8th January 2008

Congratulations to Ben Craig, Meenahalla, Glenties and Laura Byrne, Lettermacaward who got engaged during the Christmas Season. 

Congratulations to Evelyn Ward, Straboy, Glenties and Charlie Mc Manus, Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim who also got engaged during the festive season.

Congratulations to Michael Furey, Mullanmore, Glenties and Mary Lou Browne, Donegal Town who got engaged last weekend.

A Fund Raising Dance in aid of Edeninfagh National School will be held in the Limelight, Glenties on Friday 18th January. Music is by local talents – Erin’s Own, The Shades, B& J Sounds, El-Diablo and The Next Generation. Doors will be open at 10.00p.m. Admission is 10 Euro and there will be lots of Spot Prizes. Come along and support this worthy cause and enjoy a good night’s entertainment.

Céilí & Old Time Dancing Classes will restart in the Highlands Hotel on Thursday 10th January from 8.00p.m. – 10.00p.m.

There will be a meeting of the Glenties Parish Council on Thursday 10th in the Community Centre at 9.00p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Yoga Classes will restart in the Community Centre, Glenties on Wednesday 9th January 7.30p.m. – 9.00p.m. Cost is 60 Euro for eight weeks.

The AGM which was due to take place this Sunday has been postponed until Sunday 10th February. The Minor Board AGM will take place this Sunday 13th January at 7:00p.m. in the Club House.

Following representations by Councillor Terence Slowey, Donegal County Council have informed him that the new anti-vandal stainless steel sinks, with worktops have been ordered for the male and female toilets. Cllr. Slowey has also been informed that this work, together with additional repairs to the tiling and plumbing will be carried out shortly. In addition the toilets will be painted in the Spring of 2008. Cllr. Slowey says that this is one small way the Council are recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Glenties 1st National Tidy Towns Award in 1958 and all other awards and good work which has been done over the years.

Glenties Notes 1st January 2008

Congratulations to Seamus Hunter, Meenagrubby, Glenties who played on Winning Streak on Saturday night on behalf of his wife, Annmarie (nee Mc Dermott).

Congratulations to Michael Herron, Letterilly and Donna Duffy, Glenfin who got engaged at the New Year.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the nephews, nieces and other relatives of Peggy Brennan (nee Gallagher, Straoughter, Glenties) who died in Birmingham on Christmas Eve 24th December 2007.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Donal Trimble, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the death of his mother Bridget Trimble, which took place suddenly at her home in Lettermacaward last week; also to all the relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Maura Magee, Clydebank, Glasgow, who died on Monday 31st December 2007. Maura was a daughter of the late Neil and Mary, Campbell, Church Road, Glenties.

Glenties Notes 28th December 2007

The death took place suddenly, at her home of Aggie O’Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties on Wednesday 12th December 2007. Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 15th. Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Philip Daly concelebrated Requiem Mass at 11.00a.m. Readings were by her daughters Teresa O’ Donnell and Ann Finn. The psalm was sung by her son Pat. Aggie’s grandchildren, Colleen and Gemma O’ Donnell and Gavin Maloney read prayers of the Faithful. Her cousins Angela Greenwood and Nora Hamill and granddaughters, Gemma and Caoimhe O’ Donnell brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by the local choir. She is survived by her daughters, Ann, Mary and Teresa, sons, Tommy, Pat and John Francis, sister, Mary Gallagher, U.S.A., grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Her husband John predeceased her on the 7th November 2004 and her sister Breege Hogg also predeceased her.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Nuala Webster, Edeninfagh and Manus Byrne, Stracastle, Glenties on the death of their brother, Tony Byrne, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary (formerly Stracastle, Glenties) which took place recently; also to his family and to all the relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to John mc Cool, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties on the death of his mother, Juliana Mc Cool, Ballybofey which took place last week in hospital in Dublin; also to all the relatives and friends.

The Playgroup / Afterschool will re-open on Monday 7th January 2008.

Applications are invited for the job of Grave Digger in Glenties Graveyard, beginning in January 2008. Please contact the Parish Priest.

The recent Church Gate Collection for the Care of the Aged in Glenties amounted to 1, 470 Euro and in Edeninfagh it amounted to 131 Euro. The Care of the Aged Committee wish to thank everyone who participated and contributed so generously.

Website Updates

Over the past few weeks there have been several updates to the website,

There is now a video section for any videos that feature Glenties. Anyone can add videos to this section by uploading their video to YouTube and then submitting the link.

There is a new photo album in the gallery with pictures of winter in Glenties with some nice shots of the last proper snowfall we had.

The events and entertainment within the town for the Christmas period have been added.

There are still more changes to come and like always I ask if anyone has anything to contribute to the website please send it to

Glenties Notes December 20th 2007

Julie Dawson and Mary Brown would like to extend their sincere gratitude to everyone who sponsored our recent parachute jump in aid of MS Donegal Branch. We would like to make a special thank you to all local businesses of Glenties and Ardara, family and friends who supported us and enabled us to raise 2,980 Euro.

This year the money collected in the collection box of the Crib will be donated to Maria Rafferty’s work in Ethiopia.

Congratulations to Bella Mc Gill, Main Street and Maggie Keeney, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, who both celebrated their 90th Birthdays recently and best wishes to them for many more healthy and happy years among us.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, friends and relatives of Aggie O’ Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties who died suddenly on Wednesday 12th December.

Christmas Confessions will be held in Glenties this evening Thursday 20th December at 8.00p.m. with a number of visiting Priests, and in Ardara, tomorrow Friday 21st December at 8.00p.m.

Mass on Christmas Eve Monday 24th December in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties and in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh is at 10.00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day in Glenties is at 8.00a.m. and 11.00a.m. and in Edeninfagh at 9.30a.m.

Glenties Notes 15th December 2007

Congratulations to Ann Marie and Jonathan Mc Cann, Ballydevitt, Donegal Town, on the birth last week in Letterkenny Hospital of their first child, a baby boy. Ann Marie is a daughter of Patrick and Mary Kennedy, Main St. Glenties.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Eileen Kennedy, Kilraine on the death of her sister, Sr. Aquinas, who was buried in Tullow, Co. Carlow last Friday; also to all the relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bid Fletcher and family on the death of Bid’s sister, Kathleen Doherty, Buncrana, which took place last Friday 7th December 2007.

Naomh Chonaill Annual Presentation Dinner Dance will take place on Thursday 27th December in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. Tickets cost 35 Euro and will be on sale in The Clubhouse on Saturday 15th December between 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A Monster 25 Card Drive will be held in Leo’s Bar, Glenties on Sunday 16th December. Game starts at 4.30 p.m.

Glenties Notes 6th December 2007

At the meeting in the Community Centre, Glenties on Friday 30th November 2007 an announcement was made by Minister ‘Pat The Cope’ Gallagher, that approval has been granted for a New Primary Health Centre in Glenties on the site of the Girls Old National School. He envisaged a design team being appointed in January 2008 and the work being started later in that year. He also stated that money has been allocated for the project.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Annie Behan and family, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the death in the U.S.A. of Annie’s brother, Barney Mc Teague, which took place last week.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Paddy Hanlon and Annie Barrett, Maas, Glenties on the death of their brother, Bob Hanlon, which took place in Scotland last week.

A bus will leave Glenties at 8 p.m. on Friday 7th December for a night vigil in Knock for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Contact Mc Guinness’ at 9551284 for further information.

A Christmas School Concert and Local Talent Show will be held in the New Gym on 20th December 2007. Anyone wishing to participate contact John Francis O’Donnell.

The Annual Christmas Church Gate Collection for Saint Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses next weekend – 8th & 9th December. 

A Table Quiz in aid of the Comprehensive School Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will be held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Friday 7th December at 8.00p.m. Tables of four and 40 Euro per table. Come along for a good night’s fun and support this worthy cause

Glenties Notes 27th November 2007

Congratulations to Teresa Campbell, who graduated recently from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, with an Honours Degree in Education.  Teresa received her primary education at Edeninfagh N.S. and her secondary at Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore.    She is a daughter of Josie and Alice Campbell, Tangavane, Glenties and is currently teaching in Scoil Colmcille, Fintown.

Congratulations to Niamh Boyle, who graduated on Saturday 24th November from the Institute of Technology, Sligo, with a Bachelor of Business Honours Degree.  Niamh is a daughter of Pat and Barbara Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Fiona Burke who graduated on Saturday 24th November from the Institute of Technology, Sligo with a Bachelor of Business Degree in Management.  Fiona is a daughter of Bernie Burke, The Rock, Glenties.  Both Niamh and Fiona received their primary education in Scoil Mhuire and secondary in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties.

The Girls old school was bought by the H S E some time ago with the promise of building a New Health Centre in Glenties.  At a special meeting of the Parish Council on Friday night, which was very well attended, it was decided to get a petition signed by all the people and this petition will be taken to homes in Glenties and the surrounding area this week for your signature.  Please give your support by signing.  It might also help if you got in touch with our representatives in Dail Eireann.  Another meeting is being held in the Community Centre tomorrow Friday 30th November at 8 p.m.

Sunday 9th December 2007 will be a Night of Donegal Nostalgia in the Limelight, Glenties.  Margo (Donegal Person of the Year) will be there with supporting acts – Pauline Glackin & Joe Rodgers, Elaine Boyle, Deirdre Bonner and Paddy Joe O’ Donnell.  Proceeds of the concert are in aid of the Hydro Pool Building Fund.  The concert will start at 8 p.m.  Tickets are 20 Euro and are on sale in Mc Glincheys.

Glenties Community Alert Committee would like to thank all who contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection which amounted to 665.44 Euro in Glenties and 109.57 Euro in Edeninfagh.  The committee have Security Equipment available for Senior Citizens.  Anyone requiring same should contact John Gormley at 9551258, Michael Glynn at 9551393 or Nora Breslin at 9551192 after 6.00p.m.

On Wednesday evening throughout Advent we will take time out to reflect on “Christmas – Being Ready”.  If you would feel like joining us at the Convent, Gortnamuclagh, you will be very welcome.  We start on Wednesday 5th December 8.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Glenties Notes 21st November 2007

Maria Mc Loone and Stephen Mc Dermott were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 10th November 2007.  Fr. John Mc Loone assisted by Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Maria is a daughter of John and the late Bridie Mc Loone, Main Street, Glenties and Stephen is a son of Michael and Margaret Mc Dermott, Cappry, Ballybofey.  Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sister, Breid Mc Loone, her friends, Caroline Cannon and Mary Byrne.  The groom’s cousin, Gareth Martin was bestman and two other cousins, Gavin and Barry Mc Dermott were groomsmen.  Brooke Ramshaw, God-daughter of the groom was a flowergirl and the groom’s cousin, Mark Stewart was a pageboy.  Readings were by Paul Francis, cousin of the bride and Anne Ramshaw, aunt of the groom.  Laura Haytman and Teresa Francis, cousins of the bride, Natasha Stewart and Jamie Doherty, cousins of the groom read Prayers of the Faithful.  The Gifts were brought to the Altar by the groom’s mother, Margaret and Patricia Boyle, cousin of the bride.  Kevin and Stephen Meehan, Maria’s cousins were Altar Servers.  Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’ Donnell and Sinead Finn.  The reception was held in The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town and the honeymoon is being spent on a Caribbean Cruise.

Congratulations to Noreen, daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties who recently got engaged to Kevin Mc Monagle, Quigley’s Point.

Congratulations to our U / 21 Team who retained their County Title on Sunday in O’Donnell, Park, Letterkenny when they defeated Ardara in the County Final.  Well Done Lads!                        

A meeting will be held to discuss the Youth Club on Friday 23rd November in the Highlands Hotel at 8 p.m.  All parents who were at the registration night are asked to attend.

Please note that, as of this week the Group will meet on Friday mornings starting this Friday morning – 23rd November, in the Day Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, from 10.30a.m. until 12.30p.m.  All are Welcome.

Cllr. Terence Slowey is pleased to state that upgrading of the following Roads in the Glenties area have now been agreed as part of the 2008 Roads Programme.  1. Main Glenties / Fintown Road from the timber factory at Shallogans towards Fintown for 2.5 km at an approximate cost of 90,000 Euro.  2. Stracastle – Graffy – From the Graffy Bridge towards the Dry Arch for a length of 2 km at a cost of approximately 33,000 Euro.  3. Strasallagh – From Tighe’s Bridge towards Meenahalla for 1.5 km at a cost of 22,500 Euro.  4. Buncrubog – From Tighe’s Bridge towards Glenties for approx. 1 km at a cost of 25,000 Euro.  5. Kilkenny – From the Statue of Liberty towards the school for 1.5 km at an approximate cost of 25,000 Euro.  6. Largnalarkin – From Ballinamore V.S. towards Kingarrow for 2 km at an approximate cost of 35,000 Euro.  Community Involvement Scheme for the Ardara / Glenties / Downstrands area for Roads Allocation – 40,000 Euro.  This is the first year of this provision and the details of this will be worked out at a meeting of the councillors and Road Engineers early in 2008.  The National Roads Authority Allocations and the Regional Roads Allocations together with Gaeltacht funding will be announced separately in 2008.

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