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Glenties B&B to star on TV

By on April 25, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

A Glenties B&B will be starring on a national TV programme next week as part of a feature on how the tourism sector is developing to meet demands for "themed" breaks and packaged holidays.

Avalon B&B, located on the Blue Stack Way walking route, is one of two Donegal B&Bs which will be featuring on RTE1’s Nationwide programme at 7pm next Wednesday.

The programme makers spent a day filming in Glenties earlier this month to learn more about the new cross-border project aimed at boosting B&B business in rural and regional areas. The project is part of a Specialist B&B programme, part-financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN partnership and worth €80,137.

Mary Ita Boyle, who owns and runs the Avalon B&B, said:

"Because of the beauty of the Blue Stacks, they could immediately see why visitors want to come here. They wanted to know why people choose a B&B over a hotel and I explained that they appreciate the one-to-one attention and personal interest they get here. For example, I know the local walks and can direct visitors and they were impressed that I have a laundry room especially for hill walking guests, and that I can offer organic or locally produced food on my breakfast menu. I was also able to show them how the project helped me improve online business by developing my own website – – for internet bookings.”

Glenties Notes 22nd April 2008

By on April 22, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

On Saturday 5th April 2008 Evelyn Ward and Charlie Mc Manus were married in St. Conal’s Church, Kilclooney. Evelyn is a daughter of Michael and Mary Ward, Straboy, Glenties and Charlie is a son of Pauric and the late Patricia Mc Manus, Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim. Fr. Paul Gallagher, Glenties assisted by Fr. Peter Burke, Drumshambo officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass. Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sister Michelle Ward, her cousin, Orla Conaghan and her friend and neighbour, Ann Gildea. Jude Mc Sharry, friend of the groom was bestman. Padraig Mc Manus, the groom’s brother and three friends, Padraig Ryan, Joe Garvan and Aaron Calvin were groomsmen. Sarah Bradley was a flowergirl. Eoin Colleran and John Mc Manus were ushers. Readings were by Andrea Noone, sister of the groom and Crea Gallagher, friend of the bride. Emma Mc Cole, Eoin Ryan, MaryAnn Mc Manus, Margaret Mc Groary, Cathal Moran, Edward Harkin, Paula O’ Donnell, Caitriona Ward and David Walsh read Prayers of the Faithful. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by the bride’s mother, Mary and her aunt, Susan Conaghan. A Reflection was read by the groom’s brother, John. Music and singing was by Charlie Mc Gettigan and the Drumshambo choir. The reception was held in The Solas Hotel, Lough Eske, Donegal Town and the honeymoon is being spent in South Africa.

Congratulations to ten year old Sinead Mc Devitt who, after coming first in Donegal went on to win first in Ireland in the E B S / I N T O Hand-Writing Competition. She will be attending the Prize-Giving Ceremony in E B S Head Office in Dublin next Saturday 26th April. Sinead is a daughter of Seamus and Margaret Mc Devitt, Largnalarkin, and granddaughter of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties. Well done Sinead.

A Pioneer Mass and Presentation of Pins will take place on Friday 16th May at 7.30 p.m. Any member who feels they are eligible for Golden or Silver Pins should contact any council member on / or before 1st May.

Enrolment Day takes place on Wednesday 30th April 2008 for children wishing to attend St. Riaghan’s N.S. in September 2008. Children are asked to attend with their parents from 11.15 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. It is important that parents bring their child’s Birth Certificate and P.P.S. Number with them on the day and also a small packed lunch for their child, as they will have the opportunity to sample “School Life” while parents meet with the Principal. Anyone requiring further information can telephone the school at 9551591.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Ann Sweeney and family, Gortnasillagh, Glenties on the death of Ann’s brother, Packie Mc Gettigan, formerly of Lettermacaward, which took place recently in England; also to all the relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Margaret Mannering and family, Meenahalla on the death of Margaret’s sister Patricia Cole, which took place recently in Scotland.

The Alzheimer’s Coffee / Tea morning will be held in the Glenties Day Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent on Thursday 1st May from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. Come along for a cup and a chat and support this worthy cause.

Congratulations to Helen and J. J. Boyle, Loughnamhradden on the birth recently of their second child, a baby sister for Ava.

Dr. Kevin Bonner has moved to the new Day Centre. He will be there on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. Mary Kelly (Social Welfare Officer) has also moved to the new centre. She is there on Wednesdays from 10.00 – 10.30 a.m.

Any parent who wishes to enrol their child at Edeninfagh N. S. for the 2008 / 2009 school year, may pick up an Enrolment Form now at the school or alternatively by contacting the Principal at 074 9551663.

Ghlacfar le iarratasí haghaidh iontrala don scoilbhliain úr 2008 / 2009 ag S.N. Èadan Fhionn Fhraoich. Is feidir leat foirm iontrala a thogail ag an scoil anois, nó ghlaoch ar an phriomhoide ag 074 9551663.

Parents wishing to enrol their child at Kilkenny National School may call to the school for an enrolment form or may contact the principal by telephone at 074-9544270.

Glenties Notes 15th April 2008

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On 29th February 2008 Gráinne Breslin and Colin Mooney were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Paul Gallagher officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Gráinne is a daughter of John and Celine Breslin Kilraine, Glenties and Colin is a son of Brendan and Mary Mooney, Navan, Co. Meath. Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sister, Roisin and her friend Marie Harnett. The groom’s brother Paul was bestman and his friend, Brendan Mc Dyer was groomsman. Readings were by Michelle Mooney, sister of the groom and Christine Breslin, cousin of the bride. Gráinne Mooney, Anthony Mooney, Patrick Breslin and Niamh Herrighty read Prayers of the Faithful. Celine Breslin and Mary Mooney, mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by Barbara Edwards (soprano) and Matt Mc Granahan (violin). The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent in Italy and the Canaries.

Congratulations to Michelle and David Molloy, Narin Road, Glenties on the birth last week of their first child, a baby boy (Dáithí).

Get Fresh Catering at St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties require full-time and part-time catering assistants for their catering facility in the school. Please contact Teresa Mc Gahan at 087 7793337.

Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Dinner Dance and a Re-union of former pupils, staff, parents and guests on Friday 25th April at 8.00 p.m. in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey. Tickets are available from the school at 9546133. Admission is 40 Euro.

A Fun for All Day will take place in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Sunday 20th April from 3 – 7 p.m. This is a Community event, run in conjunction with Downstrands Resource Centre in support of the Daybreak Programme for young people in the area. Come along for an afternoon of music, refreshments and activities for all the family. Black Stuff, El Diablo and other local musicians will be there. Face painting will be available and there will also be craft stalls. Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is 5 Euro for students, 10 Euro for adults and 15 Euro per family. Contact Deborah at 074 9551671 or 085 7821872 for more details.

Pilates for Beginners will commence in the National School Gym, Glenties on Thursday 24th April from 8 – 9 p.m. for five weeks. For further information please call Martina at 086 3846302.

Pat The Cope Confirms Appointment Of Design Team For €2 Million Primary Care Centre In Glenties

By on April 11, 2008 | Category: Parish Council | No Comments

Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety, Pat the Cope Gallagher has confirmed that a design team has now been appointed to commence the design process for the Primary Care Centre which will be located on the site of the former national school in Glenties. The centre will provide accommodation for all services associated with a Primary Care Centre for Glenties and the surrounding area. The site was acquired from the St. Columba’s Trust on the understanding that it would be used only for a Primary Care Centre. 

The building which is now to be designed will be a single storey premises. It will facilitate the integration of Primary Care Services and individual Public Health Nurses and will be based with, and assigned to, specific GP Practices. The primary objective is to ensure the development of a fully integrated Primary Care team under one roof with a clear emphasis on patient centred care delivery.

The new facility will provide Primary Care Services and Community Service Clinics and will be used by the broader community for social interaction and activities. The new centre will enable primary care to centre on the needs of individuals and groups of people, and will match their needs with the competencies required to meet them. Some of the essential components will include assessment, diagnosis, therapy, nursing, social services referral and rehabilitation.

Speaking on the announcement Pat the Cope said “The design team will immediately set about the preparation of plans, the application for planning permission and the preparation of contract documents. It is expected that this process should be completed by the end of the year” He continued “the actual construction should commence early in 2009 and completion is expected end 2009. I know that this development will greatly improve the level and quality of the services available to the people of Glenties and I am confident that the availability of so many services under one roof will be of huge benefit to all the people who use our health services."

Daybreak Family Day

By on April 10, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

Highlands Hotel, Sunday 20th April,3-7pm

Daybreak’s big fundraising community event run in conjunction with Downstrands Family Resource Centre is taking place on Sunday 20th April,2008. We promise fun for all the family in support of the Daybreak Programme for young people in the area. Come along for an afternoon of arts and crafts, music, refreshments and activities for all the family.

Big music session to be led by the Black Stuff, El Diablo, Tanya Mc Cole and plenty of local musicians. Tickets available at door. Contact Deborah Mc Mullin for more details 085 782 1872/9551671

Glenties Notes 9th April 2008

By on April 9, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

Congratulations to Mary and Gerard Mc Nelis, Kilclooney, Portnoo on the birth last week of their second child, a baby sister (Katie) for Alana. Mary is a daughter of Zeta and the late Seamus Mc Closkey, Main St. Glenties.

Congratulations to Martina and Michael O’Connell who live in Co, Wicklow on the birth recently of their first child, a baby boy. Martina is a daughter of Frankie and Nora Campbell, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Evelyn Ward, Straboy, Glenties and Charles Mc Manus, Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim who were married in St. Conal’s Church, Kilclooney on Saturday last.

Congratulations and best wishes to Peadar Ó Baoill from Fintown who is representing Donegal in Solo Singing in the Scór All-Ireland Final in Killarney, Co. Kerry on 26th April.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Sharon Gallagher, Upper Kilraine on the death last week of her brother Daniel Callaghan, Cloghan, Glenfin, as a result of an accident.

The winners in the Church of Ireland Easter Draw were as follows – Dee Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties – Hamper. Patrick Kennedy, Main Street, Glenties – Cake. Frankie Devine, Mully – Whiskey. Sarah Quinn, Mully – Sweets. Thanks to all for your generous support.

The death took place at his home on Sunday 30th March of Dr. Frank E. Curran, Killybegs. His remains were brought to St. Mary’s Church, Killybegs on Tuesday morning. Five Priests concelebrated Requiem Mass. Members of his family and friends did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Burial took place in Bruckless Graveyard. He is survived by his wife, Alicia, five sons, Chris, Louis, Karl, John and Hugh, one daughter, Cathy, three sisters, Annamae, Margaret and Maura, three brothers, Daniel, John and Neil, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Dr. Curran was a native of Glenties and was a son of the late John and Annie Curran, Church Road.

There will be a meeting of Glenties Parish Council on Thursday evening 10th April in the Highlands Hotel at 9.00p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Simon Wall, Architect, Westport Town Council, will give A Presentation on Town Planning, relevant to Tidy Towns, on Friday 11th April at 7.30p.m. in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. It would be appreciated if representatives from businesses, estates, the town and other interested parties attend this presentation.

Emissions Monitor

By on April 3, 2008 | Category: Parish Council | No Comments

As part of the new mast being constructed at the Garda station a probe was installed to monitor the emissions of the current mast so that it could be compared to the new mast when it is completed.

The probed was installed on the 7th of March and has been running since. The current mast is showing emissions well below the legal limit.

The monitor results can be accessed here:

Glenties Notes 31st March 2008

By on March 31, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

On Saturday 15th March 2008 Brendan Mc Geehan and Brenda Molloy were married in St. Crona’s Church, Dungloe. Fr. Seamus Gallagher assisted by Fr. Gerard Cunningham and Fr. Kevin Gillespie officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass. Brendan is a son of Owen and Jennie Mc Geehan, Meenmore East, Fintown and Brenda is a daughter of Pat and Breid Molloy, Tangavane, Dungloe. Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her two friends, Geraldine Bonner and Diane Byrne. Derek Mc Geehan, brother of the groom was bestman and another brother, Rory was groomsman. Niamh Mc Geehan Bonner, niece of the groom, was a flowergirl. Ciaran and Patrick Molloy, nephews of the bride and Paul O’Donnell, her cousin were pageboys. Readings were by Hugh Martin Molloy, brother of the bride and Adrian Mc Geehan, brother of the groom. Mairead and Kieran Mc Geehan, Helen Marie O’ Donnell and John Browne read Prayers of the Faithful. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by Bried Molloy and Jennie Mc Geehan, mothers of the bride and groom. A Reflection was read by Barry Mc Geehan. Music and singing was by Jimmy Molloy, Jenifer and Sara Laughlin and Dara Gillen. The reception was held in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny and the honeymoon was spent in Florida. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Phil Boyle, Rathangan, Co. Kildare and formerly of Maas, Glenties, who died on Saturday 29th March 2008 and was buried in Rathangan on Monday last.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family, sisters, brothers, other relatives and friends of Dr. Frank E. Curran, Killybegs, who died on Sunday 30th March 2008. Dr. Curran, a native of Glenties was a son of the late John and Annie Curran, Church Road, Glenties.

Glenties Notes 27th March 2008

By on March 27, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Ellen Boyle, Mullantyboyle and formerly Straoughter, Glenties who celebrated her 100th Birthday recently in Killybegs Hospital.

Rehearsals for the Musical in Scoil Mhuire Gym will commence in the Gym, on Friday 4th April from 4 p.m. sharp to 6 p.m. Please note – All children must be collected by a parent or guardian at 6 p.m. and signed out. Any parent wishing to help in any way please give your name to one of the supervisors at rehearsals.

The Scór Sinsear Ulster Final will be held on Saturday 29th March in Silverbridge, Co. Armagh at 7.30 p.m. Peadar Ó Baoill from Fintown is representing Donegal in the Solo Singing Competition. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Any person interested in travelling to Silverbridge please contact Frank Mc Guinness at 9551284 or James Ellis at 9546262 / 087 6631118 to book a seat on the bus.

Next Sunday 30th March is Divine Mercy Sunday. It will be celebrated in Knock with concelebrated Mass and Divine Mercy Devotions. A bus will leave Glenties at 8.30 a.m. Anyone interested in travelling to Knock should leave their name in Mc Guinness’ Café or telephone 9551284.

Eddie Stones will conduct a ‘Day of Prayer and Healing’ in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly, Co. Derry on Saturday 12th April. A bus will leave from Mc Guinness’ Café. Glenties at 8.30 a.m. To book a seat contact 9551284.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 13th March 2008

By on March 27, 2008 | Category: Parish Council | No Comments


No meeting of the Museum Committee had taken place but one is to be organised before the next Parish Council meeting. Enda Bonner said that Eileen Burges wants to put library into Community Centre. It was decided that the Community Centre Committee should be approached again to push for the small room to be used as library. The Committee had said in the past that it wasn’t suitable because of the computers and equipment the FAS use these for courses. The open area in the community centre was ruled out as all the books would have to be locked away when not in use.

James is to send a letter to Community Centre Committee regarding the problem.

The new fire station has been totally ruled out as an alternative location.

Enda confirmed that the old fire station has been secured as a site for a new library but there is no money available for the project. The new library at old fire station is 2nd in the Glenties electoral area and others in the county are pushing too. 

Health Centre

James received a letter during the week saying the design team is to be appointed by March/April. Dates have been moved from January to March and now to April. Pat the Cope has confirmed the design team could still be in place by end of March and it’s pushing ahead as quickly as can be.


All local Co. Councillors were invited to the meeting and Enda Bonner was present to discuss allocation of money in the area.


€375,000 allocated to Kilraine Junction

From the allocations made in 2007 the Tullyard road got €24,000 and Gortnasillagh got €49,600 both have been marked as completed by the Co. Council

The following allocations have been made for 2008 

  • €375,000 for the Kilraine junction only. The Co. Council asked for €1 million. 
  • €300,000 for the Frosses to Glenties road 
  • €23,400 for tarring on the Menahalla road

Under the 3 year plan for roads €200,000 has been allocated to the Glenties to Shallogans road and more will come next year.

Enda made the point that strengthening roads comes under the 3 year plan and tarring money comes up every year so any roads needing work would have to be brought to Enda’s attention so that he can apply for money for next year.

Tullyard and Church Road

Enda confirmed that he was looking into the land behind the Industrial Units for the use as a link road between the Tullyard and Church road but also made the point that if the link road goes ahead developers will lose out on land and the Co. Council will lose out on development charges.

There are 5 or 6 turnkey developments on these roads currently proposed to the Co. Council. Enda is trying to get the development on the Church Road passed as he wants the development charges to be used to widen the road and put in a proper footpath.

Because there is so much development proposed for these roads the Council will not be carrying out any work on either road. Enda is to look for the developers to fix these roads when developments are complete. He will follow up on this as the 34 houses currently occupied have been left with a road that two cars are unable to pass and has a very bad surface.

Pedestrian Crossing

James was speaking to Brian Cannon who said that the crossing at the bridge will never be a proper pedestrian crossing as there isn’t enough traffic. Enda is to make more enquires.

Points raised from the floor: 

  • The current location is the most suitable place to cross in town 
  • The planted pots on the bridge are too far out and you can’t see if cars are coming. 
  • With the large number of pupils at the Comprehensive would there not be greater need for pedestrian crossing at that end of the town.


There will be no improvement until the new treatment plant is built and there are still no tender documents set out. Enda is to check if Ard McGill and Ard Patrick are to be pumped to new location

Old Fire Station buildings

It was asked if the tidy towns sent a letter to the Co. Council regarding using the out buildings for lawn mowers etc. James is to chase up and Francis Brennan is to ask Kieran Kennedy

Public Toilets

More work was done to the toilets. James and Paddy checked the work and felt the job was satisfactory. All sanitary fixtures and fittings work. The point was made from the floor that the fixtures and fittings needed to be updated because of the way they looked also the old roof was leaking and would need to be fixed. Enda is to mention this and chase up.


Paddy and James met with Superintendent McFadden last Friday to discuss issues 

  1. Eircom poles on high road (Derries) are now in the middle of the road and are very dangerous. Eircom advised that if the people living there wanted to pay they would be moved. James to pursue this through the Gardai as a health hazard. 
  2. The lack of a footpath on the Station Road was raised as a health and safety matter. 
  3. Friday night disco – a lot of work is being done by the Gardai. Over the last couple of key weekends buses were being stopped and any drink on board is seized. Drunken teenagers were not aloud off the buses and so drivers had to take them back. Other buses were turned away. There is a heavy Gardai presence on these nights and it’s a problem being tackled nationally.

Points raised by the Garda in attendance: 

  • The problem with Friday nights is that there is no drink being sold to the teenagers in Glenties it’s before they get on the buses. 
  • All the pubs have been visited to make sure ID is requested. 
  • The Limelight is inforcing the use of the Gardai ID cards. 
  • Saturday night underage drinking being checked
    • The problem is improving 
  • Drinking on street is not illegal in Glenties. A by-law needs to be passed by the town but this would mean that pubs could no longer have a seating area out on the street for use during the summer. 
  • There is a drug awareness meeting by Janet Dean in the Comprehensive School on the 9th April at 7:30pm

Points raised from the floor: 

  • Car horns being blown in the town by young people 
  • It was asked if the town had a Civic/Community Garda that is dedicated to the town, call to youth clubs and the outreach program

Concerns regarding safety should be brought to the Parish Council or direct to the Gardai



There are lights off at the church entrance. The problem was reported but was told it would take 21 days to get fixed.

There are lights not working next to Dr. Cooke’s house and because of this the road is very dark at that point.
There are also lights no working in Dr. McCloskey Crescent


The point was raised that the community are worried about vulnerable in the area not being able to afford medication.

Famine Graveyard

It was brought to Donna’s attention that there are no signs to the Famine Graveyard. Also the Comprehensive used to maintain a certain amount of land beside the graveyard and this is no longer being maintained and is now a mess

Tidy Town

There is disappointment in lack of interest shown from the Co. Council in relation to the tidy towns and the 50th year celebration. Enda confirmed there is no funding. Glenties is being looked at as the host town for this year’s competition. The Tidy Town committee will look to the Department of the Environment, Pat the Cope and Mary Coughlan for funding.


The publicans and other traders should be requested to come to the meeting to get their views on the new by-law.

Ethic Minorities

The Parish Council is for everyo
ne in the parish and so the ethic minorities in the area should be invited to the meetings.

Glenties Website

It was asked that people look at the Glenties website.

Next meeting Thursday 10th April at 9:00 in Highlands Hotel

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