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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 10th July 2008

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Minutes of previous meeting were read

Proposed by: Joseph Brennan
Seconded by: Hugo McDyre

Councilors in attendance were:

  • Terance Slowey
  • David Alcorn
  • Enda Bonner

Public Toilets

Nothing new since last meeting


All councilors were met at the Tidy Town presentation in Dungloe. Each was given a letter which Paddy read out.

Ard Connell

The work on the water pipes in Ard Connell has been brought up on several occasions at Council meetings. If all Councilor in the area agree then €86,000 will be spent on fixing the problem. It was suggested that if further funding could be found then the footpath could be done at the same time.


The ESB have stated that they will not undertake the upkeep of the lights in Naomh Connaill Close as they are not up to the spec required.


When the list of playgrounds was being produced 18 months ago Loughanure was place at No. 1 since their site was further on and looked like the more feasible project at the time. Since then they have run into problems but as it will cost much less to complete their playground they have remained top of the list. The Glenties playground will cost in the region of €120,000 and will move to the top of the list once Loughanure goes to tender. The competition date for the Glenties playground will be in the first half of 2009.

Sewage Scheme

The County Council has to put up 27% of the total cost; it will take time to get the funding in place. The plans for the scheme have now gone back to Dublin to be checked again and so this will hold the project up some more. The sewage scheme is going to be a long project and it can’t be rushed.


The current plan for the library is to get a temporary place open and then work towards getting a new building. The Community Centre Committee raised some concerns over the requirements from the Library committee but they are still willing to work with them as hopefully it’s only a temporary solution. Terance mentioned an online system that’s being used in the County. Where people reserve their books and pick them up from a collection/drop off point in the town. This could be used to reduce the space needed in the Community Centre.

Tullyard Road

Planning permission was granted to the developers with the condition that if the road was damaged then the developers had to repair it. If the money is received from the remaining developers is will be spent repairing the road. The planning engineers have been asked to follow up on conditions of granted planning. It was pointed out that the road has become very dangerous with young drivers.


Town Renewal Phase 2

The councilors mentioned that the town renewal phase 2 will be coming up and if there’s anything that needs doing should be put in. The bridge needs lights and could even possibly need replacing sometime in the future. The footpath in place on the street is falling apart with large cracks and holes appearing.

Tidy Town

The Tidy Town received €8,000 from the Council and they hope to have the fountain finished by the end of August.


The next meeting will be 18th September

Naomh Conaill Notes 28th July 2008

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There was no winner of last weeks lotto.Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Muriel Hegarty,Glenties and John Boyle,Knockleitrecha.The numbers drawn were 3,16,18,19.The jackpot now stands at 2,800Euro.

The Minors beat Ardara 2-12 to 1-09 in Glenties last Wednesday and the teams will now meet in a play off which will take place on Wednesday 30th July at 7.30pm in Dunkineely.

Well done to the Senior team who put on a fantastic display against Cloughaneely in the championship last Sunday evening in Glenswilly dominating the game from start to finish running out convincing winners. They now meet Four Masters in the next round.

The Reserves made their exit from the championship dispite putting in a good first half performance and leading by 2pts at the break Cloughaneely got on top of them in the second half and they lost out by 1pt.

The Third meet Ardara in Ardara in a play off this Friday evening at 7.30pm with the winners progressing to the next round of the Junior B championship

The club are taking out a calender for 2009 and anyone interested can buy a day on the calender for 10Euro and display a message or greeting.For more imformation contact Paddy Boyle or Muriel Hegarty.

Nationwide Special on Glenties Tidy Town

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Glenties Notes 25th July 2008

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The annual Church Gate Collection on behalf of the Labour party will be taken up in Fintown on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July. Your generous response would be appreciated.

Water Safety Swim Week this year runs from next Monday 28th July to Saturday 2nd August at Narin Strand and at Portnoo Harbour. Beginners and improvers will be catered for. Basic Life Support and CPR training will be among the skills taught by experienced instructors to the more advanced classes during the week. The registration will take place at the promenade in Narin at 11a.m. on Monday 28th July. All are welcome.

The Irish Wheelchair Association Church Gate Collection taken up in Glenties recently amounted to 955 Euro. The amounted taken up in Edeninfagh was 143.16 Euro. Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously.

Falcarragh Folk Choir recently launched a CD ~ “Buiochas” ~ a collection of inspirational songs and music, with all proceeds going to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin. The CDs are available in most pharmacy outlets throughout the county and cost 15 Euro. Please support.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Gracie Mc Dyer, Mullantyboyle, Glenties, who died last Sunday morning.

The results of the Angling Competition held on Lough Finn on Sunday 20th July are as follows: 1st John Nolan, Belfast. 2nd Darren Molloy, Fintown. 3rd John Mc Loone, Derry. An Cumann Iascairi wish to thank Eamonn Sweeney, Donegal Travel, Dungloe for his generous sponsorship of this competition. We also thank Naughton’s Bar for refreshments afterwards. Our next competition is a Ladies and Juniors Competition on August 10th and our next Senior Competition is on August 16th.

E.S.O.L. Courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Classes will start week beginning 8th September 2008. Pre-basic: Basic: Intermediate. E.S.O.L. classes are free. Call David Kirwan at 0749173795 / 086-1740643.

County Donegal Vocational Education Committee Essential Skills Certificate in General Learning ~ FETAC Level 2 English, Maths, Computers. This 60 hour foundation course will give you the basics to progress to other courses or training. Classes will start week beginning 15th September 2008. Small groups with plenty of support. Tuition on your doorstep. Contact Adele Davin, Donegal Town ~ 074 9721705 / 086-8207338 or David Kirwan, Raphoe / Ballybofey ~ 086-1740643 or Brid Mc Intyre, Letterkenny ~ 074 9161699 / 086-1740683.

Glenties Notes 17th July 2008

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Congratulations to Fiona and John Boyle, Main Street, Glenties on the birth recently of their third child, a baby sister (Emer) for Emma and Ellie.

Congratulations to Pauline and John Paul Gallagher Kilraine, Glenties on the birth recently of their third child, a baby brother (Aidan) for Callum and Paul.

Congratulations to Kathleen Bonner and Chad Leafer, North Carolina on the birth on the 1st July 2008 of their first child, a baby boy (Charlie, Byron). Kathleen is a daughter of Neily and Barbara Bonner, Straboy, Glenties.

The annual walk in aid of Kidney Dialysis Comfort Fund takes place next Saturday 19th July. It will leave the Glen Tavern at noon going by Edeninfagh, The Croaghs and Tangavane. Why not join in and see some of our lovely countryside while at the same time supporting this very worthy cause. For further information ring 074 9551170 or 9557978.

The Olive Tree Restaurant is now open in the Dolmen Centre, Kilclooney at weekends – Friday 7.00 p.m. ~ 9.30 p.m. Saturday 5.00 p.m. ~ 9.30 p.m. and Sunday 3 00 p.m. ~ 9.30 p.m. “Why not come and sample our homemade Fayre with a little Italian Flair”.

The winners of the recent “Jan Mc Geehan Memorial Fishing Competition on Lough Finn are as follows – 1st Rebecca Wright, Loughnabradden, Fintown. 2nd Ann Quinn, Loughmuck, Fintown and 3rd James Quinn, Loughmuck, Fintown. Cumann Iascairi Bhaile na Finne would like to thank Michael Mc Geehan for his continued sponsorship of this annual competition. Thanks also to the large number of anglers who took part in the competition and to the Railway Inn Bar for the refreshments afterwards. Next Sunday 20th July the Seniors Open Competition will take place from 12 noon until 6.00p.m. with valuable prizes. Everyone is welcome.

Congratulations and best wishes to Breid Brennan and Kenneth Finnigan, Dundalk who were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara on Saturday 12th July 2008. Breid is a daughter of Sean and Margaret Brennan, Doohill, Ardara (formerly Glen Road, Glenties).

A Medugorje Peace Mass will be celebrated in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday 24th July at 8.00p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Donegal Hospice Church Gate Collection taken recently in Glenties amounted to 1,571.04 Euro and in Edeninfagh it amounted to 218.96 Euro. Thanks to the collectors and to all who contributed.

Plans are afoot at Edeninfagh NS to commemorate the school’s 70th Anniversary in October this year. The staff are currently compiling a history of the school and would appreciate the help of former students. If anyone has photos, stories and items of interest from the past, we would be grateful if you could contact Mary Quinn at the Glen Tavern. If you feel you would like to contribute to the arranging of the 70th Celebration could you also contact Mary Quinn.

RTE News – Opening of Patrick MacGill Summer School 2008

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Glenties Notes 8th July 2008

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A Cake Sale will be held in the Community Centre, Glenties on Saturday evening 12th July in aid of the Church of Ireland. Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. Come along and give your support to this fund-raising effort and pick up some goodies as well.

A Child Minder is required in Glenties for three children in their own home- 2 days per week to start mid – August. One school run. If interested ring 086 1907030.

The annual swim week takes place this year from Monday 28th July – Saturday 2nd August. Beginners of any age catered for. Basic Life Support and CPR instruction will be given for the advanced groups. If more information is required please phone Clodagh Duggan. Registration will take place in Narin on Monday 28th July at 11 a.m.

The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association will be taken up before all the Masses next weekend – Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July.

The Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection taken up recently amounted to 1,142 Euro. Sincere thanks to all who contributed.

The Down’s Syndrome Church Gate Collection taken up recently in Edeninfagh amounted to 200 Euro. Sincere thanks to all who contributed.

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

Dancing at Lughnasa in Glenties

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Glenties Notes 4th July 2008

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Happy 50th Birthday to Lawrence Mc Cole (Larry), Castleknock, Dublin (originally of Glen Road, Glenties) from your wife Teresa, daughter Suzanne, son Colm, brothers and sisters in Donegal, Dublin and England and relatives and close friends in both Ireland and overseas. Also, congratulations on your 30 years service in An Garda Siochana.

A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Colmcille’s Church in Fintown for Johnny and Maggie Quinn from Loughmuck and all the Dearly Departed members of their extended family. 
The Mass will be held at 4 o’clock on Sat. July 19, 2008. Many members of the extended Quinn family will be in attendace. The general public are also invited to attend the Mass to commenmorate members of the Quinn family that have passed on. 

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 12th June 2008

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

Public Toilets

Nothing new to repost since last meeting


Martin Breslin said he had received nothing form the last push on the councillors and was told by Terance Slowey that Loughanure is still on top of the list and Glenties wouldn’t get the support needed from the other Councillors. The point was made that this shows how Glenties is losing support due to the lack of public representatives in the area. Being number 2 on the list means that we have to wait until Loughanure is finished or close to being finished before we can finish our playground.

Martin suggested that the Parish Council should do something coming up to next year’s local elections and maybe the possibility of putting forward a community candidate. It was suggested that letters should be sent to the papers explaining how Glenties is being left behind.

The point was raised that people in the area are of the opinion that the playground belongs to the playschool but this is not right. The play is separate to everything and will be a public amenity.


Although the museum was offered for use by the library, the library committee turned it down and you rather use the community centre. The Community Centre Committee have said that they are happy to do what’s needed if the library wants to use the centre.

Health Centre

Paddy read a letter received from Pat “The Cope” Gallagher. Progress is being made and detailed drawings should be available next month.

Industrial Units

Nothing new to report since last meeting


The mounted unit has been requested for the Fair Day this year.

The point was raised that parking in Dr. McCloskey Crescent on Saturday nights is becoming a problem. The meeting was told that the parking laws in the town were now being strictly enforced and people should be careful where they park or they’ll get a parking fine.

It was suggested that having a coach parking area could an advantage to the town with the increased number of coach tours passing through the town this year. The bray was put forward as a possible place and the council will be pressed for signs.

If anyone has in problems in the town they should phone the Garda Station on 074 95 51108. There’s someone there 24 hours a day.


The point was raised that the people of the town have been having problems with the water supply from time to time. The meeting was told that there was no water on the bray face for around 14 hours the night before. The current water supply is under a group scheme and there is no sign of the Council adopting the scheme. The trustees need to be found and contacted to what the current situation is with the scheme.


Glenties Area Resource Centre

250 questionnaires were distributed and over 100 responses were received. The final results will be used to get politicians on board for seeking funding for projects in the town. It is stilled planned to be a 2-3 year plan and it’s only starting now. The plan is to use the site of the old fire station and while the project is ongoing it should stop the Council from selling the building.

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

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