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Glenties Notes1st May 2008

By on May 1, 2008 | Category: Glenties,News | No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 10th April 2008

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

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


Terence Slowey

Old Fire Station

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

Health Centre

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


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

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

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

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


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

Public Toilets

County Council to look about getting paint, no further update


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

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

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


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


No update

Famine Graveyard

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

Tidy Towns

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


Nothing to report

Ethnic Minorities

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


Harvest Fair

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

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

Pedestrian Crossing

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


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

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

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

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

Playground committee and the tidy towns to meet

Church Road Industrial Units

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

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

Better update for the next meeting


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

ESB Pole

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

Lights on bridge

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


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

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

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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

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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.

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