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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 13th March 2008

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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

Glenties Notes 17th March 2008

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Sincere sympathy is extended to Daisy Sweeney and family, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties on the death last week of Daisy’s brother Joe Browne, Crossroads, Killygordan.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Fr. Paul Gallagher C.C. Glenties on the death of his aunt, Sheila Rutherford, Falcarragh, which took place last week.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bella Mc Gill, Main Street, Glenties on the recent death of her grandson, Colin Mc Gill, Orpington, Kent; also to his wife, Kelly, children, Danny, Jeannie and Sonny, his parents, James and Mary, sister, Nicola and all his relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Maureen Kennedy and family, Letterilly, Glenties on the death of Maureen’s father, John Mc Bride, Creeslough, which took place last week.

Holy Thursday – Mass of Chrism will be celebrated in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

St. Connell’s Church, Glenties – Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30p.m. Good Friday – The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3.00p.m. Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil Mass – 9.00p.m. Candles will be provided for use during this ceremony. The 11.00a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday 23rd March will be celebrated as the Family Mass, for which the children of the Parish will prepare the Liturgy.

Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh – Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30p.m. Good Friday – The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3.00p.m. Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil Mass – 9.00p.m.

Candles will be provided for use during the Service of Light.

It will be 50 years this year since Glenties first won the Tidy Towns Competition and it is hoped to mark this occasion with some celebrations. The committee are looking for memorabilia relating to the last 50 years, e.g. newspaper cuttings, photos, etc. Items can be given to Mary Thompson or left into The Highlands Hotel. We would appreciate everyone getting involved in the upkeep of buildings and surrounding areas.

There will be a disco for all primary school children on Saturday 22nd March from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Afterschool Building, Glen Road, Glenties (across from Scoil Mhuire). Admission is 5 Euro per child. A Tuck Shop will be open where children can buy goodies. All proceeds will go towards Barnardos. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and support this good cause.

A Monster Bingo will take place in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 25th March. Doors will open at 7.30p.m. Single Books are 20 Euro and Double Books are 30 Euro. Jackpot Sheet is 5 Euro. Prizes are – Games 1 – 5 – Line – 100 Euro and House – 400 Euro. Jackpot – Line – 300 Euro and House – 3,000 Euro. Games 6 – 10 – Line 100 Euro and House – 500 Euro. Your support would be much appreciated.

The Parents Committee of St. Riaghan’s N.S. Drimnacrosh are holding a Cake Sale in the Community Centre, Glenties after the 11 a.m. Family Mass on Easter Sunday. 

Glenties Notes 12th March 2008

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Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties who ran last October in the Dublin City Marathon in aid of the Donegal Branch of the Alzheimer Society and raised 2,000Euro. Well done Michael.

The Alzheimer Society wish to thank everyone who contributed and helped out in the recent collection. The amount raised was 814.86 Euro. Thank You.

There will be a meeting of Glenties Parish Council on Thursday evening 13th March in the Highlands Hotel at 9.00p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Due to St. Patrick’s Day falling on Holy Week, the Masses for St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 14th March at 7.30p.m. and Saturday 15th March at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The 11 a.m. Mass will be in Irish. Mass for St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 15th March.

Next Sunday 16th March, Easter Confessions will be immediately after the 9.30 Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh.

Naomh Conaill Club membership is now due and should be paid before 31st March. Adult membership is 30 Euro and underage membership is 10 Euro. There is also the 100 Euro subscription, which includes club membership and entry into the weekly club Lotto. We would like to encourage all members, parents and anyone living away from home to take up this offer in supporting the club. Membership forms can be got in Mc Glincheys or from any club officer.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported Daffodil Day on Friday 7th March. The amount raised in our area was 3702.32 Euro. Well done. 

Glenties Notes 7th March 2008

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Congratulations to Grainne Breslin and Colin Mooney who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday last.

Congratulations to Jenifer and Patrick Roarty, Killarney on the birth recently of their third child, a baby sister for Tiernan and Fiachra. Patrick is a son of Fergus and Breege Roarty, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties.

Scoil Mhuire Book Fair is on this week from Tuesday 4th March until Friday 7th March, from 3.00p.m. – 4.30 daily and from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. on Wednesday.

A Celebration for the 40th Anniversary of St. Columba’s Comprehensive School will be held on Saturday 6th September. If you are interested in attending, please contact the school at 9551172 and leave your name and the year you first attended the school.

A Service for Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 7th March, in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties in the small Chapel at 8.30p.m.

Next Sunday 9th March the 11.00a.m. Mass in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties will be celebrated as the Family Mass, for which the Children of the Parish prepare the Liturgy. 

South-west pool competition

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One of the most prestigious and lucrative  (winner’s prize of €1000) pool competitions to take place in the south-west is being held in Paddy’s Bar, Glenties over the coming weeks.

There is one – and possibly more – qualifying places up for grabs for Finals Night; the other places will be filled by players who are among the best in the south-west. The invited players include Stevie Anderson, who has played at the highest level in inter-varsities pool and won the recent Doherty’s open; Joe Doherty, who was ranked as high as number five in Ireland’s Pub Players’ Tour; and Marty Boyle, who has won numerous singles and team competitions. 

If you are interested in participating in this competition, or would like more information, you can visit or you can contact Dermot Hegarty on 0863241907.

Glenties Notes 29th February 2008

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Congratulations to Margaret (nee Gill) and Brian Gildea, Narin Road, Glenties on the birth of their third child, a baby brother (Cian) for Conor and Daniel.

Congratulations to Amanda and Laurence Gallagher, Letterkenny on the birth recently of their second child, a little sister for Alisha. Laurence is a son of Eileen and the late Cormac Gallagher, Main St. Glenties.

Congratulations to Kieran Bonner, Straboy, Glenties and Marie Conroy from County Laois who got engaged recently.

Congratulations to Martin Gallagher who topped the poll at the Ogra Fainna Fail Conference in Tullamore, Co. Offally, when he was elected to the National Executive of Ogra Fianna Fail representing Connaught Ulster. Martin is a son of John and Eithne Gallagher, Church Road, Glenties. Congratulations also to Ian Molloy who will be representing Third Level on the College Panel. Ian is a son of John and Jackie Molloy, Mully, Glenties. Well done boys.

The Ionad Pobal agus Spoirt Naomh Mhuire Teo committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support. The Christmas Concert was very successful and everyone will agree that the performances were brilliant. There is massive talent in all our young people. We would like to say congratulations to all the winners in the Christmas Draw – Rose Mc Dyer, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties – 2,500 Euro. Bridget Kee, Mullantyboyle, Glenties – 1,000 Euro. Logan and Shana Quinn, Straboy, Glenties – 500 Euro. Liam Farren, Derry – 200 Euro. Christine Breslin, Kilraine, Bridie Boyle, Station Road and Helen Sully, Station Road, Glenties – 100 Euro each. The Gym is a great facility and we are glad to see it being used. Contact 087-6613365 to book the sports hall. It is hoped to have Mass and the Blessing of the Gym very shortly and parents will be notified.

A group will be going on pilgrimage to Medjugorje on the 10th May 2008. The cost is 579 Euro for seven nights – Full board. They will be departing from Belfast. For further information contact Noreen Feeney at 074 9541689. 

Glenties Notes 22nd February 2008

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A Table Quiz in aid of St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin will take place in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties at 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 27th February and will take place every Wednesday until further notice. Four per team and entry fee is 5 Euro per person. Come along and have a good night’s fun and support this very worthy cause.

A Night of Céilí and Barn Dancing will be held by Club Céilí na Gleannta in The Community Centre, Glenties from 9.00 p.m. – 12.00 on Friday 29th February. Music is by The Gallagher Sisters and Art Mc Nally. Admission is 8 Euro. Supper will be served.

A Special Day Pilgrimage in Knock to honour St. Joseph will take place on Friday 14th March. The programme is as follows :- 1.45 p.m. – Assemble in Basilica. 2.00p.m. – Reflection on St. Joseph and Fatherhood will be delivered by Fr. John Harris O.P. 2.30 p.m. – Stations of the Cross. 3.00 p.m. Mass followed by Benediction and General Blessing. Confessions will be available from early morning through the day. For further details, contact Margaret Davin at 086 3891595 or Sean Davin at 086 2590747.

Keyboard Lessons for Beginners will commence on Saturday 23rd February. For further information please contact Laura Mc Ginley Dip. B.M.C. at 087 6362590 after 7.00 p.m. 

Glenties Notes 13th February 2008

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A Night of Céilí and Barn Dancing will be held by Club Céilí na Gleannta in The Community Centre, Glenties on Friday 29th February. Music is by The Gallagher Sisters and Art Mc Nally. Admission is 8 Euro. Supper will be served.

Congratulations to Glenda Kane Mountcharles and Stephen Love Donegal Town who were married in Mountcharles on Saturday 2nd February 2008. Glenda is a granddaughter of the late Denis and Mary Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties and daughter of Ann and Michael Kane, Mountcharles. She has recently opened a Barber Shop in Glenties.

A meeting of the Glenties Parish Council will be held tonight Thursday 14th February in the Highlands Hotel at 9.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Congratulations to Paula and John Roarty, Straboy, Glenties on the birth of their sixth child a little brother (Neil) for Shaun, Catlyn, Conor, Liam and Finbar.

Congratulations to Marie Bonner, Glen Road and Darren Melly, Main Street, Glenties who got engaged recently.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Liam Duffin and family, Station Road, Glenties on the death last week in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, of Liam’s sister, Maura Mc Elhinney, Ramelton.

Glenties Notes 7th February 2008

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The death took place at Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday evening 30th January 2008 of Kathleen Brennan (nee Byrne), Main Street, Glenties. Her remains were brought to the home of her cousin Bernie Mc Loone, Main Street, on Thursday afternoon and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday evening. Kathleen’s cousin, Fr. John Mc Loone assisted by Fr. Pat Prendergast concelebrated Requiem Mass on Saturday morning at 11.00a.m. Readings were by Mary Francis Long and John Mc Loone. Fr. John read Prayers of the Faithful. Declan, Mary, Nicola and Chloe Mc Loone brought the Gifts to the Altar. A Reflection was read by Ann Mc Loone. Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’ Donnell. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Kathleen is survived by cousins, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Her husband Thomas predeceased her in November 1990. Kathleen lived all her life in Glenties where she had a Drapery Business until recent years.

Plans are afoot at Edeninfagh National School to commemorate the school’s 70th Anniversary in October of this year. The staff is 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 contribute to the arranging of the 70th celebration could you also contact Mary Quinn.

Tá dusraith leaghta cheanna féin le céiliúradh 70ú blain a dhéanamh ar S.N. Èadain Fhionn Fhraoich ag deireadh mí Deireadh Fómhair. Tá foireann na scoile ag bailiú eolais maidir le stair na scoile. Iarrtar ar iar-scolairí ghriangrafanna, scéaltaí nó foinsí eolais a fhágail istigh ag Mary Quinn sa Glen Tavern. Má tá suim ag aon duine pairt a ghlacadh sa chéiliúradh seo chuir glaoch ar Mary Quinn.

Charlie Daly Fianna Fail Cumann A.G.M. will take place in the Highlands Hotel on Friday evening 8th February at 8.00p.m. Also, on the same evening, Ogra C.D.C. are holding a Table Quiz at 9.00 p.m. in the same venue. Teams of four – 40 Euro per table. Your support would be very much appreciated. There will also be a raffle on the night.

Congratulations to James Trimble who graduated from University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Science Degree. James is a son of Patrick and Margaret Trimble, Maas, Glenties and is a past pupil of Kilkenny National School and St. Columba’s Comprehensive, School, Glenties. He is currently teaching in Community College, Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Special Olympics will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend. The collection will provide sports events, for people of all ages with a learning disability.

A new scheme has been announced for farmers who have a walkway through their land. This scheme will start with the Bluestack Way from Donegal Town to Ardara via Lough Eske, Drimarone, Doobin, Meenahalla and along the river from Glenties to Ardara. Any farmer or landowner along this route who is interested in details of the scheme should contact John at 086 6059220 or Frank Kelly D.L.D.C. at 074 9127057. A meeting with landowners will take place in due course.

The White Oaks Centre, Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal provides a residential treatment programme for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. The majority of the Rehabilitation Centre’s 700 clients are from Donegal. The centre is appealing for financial help and every parish has been asked to hold a once-off collection on the first Sunday of Lent. If you would like to support this cause please put your donation into the Offertory Collection basket next Saturday and Sunday – 9th / 10th February.

Yoga evening Class takes place in the Community Centre, Glenties on Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9pm.

The following classes are part – funded by the Community Education Support Programme of Donegal VEC. 

Payroll- Manual & Computerised, 8 weeks in the Community Centre, Glenties, Monday night, 7.30 – 9 pm, Cost €50. Start date 11th Feb. Places available.

Digital Photography (basic), 8 weeks in the Community Centre, Glenties, Date & time to be decided, subject to interested numbers. Places available.

To register for or get more information on any of the above classes, Call Ann or Bernie @ 9545879.

Glenties Notes 30th January 2008

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Blessing of St. Brigid’s Crosses will take place at both Masses – 9.30a.m. & 7.30p.m. in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 1st February. Blessing of Crosses will take place at 6.00p.m. Mass in The Church of The Holy Family, Edeninfagh.

Blessing of Candles will take place at both Masses 11.00a.m. & 7.30p.m. in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 2nd February . Blessing of Candles will take place at 12 Mid-day Mass in Edeninfagh. Candles will be on sale at the door of the Church. Packets of six are 5 Euro.

St. Blaise is the Patron Saint of Sore Throats and Sick Cattle. Blessing of the Throats will take place at Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses in Glenties and at 9.30a.m. Mass in Edeninfagh.

A good night out for all the family will take place on St. Brigid’s Night Thursday 31st January in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties, with Cross Making, Irish Dancing, Raffle and Supper. Music is by Frank Mc Ghee. Proceeds are in aid of the Glenties Fun Park. Admission is 7 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for children, Family (2 adults + 2 children) 15 Euro. Come along and enjoy a good night’s fun and support this worthwhile cause.

Construction work is currently being carried out in the Park in front of the Parochial House. It is important that children do not enter the area while this work is in progress.

A Safepass Course will be held in the Market Hall on Monday 11th February. Some places are available. Check the expiry date on your current pass; it may expire in February 2008. For details contact 074 9140841 or 086 6033927 or 086 3961533.

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