Glenties Notes 1st June 2017

Glenties Community Centre
Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €6500 on 45 numbers or less. If not won €300 will be paid out, €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE Scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural workers and Museum workers.  C.E criteria applies.
C.E workers can avail of training to up skill whilst on CE scheme. To apply for the above please e-mail glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or telephone 0879695053 or further information.

Snooker Room open from 6pm – 10pm.
Yoga Classes – Wednesday from 6.15pm – 7.45pm. Yogis Beaga
12.30 pm (0-4 Years), parent & child 5.30pm Wednesday. For more information or to book a mat 0879667142.
Donegal Kung Fu for adults and kid, for more details contact
Mark Kinsella 0863665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo. co.uk
Parent & Toddler Group – Monday morning’s from 10.00 a.m – 12.00 noon

Bingo Winners 16/05/2017
€25 Winners – Mary Mc Geehan,Breege Roarty, Bridget Kee, Hilary Meehan, Jenny Furey, Jenny Benson.
€50 Winners: Paula Hegarty, Philemena McCallig, Kathleen Gallagher, Mary Ita Boyle, Patricia Molloy, Brenda Reid, Ann Timoney, Janet Given, Carmel Fitzgerald, Marian Ward, Rosaleen Melly.
€100 winners: Mary Duggan, Claire Keeney, Mary Gallagher, Willie Mc Neilis, Mary Ellen Bonner, Arlene Gallagher, Jean Boyle, Sandra Maloney.
€150 Winners: Mary Gallagher, Ann Cannon.

Bingo Winners 23/05/2017
€20 Winners: Rosaleen Quinn, Ann Bonner, Breid Gallagher
€25 Winners: Paula Hegarty, Rose McFadden,Fiona Boyle, Cathy Connell,
€50 Winners: Lorraine Sweeney, Ann Timoney, Evelyn Boyle,  Ann Quinn, Patsy McDyre, Breege Roarty, Sally Herrity,
€60 winner: Seamus Mc Groarty
€100 Winners: Philemena Melly,Caroline Bonner, Sheila Kenny, Ann Timoney, Mary Campbell, Maura Kilbane, Ann McHugh, Owenie McMenamin, Caroline Kee, Francis Quinn
€300 Winner: Willie McNelis

Edeninfagh C.E Scheme
The Edeninfagh C.E Scheme has one position vacant for a General Operative to work on the Church grounds and Graveyard in Glenties.  If you are interested and satisfy C.E Scheme criteria, please contact 074 9557981, 087 7736247 or email: mullanmoresch@eircom.net

Young Adults Conference
The Young Adults Conference takes place on Saturday 3rd June in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Conference Room from 10am to 5:30pm.  Excellent speakers and discussions, Mass and Adoration.  There will be an opportunity for Confessions. Light lunch served.  Suggested donation €10.  For further information, contact Fr Rory Brady on 087 9141606.

Recent Collection
The recent collection for Cancer Care West amounted to €678.95 – Thank you to everyone for their generous support.

Classical Concert
A reminder that this years ‘Classical Concert’ in the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward will be held on 3rd June at 8pm.  We promise you an hour of wonderful music – even if you are not familiar with each piece.  Admission i €10 – payable at the door.  If you need more information, please contact Angela on 074 9544341 / 086 3737502 or Carolyn on 074 9544823 / 087 7873415.

Charity Tractor Run
The Patrick Byrne Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday 4th June, leaving the GAA grounds at 2pm.  Registration from 12 Noon onwards.  All Vintage Vehicles and mocern tractors welcome.  Any queries contact Peter on 087 6847236 or Michael  on 087 1300834.  All proceeds in aid of the Donegal Hospice.

Registration at Glenties Playgroup
The Annual Registration of the Glenties Playgroup Limited will take place on Thursday 8th June at 8pm in the Playgroup Building, Glen Road, Glenties.  Any parent wishing to enrol their child / children must attend to secure their child’s place for the September term.  Children must be at least 2 years and 9 months old when they begin playgroup.  Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate, Immunisation Record Card and PPS Number of both parent and child.  We aim to keep the cost of our playgroup sessions affordable to all parents using our facility and the following discounts are available: family discount, families in receipt of Social Welfare payments, GP Card or Medical Card.  Parents can avail of subsidised childcare places if one parent is on a Community Employment Scheme, TUAS, FÁS or VEC Courses..
Free Preschool Year – The ECCE Programme is open to all children aged between 3 and 4 years and 6 months on 1st September.  Children can now be enrolled in December and April each year.  (Children can attend for either one or two years depending on the age and needs of the child and can attend  for a maximum of 5 days, 3 hours per week, free of charge).  Tea / coffee will be provided.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Graveyard Sunday
Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard on Sunday 2nd July at 3pm and in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 6th August also at 3pm.

Recent Bereavement
The death occurred recently of Sally McGuigan, 57 Ard Connell.  Known for her friendly demeanor and caring nature, Sally will be sadly missed by the Glenties community and beyond.  She is survived by her husband Patrick, daughter Amanda, sons Paul, Enda and Brian and a wide circle of friends, neighbours and relatives to whom sincere sympathy is extended.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Paul Dawson MS Fundraiser
A ‘Relay for a Better Life’ will be held at the Comprehensive School pitch on Saturday 17th June at 10am.  Anyone who fancies joining in can contact Caroline Bonner on 086 8379072, Connie Bennett on 087 2400825 or Sally Bennett on 087 7702819.  Teams of four are not required as participants will be placed on a team after registration.  Donations collected on the day.

A reminder that our Music and Buffet night with Red Alert with food supplied by Carnaween House takes place in M25 on Friday 9th June.  A number of tickets are still available to buy in Glenties Post Office and Carnaween House.  Tickets are priced at €10.

Wedding Bells
The marriage took place in St Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 27th May of Michelle McCahill, Derries and Shaun Melly, Dooey, Lettermacaward.  Michelle is the daughter of Bridie and the late Michael McCahill, Derries and Shaun is the son of Derrick Melly, Glenties and Martina McHugh, Castledoherty, Ardara. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Edeninfagh National School
Scoil Náisiúnta Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich will perform their All-Ireland winning play ‘An Eangach Thorthach’ for the local schools in the Community Centre, Glenties on Wednesday 14th June at 11:30am.  Any school wishing to attend are very welcome to do so.  The more the merrier!  An evening performance will then take place at 6pm for the general public.  We would love for you to come along and view this wonderful display by our very talented pupils.  Everyone welcome!  If you require further information, please telephone the school on 074 9551663 or email: edeninfagh@gmail.com.
Beidh Scoil Náisiúnta Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich ag léiriú an drama ‘An Eangach Thorthach’ do na scoileanna áitiúla ar 14ú Méitheamh ag 11:30am agus do phobal na háite ag 6pm i halla an mhargaidh.  Fáilte romhat.

Cash for Clobber
St Riaghan’s National School are holding a ‘Cash for Clobber’ collection at the school on Tuesday 20th June.  The school will receive a cash donation for each filled bag of clothes, paired shoes, handbags etc. they receive.  Filled bags can be left into the school on Monday 19th June or early on Tuesday morning before the collection.  For further information ring 074 9551591, 086 1798692 or email: striaghans@gmail.com.

Glenties Notes 9th March 2017

Death of Rev Fr Pat Prendergast
It was with great sadness that the community of Glenties became aware of the untimely passing of Fr Pat Prendergast at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on Monday 6th March. Fr Pat came to Glenties as Parish Priest in 1999 and served us with dedication and generosity. Known for his kindness and also his great interest in the schools of the Parish, he will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure to cross his path. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy
The sudden death took place recently of John O’Donnell, Cappry, Ballybofey. Originally from Aughla, Glenties, John is survived by his wife Sarah, daughter Annette Donaghey and three grandsons, Patrick, James and Daniel. He is also survived by brothers Jimmy and Willie and sisters Bridie, Annie and Rosie. John worked in St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar for 27 years and made many friends throughout the years which was evident in the large attendance at his wake and funeral. He was laid to rest in Drumboe Cemetary following Requiem Mass which was con-celebrated by Fr John Joe Duffy and Fr Patsy Arkinson.

Sincere sympathy is also extended to the family of Pat McHugh, Narin Road, Glenties on his recent passing at Letterkenny University Hospital. Pat was laid to rest in the New Graveyard following Requiem Mass on Tuesday 7th March.

Glenties Community Centre
Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €5400 on 45 numbers or less. If not won €300 will be paid out. €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural workers and Museum workers. C.E criteria applies.

C.E. workers can avail of training to up skill while on CE scheme.To apply for the above please e-mail glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or telephone 0879695053 or more information.

Snooker Room now open from 6pm – 10pm

Yoga Classes: every Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:45pm. For more information contact 0879667142.

Tia Chi continues each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:30pm.

Donegal Kung Fu for adults and children, for further details and cost, please contact Mark Kinsella 0863665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo.co.uk

Parent & Toddler Group: Monday mornings from 10am to 12 Noon.

Bingo Winners 28/02/2017
€50 Winners: Frank Mc Menamin, Caroline Kee, Nora Gallagher, Maura Gilbane, Bridie Boyle, Ann Furey, Evelyn Boyle, Kathleen McMenamin, Kathleen Mc Hugh, Maria Boyle, Patsy Mc Dyre, Adele Dooley.
€100 Winners: Rosemaire Whelan, Patsy Martin, Kathleen Quinn, Kitty McGlynn, Ann Quinn, Caroline Kee, Eileen Gallagher, Lorraine Brennan, Josie Martin. €300 Winner: Ann Quinn.

Timetable of Masses during Lent
There will be Mass in Glenties every day during the season of Lent. Mass will take place on three evenings – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm. There will be Mass on two mornings – Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Mass will be held on Saturday morning at 11am and Saturday evening at 7:30pm. Mass as usual on Sunday at 11am. Masses are subject to change if a Funeral Mass needs to be held.

Booking of Masses
Anyone wishing to book Masses for Anniversaries and Mass Intentions can contact Fr Gerard directly either by calling into the Sacristy after Mass or by calling 074 9546107.

Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in St Connell’s Church on Sunday 12th March at 11am.

A.G.M. Saint Vincent de Paul
The A.G.M. of St Connell’s Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul will take place in the Day Centre, McCloskey Crescent on Monday 13th March at 7pm. All are welcome including new members.

Naomh Conaill
Naomh Conaill membership for 2017 is now due.Registration evenings will be held as follows: Aras Sheain Bhain Fintown – Saturday 11th March from 6.30pm -7.00pm. St Columba’s Comprehensive School gym – Thursday 9th March 7pm – 8pm. Naomh Conail clubhouse – Sunday 12th March – 4pm -5pm. Adult membership is €40, youth €20 each for the first two children and €10 for each additional child, €100 membership includes adult membership and entry into the weekly lotto, social membership €100. Registration is required for all adult players and non players, coaches, committee members and underage players. Closing date for membership is 24th March.

St Patrick’s Day Parade
With just over a week to go until the St Patrick’s Day parade with a difference, we would like to encourage everyone to partake in the event on 17/3/17@ 00.01am. By this we mean don your green suit, dress, light up everything green or even resurrect that Leprechaun outfit and come along dressed and prepared join the atmosphere for the parade #turnglentiesgreen. The parade will be guaranteed to have five, if not six marching bands – some of which will be illuminated with green lights, glow sticks and glow bands. We have asked clubs and groups to enter a float and to participate in some way and we would also like to encourage everyone to come out and and contribute to this novel event in order to showcase the wonderful community spirit that exists in our wee town. Groups, individuals or businesses that wish to get involved, can do do so by informing a committee member or by messaging us on Facebook. Remember, the more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you all on St Patrick’s Day at 00.01am.

Glenties Playgroup and Afterschools
Glenties Community Playgroup Limited are seeking applications for Childcare Workers in order to establish a suitable relief panel. The panel will be activated when there is a member of staff absent. Applicants must have a minimum of FETAC Level 5 in Early Years. The ideal applicant must be flexible and be able to work at short notice. To request an application pack, please contact the Glenties Community Playgroup Limited, Glen Road, Glenties by post or by emailing: glentiesplaygroup@eircom.net

Paul Dawson’s MS Fundraising
Ann’s Ardara Fitness Class this evening at 7:45pm in Ardara Community Centre – Work the body and then work the mind in Nancy’s Bar at a quiz night. All monies from the fitness class and quiz go towards Paul Dawson’s MS Fundraising appeal. Everyone welcome!

Comhghairdeas
Congratulations to the pupils of Edeninfagh National School who came first in their category in the Féile Áitiúil Scoildrámaíochta 2017 and were also awarded the ‘Judges Best’ Award for overall performance. They will now progress to Féile Uladh which takes place in Armagh on 24th March.

Glenties Notes 24th February 2017

Message from the McDyer Family
We are holding a ‘Remembrance of Martin’ Fundraising Coffee Evening to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice in our home at Meenahalla immediately after Martin’s 3rd Anniversary Mass which takes place in St Connell’s Church at 7:30p.m. on Friday 24th February.  Everyone most welcome.

Mary’s Meals
Mary’s Meals will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend.

Church of Ireland Fundraising Dance
It’s almost time folks! Get your dancing shoes on and join us for a brilliant night of dancing and craic in Elliot’s Lounge, Lettermacaward  on Saturday 25th February at 9p.m.  All proceeds in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward.  Music on the night by B & J Sound with prizes for the best jivers and dancers.  Usual Door Prize with Mega Raffle so come along and bring your friends.  Everyone welcome!

Get Fit During Lent
The Bayview Hotel and Leisure Centre has an amazing offer for anyone aspiring to ‘Get Fit’ during Lent.  €40 for 40 days membership of the Leisure Centre – available on 1st March only.  Call 074 9732567 for more details.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Scoláireachtaí Printíseachta
Tá Údarás na Gaeltachta ag tairiscint Scoláireachtaí Printíseachta i réimse leathan ceirdeanna gur fiú níos mó ná €2000 an ceann iad d’iarrthóirí le cáiliocht mar cheardaí a bhaint amach.  Is d’iarrthóirí Gaeltachta le Gaeilge líofa na scoláireachtaí seo.  Tuilleadh eolais agus foirm iarratais ar fáil ach glaoch ar: 091 503139 nó 091 503121 nó suíomh idirlín an Údaráis.  Ní mór foirm iarratais a bheith ar ais roimh 03/03/2017.

Paul Dawson’s MS Fundraising
A Pub Quiz will take place in the Glen Tavern, Glenties on Friday 3rd March at 9p.m.  Teams of 4 – €5 per person.  Prize for the ‘smartest’ team! Lots of raffle prizes also.  All proceeds going towards Paul’s fundraising campaign.  So get your brains in gear and come along and prove how smart you really are!

A reminder also that the Car Boot Sale takes place at the Dolmen Centre from 2p.m to 4p.m. on Saturday 4th March so why not have a good clear out and make some money for this very worthy cause.  Tea/coffee and cakes available on the day.  Tables are booking up fast so contact Ann on 087 2243975 as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Glenties Community Development Group
We are pleased to announce that this year Glenties will be having a parade on St Patrick’s Day – with a twist!  The difference in this year’s parade is that it will take place at 12:01a.m.  Yes, that’s right folks – one minute past midnight which will make it the first parade in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day 2017.  The decision was made to hold the parade at this time as it was proving impossible to secure any marching bands at any other time during the day as they had already been snapped up by other established event holders throughout the county.  We have managed to secure 4 bands and they are delighted with the idea of a midnight parade.  We have a large amount of floats taking part which will all be illuminated together with the marching bands and fancy dress participants for greater effect and in addition we will be turning the town green for the night to create an amazing green extravaganza for everyone.  Your support in such events is always paramount, so get your thinking caps on (green ones preferred) and get involved in what promises to be a big bright green spectacle for all to enjoy!

Glenties Community Centre Bingo
€25 Winners: Mary Kennedy,Vera Breslin, Rose Boyle, Lisa Coughlan, Claire Keeney, Brid Gallagher
€35 Winners: Margaret Bonner, Rose Boyle, Nellie Doherty
€50 Winners: Dim Melly, Denise Maguire, Bridie Gallagher, Patsy Martin, Lauren Furey, Denise Furey, Anthony Burke, Annie Gallagher, Mary Mc Dermott, Patricia Molloy
€60 Winner: Ann Timoney
€100 Winners: Sally Mc Hugh, Grainnie Mc Keown, Evelyn Doherty, Rosaleen Doherty, Ann Bonner, Rose Boyle, Mary Ward. Sally Mc Guigan
€300 Winner: Eileen Gallagher

Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €5200 on 45 numbers or less if not won €300 will be paid out, €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE Scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural workers, Museum workers, C.E criteria applies.  C.E workers can avail of training to enable them to upskill while on CE scheme.To apply for the above please email glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or telephone 087 9695053 for further information

Snooker Room now open from 6p.m – 10p.m.

Yoga Classes Wednesday from 6:5pm – 7:45pm. For more information contact
087 9667142.

Tia Chi returns on Wednesday 01st March 8pm to 9:30pm.

Donegal Kung Fu for adults and children.  For further details and cost, please contact Mark Kinsella 086 3665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo.co.uk

Parent & Toddler Group – Monday mornings from 10a.m to 12 Noon.

Recent Bereavement
The recent death took place peacefully at his home of Thomas Gallagher, Clontarf, Dublin.  Thomas is the son of John and Cathy Gallagher (John is a native of the Glen Road) and loving brother of Aoife and Amanda and will be sadly missed by his family, grandmother Kathleen, relatives and friends to whom we extend sincere sympathy.  Thomas was laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday 16th February following Requiem Mass in St Gabriel’s Church in Clontarf.

Pilgrimage from Knock to New York
A special Pilgrimage from Knock to New York will take place from 8th to 14th May, flying directly from Ireland West Airport, Knock to J.F.K. International Airport, New York.  The Pilgrimage will offer the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic trip which will include Requiem Mass on Saturday 13th at old St Patrick’s Cathedral, for the re-interment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock Witnesses.  Mass will be celebrated by his Eminence Cardinal Dolan.  If you would like to find out more, or make an enquiry, please contact the tour operators: Joe Walsh Tours on 01 2410800 or email: bronwyn.clinton@joewalshtours.ie

Monastic Contemplative Life Discernment Weekend (Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March)
Dominican Contemplative Nuns welcome single young women (aged 20 to 40) to their retreat house and offer the opportunity to experience their Life of Prayer: Liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration, Talks, Sisters’ testimonies, Lectio Divina, Question Time, Food and Fellowship.  Those who cannot come for the full weekend are welcome to join us on Saturday 9:30a.m. to 7p.m.  Early booking is advisable as places are limited.  Venue: Siena Monastery, The Twenties, Drogheda, Co Louth. Contact Sr Breda OP – email: siena3@eircom.net or phone 041 9838524. www.dominicannuns.ie

100th Anniversary of the Fatima Aparitions
Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from 10th July 2017.  Flights from Dublin, 7 nights Hotel Avenida.  €764 plus insurance €25 per person,  For full details contact Geraldine Shovlin on 087 2820946.

Naomh Conaill CLG
Naomh Conaill are delighted to announce the return of their very successful ‘Come Dine with Me’.  This year’s event takes place on St Patrick’s Day / evening (Friday 17th March) and afterwards in Kennedy’s Bar.  All proceeds from a raffle on the night will be donated to the Paul Dawson MS Fundraising Appeal.  Kennedy’s Bar has kindly sponsored a very attractive prize to be drawn among the hosts only. Full details are available on the club’s Facebook page.  Contact Vinny – 087 1770243, Martin – 086 8656312 or Rosaleen – 087 6235023.

Local Notes Contact Details
Please forward items for inclusion in the Glenties Democrat Notes to glentiesdemocratnotes@gmail.com or leave handwritten notes into Ann Bonner at Glenbrook Embroidery before 5p.m. on a Tuesday evening.

Glenties/Ardara/Portnoo Enterprise Town Expo

The Glenties/Ardara/Portnoo Business, Sports & Community Expo will take place on Saturday 25th March in the Comp Gym from 11am to 3.30p.m. as part of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town initiative.

We encourage you to invite family and friends to come along on the day and see all that Glenties Enterprise Town has to offer. The event is open to all Businesses, Sports and Community Groups.

Register now! Registration forms can be downloaded here and are available at Bank of Ireland Glenties.

Email kathleen.boyle@boi.com, teresa.flynn@boi.com, endadooley@boi.com or carolinemcnulty@boi.com for further info.

Enterprise Towns

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area. The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

Bank of Ireland wants to support the development of smaller communities at both business level and in the wider context, incorporating schools, sports, social and charitable associations. The Enterprise Town initiative has been developed to allow this to happen and, to date, has worked very well in delivering excellent, community led results across the country.

 

Glenties Notes 17th February 2017

Oklahoma!
Excitement is building in Glenties as the dates draw near for the newly formed Glenties Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much loved Musical Oklahoma!

The curtain goes up on Thursday 23rd February at 8 o’clock in The Community Centre for the first performance with three more at 8 o’clock on 24th,25th and 26th. ‘Oklahoma’ is a show for all the family and tickets can be purchased in Glenties CO-OP or by phoning on 087 0990609.

Will Curly win the hand of Laurey or will surly Jud come between them? Will Ado Annie ever decide who she will marry, the hapless Will or the exotic but unreliable Ali Hakim? Will the Farmers and the Cowboys ever be friends? Book your tickets now and these questions will be answered.

We are thankful for any sponsorship received to date but would welcome further contributions as the expense in putting on a musical of any kind is considerable.

Glenties Community Centre
Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €5100 on 45 numbers or less. If not won €300 will be paid out, €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural Workers and Museum Workers. C.E criteria applies.
C.E workers can avail of training to upskill while on CE scheme.To apply for the above please e-mail glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or ring 0879695053 for further information.
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Snooker Room now open from 6pm – 10pm

Yoga Classes Wednesday from 6.15pm – 7.45pm for more information contact 0879667142.

Tia Chi returns on Wednesday 01st March 8.00 pm – 9.30pm.

Donegal Kung Fu for adults and children. For further details and cost, contact Mark Kinsella 0863665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo.co.uk

Parent & Toddler group Monday morning’s from 10.00 a.m – 12.00 noon.

The Butt Drama Circle presents the festival production of Brian Friel Dancing At Lughnasa in Glenties Community Centre on Friday 17th February 2017 at 8.00pm

Bingo Winners 07/02/2017
€25 Winners: Dim Melly. Emer O’ Donnell,Winnie Long.Mary Gazley, Paula Hegarty, Bridie Byrne.
€35 Winners: Dim Melly, Rosaleen Melly, Bernie Martin.
€50 Winners: Breid Mc Guinness, Cathy Connell, Sandra Maloney, Margaret Gillispie, Cathy Connell, Ita Boyle, Janet Given, Rosaleen Quinn, Bridget Kee, John Mc Loone, Francis Cunningham, Ann Bonner, Adele Dooley, Ann Marie Cunningham, Josephine Gallagher.
€100 Winners: Hilary Meehan, Bridie Boyle, Norah Mc Hugh, Bridie Gallagher. Faye Moore, A. Gallagher.
€300 Winner: Patsy Martin.

Fintown Harps Underage Training
Training begins on Saturday – U12 10am to 11:30am (Contact Mark 085 7200418), U14 11am to 12:30pm (Contact Martin 086 8656312), Sunday U8 11:30am to 12:30pm, U10 12:45pm to 1:45pm (Contact John 086 1600497, U16 1pm to 2:30pm (Contact Pat 087 1325255).

Ann’s Fitness Classes and The Paul Dawson Fundraising Campaign
Ann’s Fitness Classes in Ardara Community Centre this Thursday 16th February at 7:45p.m. €7 per class. All monies taken on the night will be donated to Paul Dawson’s MS fundraiser. These classes are a brilliant way to make friends, keep fit and raise money. All levels of fitness welcome. Come along – you won’t regret it!

Also as part of The Paul Dawson Fundraising Campaign, a Car Boot Sale will be held at the Dolmen Centre, Portnoo on Saturday 4th March from 2pm to 4pm. All table proceeds will be donated to this very worthy cause. Contact Ann on 0872243975 to book a table.

Naomh Conaill GAA Club
The club will hold a registration night in the clubhouse on Friday 17th February from 7-8pm. Youth membership €20 each for the first two children and €10 for each additional child. Adult membership €40. €100 for adult membership plus entry into the weekly lotto. Social membership €100.

Church of Ireland
There will be a fundraising dance in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward in Elliott’s Lounge on Sat 25th Feb. Music by B&J Sound. Good music for jiving, waltzing etc. As well as usual door prize and rather large raffle we have prizes for Best Jivers and dancers on the night. Come along and bring your friends. Everyone welcome!

Leisure Centre Membership
Killybegs Bayview Hotel and Leisure Centre have an amazing offer for Lent.
40 days for €40 Leisure Centre membership.
Available on 1st March ONLY.
Call (074)9732567 for more information.

OKLAHOMA!

Excitement is building in Glenties as the dates draw near for the newly formed Glenties Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein ‘s well-loved Musical Oklahoma!

Curtain up on Thursday 23rd February at 8 o’clock in The Community Centre for the first performance with three more at 8 o’clock on 24th,25th, and 26th. Oklahoma! is a show for all the family and tickets are available for sale in Glenties CO-OP or by phone on 087 0990609.

Will Curly win the hand of Laurey or will surly Jud come between them? Will Ado Annie ever decide who she will marry, the hapless Will or the exotic but unreliable Ali Hakim? Will the Farmers and the Cowboys ever be friends? Book your tickets now and these questions will be answered.

We are thankful for any sponsorship we received to date but would welcome any more contributions as the expense in putting on a musical of any kind is considerable

Glenties Notes 8th February 2017

Message from Maria Rafferty
“A sincere Thank You to the people of Glenties and Edeninfagh for their generous donations to the Crib Collection.  It is much appreciated and will be used to ease the economic difficulties and terrible poverty of the people of Jimma in South West Ethiopia.  Life there has been very hard in recent times.  We have also helped a Franciscan move to set up camps for refugees in their terrible plight from war torn countries.  Also from ‘Shop and Share’ we have supported needy people in Ireland especially the homeless.  We have sent money to Focus Ireland and to Brother Kevin for his work for the hungry and needy in Dublin.  We are contributing monthly to the Youth of the parish by supporting ‘The Hub’.  All this is possible because of the generosity of the Crib project and because we are continuously heartened by the support given to the shop by volunteers, Olive, people who supply us and people who buy.  Do call in and say “Hello”.  Many thanks from Maria and the team.

Church of Ireland
There will be a fundraising dance in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward in Elliot’s Lounge on Saturday 25th February.  Music by B & J Sound.  Good music for jiving, waltzing etc.  As well as usual door prize and rather large raffle, we have prizes for best jivers and dancers on the night.  Come along and bring your friends.  Everyone welcome!

Parents’ Association of Kilkenny NS
The Parents’ Association of Kilkenny NS are holding a Cake Sale after 7:30pm Mass on Saturday 11th February and after Mass on Sunday 12th February in the Market Hall to raise much needed funds for the school.  There will be lots of cakes and treats on sale on both days.  Please come along and support our school.

Enrolment – Kilkenny NS
Enrolment Forms are available for Junior Infant Class starting September 2017. You can contact the school at 074 9544270 or kilkennyns@gmail.com

Enrolment – Scoil Mhuire
Enrolment packs for Scoil Mhuire for the school year 2017/2018 will be available for collection from the Secretary’s Office from today (Thursday 9th February). Forms to be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 23rd February.

Church Gate Collection
Donegal Special Olympics will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend.

Glenties Community Playgroup Limited
Applications are invited for the following position: Childcare Worker.  This is a temporary position, approximately 12 hours per week.  The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of FETAC Level 5 qualification, relating to Early Childhood Care and Education, have experience of working in a childcare service, good interpersonal communication and I.T. skills.  Good knowledge and experience of policy related issues in the childcare sector.  Understanding and knowledge of working with children with additional needs.  Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied in their application form, to be received no later than 5pm on Tuesday 14th February 2017.  Requests for Application Forms directly from: glentiesplaygroup@eircom.net  Childcare Worker Interview Panel.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

Fintown Harps Underage Training
Training begins on Saturday – U12 10am to 11:30am (Contact Mark 085 7200418), U14 11am to 12:30pm (Contact Martin 086 8656312), Sunday U8 11:30am to 12:30pm, U10 12:45pm to 1:45pm (Contact John 086 1600497, U16 1pm to 2:30pm (Contact Pat 087 1325255).

Naíonra Bhaile na Finne
Enrolment Forms are now available at the Naíonra for the 2017/2018 Naíonra Year.  For further information ring the Naíonra on 087 6347972 or Caitlin 074 9546930.  Bus available to pick up and drop off.

World War One Commemoration Project 2017
Congratulations to Joshua Perraton, a 5th year student in St Columba’s Comprehensive School who won an essay competition and was chosen to be one of 15 students from the island of Ireland to participate in a joint project with 15 German students in the summer of 2017.  Joshua spent Saturday last – 4th February in the National Museum, Collin’s Barracks meeting up with the other 14 students from all parts of Ireland, North and South. The trip takes place from June 20th to 24th and all 30 students will research the lives of soldiers from their countries who died in the war and consequently share their stories on the website www.myadoptedsoldier.com

Glenties Musical Theatre
Tickets are currently on sale for the Glenties Musical Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Oklahoma which will be staged in the Glenties Community Centre for four nights – Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February at 8pm nightly.  Tickets available to buy in the Glenties Cope or bookings can be secured by phoning 087 0990609.

Sr. Immaculata (Mary) Coughlan R.I.P.
The recent death took place at Letterkenny University Hospital of Sr Immaculata Coughlan.  Sr Immaculata was born in Kinsale, Co Cork in 1928 and came to Ballyshannon to the Sisters of Mercy in 1947.  She first worked as a Primary School teacher in The Rock, Ballyshannon and in Donegal Town.  During this time, she trained as a Speech and Drama teacher and worked with many students in both Ballyshannon and Glenties.

One of her great loves was music and in particular the organ.  She was the organist in The Rock, Ballyshannon and in later years here in Glenties.

Sr. Immaculata also loved flowers and was somewhat of an expert at flower arranging.  A talent she put to good use in the church in Glenties creating miraculous displays from just one blossom and a handful  greens!  It was one of the saddest times for her when she had to give up her beloved tasks – the music, the flowers and teaching due to failing health.

In more recent years, Sr. Immaculata resided in Dr. McCloskey Crescent where she was surrounded by wonderful people who assisted her and tended to her daily needs.  A special word of appreciation goes to the staff of the Day Care Centre, the Community Nurses and of course, her friends of many years who came and visited her regularly.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Sr. Immaculata’s own family, her sister Breda (Kinsale), her nieces Elmarie and Breege, nephew John and her grand-nephews Johnny and Michael.

She considered Glenties to be her home.  She absolutely loved it here and her one wish was to live out the remainder of her life here.  Thankfully, her wish was granted.  She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Glenties Notes 3rd February 2017

Weight Watchers
As and from Monday 30th January there will be TWO classes in the Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs.  Times are: 4.45pm and 6pm.  For more information contact Brid: 086 1922110

Enrolment at St Riaghan’s NS
Parents wishing to enroll their child at St. Riaghan’s NS, Drimnacrosh, for the school year 207/2018 are invited to call to the school for an Enrolment Form.  Forms must be returned to the school no later than Friday 10th February.  ‘Enrolment Day’ will be held later in the year.  For further information or enquiries, please contact the school on 9551591 or email: striaghans@gmail.com

Enrolment at Edeninfagh NS
Enrolment Forms are now available at the school for the 2017/2018 school year.  For further details, please contact the school on 074 9551663 or email: edeninfagh@gmail.com

SN Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich
Ghlacfar le iarratasaí le haghaidh iontrala don scoilbhliain 2017/2018,  Tuileadh eolais le fáil on scoil ag 074 9551663  / edeninfagh@gmail.com

Enrolment at Scoil Mhuire
Enrolment packs for Scoil Mhuire, Glenties for school year 2017 / 2018 will be available for collection from the secretary’s office from Thursday 9th February. Forms to be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 24th February.

Glenties Community Playgroup Limited
The Playgroup would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make their Christmas hamper draw/Christmas Calendars fundraisers so successful.  Some calendars are still available in a number of shops in the town or from the playgroup at a cost of €5, if anyone would like to purchase one.  Thank you for your support throughout the year.  If you have any unwanted toys/bikes/ride on toys/buggies, small world toys (e,g dolls house etc) in good condition, the playgroup would be very happy to have them.  Call into the or ring 9551907, between 9am and 5pm,  – Monday to Friday and we can arrange a time for drop off.  Thank you.

Parish Administration:
Parish administration will continue to operate as normal from the Parochial House, please contact Anne McNally on 074 9551117.  This includes the booking of Masses, notices for the Parish Newsletter and administration in regard to Marriages and Baptisms.

Butt Drama Circle
A reminder that The Butt Drama Circle bring their 2017 Drama Production of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the Community Centre on Friday 17th February at 8pm.  Tickets available at the door.

A Message from The Paul Dawson MS Fundraising Campaign
My name is Paul Dawson and I live in Glenties. I have Secondary Progressive MS which has changed my life entirely. This disease will effect all sufferers differently. My basic story is I was diagnosed at twenty three years of age but managed to carry on with an active lifestyle as a Firefighter. Occasionally I would have a relapse ranging from vision to weakness in strength to walking.

In 2003 I had to leave the fire service due to my condition making my work much more difficult, this was a mental low point for me as I was leaving a profession and people I loved. The MS society in Donegal provided me with support that helped me through this stage of my life. Always suspecting MS would have a bearing on my future I had attended night classes to qualify as a teacher. In 2005 I gained part time employment as a tutor with Donegal VEC where I regained my personal worth and met a group of the nicest people I have ever known. One of my teaching jobs was to work with Ardara Resource Centre where I gained even greater humility by meeting the happiest group who made me smile and laugh every day. I had modified my vehicle to give me independence to travel to and fro from work all over the county.

In 2007 I started to use a wheelchair occasionally, I can remember going shopping in Strabane and using my chair as a walking frame and challenging myself to get around the shop without sitting down! In 2008 I had to leave the VEC due to being unable to drive anymore and constant physical exhaustion, I felt that if I was a car I would wake up in the morning with no fuel in the tank! I continued with my personal battle with the enemy in my life. I managed a Skydive and 5km on a hand bike Donegal Sports Partnership provided for me.

In the last six months I have been losing more and more battles against MS to the point I felt support in fighting would strengthen my battle. I have researched several treatments of MS on the Internet and with the guidance and advice of good friends, old and new I have found a new highly regarded treatment for MS called HSCT which involves chemotherapy to destroy your immunity system then an infusion of stem cells to reboot your entire system. I have spoken to people who have attended this treatment and was quite impressed by their views. This treatment is in India and is not cheap, €32,000! Very few of us have that sort of money lying around and I know I’m one of them, therefore with the support of my wife Julie, and my family, we are planning fundraising events to help in my journey to India. HSCT is being used in Europe and the UK,  however I am unable to attend due to the further progression of my condition, they only accept those with remitting relapsing MS. I have often asked myself is there anything positive about me having MS as I have always tried to take the positive out of any situation.  In actual fact there are a few:

  1. I have had the opportunity to watch my children grow up into fine decent young people, much more than if I had been in full time employment as before when I saw them every four days!
  2. I have found through my MS that people in in my community and friends and family have always been there to support and encourage when needed. I am humbled and get quite teary when I actually think about the amount of people who continue to help!! There quite simply are too many to mention.
  3. I am so content that MS is my cross to bear and not that of my family or loved ones. I often think it is more difficult for a person to witness a loved one battle any illness than the sufferer who has to battle on anyway.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and any support or advice you can offer would be much appreciated. This treatment will not cure my MS however it is accepted. It has stopped it in its tracks for many who have been lucky to get it.

If you would like to help Paul get to India for his treatment you can donate by:

Paul Dawson’s MS fundraising page where there is a link for on line donations, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=734641746700461&id=734555500042419

Or alternatively you can Make a donation through any Bank of Ireland

Sort code : 90-48-94
Accout number : 27473748

Or alternatively donations can be left in Glenties post office in an envelope with Paul’s name on.

Kindest regards

Paul Dawson

LOCAL GLENTIES NOTES
Anyone wishing to submit notices for publication in the local Glenties notes, can do so by emailing glentiesdemocratnotes@gmail.com or by dropping handwritten notes into Ann Bonner at Glenbrook Embroidery on the Main Street.  All notices must be received before the deadline of Tuesday at 5pm for addition in Thursday’s publication.

Glenties Notes 26th January 2017

Bereavement
The recent sudden death took place at her home of Kathleen Molloy, Lacklea, Glenties. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Peadar, son Pauric, daughter Mary and grandson James Michael. Also to her sisters Margaret Shovlin Portnii and Teresa Meehan, Letterkenny and her two brothers Pat Meehan, Letterkenny and Billy Meehan, Sligo and extended family. Her brother Tommy Meehan pre-deceased her in 2014.

Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th May 2017.  Flight from Belfast, five nights full board accommodation.  €699 per person, with option of transport to Belfast airport €25.  Contact the Pilgrimage Office, Archive House, Bishop’s Palace, Letterkenny, for further details or phone 074 9125090. (Monday to Friday from 12:30pm until 3:30pm.  Special section for the sick / sick children who should apply in writing only to the pilgrimage director: Fr Patrick McHugh, The Pilgrimage Office, Archive House, Bishop’s Palave, Letterkenny.

Night Classes at St Columba’s Comprehensive School
The following night classes will be run every Tuesday night – 7pm to 9pm starting Tuesday 31st January.
Intermediate Computers (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
ECDL Start Progression Module 1 (8 weeks duration €190 or Concession €160)
Conversational French (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
Tai Chi (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
Mindfulness Meditation Class (4 weeks duration €40 or Concession €30)
Beginners Make Up Class (4 weeks duration €40 or Concession €30)
Learn How to Use a Digital Camera (4 weeks duration €55 or Concession €40)
Making DVD’s from your Home Clips and Photos (4 weeks duration €55 or Concession €40)
Manual and Computerised Payroll (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
Personal or Career Development Coaching (6 weeks duration €90 or Concession €70)
Simple and Delicious French Cooking (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
Patchwork (4 weeks duration €55 or Concession €40)
Introduction to Health and Safety in the Workplace (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80)
Choral Singing Lessons (8 weeks duration €110 or Concession €80).

Learning For Living Programme
The following course is available free of charge through the Co Donegal ETB Learning For Living Programme.  Introduction to Computers (10 weeks) every Tuesday night.  Details of all courses can be viewed on the school website: www.glentiescomp.com Enrolment will take place on Tuesday 24th January from 7pm to 8pm.

Bluestack Special Needs Foundation
The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation will hold their Church Gate Collection next weekend – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January.  All donations greatly appreciated.

Road Closure
A reminder to all users of the R250 Glenties to Fintown road that a closure starting at the Comprehensive School towards Fintown for a distance of 3km will be in place beginning on Monday 30th January until Friday 24th February between the hours of 8am to 5:30 daily.  Road will open each evening and at weekends.  Alternative route: Travelling the N56 from the Grotto to Maas to Gweebarra bridge to Doochary junction.  Turn right onto R252 travel to Doochary and then travel to Fintown. Buses, Emergency vehicles and Local Access will be accommodated at all times.

Butt Drama Circle
The Butt Drama Circle are delighted to bring their 2017 Drama Production of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the Community Centre on Friday 17th February at 8pm.  Tickets available at the door.

Enrolment at Edeninfagh N.S.
Enrolment forms are now available at the school for the 2017/2018 school year. For further details ring the school on 074 9551663 or email: edeninfagh@gmail.com
S.N. Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich: Ghlacfar le iarratasaí le haghaidh iontrala don scoilbhliain 2017/2018. Tuilleadh eolais le fáil ón scoil ag 9551663 / edeninfagh@gmail.com

Enrolment at St. Riaghan’s N.S.
Parents wishing to enroll their child at St. Riaghan’s N.S., Drimnacrosh for the school year 2017/2018 are invited to call to the school for an Enrolment Form.  Forms must be returned to the school no later than Friday 10th February. “Enrolment Day” will be held later in the year. For further information or enquiries, please contact the school 9551591 or email striaghans@gmail.com

Glenties Notes 23rd January 2017

Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Annual Church gate collection will take place before all Masses next weekend Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd January. The money raised is used to help take the sick and youth of the Diocese to Lourdes on pilgrimage.

Family Carers Ireland
Family Carers Ireland will provide the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award modules, based on demand, in February. One day workshops are also available. For more information, please contact: Family Carers Ireland Training Department. 057 9370221 or visit www.familycarers.ie

Sacraments:
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in St Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday 12th March 2017 at 11a.m.

First Holy Communion for the children of St Riaghan’s NS, Drimnacrosh, Kilkenny NS and Scoil Mhuire, will be celebrated in St Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 29th April 2017 at 10a.m.

First Holy Communion for the children of Edeninfagh NS will take place in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Sunday 30th April at 12 Noon.

Naomh Conaill
The Naomh Conaill AGM which was recently reconvened, has now been re-scheduled for Sunday January 22nd at 7p.m. in the Community Centre. We encourage members, non-members, supporters and parents , to come along and support our local GAA club. We invite everyone to come along , regardless of whether or not you feel you have anything to contribute. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated. as we embark on another year of football, ranging from under 6’s to senior players.

Áras Sheaghán Bhán Baile na Finne
Béigh na ranganna seo ag toiseacht ag brath at éileamh, TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge), Gaeilge, Giotar, Fidil. Má tá suim agat freastáil at aon rang tá cláru riachtanach roimh 20/01/17. Fón: 9546071. Ríomhphost: arassheainbhain@gmail.com These classes will start depending on demand, TEG, Irish, Giotar, Fiddle. To register for classes please contact Áras Sheaghán Bháin on 9546071 or email: arassheainbhain@gmail.com before 20/01/17.

Buíochas
Ba mhaith leis an Bhord Banistiochta, foireann agus daltaí Scoil adan Fhionn Fhraoich a mbuíochas a chuir in iúl do achan duine a chuidigh leis an fheachtas bailiúchan airgid a bhí againn I mí na Samhna. Déirigh thar barr linn.

The Board of Management, staff and pupils of Edeninfagh NS wish to thank everyone who made our fundraising event in November last such an outstanding success.