Glenties Notes on August 3rd 2000

It is just over one month to the Glenties Harvest Fair Festival and Programmes of events are in circulation locally. An attractive variety of events have been organised by the committee for everyone’s enjoyment. No person / business or organisation has offered the committee a site for the Funfair, whose absence would be a great loss to the young children of the locality – it is still not too late to contact any committee member.

Donegal Parian china has agreed to present this years Harvest Queen with a beautiful inscribed Trophy. Sashes are presently being made for all the Festival Queen entrants and local businesses and organisations should contact Sharon Watters (075-51666) by Thursday August 10th at the latest so that sashes are prepared. There will be outside adjudicators this year.

Barn Dances started last Friday in the Community Centre and next outing will be Friday 4th August at 10.00p.m.

As the festival is only one month away all Businesses / Committees and Clubs should at this stage have ideas and man /womanpower organised for the Float Parade on Sunday 10th September.

We were blessed this year again with a beautiful day for our Mass in the graveyard and as usual we had a very large crowd. Mass was celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr. Patrick Prendergast assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn, Fr. John Mc Loone and our Curate, Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir. The graves were blessed before Mass. There have been a lot of improvements made in the Graveyard over the last few years and it is looking really good now.

A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will leave Knock Airport on Wednesday 18th October and return on Wednesday 25th. For bookings contact Nora Grimes tel. 072 -51275.

Congratulations to Bernie Joyce, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Ronan Molloy, Ardara who were married in Glenties on Saturday last.

Congratulations to the Mc Loone sisters, Mary and Eithne, daughters of Pat and Eithne Mc Loone, Cleengort, who continue to add to their collection of medals for their achievements in athletics. In the recent Track and Field Championships in Tullamore Mary won gold in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and another gold in the Ax400 metre relay. At under 23 women level Eithne won three medals for the High Jump, Triple Jump and Long Jump.

Glenties Notes on March 8th 2000

On Friday 25th February 2000 work finally started on Glenties Street. It will probably be a while before we see an improvement on the surface as a lot of preparatory work, replacement of pipes etc. has to be done.

Congratulations to Peggy and Josie Byrne, Kilraine on the birth of their fifth child, a Leap Year Baby, born on 29th February 2000, a sister for Melissa, Jonathan, Darragh and Lucia.

Best wishes to John Roarty, son of Michael and Kitty, The Wood, Glenties and Paula Bonner, daughter of Cornelius and Bernadette, Glenties Road, Ardara, who got engaged recently. Cornelius is a native of Glenties.

Nora Breslin, Mullanmore, Cormac Quinn, Glen Tavern and Eoghan Ward, Edeninfagh were interviewed on Radio Na Gaeltachta on Sunday 5th March at 5.30pm. Dr. Mc Closkey and Vincent Campbell will be on next Sunday 12th at the same time. People from Ardara will be interviewed on the 19th and people from Doochary on 26th. The programmes were recorded during the ‘John Doherty Weekend’ in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties.

Denise Boyle, Highlands Hotel, Glenties, a talented young fiddle player has been invited to Europe to play with the renowned Carlos Nunez band of Spain. This band would be in the same category as ‘The Chieftans’ in this country so this is a great honour for Denise. Her Dad, Johnny has been in Holland exhibiting his paintings at a major arts exhibition of Dutch and Irish artists. He had a very successful one-man show in Germany in 1998.

Congratulations to Michael Gallagher, Curraghmone Ballybofey, who recently graduated from UCD with a 1.1 Master of Accounting Degree. He received his BA Degree from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and is currently working with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Dublin. Michael’s mother, Mary is a daughter of the late John (Eamonn) and Bridie Boyle, Drimnasillagh, Glenties.

RECENT DEATHS

Rosie Quinn formerly of Mully, Glenties died quite suddenly in Limavady, Co. Derry on Friday 25th February 2000. Her remains were brought to her home in Mully later that day and were removed to the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday evening. Fr. Denis Quinn assisted by Fr Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass on Sunday. Burial took place in Edeninfagh Cemetery. One brother Cormac, Mully, three sisters, Maggie, Kitty and Eileen, survive Rosie. Four sisters, Annie, Hannah, Mary Bridget and Madge and a baby brother, Patrick predeceased her.

Danny O’Donnell Mullinamina, Glenties died in Dungloe Hospital on Wednesday 1st March 2000. He had been in poor health for some time. His remains were brought to his home on Thursday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday. Danny’s nephew, Fr. Fergal Rooney (Peggy’s son) assisted by Fr. Prendergast P.P. and Fr. Ó Gallachóir C.C. celebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Two sons, James, Letterkenny, Michael, Tipperary, two daughters, Marion Byrne, Sandfield, Ardara, Christina Brennan, Dublin, two sisters, Bella Mc Gill, Glenties, Peggy Rooney, Letterkenny, survive him. Danny’s wife, Annie, brothers, Joe, Jim and Hugh, sisters, Maryann, Bridget and Kate predeceased him.

Glenties Notes on July 26th 2000

There was a big crowd at the Gweebarra Bridge on Monday night to witness the switching on of the new lights on the Bridge by Minister for the Gaeltacht Eamón Ó Cuiv. It was a beautiful night and very talented local artists and the two local bands entertained the crowd before the Minister arrived. Chris Loughlin was M.C. His young daughter, Sara sang a song in Irish about the Gweebarra, composed by Doochary man the late Danny Mc Dermott who lived to be 105. On the platform were men who worked on the bridge when it was being built in the late forties and early fifties. Among them were Josie Mc Glinchey, Main Street, Glenties, John O’ Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties and James O’Donnell, Gortnasillagh.

Grainne and Michael Boyle were married on Saturday 15th July 2000 in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. James Friel officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Grainne is a daughter of Dee and the late Neil Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties and Michael is a son of Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties. The bride’s uncle, Charlie Boyle, gave her away and her friend, Joanne Mc Loone was chief bridesmaid. Other bridesmaids were, Charlotte Dooley the bride’s cousin and Lisa Boyle the groom’s sister and another friend, Margaret Mc Gill. Gerard O’Donnell, a friend of the groom was bestman and the groomsmen were Kieran Gallagher and John Conlon, two other friends, and Grainne’s brother, Donal. Eimear Buchanan and Micheala Boyle were flowergirls and Rory Buchanan was pageboy. Readings were by Anne Buchanan sister of the groom and Declan Boyle, brother of the bride. Darren Molloy, Caroline Barrett, Alison Mc Dyer, Niamh Moody, and Veronica Loughlin read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. Maria Molloy, a sister of the groom read a Reflection after Communion. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel and the honeymoon was spent in Spain.

Mass will be celebrated next Sunday 30th July in the New Graveyard, Glenties at 3.00p.m.

Sunday 13th August is the date for the Graveyard Mass in Edeninfagh.

Masses will be celebrated in the Old Graveyard, Kilraine and Kilkenny Graveyards at a later date.

News on July 19th 2000

The Patrick MacGill Summer School
The 20th Annual Patrick MacGill International Summer School will be held in Glenties from 13th – 18th August. The Theme this year is “Women of Ireland”. Official opening is by Ms. Joy Mc Cormick, Member of the Commission on the Status of Women, Represents National I.C.A. on the Equality Committee of the Dept. of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Among the well-known names on the guest list are, Senator Joe O’Toole, Bernadette McAliskey, Sr. Consillio, Ms. Olive Braiden, Rev. Professor Enda Mc Donagh, Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Dana Rosemary Scallon, Alan Dukes, Mary Coughlan and many more. As well as the Lectures at night there will be lots of things to do during the day, Art Classes, Painting and Sketching Courses for adults and children, Exhibitions, Walks, and Tours. A Family Concert will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday evening at 10p.m. featuring Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Master Fiddlers and Aussie Bryson, Entertainer. There will be entertainment in ‘The Club’ in the hotel on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Weekly Admission Ticket is £20.00. This does not include painting & sketching course. Programmes are in the shops and business houses now.

Patrick MacGill was born in 1889 in the Glen of Glenties, and was the first of eleven children. After a mere three years schooling, Patrick left school at ten and after two years’ work on the home patch of land set out at twelve as one of a party of Donegal youngsters for the hiring fair in Strabane. MacGill’s literary career began in 1910 when he asked ‘The Derry Journal’ to print some poems. At the time he was working as a plate-layer on the Glasgow – Greenock line of the Caledonian Railway. Shortly afterwards he moved to London and had ‘Children of the Dead End’ and the ‘Rat Pit’ published. They were best sellers. MacGill wrote more novels, some with an Irish setting and some with an English background, but never again did he achieve the intensity of these two novels, that really form a single work.
He married and English lady, Margaret Gibbons, niece of Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore, U.S.A. and they moved to America where he died in November 1963. They had three daughters, Patricia, Chris and Sheila, who died suddenly last year. They have come regularly to Glenties since the inception of the Summer School. The following is a verse from a poem by Patrick MacGill.
I’m going back to Glenties when the harvest fields are brown,
And the autumn sunset lingers on my little Irish town,
When the gossamer is shining where the moorland blossoms blow,
I’ll take the road across the hills I tramped so long ago –
‘Tis far I am beyond the seas, but yearning voices call,
‘Will you not come back to Glenties, and your wave-washed Donegal.

Engagment
Angelene Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties and John Ashford, Laytown, Co. Meath got engaged on July 2nd.
Angelene also received her B. A. in Social Science at Queens University, Belfast on Thursday July 6th 2000. Congratulations Angelene on both counts. Angelene is the eldest daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry Mill Road, Glenties.

Wedding
Congratulations to Michael Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne Boyle, Ardconnell, who were married in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Saturday 15th July2000. Former Glenties Parish Priest Fr. James Friel officiated. Michael is a son of Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne is a daughter of Dee and the late Neil Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties.

Congratulations
Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War team who won 1st Prize in the 680 kilo All Ireland Competition in Stradbally, Co. Waterford on Sunday last.

Death
The death took place recently of Miss Ellen Lafferty, Creeslough. Miss Lafferty taught Commerce in The Mc Devitt Institute, Glenties, (now part of The Highlands Hotel), for a number of years. The Mc Devitt Institute was the local secondary school before the Comprehensive School was built.

Graveyard Mass
This year Mass will be celebrated in Glenties Graveyard on Sunday 30th July and in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 13th August. Both Masses are at 3.00p.m.

Houses
Eight more houses have been built on The Rock. This makes a total of eighteen houses built on The Rock in recent years.

News on July 13th 2000

FIRST MASS
Newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Glen Road, Glenties celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday 3rd July 2000 at 7.00 p.m. There was a very big congregation and a large number of priests in attendance. Some student friends of Adrian’s were there to help him out on this great occasion. Fr. Adrian gave his First Blessing to a large number of people after Mass. A Parish Social was held afterwards in the Highlands Hotel.

THE LATE C. KEENEY
The death took place at his home, on Thursday 29th June 2000 of Connell Keeney, Tullyhoniver, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. assisted by Fr. Shaun Haugh and Deacon Adrian Gavigan celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by son, Conal and son-in-law, Dermot Mc Hugh. Grandchildren, Sandra Keeney, Roger Gildea, Stephen Mc Hugh, Kevin Mc Hugh, Diane Keeney and Christopher Branningan read Prayers of the Faithful. Connell’s eight daughters and son John brought the Gifts to the Altar. Singing and music were by granddaughter, Amanda McGuigan, grandson, Barry Keeney, and friends, Siobhan Mc Elhinney, John Mc Intyre, Francis Cunningham and John Byrne. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Prendergast and Rev. Adrian Gavigan officiated at the graveside. Sincere sympathy is extended to Connell’s wife, Maggie, four sons, John, Killybegs, James, Kilraine, Conal, Narin Road, Kevin, Tullyhoniver, eight daughters, Cathy, Breda, Anne, England, Bernadette, The Rock, Sally, Ardconnell, Nora, Tullyhoniver, Ursula, Kilraine, Carmel, Manorcunningham, sisters, Mena, Nan, Mill Road, Sally, Nora, Mamie, England, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Connell’s brother, John predeceased him in 1997.

THE LATE N. BRESLIN
The sudden death took place at his home of Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday for Requiem Mass which was concelebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Fr. Joseph Briody and Fr. Mackey. Readings were by daughter, Maureen and daughter-in-law, Edel and Prayers of the faithful were read by granddaughter, Brenda and Maureen’s husband, Richard. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Adrian and Fr. Nigel officiated at the graveside. The Fire Brigade, of which Neil was a member, provided a Guard of Honour outside the Fire Station when the remains were brought to the church and all the way to the graveyard. Fianna Fail members also formed a Guard of Honour. Neil, a native of Lifford came to Glenties in the sixties when the Comprehensive School was being built. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Breid and family, Gerry, Michael, Hugh, Maureen, Breda, Catherine and Teresa, brother, sisters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and all his relatives and friends.

THE LATE P. MULHERN
The death took place on Wednesday 5th July 2000 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, of Patrick Mulhern, Lugnagillew, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home for waking. Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh and burial took place in Edeninfagh cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Bridie, three daughters, sister and other relatives and friends.

WEDDING
Congratulations to local T.D. Thomas Gildea, Straboy, Glenties and Eilish Hegarty, Meenalargan, Glenties who were married in St. Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Wednesday 5th July 2000.

GOLDEN WEDDING
Congratulations to Josie and Breid Boyce, Mill Road, Glenties who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

U/12 COUNTY B FINAL
Congratulations to the U/12 football team who won the County B Final against Convoy on Saturday last in Donegal.

SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to Rose Kennedy, Meenahalla on the death of her mother, Catherine O’Donnell, Termon. Sincere sympathy is extended to Josie Houston, Mary Mc Hugh, Bridie and Teresa Mc Mullin on the death of their nephew Francis Mc Veigh, in a drowning accident in Philadelphia. Sincere sympathy is extended to Roisin Breslin, Derries on the death of her nephew, Michael Quinn, Cork as a result of a car accident.

News on July 5th 2000

ORDINATION
Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Adrian Gavigan who was ordained to the priesthood last Sunday 2nd July 2000 by Bishop Philip Boyce in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny. Adrian is a son of Connell and Mary Ellen Gavigan, Glen Road, Glenties and grandson of Teresa and the late Columba Gallagher, Drimnasillagh, Glenties. His father is a native of Ardara parish. Fr. Adrian came home to a great welcome with the town and Station and Glen Roads decorated with buntings, flags and banners. Bonfires blazed from Meenaroy to greet the new Priest. Fintown was also decorated, and a large crowd gathered to meet him there as well as in Glenties. The Ardaghy Band led him up the town to the platform erected on the Chapel Brae near his home.

WEDDING
Evelyn Quinn and Alan Murchan were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on 17th June 2000. Evelyn is a daughter of Cormac and Maureen Quinn, Greenans, Glenties and Alan is a son of Carmel and the late Jack Murchan, Conlin, Killybegs. The bride’s brother, Fr. Denis Quinn officiated and was the chief celebrant of the Nuptial Mass. Fr. Francis Mc Loone, Fr. John Gallagher (cousins), Fr. Patrick Prendergast, Glenties and Fr. Lorcan Sharkey, Killybegs assisted him. Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sisters. Mary Quinn and Annie Mc Kenna. Martin Murchan, brother of the groom was bestman and his friend, Declan Melly, was groomsman. Readings were by Geraldine Boyle, sister of the groom and Annette Breslin, cousin of the bride. Annie Gallagher, cousin and Patrick Breslin, friend of the bride, read prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Hyland Central Hotel, Donegal Town and the honeymoon was spent in Cyprus.

THE LATE C. BONNER
The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital, on Monday 26th June 2000 of Charlie Bonner, Straboy, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday. Fr. Patrick Prendergast, P.P. Glenties celebrated requiem Mass. Readings were by grandson, Philip O’Donnell and granddaughter, Aisling Bonner. Mark, Kieran and Kathleen Bonner grandsons and granddaughter, read Prayers of the Faithful. Another granddaughter, Anita Breslin read a Reflection. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by his niece and nephew, Kathleen Bonner and Stephen Boyle. Singing was by Pauline Glackin accompanied by Joe Rodgers. Burial took place in the New Cemetery.

Originally from Derryloughan, Charlie was the last of his family. His brother John, Ardconnell and sister, Angela Boyle, Scotland, predeceased him. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Maggie, sons, Neily, Straboy, John, England, daughters, Mary O’Donnell, Dungloe, Anne Breslin, England, Peggy Mc Hugh, Wales, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Connell Keeney, Tullyhoniver, who died last Thursday, 29th June 2000.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties who died suddenly on Monday 3rd July 2000.

PLAYSCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
If you would like to send your child/children to Summer Camp, application forms are available from the Playschool or contact Sadie tel. 51700 or Bridie tel. 51416. The cost per week is £15 Monday – Friday. First Week 24th July – 28th July, Second Week 31st July – 4th August. Ages 3 years – 7 years. Closing date 15th July.

EXHIBITION
An Exhibition of Bogwood Sculpture is presently taking place at Ardara Arts Resource Centre. It opened on Saturday 1st July and will continue until July 22nd. On view are outstanding sculptures by local sculptor, Laurence Herron. There is also a selection of work by local young artists from Ardara and Glenties. Admission is free. Everyone Welcome.

TUG-O-WAR
Congratulations once again to the Glen Tug-O-War team who won the 720 kilo All-Ireland Division 4 Competition in Bunclody, Co. Wexford on Sunday last.

CONGRATS
Congratulations to the U/14 team who represented the County at Féile Peile na Óg in Dublin last weekend.
Congratulations also to the U/12 team who are through to the County B Final.

Glenties Notes on June 28th 2000

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
The traditional Corpus Christi Procession took place after 11a.m. Mass last Sunday 25th June2000. The Blessed Sacrament was carried by Deacon Adrian Gavigan, (who is to be ordained to the priesthood next Sunday) to the Grotto and by Fr. Joseph Briody on the return journey to the church. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties recited the Rosary with a hymn by the choir between each decade. Since it’s inception well over fifty years ago this was the first time that the Procession in Glenties was held on a Sunday and the first time that the Strabane Silver Band, which has been a feature of the Procession for all that time, has been unable to attend. It was also the first time that an umbrellino was used instead of the canopy.

COLLECTION
The Little Angels Association for the mentally handicapped annual church gate collection takes place this weekend 1st and 2nd July. This is a very worthy cause and your help would be greatly appreciated.

AWARDS
Congratulations to Anne Browne, Knockletragh, Connell Herron, Edeninfagh and Aidan Sweeney, Lochmuck, who recently received Diospóireacht Awards from Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, and to Teresa Campbell, Tangavane and Connell Herron, Edeninfagh, who also received special awards from Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh.

THE LATE A. KENNEDY
Annie Kennedy, formerly of Meenavale and Edeninfagh, Glenties died recently at the home of her niece, Mamie Byrne, Cappry, Ballybofey. She is survived by two sisters, Winnie Mc Mahon, Glenfin, Sr. Colmcille, Belfast and one brother, Arthur Kennedy, Belfast. Two sisters, Bridget and Mary and one brother, Neil predeceased her. Sincere sympathy is extended to all her relatives and friends.

THE LATE D. MC HUGH
Denis Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties died in Dungloe Hospital on Friday 2nd June 2000. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church. Glenties on Sunday. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties, celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by granddaughters, Glenda Kane and Diane Callaghan and music was by St. Connell’s Church choir. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Denis is survived by one son, John, London, daughters, Bridie Melly, Drimlaughdrid, Marina Callaghan, Fintra, Anne Kane, Mountcharles, Pauline Gallagher, Mullantyboyle, Glenties, sisters, Annie Mc Hugh, Stranaglough, Nellie Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife, Mary predeceased Denis twenty-one years ago and his brother, Paddy died in New Zealand in 1998.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the following couples who got married recently; Evelyn Quinn, Edeninfagh and Alan Murchin, Killybegs; Mary Molloy, Lacklea and Bartley Doran, Lettermacaward; Rosemary Trearty, Lettermacaward, (formerly Gortnasillagh, Glenties) and Brendan Bonner, Dungloe; Colette Maguire, Glen Road, Glenties and David Devine, London; and to Garda Liam Corbett, Glenties and Rosaleen Mc Carron, Redcastle who were married last weekend.

GRAVEYARD MASS
Mass will be celebrated in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 13th August at 3.00p.m.

SUMMER SCHEME
Cumann Traenach na Gaeltachta Láir invite applications from third level students to work at the ‘Mhuc Dhubh’ Historic Railway in Fintown. Employment is based on 200 hours work for £600.00. For further details ring 075-46280.

TUG-O-WAR
Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War teams who came 1st in the 640 kilo Novice and 1st in the 680 kilo Senior competitions in Cavan last Sunday.

SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of John O’Donnell, formerly of Drimconcoosh, Glenties, who died recently in Scotland.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Phil Cassidy, Ballybofey who died recently. Phil was a chemist in Glenties for a number of years and he and his family lived on the Glen Road.

Glenties Notes on June 21st 2000

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
The Corpus Christi Procession will go from the Church after 11.00am Mass next Sunday to the Grotto for benediction (weather permitting). The people who are usually involved in the carrying of the canopy are asked to make themselves available, as well as those who usually steward the procession. If the weather does not permit, the procession will take place inside the Church. The members of the Strabane Brass Band are unable to attend due to another engagement, so the music will be provided by the Church Choir.

GRAVEYARD
A lot of work has been done recently to tidy up the Graveyard. You are asked to inform those whom you employ for tomestone work, not to dump rubble along the ditches or on the paths, but to take it away with them. All light rubbish, such as withered wreaths and flowers, should be put in the large wheelie bin provided. No cement should be mixed on the tarmacadam. Mass in the Graveyard will be on Sunday 30th July at 3.00pm.

ORDINATION PREPARATIONS
Adrian Gavigan, Glen Road, will be ordained to priesthood on Sunday 2nd July at 4.00pm in Letterkenny. On the evening of the ordination the ‘Welcome Home’ Celebrations will take place on the Glen Road at approx 8.00pm. The following evening Adrian will celebrate his first Mass in St Connell’s Church. A Parish Social will be held in the Highland’s Hotel after the Mass to celebrate with Adrian and his family on this wonderful occasion. Anyone interested in the helping with the food and the serving of it, should get in contact with Sally McGuigan or Bernadette Burke as soon as possible.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2000
The following children made their First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church on Saturday 10th of June.
GLENTIES NATIONAL SCHOOL: Roisin Bonner, Natalie Hegarty, Lauren Furey, Darragh Byrne, Rickard Gallagher, Jason Gallagher, Barbara Boyle, Amy Gallagher, Grainne Griffin, Noelle O’Donnell, Mairead McDevitt, Alanna Molloy, Emily Thompson, Philip Gallagher, Caolan Bonner.
DRIMNACROSH SCHOOL: Dervla Nichols, Marcella Furey, Donagh O’Callaghan. KILKENNY SCHOOL: Sarah Louise McDyer, Anne Geraldine Melly, John Paul Quinn, Joseph Quinn.

SCOIL MHUIRE
Part-time Secretary required for Scoil Mhuire. Apply in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Management on or before June 28th.

ADORATION
Due to the depletion of numbers keeping vigil for each hour of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament of Thursdays, particularly for the hours before and after lunchtime. New participants are required so that a minimum of three people should attend for each hour. If you are willing to make a commitment for an hour please give your name to one of the priests.

Glenties Notes on June 14th 2000

THE CHURCH OF IRELAND DANCE
The Glenties Church of Ireland Supper Dance will be held in the Highlands Hotel tonight, Friday the 16th of June, music by Cannon & Ramsey Band, supper served at 9.00pm. Tickets on sale locally at £8.00, your support will be greatly appreciated.

GROTTO
The refurbishment of the Grotto is now underway. The damaged metal railings are being removed to be replaced by a stone wall. The material being used to construct the wall is stone granite. Persons with leftover amounts of this material, who are willing to donate it to this community project, are asked to contact Richard McCafferty as soon as possible (Tel 51113). Your help is greatly appreciated.

Glenties Notes on June 6th 2000

WEDDING
On Friday 28th April Finola Bonner and Niall Quinn were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Pat. Prendergast P.P. Glenties, officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Finola is the eldest daughter of Neil and Teresa Bonner, Ard Patrick, and Niall is a son of Larry and Jean Quinn, Ardboe, Co. Tyrone. The bride was given away by both her parents and she
was attended by her two sisters Deirdre and Emily. Martin Quinn, friend of the groom was bestman, and Paul Quinn, brother of the groom was groomsman. Conor Quinn, nephew of the groom was pageboy. The readings were read by Inez and Jonathan Gallagher, niece and nephew of the groom. The prayers of the faithful were read by nieces and nephews of the bride and groom. The grooms parents brought the Gifts to the Alter. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent in Lanzorote.

Pioneer Mass
A special Pioneer Mass was celebrated in St. Connell’s Church on Wednesday 24th May. Fr. Nigel O Gallachóir, Spiretual Director presented Gold Pins to both John and Neillie Doherty, Ardmagill,  a gold pin each to Margaret M.O’Donnell, Ardconnell, Paddy O’Donnell, Derries, Bried Duffy, Main Street, (President and Treasure of the Centre). Silver Pins and Diplomas were presented to Anne Bonner, Glen Road, and Mary Josephine O’Donnell, Ardconnell. Young people who received pins and certificates in the Full Membership, ‘Young Pioneer& Junior’ sections were John and Christine Gallagher, Narin Road, James Gallagher, Ardpatrick, Shaun McGill, Tullyard Road, Garvin McDwyer, Station Road, Evan BOnner Glen Road, Tracy McCahill, Derries.

Ceilí
There will be a ceilí in the Limelight,Glenties, on Sunday 11th June. Dancing from 10pm to 1am, music by the Art Mc Nally Trio (Derry).Admission £4 including supper.

Graveyard Mass
The Graveyard Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard, Glenties on Sunday 30th of July at 3.00pm.

CHURCH OF IRELAND DANCE
The Glenties Church of Ireland Supper Dance will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Friday 16th of June, music by Cannon & Ramsey Band, supper served at 9.00pm. Tickets on sale locally at £8.00, your support will be greatly appreciated.

WALK
For those interested in a nice walk this evening, Thursday. The route planned is in the Ardara area, partly along the Ownea River. Altogether walking time will be an hour and half. Runners will suffice for this walk. We will pool cars for the journey to the starting point, so please meet at the Community Centre, Glenties, at no later than 7.30pm. This walk is organised by Women Together, but everyone is welcome to join in for the walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.