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Glenties Notes on January 18th 2002

Congratulations to Margaret Mc Gill, and Brian Gildea, who got engaged recently. Margaret is a daughter of Jimmy and Bella Mc Gill, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Brian is a son of Tony (formerly Straboy, Glenties) and Kathleen (nee Keeney, Drimnacrosh) Gildea, Surrey, England.

Congratulations to Louise and Anthony Byrne, Glen Road, Glenties on the birth on Monday 7th January 2002, of their third child, a baby brother for Patrick and Tony.

The following were prizewinners in the January Kilclooney Dolmen Centre Draw:
Cruise (value €6350) – Joseph Lynch, Clonleam, Delvin;
Newbridge Cutlery – Joseph Duddy, Narin;
Mirrored Clocks – Daniel J. Gallagher, Dungloe;
Framed Mirrors – Neil Mc Groarty, Mountcharles, Nan Concarr, Ardara, Seamus Nc Crudden, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties, G. Mc Neill / J. Brady, Portnoo, Bernadette Mc Hugh, Narin, Pat Mc Hugh, Narin Road, Glenties, James Hegarty, Tullycleave, Ardara.
€127 Euro – Mary Mc Geehan, Edergole, Ardara.
€63.50 Euro – Brian Mc namara, Ballinahinch, Co. Down.
A full list of all national prizewinners is available at the Dolmen Centre and is published in the Irish Independent on the Wednesday following the draw date. The next draw takes place on February 8th and ticket sellers will collect the 3rd £10 or €12.70 in the first week of February. Anyone who wishes to pay earlier can contact Tim Cranley at 075 51293. Thank you for your continued support.

Kilclooney Dolmen Centre is recruiting for its next Computer / Local History / Video Course, which is due to start in April. For further information phone 075-45966.

The death took place early on Saturday 12th January 2002 in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin of Ann Margaret Trimble, Maas, Glenties. Her remains were brought home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday morning. Fr. Prendergast assisted by Fr. Ó Gallachóir and Fr. Cuffe, Chaplin at St. Vincent’s Hospital, celebrated Requiem Mass. Her brothers and sisters did the Readings and brought the Gifts to the Altar and two cousins read Prayers of the Faithful. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. The whole community was shocked, first at the news of Ann Margaret’s sudden serious illness just a week ago and then saddened at the news of her death. She had worked as a nurse in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin after finishing her training and her twenty third birthday was on Sunday 13th the day after she died. Ann Margaret was a daughter of Patsy and Margaret Trimble, Maas and is survived by her parents, four sisters and four brothers, grandmother, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends. Her other grandmother, Mary Kennedy lived for several years at Mill Road, Glenties.

Glenties Notes on January 11th 2002

The death took place peacefully, at his home on Thursday 27th December 2001 of Charlie Boyle, Narin Road and formerly of Ardconnell. Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday morning. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, Glenties assisted by Fr. Philip Daly, Kilclooney celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings, Prayers of the Faithful, carrying of the Gifts were by Charlie’s grandchildren, Anton and Deirdre Dooley, Cathal and Emma Boyle, Roisin Ana Ní Chartaigh, Neil Charlie Boyle, Caroline Bonner, John Boyle, Saoirse Mac Cartaigh, Nollaig Ní Chartaigh, Pauric and Mairead Mc Gill. Music and singing was by Thomas Donahue, Pat O’ Donnell, Anne Mc Dwyer and Amanda Mc Guigan. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Charlie is survived by his wife, Mary, sons, James, Glenties, Charlie, Dublin, daughters, Lena Dooley, Glenties, Mary Ní Chartaigh, Portnoo, Rose Boyle, Burtonport, Bernadette Mc Gill, Ardara, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His son Neil, brothers, Barney, Paddy and Cornelius, sisters, Helena, Rosie, Mary, Bridget Ann, Aggie and Cathy predeceased him. Charlie was ninety-two years old and was a native of Loughfad.

The death took place in Killybegs Hospital on Wednesday 2nd January 2002 of Rosha Boyle (nee Gildea), Ard Patrick, Glenties. Her remains came to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday evening. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass on Friday morning. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery.

Sincere sympathy is extended to her two brothers, Francie, Ard Patrick, Glenties and Peter, England, cousins other relatives and many friends. Her husband Peter, sisters Maureen Ward, Bridie Gildea, brothers James and Paddy predeceased her.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Teresa Melly, Church Road, Glenties on the death of her aunt, Nellie Given, Hillhead, Ardara which took place on Christmas morning.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Josie Mc Devitt, Meenavale, Glenties on the death of his sister, Annie which took place in Dublin last week. Her remains were brought to The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh and burial took place in Edeninfagh Cemetery on Saturday 5th January 2002.

Congratulations to John and Maggie Timoney, The Rock, Glenties, who celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary recently.

Congratulations to Maria and Billy Macinnis, London on the birth recently of their second child, a little sister for Ellie. Maria is a daughter of James and Mary Gallagher, Glen Road, Glenties.

Glenties Notes on January 4th 2002

Congratulations to all those who got engaged over the Christmas period. Carolyn Mc Loone, Straboy, Glenties got engaged to Kieran Gallagher, Narin, Edwina Bonner, Ardconnell. Glenties got engaged to Martin Bennett, Ardara, Eddie Gallagher, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties got engaged to Stephanie O’Connell, Doohary, John Brown, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties got engaged to Patricia Mc Cabe, Binbane and Philomena Gallagher, The Mines, Glenties got engaged to Austin Brady from Naas, Co. Kildare.

Congratulations to Mary and Hughie Gallagher, Curraghmone, Ballybofey, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday last 29th December. Mary, nee Boyle is from Glen Road Glenties.

Congratulations to Garda Angeline Ashworth, daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties who was promoted Sergeant to Cabinteely, Dublin.

Congratulations also to Chief Supt. Catherine Clancy, daughter of Kitty (nee Mc Devitt, Glenties) and the late Furzie Clancy, who has been appointed to take over at the head of Donegal Division. Early last year when she was promoted to the rank of Chief Supt. she became the first female in the history of the state to achieve the position. The appointment to Donegal will be her first time in charge of a division.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary Boyle, Narin Road, Glenties on the death of her husband, Charlie, which took place on Thursday 27th December and to all the family.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Conal Mc Nelis, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the death of his father, Willie Mc Nelis, Ardara, which took place on Saturday 29th December 2001.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday 26th December 2001 of Joe Breslin, Ard Patrick, Glenties. His remains came to his home later that day and were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Joe’s niece and nephew, Mary Mc Gettigan and James Breslin. Music and singing was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ, Siobhan Mc Elhinney on tin whistle, Thomas Donahue on guitar and Amanda Mc Guigan. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Joe is survived by his daughter, Rita, Ard Patrick, Glenties, sons, Joseph and Kenneth, England, brothers, Ally, Ardconnell, Francie, Kilraine, Glenties, sisters, Nellie and Maggie, England, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife Mary predeceased him nineteen years ago, his son Jamsie four years ago on the 10th January and his sister Mary Noone died in England on the 26th March last year. His brothers, James, Packie, Jack, Tommy, Den, and Henry also predeceased him.

Glenties Notes on December 21st 2001

A cheque for £600 for Dungloe Patients Comfort Fund was presented to Nurse Teresa Mc Nelis at a Bridge function in the Highlands Hotel recently. The playing of the ‘Sarah and Margaret Rose Bowl Bridge Competition’ raised the money. The proud winners were Charlie Whyte and Jimmy Gallagher.

The musical, which was on last week in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, was up to the usual standard of excellence, which we have come to expect from the school. They played to packed houses every night. It is wonderful to see the amount of talent we have in our midst. Great credit must go to the producer and the musical director and to all the behind the scenes workers who made this show such a success.

Santa came to the Highlands Hotel, Glenties last Sunday on a Fire Engine instead of his sleigh, for the annual Children’s Christmas Party. There was a big crowd of children there to greet him. Before he arrived the Drimnacrosh carol singers got everyone into the Christmas spirit with their beautiful singing. It was a lovely day and needless to say the children enjoyed themselves. The Drimnacrosh carol singers will be singing again at the weekend after Mass on Saturday and Sunday. They are fund-raising for the Drimnacrosh School.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Sadie Ward, Dr. Mc Closkey, Crescent, Glenties, on the death recently in Glasgow, of her aunt, Mary Margaret Reilly, (formerly Campbell, Cloghercullion, Doohary).

Sincere sympathy is extended to Owen Ward, Mully Glenties on the death of his sister Mary Marley, Brockagh, which took place last week.

DOLMEN CENTRE DRAW
Prizewinners in the first month of the draw on 14th December were as follows: First Prize: Nissan Micra — Cork Mental Health. Second and Third prize: Teak garden furniture — Maire Kelly, Laois and St. Aongus Post Primary School, Laois. Mirrored Clocks: Neil Rodgers, Rosbeg, Niall Bourke and Dominick Deeney and Nugent family, Armagh. Framed Mirrors: Frank Doohan, Rosbeg, Margaret + 5 c/o Abbots, Donegal Town, Packie Mc Ginley, Ardara. Dylan Gallagher, Doohill and Phil Mc Grenaghan, Tempo. Framed Pictures: Carmel Fitzgerald, Glenties, Martin Convery c/o Portobello, Dublin, Christopher Collum, Ardara, James O’ Donnell, Portobello, Dublin, Inan Morgan, Portnoo, Michael Boyle, Sandfield / Aberdeen, and Dermot Hegarty, Glenties. £100: Geraldine Hegarty, Lake House, Clooney and £50 Sheena Connolly, Galway / Narin. A full list of all national prizewinners is available at the Dolmen Centre and is published in the Irish Independent on the Wednesday following the draw date. The next draw takes place on 11th January and ticket sellers will collect the 2nd £10 or 12.70 Euro in the first week of January. Anyone who wishes to pay earlier can contact Tim Cranley at 51293 or any of the ticket sellers.

Glenties Notes on December 13th 2001

The annual Senior Citizens Party last Friday night in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties was, as always, very successful and most enjoyable. To begin the evening Fr. Prendergast celebrated Mass at 6.00p.m. after which dinner was served. Santa and the Lord Mayor paid a visit again this year with a gift for everyone. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the music was great and it can safely be said that everyone had a great night. Thanks to all those who work so hard, not just on the night, but for weeks before, to make this annual event such a success.

The Lord Mayor, Thomas Mc Dyer switched on the Christmas Lights last Friday night and the town is much brighter now. Santa was there too with presents for all the children. He will be in town again next Sunday in the Highlands Hotel. ‘The Chancers’ supplied the music. We were blessed this year with a lovely dry night and there was a very big crowd. Our thanks are due to the Glenties Traders Association and all the workers who put up the lights.

The Crib has moved from the Community Centre to the centre of the town and has been erected by the Fire Brigade at the Bridge. It is hoped to have the Church Crib, which will be a new one, in place this weekend.

The death took place on Thursday 22nd November2001 in Southport, England of Bridie Pritchard, formerly Gallagher. She was 95 and was the youngest of the family of Charlie and Mary Gallagher, The Brook, Letterilly, Glenties. Her brothers, Charlie, Johnny, Joseph, Daniel, Brian, Philip, Edward, Robbie and Paddy, sisters, Annie, Mary, Margaret and Cassie predeceased her. Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Tuesday 4th December and her great grandnephew Fr. Adrian Gavigan celebrated Requiem Mass on Wednesday 5th. Burial took place in the New Cemetery with her brother Paddy. Sincere sympathy is extended to her niece, Rita Gallagher, grandnieces and nephews, Glen Road, Glenties, her nieces and nephews in other areas and all her relatives and friends.

Congratulations to Brian and Breid Mc Devitt, Ardconnell, Glenties, who celebrated their twenty fifth wedding anniversary recently.

Glenties Notes on December 6th 2001

The death took place in Arch View Lodge Nursing Home, Letterkenny, on Tuesday 27th November 2001 of Mary Mc Nelis, Ardconnell, Glenties. Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday evening. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, C.C. celebrated Requiem Mass on Thursday morning. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Mary is survived by one son Sean and daughter-in-law, Rosaleen, Meenahalla, Glenties and one daughter, Peggy and son-in-law, Michael Ford, Letterkenny, grandchildren, Mary, Michael and Sean Ford. Her husband, Andy died 30 years ago and her only brother Eugene died in 1993.

The death took place in Devon, England on Friday 30th November ’01 of Kathleen Rowe, formerly Mc Mullin, Glenties. Her funeral takes place on Wednesday. She is survived by one son, William, three sisters, Josie Houston, The Rock, Mary Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties, Teresa Mc Mullin, Frosses and one brother Tommy in Boston, nieces and nephews and other relatives. Kathleen was the eldest of a family of ten of the late Thomas and Mary Mc Mullin. Five sisters, Nan, Aggie, Rosha, Chris and Bridie predeceased her.

The death took place in Westport last week of Josephine King, formerly O’ Donnell from Aughla, Glenties. She was a sister of the late Bella Mc Fadden, Main St. Glenties.

The death took place in Boston, following an accident of Mary Keeney (nee Friel from Fanad), on Tuesday 27th November ’01. Mary’s husband Brian is a son of Barney and Mary Keeney, Drimnacrosh, Glenties.

The death took place in Kilmacrennan last week of Hugh Strain, who served as a Curate in Glenties in the early seventies.

Sympathy is extended to all the bereaved

Glenties Notes on November 22nd 2001

The Bank of Ireland, Glenties wish to inform their customers that, on Thursday 6th December the Bank will be closed until 1.30p.m. This time will be used to train staff in preparation for the introduction of the Euro Currency. They apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause. If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff.

Congratulations to Mary and Jimmy Furey, Meenalargan, Glenties on the birth recently of their baby girl in Letterkenny Hospital.

Congratulations to Breeda and Anthony Mc Loone, Maas, Glenties on the birth recently in Letterkenny Hospital of their baby girl.

Congratulations to Margaret Mc Nelis, Ard Patrick, Glenties, who was recently conferred with a JEB Teacher’s Diploma in I.T. at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Well done Margaret!

Congratulations to the members of St. Connell’s Church Choir, and local Tenor – Eamon Bonner, who featured in the outstanding performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ – an exceptional Choral Celebration in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny – directed and conducted by Jim Rafferty.

There will be Céilí Mór in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Friday 23rd November. Music is by the Matt Cunningham Band from Galway on their second visit to the county. Dancing is from 10.00 p.m. until 1.00 a.m. Admission is £5.00, including supper.

The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place this year on Friday 7th December. The evening will begin with the celebration of Mass at 6.00p.m. in the Highlands Hotel, and this will be followed by dinner and entertainment. An open invitation is extended to all the Senior Citizens of the parish.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Tessie Melly, Glen Road, Glenties on the sudden death of her eldest son, Francis, in New York last week. Sincere sympathy also to his brother, Matthew, Ardara, his uncles, aunts and other relatives and many friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Hannah Campbell, Lettermacaward, (formerly of Mill Road, Glenties) on the sudden death of her son Brian, which took place recently in New Jersey, U.S.A. Also to his sisters, Kathleen Boyle, Lettermacaward, Noreen Kelly, Maryanne Dunne, and brother, Michael, U.S.A. uncle, Colm Melly, Main Street, Glenties, other uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

News on November 22nd 2001

There is great excitement in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School as the students get ready to stage The Rocky Monster Show, their first musical for this millennium. This Show, specially written for schools, comes from the pen of Malcom Sircom who also wrote Ebenezer, the school’s 1999 production. Jim Rafferty and Anne Gallagher have adapted the setting to Ballydaft, ‘a remote village somewhere in Donegal’. The locals are upset by ‘ the strange goings on up at the castle’. Well they might be with characters like Igor, Mrs Danvers, the crazy housekeeper and Professor Fenton, a rock star from the sixties now engaged in genetic research. There is talk of ‘ something in the woodshed’ and the fact that the Professor is related to Baron Frankenstein adds to the mystery. Sixties music abounds and the dancing as ever is lively and varied. Students, parents, past pupils and staff join in this monster rock musical and all look forward to entertaining bumper crowds on December 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th, with a special matinee performance on Sunday 9th, for those children brave enough to come!

Last Saturday 24th November 2001 was a great day for St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties when Thomas Gildea T.D officially opened their new Sportsfield , which was named ‘Pairc Mhic Giolla De. It will be a great asset for the school and surrounding areas.

Congratulations to Conor Mc Closkey, Pauric O’ Donnell and Sean Solly who recently received the National Diploma in Professional Accounting at Athlone Institute of Technology. Conor is a son of Zeta and the late Seamus Mc Closkey, Main Street, Pauric is a son of Patrick and Mary Rose O’ Donnell, Tullyard Road, and Sean is a son of Geoff and Rose Solly, Station Road, Glenties. The three lads are past pupils of Scoil Mhuire and St. Columba’s Comprehensive, School, Glenties.

Congratulations to Mary and Shaun Paul Byrne, Carn, Ballybofey on the birth on 1st November 2001 of their second child, a little brother for Ruth. Mary is a daughter of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties.

Congratulations to Fergus and Breege Roarty, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary recently.

The death took place at his home on Monday 19th November2001 of Neilie O’ Donnell, Meenadina, Glenties. He had been in failing health for some time. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday morning. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties assisted by Fr. Daly, Kilclooney celebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Neilie is survived by his wife, Annie, sons, Patrick, Tullyard Road, Glenties, Fonsie and John U.S.A. Brendan, Letterkenny, daughters, Nicola, Meenadina, Mary, Meenahalla, Glenties, Aggie, Kilclooney, Margaret, U.S.A., brother, Johnny, Stranaglough, sisters, Madge Gallagher, Station Road, Bridie Brown, Ardconnell, Glenties, grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

The community was shocked and saddened when the news came through of the sudden death in New York on Thursday 15th November 2001 of Francis Melly, Glen Road, Glenties. On Monday 19th Mass was celebrated in New York, where he had lived and worked for the past nine years, before his remains were taken to the airport on the first leg of the journey home, where they arrived on Tuesday. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir assisted by Fr. Eddie Gallagher and Fr. Adrian Gavigan celebrated Requiem Mass on Thursday morning. Francis was buried in the New Cemetery with his father Francie, who died when he was a little boy, and whose remains were also brought home from New York. His mother, Tessie, only brother Mathew, sister-in-law Michelle, nephews, Ryan and Cáilum, uncles, aunts and other relatives survive him.

Patrick Toland died recently in Glasgow. He was the last surviving member of the family of the late James and Mary Toland, Aughla, Glenties and was predeceased by his brothers, John, James and Neil.

Mary Cruise died in Dublin last week. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie O’Donnell, who owned O’Donnell’s Hotel, Glenties many years ago (where the Highlands is now). Three sons and three daughters, one brother Mick, two sisters, Katty and Joan survive her. Her husband and brother, Frank predeceased her.

Sympathy to all the bereaved.

Glenties Notes on November 8th 2001

Christine Fletcher and John Mc Cool were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 27th October 2001. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Christine is a daughter of Bid and the late Jimmy Fletcher, Ard Patrick, Glenties and John is a son of Sean and Juliana Mc Cool, Ballybofey. Her mother gave the bride away and her sister, Anne Bonner, attended her. John’s brother, Martin was bestman. Readings were by the groom and Maureen Loughrey, a cousin of the bride. The bride sang the Psalm. Anne Bonner, sister of the bride, Martin and Sean Mc Cool, brother and father of the groom, Evan Bonner, nephew of the bride and Michael Mulligan, cousin of the groom read Prayers of the Faithful. Joan Mc Cool, sister of the groom and Mary Doherty, aunt of the bride brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music was by St. Connell’s Church choir. The reception was held in Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar and the honeymoon was spent touring.

Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties who completed his 21st marathon in Dublin on Monday 29th October 2001.

The Sacrament of Confirmation for the Parish of Iniskeel, will be administered in St. Colmcille’s Church, Fintown on Sunday 10th March 2002.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary Kate Browne, Charlie and Mickey Mc Dermot, Edeninfagh, on the death of their brother, Eddie, which took place in Letterkenny on Sunday 4th November 2001.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Martin and Rosemary Sweeney and sons, Galway, on the death of their son and brother, Conor, which took place on Monday 5th November 2001. Sympathy also to Conor’s grandmother, Mamie Sweeney, Gortnasillagh, Glenties and to his uncles, aunts and other relatives and friends.