Glenties Notes on October 11th 2000

Christine Gallagher and Liam Frize were married in St. Mark’s Church, Dorchester, Boston, USA on Friday 15th September 2000. Christine is a daughter of Cormac and Eileen Gallagher, Main Street, Glenties and Liam is a son of Jim and Annie Frize, Churchill.

Her father gave the bride away and two friends, Colleen and Celine were bridesmaids. The groom’s brother Terry was bestman and the bride’s brother Laurence was groomsman. Readings were by Kathleen Frize, sister of the groom. Elaine Gallagher, sister of the bride and friend of the groom, Denise Mc Grenera read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in Adam’s Inn and the honeymoon was spent in Florida.

Adult Ceili Classes are starting in the Limelight, Glenties, on Sunday 15th October from 6pm. – 8pm. and will continue every Sunday evening.

Barn Dancing classes in the Highlands Hotel every Monday from 9pm. – 11pm.

The Millennium Fancy Dress Ball will take place in The Limelight, Glenties on Sunday 29th October. Music is by Mary B. and The Monsters and admission is £5. There will be cash prizes for best individual and best group so put on your thinking caps now and be in with a chance of winning a prize on the night.

Last year everyone had a most enjoyable time at the Witches Ball and if the same effort is made for this year’s Fancy Dress Ball it should be a great success.

Congratulations to Mary and Kevin O’Donnell, Narin Road and ‘Paper Stop’, Glenties on the birth of their first child, a baby boy, in Sligo Hospital on Sunday 8th October 2000.

Glenties Notes on October 4th 2000

Marathon Man Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent is busy training for the Dublin Marathon on October 30th. This will be Michael’s 20th marathon. In 1996 he ran in both Boston and Dublin and in 1998 he took part in the London marathon. He has also taken part in many 10k races, in Ballyshannon , Letterkenny and various other parts of the country. Many charities have benefited from Michael’s running, among them Irish Heart, Irish Kidney, Friends of Letterkenny Hospital and numerous others. This year his chosen charity is Irish Cot Deaths and your support would be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are in some shops in the town and will be in other towns in the near future. Michael is hoping to record a good time and placing in this year’s marathon and also with your help to make a good donation to this very worthy charity. Over the years Michael has raised more than £15,000 for various charities and other worthy causes.

Nineteen year old Brendan Mc Gill from Swords, who is in his third season with Sunderland Football Club made his first team debut in the Worthington Cup on Tuesday 26th September. Brendan’s parents, Brendan and Margaret are from Glenties.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Friday22nd September2000 of Tony Carr, Main Street, Glenties and formerly of Meenaneary. His remains came to his home on Saturday evening and were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday morning. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties assisted by Fr. Eddie Gallagher P.P. Carrick celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Tony’s son Brian. Another son Anthony and three nephews read Prayers of the Faithful. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ, Francie Cunningham on guitar and the beautiful singing was by young Deirdre Doherty. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Celine, three sons, Brian, Anthony and Paul, daughter, Ann Kennedy, son-in-law, four sisters, Margaret and Mary, Sligo, Teresa, Meenaneary, Catherine, California, brother, Padraig and other relatives and friends. Two brothers, Eamonn and Michéal predeceased him.

Congratulations to Christine Gallagher, Glenties and Liam Frize, Churchill who were married in Boston on 15th September last. Christine is the eldest daughter of Cormac and Eileen Gallagher, Main Street, Glenties. Cormac and Eileen travelled to Boston for the wedding.

Congratulations to Michelle Mc Swiggan, Gortnasillagh, Glenties and David Mulcahy, Omagh who got engaged recently.

Congratulations to Clare and Gerard O’Donnell, Tullyard Road, Glenties on the birth in Letterkenny Hospital of their first child, a baby daughter on Friday 29th September 2000

A very enjoyable morning of sports was held in the GAA pitch on Saturday 9th September during the Harvest Fair Festival.

Results of events are as follows; Running; —6,7,8 year olds—1st Gary Sweeney, 2nd Natalie Sweeney, 3rd Jason Gallagher and 4th Kevin Boyle. 9,10 year olds—1st Dermot Molloy, 2nd Louise Furey and 3rd Seamus Corcoran. 11, 12 year olds—1st Aine Regan, 2nd Claire Reid and 3rd Aisling Corcoran. 5 year olds and under—1st Kieran Thompson, 2nd Colleen O’ Donnell and 3rd Niamh Boyle. Tiny Tots—1st Hannah Molloy, 2nd Tony Byrne, 3rd Jemma O’Donnell, and 4th Sinead Gallagher.

3 Legged Race—6, 7,8,9,10 year olds—1st Louise Boyle and Louise Furey, 2nd Stephen Sweeney and Timothy Cape and 3rd Melissa Browne and Alanna Mc Donnell. 11 and over—1st Dena Sweeney and Aisling Corcoran, 2nd Shane Mc Donnell and Brian Boyle, and 3rd Aine Regan and Rosaleen Furey.

Relay Race—Under 10’s —1st Stephen Sweeney, Dermot Molloy, Colleen O’Donnell and Kieran Thompson, 2nd Niamh Boyle, Natalie Sweeney, Melissa Browne and Seamus Corcoran, 3rd Timothy Cape, Patrick Byrne, Alanna Mc Donnell and Louise Boyle. Relay Race—Over 10’s—1st Shane Mc Donnell, Laura and Sharon Gallagher, 2nd Dermot Molloy, Dena Sweeney and Rosaleen Furey, 3rd Seamus Corcoran, Aisling Corcoran and Brian Boyle. Parents Relay Race—1st Kathleen Gallagher, Frank Mc Donnell, Clodagh Duggan, Lisa Byrne and Pauline Gallagher, 2nd (beaten by a small margin) Bernie Molloy, Majella Boyle, Susan O’Donnell, Jackie Molloy and Terence Gallagher.

Thanks to the many parents who attended and of course to the very enthusiastic children.

Glenties Notes on September 28th 2000

The Harvest Fair Festival committee is very pleased with the running of the recent festival and because of the dry weather there were large crowds especially for the Sunday parade and the Harvest Fair Day. Most events ran smoothly and good local participation was evident. Present indications would suggest that a profit was made for the second year running and the committee is indebted to local business’ who again supported this years events. A few local sponsors are outstanding and they should send their payments to Colm Campbell. A number of events were held on private / business properties and the committee is very grateful that these properties are being made available on an annual basis. The marching bands did enhance the Sunday Parade but it was disappointing that the number of local floats had reduced from the previous year. Local business/committees and clubs must make a greater effort for the future. There was a very large entry for the festival queen contest and the very popular winner was Deirdre Burke. There were sixteen entrants and feedback would suggest that a good time was had by all.
The Festival Committee would like to thank all individuals, committees and clubs who have in any way assisted in the running of the various events. Any bills outstanding should immediately be given to Colm Campbell.

Barn dancing classes starting next Monday night 2nd October in the Highlands Hotel at 9.30p.m. Teacher will be Edith Bradley.

The annual Fiddlers weekend starts tomorrow week, Friday 6th October. If you like Irish music, Glenties is the place to be that weekend as there will be plenty of it in all the pubs around the town. There is a concert in the Highlands Hotel on the Saturday night.

The death took place in Dungloe Hospital on Monday 18th September 2000 of Johnny (Briney) Boyle, Mully. His remains came to his home on Tuesday for waking and were brought to The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Thursday. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place in Edeninfagh Cemetery. Johnny is survived by two sons, Paddy and John, ten daughters, Mamie Coyle, Edeninfagh, Rosie Kirk, Scotland, Susan Campbell, Silverhill, Bridget Devine, Banganbouy, Sarah Quinn, Mully, Maggie Ward, Upper Mully, Gracie Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties, Annie Crause, South Africa, Eileen Murphy and Kitty O’Donnell. Sincere sympathy is extended to his family, other relatives and friends. His wife and son, Barney predeceased him.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Tony Carr, Main Street, Glenties who died on Friday 22nd September 2000.

Antenatal classes will begin in Ardara Health Centre on Wednesday 4th October at 7p.

A one-day Seminar on Suicide will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Friday 13th October from 10a.m. – 5p.m. Dana Rosemary Scallon MEP will open the Seminar. Booking is essential. For further information ring 073-30025

News on September 19th 2000

John Roarty and Paula Bonner were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara on Saturday 9th September 2000. John is a son of Michael and Kitty Roarty, The Wood, Stranaglough, Glenties and Paula is a daughter of Cornelius and Bernadette Bonner, Glenties Road, Ardara. Fr. Austin Lafferty P.P. Ardara officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The bride’s father gave her away and her sister Lorraine Bonner and friend Cliona Cunningham were bridesmaids. Michael Roarty, John’s brother, was bestman and a friend Anthony Briody, was groomsman. Grainne Gavigan, a niece of the groom was flowergirl. Readings were by Eamonn Bonner, brother of the bride and Margaret Kennedy, sister of the groom. Paddy Keaveney, a brother-in-law of the groom read Prayers of the Faithful. The reception was held in the Blue Haven and the honeymoon is being spent abroad

Congratulations to Laraine and Robert Long, Mullantyboyle, Glenties on the birth of their baby girl, on Wednesday 13th September in Sligo Hospital.

Congratulations to Teresa and Gerry O’Dwyer, Mill Road, Glenties on the birth recently of their baby girl.

Barn dancing classes will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Monday nights at 9.30p.m. commencing on Monday 2nd October. Teacher will be Edith Bradley.

Winter Aerobics have commenced in the Community Centre on Monday and Wednesday nights at 8.30p.m. Everyone welcome.

A number of people in the community have suggested that this Jubilee Year 2000 should be marked with a Marian Procession on 8th December – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is hoped that this will be a Community Event and therefore there will be a Public Meeting, with a view to organising the Procession, in the Highlands Hotel tonight, Thursday 21st September at 8.00p.m. Everyone welcome

The usual big crowd attended the Harvest Fair in Glenties on Tuesday 12th September 2000. Stalls of all kind, Clothes, Shoes, Toys and Tools, etc. lined the street from the Courthouse out to the Garage at the top of the Station Brae and down the Narin Road to Ard Patrick and some on the Glen Road. There were also fortune tellers, games to play and prizes to be won, a bouncing castle on the Station Road, Mc Gurks on the Church Road and loads of other things to do on the day. The weather was great which was an added bonus.

Results to a number of events during the festival are as follows:
U-16 Local Bicycle Race —1st Hugh Boyle, 2nd Martin Doherty, 3rd John Gallagher.
Change the Wheel—1st Neil Byrne, 2nd Terence Molloy 3rd Brendan Mc Dyre.
Pub Quiz—Annette Mc Gettigan, Frank, John and Jimmy Mc Swiggan.
Eating Competition—1st Dara Gallagher, 2nd Shane Mc Donnell.
Slow Bicycle Race—1st Eamonn Boyle, 2nd Kieran Boyle.
Playstation Competition—1st Manus Conaghan, 2nd Eamonn Boyle.
Pedestrian Treasure Hunt—Ann Bonner and Christine Fletcher.
5 A Side Soccer—Section A—Aaron Thompson’s Team. Section B—Leo Mc Loone’s Team.
Round Ball Rolling Comp.—Michael Brennan and Conal Herron.
Sunday Float Parade—Overall Winner—Drimnacrosh National School. Other winners were —The Whole Shebang, Good Earth and Fire Station.
Tug-O-War—1st The Glen Tavern, 2nd Glencolmcille.

Congratulations to Maire Mc Loone, Cornagrilla, Glenties who has been ranked as one of the top ten outstanding students in the world, by the Beijing Institute of Technology and will receive her award this week in Beijing. She is a previous winner of the Invensys Award for the best engineering student in the United Kingdom.

Congratulations to Evelyn Cagney, Clooney, Portnoo, who graduated from Lancaster University with an Hons. Degree in Graphic Design.

Congratulations also to her sister, Mairead who graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a B.Sc. Hons. Degree in Chemistry. The three girls are past pupils of St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties.

Congratulations to Anne Farrelly, Letterkenny, who recently graduated from the University of Ulster, Magee, with a Masters of Education Degree. She also holds a B. Rel.Sc. Degree in Religion and History. Anne is a teacher in the Comprehensive School.

Congratulations to Seamus Molloy, Kingarrow and Noreen Gallagher, Lettermacaward who were married on Saturday last.

Congratulations to the Ardara Senior Team who won the County Championship on Sunday in Ballybofey. The team and supporters received a tremendous welcome when they passed through Glenties on their way home later in the evening with people lining the street on both sides cheering and clapping. Although there is some rivalry on the pitch between Ardara and Glenties everyone was delighted for them. Well done lads!

Despite the heavy showers on Sunday last spirits were high at the annual Tug-O-War competition at the Glen Tavern. A five a side Pub Team Competition was first on the agenda. The Glen Tavern A Team were the winners with neighbours, Fintown taking 2nd place. The excitement was building for the eight a side competition with five teams entered. Killeeter, Holybush and Glen Tavern being the better teams gave some great entertainment to the gathered crowd. The overall winners on the day were the Glen Tavern A team with Killeeter in second place. At the presentation of prizes Fr. Denis Quinn on behalf of the local team thanked all present and thanked the teams who had travelled long distances for the occasion. Fr. Denis also congratulated the local team on their huge success earlier this year in the National Competitions where they had won two All Ireland competitions in different weights and were runners up in three other weights. Hughie Quinn later returned thanks on behalf of the team for the support of the people on Sunday and throughout the season. He also thanked the Glen Tavern for their sponsorship of Sunday’s competition.

There was an apology from Tomas Gildea T.D. who was unable to attend for the presentation because of an earlier engagement. He did call later to congratulate the winning team. Thanks were also expressed to the Referee and all those who provided very welcome sandwiches after the competition. Fr. Denis concluded by wishing all present a pleasant evening with the music of Brideen and James and looked forward to the future success of Glen Tavern A and the newcomers Glen Tavern B teams.

Hooray! Work has finally started on the Boys Old School, Glen Road, to restore and renovate the building for use by the Playgroup and local community groups. It will also be used for an after-school project, which is currently being developed and for which we need funding. Many thanks to everyone who helped get the project up and running.

Glenties Notes on September 13th 2000

There was a good crowd about town over the weekend for the Harvest Fair Festival especially on Saturday night and on Sunday for the Float and Band Parade and other events, which were taking place. Congratulations to the men from the Glen of Glenties who added to their many achievements this year by winning the Tug-O-War competition on Sunday evening and to Deirdre Burke, representing The Glen Inn, Glenties, who was selected as the Glenties Harvest Festival Queen 2000. Deirdre is a daughter of Bernadette Burke, (nee Keeney)The Rock, Glenties.

Many of our people who are away from home take their holidays at this time to be home for the Harvest Fair and Festival. It is hoped they all enjoyed themselves and had a good time.

Stephen Mc Kelvey and Barbara Mc Ginley were married in The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara on Saturday 2nd September 2000. Fr. Austin Laverty P.P. Ardara officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Stephen is a son of Connie and Mary Alice Mc Kelvey, Currien, Fintown and Barbara is a daughter of James and Evelyn Mc Ginley, Hillhead, Ardara. Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Siobhan, Orla and Linda Mc Ginley were bridesmaids. Friend of the groom, Dermot Hegarty was bestman and Gerry Doherty and Connell Mc Kelvey another friend and a brother were groomsmen. Two nieces of the bride, Larna and Tara Mc Ginley were flowergirls. Readings were by Martin Doherty and Thomas Mc Kelvey, friend and brother of the groom. Mark Spillane, Helen Mc Nelis, cousins of the groom, Paul Mc Ginley, brother and Peter Mc Laughlin, cousin of the bride read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Blue Haven and the honeymoon was spent abroad.

Congratulations to John Roarty, The Wood, Stranaglough, Glenties and Paula Bonner, Glenties Road, Ardara who were married in Ardara on Saturday last. The bride’s father, Cornelius is a Glenties man.

The death took place in London recently of Sonny Maguire, formerly of Glen Road,Glenties. Sincere sympathy is extended to his sister, Rose Mc Gill and to her family, Glen Road, Glenties and to Sonny’s family.

The Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 24th September. Bus leaving Mc Guinness’ at 8.45a.m. sharp. For bookings ring 075-51284.

Glenties Mother & Toddler Group invite mothers, minders and toddlers to join them on Thursday mornings 10am – 12 noon in the Day Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent for two hours play, fun and chat. Tea and coffee are available. Fee £1 (to cover costs).

Currently the Adult Education Centre, Donegal Town, is enrolling for its Computer Application Course. Places are still available, so if you are receiving unemployment payments or sighing for credits or in receipt of lone parent or disability allowance and are interested, ring 073-21705 between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Monday to Friday for more information.

News on September 6th 2000

WEDDING
The marriage of Sean Campbell and Patricia Furey took place in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday 26th August 2000. Sean is a son of Vincent and Peggy Campbell, Meenahalla and Patricia is a daughter of P.J. and Teresa Furey, Mullanmore, Glenties. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sister, Clare Campbell, friends, Carol Gallagher, Helen Flannery and Irene Boyle. The groom’s brother, Charlie was bestman and Michael Breslin, Michael Furey and Eugene Campbell were groomsmen. Hannah and Jonathan Campbell were flowergirl and pageboy. Readings were by Denise Furey, cousin of the bride and Peter Campbell, brother of the groom. Peter and Sarah Campbell and Barbara C. Boyle read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel and the honeymoon was spent in the Canaries.

SHEEP FAIR
The 12th September, Harvest Fair Day in Glenties was always the biggest fair of the year. Even though in recent years, the Marts have taken over from the Fairs, the traditional sheep and lamb fair takes place in Glenties on the Harvest Fair Day and this year Tuesday 12th September 2000 will be no exception.

CONGRATS
Congratulations to Mary Mc Closkey, Lower Main Street, Glenties and Gerard Mc Nelis, Kilclooney, Portnoo, who got engaged recently.
Congratulations to Stephen Mc Kelvey and Barbara Mc Ginley who were married in Ardara last Saturday 2nd September.
Congratulations to Colm and Jackie Gallagher, Mayo on the birth recently of their first child, a baby girl. Colm is a son of Teresa and the late Columba Gallagher, Glen Road, Glenties.
Congratulations to Rosha and Hugh Mc Monagle, Tievelough on the birth recently of their third child, a brother for Mary and Áine.

SYMPATHY
Sympathy is extended to the family of Neil Carbery, Meenadoan, Fintown, who died suddenly on Saturday 26th August 2000.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Bridget Mc Grath, Letterkenny who died on Friday 1st September 2000. Bridget’s late husband, Paddy was from Letterilly, Glenties and Bridget spent the early years of her married life in Glenties.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Ian Marsden, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, the motor cyclist who died tragically near Fintown a few weeks ago and to the family of Harry Laverty, Ballybofey, who died after taking ill at a football match in Glenties on Sunday 27th August.

Inniskeel School of Speech and Drama will resume classes next Saturday 9th September in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. For further information contact Mairead at 087-2826270.

Fiddle and Guitar lessons will begin on Saturday 16th September at 10.30 a.m. in the Community Centre, Glenties. Contact Ernan 075-41037 for further information.

Scallywags Arts and Crafts workshops will resume in October after a month’s break. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all parents and children involved and hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. See Democrat for further information.

Irish Dancing classes have resumed in the Highlands Hotel on Tuesdays.

MASSES
There was a good attendance at the Masses celebrated in the old graveyard behind Ard Patrick on Thursday 24th August and in the very old graveyard in Kilkenny on Sunday 27th August. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties celebrated both Masses. Mass in Kilkenny graveyard, over-looking the Gweebarra, was in the ruins of a church, which was there before there was any in Glenties.
Tomorrow evening, Friday 8th September, a Diocesan Mass for Expectant Families will be celebrated in the Cathedral, Letterkenny at 7.30p.m. The celebrant will be Most Rev. Dr. Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe.

BARN DANCE
The next Barn Dance is on tomorrow night Friday 8th September in the Community Centre. Music is by Country Cousins and admission is £3.00. Supper will be served.

WEDDING
Kathleen O’Haire and Niall Duggan were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 25th August 2000. A friend of the groom, Fr. Pat O’Donoghue assisted by Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P.Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Kathleen is a daughter of Annie and the late James O’Haire, Upper Kilraine, Glenties and Niall is a son of Patricia Duggan, Dublin. The bride’s mother gave her away and her sister, Martina O’ Haire and a friend, Marie O’ Gara were bridesmaids. A friend of the groom, Ger O’ Brien was bestman and his brother-in-law, Brian Keogh was groomsman. Kerrie Anne O’ Haire was flowergirl and Darren Keogh was pageboy. Readings were by the bride’s sister, Rosita Ward and the groom’s sister, Mary Keogh. Niece of the bride, Anita Byrne and a cousin, Melanie Byrne read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. A nephew of the bride, Thomas Byrne was altar server at the Mass. The reception was held in The Blue Haven and the honeymoon was spent in Cyprus.

ÓG SPÓRT COUNTY FINAL
Congratulations to the Naoimh Conall U-15 team who won the Óg spórt County Final in Tirconnel Park, Donegal Town on Sunday last. These young lads deserve great praise for the commitment they have shown to their chosen sport and the joy they bring to the Community.

HARVEST FAIR FESTIVAL
The Harvest Fair Festival gets under way on Thursday 7th September. Official Opening by Mr. Thomas Mc Dyre (Lord Mayor) takes place at 7.00p.m. but events will be happening before and after that around the town. Beef Steak Dancers will provide the street music from 7.20p.m. There is a Pub Quiz in the Highlands Hotel at 9.30p.m. A full programme has been arranged for the next five days with the Annual Street Float Parade with Marching bands, Fancy Dress, Vintage cars on Sunday 10th at 2.30p.m. and the Festival Queen Dance that night. The Harvest Fair Day is on Tuesday with the usual array of stalls lining the street. The Committee has succeeded in getting a site for Mc Gurk’s Amusements and they are in town and this year they are on the Church Road.

News on September 2nd 2000

HARVEST FAIR FESTIVAL
The annual festival is only one week away and it should be more enjoyable than last year with extra events included. Locals should get involved in different events, as it is their festival after all.

This years harvest queen will receive £200, Tiara and specially engraved Donegal Parian Perpetual Crystal Trophy. As a sash has to be made for each entrant the names must be given to Sharon Watters immediately.

The Sunday parade will include marching bands, vintage cars, fancy dress and floats. It is important to get as many floats as possible as last year’s parade was very enjoyable and we should try to build on this. Fancy dress will include individuals and groups and hopefully the local schools will get involved this year. Sports clubs should also get involved. A mountain walk over Carnaween is being organised for the first time. Transport is being organised from Mc Guinness’ on Saturday 9th Sept. at 12.00 noon and great interest has been shown at this stage. A general knowledge Pub Quiz will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Thursday 7th starting at 10.00 p.m. Teams of four and £10 per team entry. Questions will not be very difficult and everybody should enjoy the night. Apart from the festival queen dance the committee are only organising one other dance this year. It will be held in the Limelight on Friday 8th September and music will be by Mind Benders. Those local businesses who have not returned their sponsorship envelope should send them in to Colm Campbell by to-morrow, Friday Sept. 1st.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Ciara and Frankie Craig, Church Road, Glenties on the birth, recently, of their baby boy in Letterkenny Hospital.
Congratulations to Patricia Furey and Sean Campbell who were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday last.
Congratulations to Mary Ellen Gallagher and Mark Rickinson who came from Birmingham to be married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 19th August 2000. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The reception was held in the Lake House Hotel, Clooney, Portnoo, and the honeymoon is being spent in Cuba. Mary Ellen is a niece of Nora Cusack and Eddie Gallagher, Altar, Glenties. When Mark, who was born in Australia, came here at Easter, he discovered that his great, great, grandfather came from Glenties. His name was Gallagher.
Congratulations to Thomas Melly, Letterilly, who obtained Honours in violin playing (Elementary grade) at the recent examinations held by The Royal Irish Academy of Music, also to Leonard Quinn, Kilkenny, and Ciaran Mc Hugh, Narin Road,Glenties, who each got a merit and pass respectively in the same exam.

SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family, relatives and friends of Brendan Maxwell who died on Wednesday 23rd August 2000. Brendan’s wife, Bernie is a daughter of the late Sonny and Bridget Mc Dyre, Kilraine, Glenties.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Martin Joyce, Ard Mc Gill on the death of his aunt, Maggie Joyce, Recess, Galway.

LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS AT THE PATRICK MC GILL SUMMER SCHOOL 2000

PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTION – POETRY
Junior Infants
– One entry “Daddy’s Boat” by Paula Boyle, Kilkenny N.S. Glenties. Senior Infants – One Entry “My Tractor” by James Mc Dyer, Kilkenny N.S.
First Class – Highly Commended – “My Dog” by Joanne Boyle, Kilkenny N.S. 3rd Prize – “Black” by Shane Mc Hugh, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin. 2nd Prize – “My Class Motorbike” by Kieran Mc Dyer, Kilkenny N.S. Glenties. 1st Prize – “Black” by Mark Watters, St. Conal’s N.S. Narin.
Second Class – 3rd Prize – “The Rally Car” by Joseph Quinn, Kilkenny N.S. 2nd Prize – “Red” by Conor Tonry, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 1st Prize – “Easter Morning” by Allanagh Barrett Mc Ginley, St. Conal’s N.S.
Third Class – Joint Third Prizes – “Trees” by Seamus Gallagher, Kilkenny N.S. and “Black” by Rory Boyle, Kilkenny N.S. Joint Second Prizes – “The Little Butterfly” by Sarah Kennedy, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin and “Summer” by Ciara Marie Shovlin, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 1st Prize – “I Feel Like” by Helen Mc Elhinney, Glassan N.S., Creeslough.
Fourth Class – Three Highly Commended – “If” by Adam O Neill, Glassan N.S., “Jelly” by Kellie Marie Ferry, Glassan N.S., Creeslough, “Trees” by Martin Mc Dyer, Kilkenny N.S. 3rd Prize – “Blood Lust” by Thomas Rice, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 2nd Prize – “Trees” by Ciaran Mc Hugh, Kilkenny N.S. 1st Prize – “Spellasauraus” by Sinead Mc Gill, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin.
Fifth Class – Four Highly Commended – “Winter” by Gemma Mc Cahill, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin, “Jesus Our Helper” by Owen Gallagher, Niall Mór N.S., Killybegs, “Green” by Linda Mc Dyer, Kilkenny N.S. “Imagine” by Nicola Ryan, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 3rd Prize – “Snow and Ice” by Aine Regan, Mill Road, Glenties. 2nd Prize – “Myself” by Jacqueline Gallagher, Niall Mór N.S., Killybegs. 1st Prize – “My Tree” by Martina Mc Devitt, Kilkenny N.S. Sixth Class – Four Highly Commended – “My Oak Tree” by Michael Gallagher, Kilkenny N.S., “Late for School” by Lyndsey Walshe, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin, “Sunday” by Martin Mc Neilis, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin, “My Baby Sister” by Grainne Melly, Kilkenny N.S.. 3rd Prize – “Spring” by Paula Sheen, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 2nd Prize – “The Land” by Tessa Gallagher, Glassan N.S., Creeslough. 1st Prize – “Trees” by Leonard Quinn, Kilkenny N.S.

PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTION – STORIES
First Class
– 3rd Prize – “The Head Chopper” by Kelvin Slowey, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 2nd Prize – “In the Woods” by Sinead Gavigan, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 1st Prize – “Little Lost Swan” by Karla Boyle, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin.
Second Class – Two Highly Commended – “Mike the Miser” by Rachel Mc Clean, Niall Mor N.S., Killybegs and “Lorraine Mary’s Surprise” by Karen Mc Neilis, St. Conal’s N.S.,Narin. 3rd Prize – “A Spooky Story” by Lorainne Stewart, Dooish N.S., Ballybofey. 2nd Prize – “The Magical Horse” by Catherine White, Niall Mor N.S., Killybegs. 1st Prize – “Kidnapped” by Allanah Barrett Mc Ginley, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin.
Third Class – 3rd Prize – “The Circus” by Aisling Gallinagh, Dooish, N.S., Ballybofey. 2nd Prize – “A Bug’s Life” by Nollaig Ni Garthaigh, St. Conal’s N.S.,Narin. 1st Prize – “Our School’s Haunted” by Claire Tonry, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin.
Fourth Class – Two Highly Commended – “Under the Deep Blue Sea” by Sinead Mc Gill, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin and “This Car’s Life” by Thomas Rice, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 3rd Prize – “Halloween” by Brian Quinn, Kilkenny N.S. 2nd Prize – “Berry’s Unusual Life” by Lorraine Boyle, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 1st Prize – “The Olympic Games” by Martin Mc Dyer, Kilkenny N.S.
Fifth Class – Three Highly Commended – “The Christmas Catch” by Paul Murrin Niall Mor N.S., Killybegs, “Another Blooming Christmas” by Don Campbell, Niall Mor N.S., Killybegs, “The Sun Factory” by Lorraine Gallagher, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 3rd Prize – “Old Wives Tales” by Jane Baldwin, St. Conal’s N.S.,Narin. “2nd Prize – “The Piano” by Aine Regan, Mill Road,Glenties. 1st Prize – “I Have a Dream” by Sarah Faherty, Niall Mor N.S., Killybegs.
Sixth Class – Highly Commended – “The Old Hag” by Conal Gildea, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 3rd Prize – “The Ruins of Church Street” by Lyndsey Walshe, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 2nd P
rize – “The Surprise” by J.J. Shovlin, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin. 1st Prize – “Kremlin Takedown” by Neil Mc Cole, St. Conal’s N.S., Narin.

SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTION
Joint Third Prizes – “Waiting” by Emma Kelly, St. Columba’s, Stranorlar and “Untitled Story” by Fintan O’ Donnell, St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties. 2nd Prize – “Secrets” by Evlyn Mc Nulty, St. Columba’s, Stranorlar. 1st Prize -“The Quiet Morning” by Liam Cagney, St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties.

ADULT POETRY SECTION
Four Highly Commended – “Foster Child” by Anne Marie Curran, Derryconnor, Gortahork, “Spring Morning” by Bettylou Reed Hopkins, Reno Nevada, U.S.A., “A Child of Nine or Ten” by Sarah Mc Gloin, Keelogues, Glenade, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim, “November Wakening” by Mark Leeney, Carrigart. 1st Prize – “Donegal Lifelines” by Betty Dickinson, Visitor to Portnoo. Congratulations to all the winners.

REUNION
The 1963 6th class girls of Glenties Convent School had a very enjoyable night in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Saturday 19th August 2000. The purpose of the reunion was to celebrate the success of their school friend, Yvonne Mc Groary (nee Mc Dyre) as a writer, and to present her with a Silver Picture Frame and a Basket of Flowers. Classmates came from England, Dublin and Offaly, as well as Ardara and Glenties for the occasion. The organiser would like to thank the Highlands Hotel for their help in making it such an enjoyable and successful night.

BARN DANCE
The next Barn dance in a season of Barn dances is on tomorrow, Friday 1st September in the Community Centre, Glenties. Music is by Pirrie Men. Dancing is from 10p.m. and admission is £3.00. Supper will be served.

Scoil Mhuire will re-open for staff tomorrow, Friday 1st September and on Monday 4th for all the children.

Druimnacrosh N.S. re-opens for all pupils on Friday 1st September.

Edeninfagh N.S. re-opens on Monday 4th September.

News on August 23rd 2000

Patrick Gallagher and Martina Breslin were married in The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Frosses on Saturday 12th August 2000. Patrick is a son of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties and Martina is a daughter of Maureen and Denis Breslin, Meenabradan. Fr. John Mc Loone P.P. Frosses assisted by Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Glenties and Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sisters, Mary and Caroline Breslin and Carol Gallagher, sister of the groom. Terence Gallagher, brother of the groom was bestman and Philip, another brother and a nephew, Seamus Mc Devitt were groomsmen. Readings were by Breda Gallahgher and Denis Breslin, and Prayers of the Faithful were read by Kathleen Gallagher and Patrick Breslin. Breda and Kathleen are Patrick’s sisters and Denis and Patrick are brothers of Martina. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent touring Ireland.

Congratulations to Hugh Brendan and Rose Mc Dyre, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties who celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary last weekend. Alison organised a surprise party for them in the Limelight.

Congratulations to Anne and John O’Donnell, Killybegs on the birth recently of their third child, a boy, (Jack), a little brother for Roisín and Sara. John is a son of Jack and Nora O’Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

Congratulations to Breid and Carl Gallagher, Naas, Co. Kildare, on the birth of their baby girl. They now have two boys and two girls. Carl is a son of James and Mary Gallagher, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Nora and Charlie Mc Glynn, Edeninfagh, on the birth recently of their first child, a baby boy.

The death took place in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin on Sunday 6th August of Fanny Mc Dermott, Edeninfagh, Glenties. Her remains came to her home on Tuesday evening for waking. Fanny’s son, Fr. Padraig, assisted by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, Fr. Denis Quinn, Fr. Mc Carron, Fr. Farrell and Fr. John Mc Glynn concelebrated Requiem Mass on Wednesday. Readings were by sons, Donal and Liam. Fanny’s grandchildren read Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by Jim Rafferty and Sinead. Burial took place in the Edeninfagh Cemetery. Five sons, Seamus, Toronto, Fr. Padraig, Mississippi, Donal, Liam, Gerard, Dublin, one daughter, Rosaleen Deery, Dublin, sisters, Annie Maguire, Cassie Mc Glynn, England, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives survive her. Her husband, Con predeceased her in June 1994. Two brothers, Jimmy and Paddy Coyle and one sister, Margaret Mc Menamin also predeceased her. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family and friends.

A Brief History of the Raphoe Diocese by Fr. John J. Silke will be on sale at all Masses next weekend. This very special book is a Jubilee 2000 project for the Diocese of Raphoe and every family and household is encouraged to purchase one. Price is £10.00.

Mass will be celebrated in “The Paupers’ Graveyard behind Ard Patrick on Thursday 24th August at 7.30p.m. and in Kilkenny Graveyard at 3.00p.m. on Sunday 27th August.

There was a very good attendance for Mass and Blessing of Graves in Kilraine Graveyard last Thursday evening and again the Lord blessed us with lovely weather.

Donegal Youth Information Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town are currently offering a telephone help line and drop-in service for Leaving Certificate students and concerned parents, now that the results have been issued. A number of services are also available at the Centre, e.g. college prospectuses, guide to finding accommodation as well as ‘Options 2000’, a free publication. The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30a.m. – 5.00p.m. Tel. 073-23029.

Glenties Notes on August 15th 2000

Congratulations are due to the following: –

Marion and Frank Mc Guinness, Narin Road, Glenties on the birth recently, of their little girl. They already have two boys, Charles and Paul.

Patrick Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties and Martina Breslin who were married in Frosses last Saturday 12th August 2000. Patrick is a son of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog.

Donna Mc Groary who graduated recently from the University of Ulster with a BA Hons in Textiles and Fashion. Donna is a daughter of Eamonn and Yvonne Mc Groary, Kilraine.

Terry Mc Hugh, javelin thrower, who has been selected for the Irish team going to the Sydney Olympic Games. Terry is a son of the late Francie Mc Hugh, a native of Stranaglough, Glenties.

Hugh and Mary Sharpe, Loughfad, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on the 1stAugust. Mary is from Drimalough, Glenties. Congratulations also to their daughter, Evelyn and her husband Tony McKitterick on the birth of their baby son. Evelyn worked for several years in the chemist shop in Glenties.

Next Thursday 17th August, Mass will be celebrated in Kilraine Graveyard at 7.30-p.m. weather permitting.

There was a good crowd at the Mass and Blessing of graves in the Old Graveyard last Thursday evening. Fr. Prendergast and Fr. Gallagher concelebrated. The weather was lovely.

The next Barn Dance, in the Community Centre, Glenties is on Friday 18th August. Music is by ‘Pirrie Men’. Dancing is from 10.00 p.m. and admission is £3.00 supper included.

Glenties Notes on August 10th 2000

The marriage of Bernadette Joyce and Ronan Molloy took place in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 29th July 2000. Bernie is a daughter of Martin and Christina Joyce, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Ronan is a son of John and Marie Molloy, Ardara. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sister Debra Joyce, and friends, Nicola O’Donnell and Monica Armstrong. Friend of the groom, Michael J. Barrett was bestman and his brother, Conor Molloy and Michael R. Barrett were groomsmen. Hannah Joyce Molloy was flowergirl and Pauric O’Dwyer was pageboy. Readings were by Clare and Kathleen Molloy, sisters of the groom and his nephews, John and Ciaran Molloy and friend, Kayla Baskin read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara and the honeymoon was spent in Dubai.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Annie O’Dwyer, Ard Mc Gill on the death of her sister-in-law, Breda Dunn, Limerick which took place in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. She was a sister of Annie’s late husband, Danny, and took ill while visiting in Glenties.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the sons and daughter and other relatives and friends of Fanny Mc Dermott, Edeninfagh, who died in Dublin on Sunday last.

This evening Thursday 10th Mass will be celebrated in The Old Graveyard on the Glen Road at 7.30p.m. August, weather permitting and Mass will be celebrated in Edeninfagh Graveyard next Sunday 13th August.

It is hoped to celebrate Mass in Kilraine Graveyard on the third week of August, details will be announced next weekend. Families who have graves in Kilraine are asked to assist in the preparation of the graveyard by attending to their own family plots.

The Legion of Mary was founded in Glenties on 11th August 1950. There will be a special Mass on Wednesday 16th August at 7.30p.m. to celebrate 50 years of the Legion of Mary in Glenties. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Th Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, led by Bishop Philip Boyce, takes place this year on Saturday 19th August. Bus will be leaving Edeninfagh at 8.10a.m. and Glenties Community Centre at 8.30a.m. For further information ring Mc Guinness’ 075-51284.

Congratulations to Josie and Mary Gill, Stranaglough, Glenties who celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary on Thursday 3rd August and to Hugh and Rose Gallagher, Loughcrillan Road, Glenties who celebrated their twenty fifth wedding anniversary on Sunday 6th August.

Gaeltacht Athletics Championships will be held in Dungloe GAA Park next Sunday 13th August at 2.00p.m. The championships are open to all Gaeltacht residents, for all ages. Events will include sprints, jumps, throws, walks and relays. For further details ring 074-33027 or 074-35292.

Next Sunday 13th August Ms. Joy Mc Cormick will officially open the 20th Annual Patrick MacGill Summer School in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties at 5.00p.m. There will also be the Presentation of MacGill Literary Awards by Ms. Patricia MacGill – McGowan, daughter of the writer. Later in the evening there is a Family Concert featuring Vincent & Peter Campbell, Master Fiddlers and Entertainer, Aussie Bryson. The School continues until Friday.