Glenties Notes on May 30th 2000

GLENTIES HARVEST FAIR
 The programme of events is currently in the process of being finalised. All hotels and pubs were requested to provide details of music-entertainment for the period from Thursday Sept 7th – Tuesday 12th Sept to Colm Campbell. To ensure inclusion in the actual programme all details must be with Colm Campbell by Tuesday June 6th at the latest. Can anyone imagine a six day festival of events being organised and there being no funfare for the children of the locality? Such is the case this year! The commmittee has scoured the town for a suitable venue being made available, and, various property owners have been asked but to no avail. The festival will be devalued substancially should a venue not be found. Please inform any committee member by Tuesday 6th June should you  be aware of a suitable venue.
The float parade was a tremendous success last year and it is hoped this can be built on. All local business and clubs and associations should be drawing up plans at this stage and be making necessary preparations.

TUG-O-WAR
The Glen Tug-o-War team  came 2nd in the 600 kilo Novice Ulster championship in Crossroads, Killygordon last Sunday, and they also came 2nd again in the 680 kilo senior competition.

PLAYGROUP
If there is anyone out there with sit-on toys ie.tricyles, tractor & trailors etc. which they are no longer using, the playgroup would love to have them. Contact Bridie after 2.00pm at 075-51416 or anyone connected with the playgroup.

CEILI MOR
A ceili mor will be held in the Limelight on Sunday 11th June, and the music is provide by the “Art McNally Trio”. It will cost £4 per person and this includes supper. Dancing will be from 10pm-1am

NEW ARRIVALS
Congratulations to Susan and Pat O’Donnell,Glen Road, on the arrival of their baby girl recently. A little sister for Colleen and Gemma. Also congratulations to Mary and Shaun Paul Byrne, Ballybofey,on the arrival of their first baby, a little girl recently. Mary is the daughter of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties.

WALK
Don’t forget to come out this evening for the walk, starting at the Community Centre at 7.30pm.Please wear comfortable footwear. Everyone is welcome to join. The walk will take approx 2 hours.

Glenties Notes on May 24th 2000

JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB
The Junior Youth Club will be making their annual tour this Sunday 28th May to Dunlewey Lakeside Centre. The bus will leave from the Community Centre at 12.30pm. The cost of the trip is £7.00 per person. Many thanks to all the parents who have supported the Youth Club throughtout the year. 

UNDER-14’S
Congratulations to the Naomh Chonaill U-14 team and their managers; Connie Doherty, Michael Quinn, and Terance Gallagher who won the County Final of Féile Peile na nÓg last Saturday in Donegal Town. They had an impressive victory over Glenfin. The team will now go on to represent County Donegal in the National Finals of Féile Peile na nÓg, where they will compete against the other 31 counties of Ireland. This will be held in Dublin on June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd. and this is one of the big annual events in the GAA calender. 

WALK
A walk is organised for Thursday 1st June, leaving the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Wear comfortable boots or runners and come along and join us. Everyone is welcome. The walk will be approx. 2 hous long.

TUG-O-WAR
Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War team who came 1st in the Ulster Tug-O-War Competition which was held in Cavan last Sunday.

LATE BERNIE GILDEA
The death took place recently of Bernie Gildea, Bunnyconlon, Co. Mayo(formally from Straboy, Glenties.)He was a retired Sergent of the Garda Siochana. He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Vanessa, son Barry, his sister Rose Solly (Glenties), brothers, Sean (Letterkenny)and Tony (London)and all his relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

LATE MARY BENNETT
The death took place recently of Mary Bennett,Donegal Town and formally Mary Gallagher, Ard Connell,Glenties. She died in Letterkenny General Hospital after a short illness. Following Mass in the Four Masters Church in Donegal she was buried in Killymard Cemetery. She is survived by her sons Connie (postman in Glenties)and Gerry (Donegal) her daughter Mary Teresa (Donegal),her sister Teresa and brother Hugh Gallagher, Ard Connell, Glenties to whom sincere sympathy is extended. She was predeceased by her husband Patsy, her brothers Con and Oliver sometime ago.

90th BIRTHDAY
Congratulations to Mary Craig, Buncrobug, Glenties who celebrated her 90th birthday recently. 

50th ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Augustine and Mamie Gallagher, Meenacahan, Inver,(parents of Olive McKelvey, Station Road) who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Glenties Notes on May 17th 2000

YOUTH CLUB
The Youth Club members collected a total of 32 bags of rubbish around the approch roads of the town last Sunday evening. Many thanks to the parents and other adults who came out to help. A word of thanks also to Sean Molloy who arranged the disposal of the rubbish. Your support to the church gate collection last weekend was very much appreciated. The proceeds go towards the cost of transport for youth club activities.

TUG-O-WAR
Congratulations to the Glen Tug-o-War team who came second in an Ulster Competition held in Killybegs last Sunday evening.

RACE
Michael Fitzgerald who recently ran in the North West 10 Kilometre race raised £220 for the’Friends of Letterkenny Hospital’.Michael wishes to thank all who supported him in this worthwhile event.

PILGRIMAGE TO ST. RIOGHAN’S WELL
Next Sunday the 21st May, the G.A.A. in consultation with the bishops of Ireland, have left the day free of any match/league fixtures in order that part of the day be put aside as a day of local pilgrimage in Ireland to mark the Jubilee year and the ancient traditions of our Celtic heritage. In the Diocese of Raphoe, each parish is encouraged to have a pilgrimage to a holy place i.e. a Mass Rock, Holy well etc. Here, in the parish of Iniskeel, there will be a short pilgrimage led by the choir and walking enthusiats to the well of St. Rioghan, which is situated near the old monastic site of Kilraine(Cill Rioghan) near the old graveyard. There are a lot of folklore-cures and stories associated with St. Rioghan and her well, which is in the process of being renovated for our pilgrimage to it on Sunday 21st May. Our fore-parents before us often went on pilgrimage to this place and we will be remembering them at this holy place this Sunday. The Pilgrimage will begin at 3.00pm (weather permitting).

LATE NANCY BOYLE
The death took place recently of Nancy Boyle, Annagry. The people around Glenties will remember her better as Monsignor Dan McDyre’s housekeeper. She spent nearly fourty years working for Fr. Dan. She is survived by her two sisters, Grace,(who taught in the Comprehensive School for a number of years), and her sister Mary, her brothers, Francie, James and John to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

LATE CORMAC QUINN
The death took place in the General Hospital,Letterkenny on the 26th April of Cormac Quinn, Mill Road, Glenties. His remains came home where he was waked, and the following evening were removed to St Connell’s Church, Glenties. Following Requiem Mass the next morning he was buried in the local Cemetery. He had run a very successful business at his home place up until the time he got sick in 1986. He was predeceased by his brothers, Neil, John, Joe, Hugh, and his sister Bridget McHugh.He is survived by his wife Annie, his brother Frank,and all his relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Glenties Notes on May 11th 2000

SLIGO FEIS
Congratulations to the Glenties/Ardara Recorder group”Friends Together” who won a Gold Medal at the recent Sligo Feis. Congratulations are also due to; Patrick Moss who got a silver medal in U-10 piano, Yann Sweeney got a bronze medal in U-10 piano, Evan Bonner got a bronze medal in U-14 piano, and also at the same feis, congratulations to Janet Given,Ardara, who did very well in the U-15 piano.

JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB
The Junior Youth Club will be doing a clean-up of the approach roads of the town next Sunday evening 14th May. The following Sunday 21st May there will be a trip to Dunlewey Lakeside Centre leaving at 12 noon. Only those taking part in the clean-up will be able to go on the trip! The Youth Club’s annual collection will be take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May. To help the Youth Club, your support will be very much appreciated.

CORPUS CHRISTI
The traditional Corpus Christi Procession will take place immediately after the 11.00am Mass on Sunday 25th June.

GRAVEYARD MASS
This Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard, Glenties, on Sunday 30th July at 3.00pm.

KNOCK
Fr.Bill Healing Service, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima,May 13th, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, eve of the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco. Bus will be leaving Glenties at 4.00pm, if you are interested in going please contact McGuinness’ (075)51284.

Glenties Notes on May 3rd 2000

GLENTIES TRADERS ASSOCIATION MEETING
The Glenties Traders Association met with Public Representatives approximately six months ago to outline ways in which they could help the Glenties area. On Tuesday 25th April a further meeting sought to ascertain what progress, if any, had been achieved in the interim. Attending the meeting were Mr. Charlie Bennett, Senator Enda Bonner, Mr. Dinny McGinley T.D., Mr. Thomas Gildea T.D.,Mr. Brian O’Donnell and Mr. John Boyle. Apologies were forthcoming from the other public representatives not in attendance.

The first point for discussion was the extension and upgrade of the sewerage system and treatment works. We were assured in the previous meeting that a committment had been made to provide for this project in line with a European directive to complete all such projects by 2005. However the meeting was informed that Glenties is fifth in line for the projects after Ardara, Burtonport,Gweedore and Dungloe. We are led to believe that the project is now a matter for The Dept of the Environment.

The second topic on the agenda concerned inadequate footpaths and the incorrect positioning of the 30mph signs. The meeting was informed that there are no provisions in the Council for footpaths except those on National Roads but that Council can provide moneys for FAS schemes etc. which are improving footpaths. Some matters have been reported, such as, the dissappearance of the footpath on the Narin Road at the side of the Kelvon. It was surmised that this must have come about under the County Development Plan.
Third on the agenda was the provision of signs indicating the location of the public toilets. The consensus was that this was a simple request and could be quickly and easily granted.

Point four raised the issue of providing an ambulance service in Glenties. It was reported that the ambulance service review of the South West had been completed which placed Glenties at the bottom of the list, which surprised some of those present. A paramedic pilot scheme was mentioned but thought to create problems with the unions. It was confirmed that the fire service was to be updated but this was expected to happen sometime in the future.

Point five asked for a feasibility study into locating a State Agency Office in the area. The meeting was told that no decisions on location had been made yet. It was claimed that some politicians were actively lobbying for certain areas for certain agencies and it was felt that someone could lobby likewise for Glenties. It was then pointed out that some towns could afford to lobby extensively producing quality brochures highlighting the advantages of locating in their town. No mention was made of a feasibility study or funds for same.

Point six highlighted the fact that Glenties was inaduquately signposted throughout Donegal. A submission had already been lodged with the council outlining appropriate signposting for the area. It was pointed out that only the National Roads Authority could erect signs on the National roads, not the Council. Another problem was the different spellings of some towns, and the fact that the signs must only be in Irish in the Gaeltacht areas. This is a big problem for our foreign visitors. A suggestion was made to erect signs which displayed the road numbers only– these would be the same in all languages and it was the norm for tourists to follow road numbers rather than town names.

Point seven requested an investigation into the roll-over of FAS schemes. It was suggested that FAS schemes were not suited to rural areas and that they could be changed to Udaras schemes. The meeting was told of the position of a Community Development Officer which was being advertised currently. It was felt that such a person would be beneficial to the area and could co-ordinate schemes.

The next point raised was the possibility of Glenties being in the Gaeltacht. It was felt at this time, it would be appropriate for Glenties to seek recognition as part of the Gaeltacht. Apart from the town itself, most of the surrounding area is already in the Gaeltacht. It was felt that it would strengthen the Gaeltacht if Glenties was part of it. The meeting was told that it was up to the people of Glenties to demonstrate a committment to the Irish language. Although traditional music and dancing are flourishing in the area, every effort has to be made to promote the Irish language itself. Suggestions included Irish signposting, shopfronts and the running of Irish language classes. At present we are in the process of getting the current Glenties brochure updated and reprinted.

The next monthly meeting of the GTA takes place on Thursday 18th May at 9pm in the Highlands Hotel.To renew your membership the fee remains at £50 per business. All those who wish to be members,please do as soon as possible,as the computer list of Traders will have to be updated.

SCOIL MHUIRE.
The Principal of Scoil Mhuire would like to thank most sincerely all parents, children and friends who supported the recent schools ‘Ireland on Sunday’2000 computer promotion. A total of 587 tokens were collected and hopefully your efforts will be rewarded. A special word of thanks to those who sponsored ‘surprises’-and also to all the local newsagents.

Glenties Notes on April 27th 2000

DEVELOPMENT PLAN 
At a meeting of the Glenties Traders Association it was decided that anyone interested in, or concerned about the ‘Draft County Development Plan’ should attend the Public Meeting for the Glenties Electoral Area in the Community Centre, Ardara, on Wednesday 3rd May at 8.00pm, where the proposed changes will be explained and discussed. Any objections/ submissions may be made at this meeting.

G.T.A.—ANTI-LITTER CAMPAIGN.
There is a growing concern at the level of littering and illegal dumping in the Glenties area and the very obvious problems this causes. To help alleviate this situation we are appealing to the community to join us on Wednesday 26th April for a major ‘CLEAN UP’ of the town area, river and incoming roads. We will assemble at 5pm outside the Garda Station where bins and gloves will be provided. Please bring with you-Wellington boots and waders if possible. All volunteers are insured under a National Scheme. Obviously the less littering and dumping that takes place the easier the ‘clean-up’ will be, so we urge everyone to be vigilant and help put a stop to this environment vandalism. Littering is a very serious offence with serious penalties and authorities have assured us that it will be strictly policed. >Here are some ideas and ways to help with this problem!
Some materials are easily recyclable e.g. tin cans, paper and glass–so use the sevices provided behind the Fire Station.
Don’t ask for plastic bags in shops when you purchase a very small number of items–if and when possible, use your own shopping basket.

BLUESTACK WAY. 
The ‘Bluestack Way’ Committee want to thank the Glenties Traders Association for organising the ‘Spingclean’ in Glenties. The final ispection to include the “Bluestack Way” in the National Network of Waymarked Walks will take place in May.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.  
There will be a special bus going to  Knock on Sunday 30th April.It will be leaving at 8.30am and anyone interested in going contact McGuinness’ 075 51284. This will be a very special celebration, as Blessed Faustina will be canonised in Rome that day.

Glenties Notes on April 19th 2000

HOLY WEEK

Service Times in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper — 7.30p.m. Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion –3.00 p.m. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass — 9.00 p.m. Candles will be provided for use during the Service of Light.

Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh, Holy Thursday –6.00 p.m. Good Friday –5.00 p.m.

Holy Saturday –11.00 p.m.

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

Please change small coins into £1 coins or bank notes, and bring your Trócaire donation in the special Trócaire Envelope provided in your Sunday Envelope Box dated for Holy Thursday.

Maps regarding The Draft County Donegal Development Plan are on display in Brennan’s Window. A copy of the Material Alteration (No.1) to The Draft County Development Plan 1988 is available for viewing in Francis Brennan’s. Glenties Traders Association will be holding a public meeting before the end of April to discuss The Development Plan.

Coming soon is a “Spring Clean Day” in Glenties and surrounding areas. This annual Spring Clean is sponsored by Donegal County Council and promoted by An Taisce. All local groups are asked to participate in this clean up.

The Church Gate Collection taken up by St. Vincent de Paul Society for the Flood Victims of Mozambique amounted to £517.00. Thanks to all who supported this very worthy cause.

Unislim classes in Glenties will be closed as from 20th April. Nearest class will be held in Ardara every Wednesday at 8.00 p.m. in Community Centre.

The Glen Tavern Tug-O-War team held their Grand Draw in the Glen Tavern on Sunday night last. The winners were as follows –1st Prize T.V. and Video — Julia Molloy, Buncrubog. 2nd — £100 Shopping Voucher for Mc Elhinney’s — Siobhan Mc Menamin, Fintown. 3rd — Half Ton of Coal –Patrick Molloy, Meenagolan. 4th — £50 Voucher for Spar. Glenties –Siobhan Mc Menamin, Fintown. 5th — Meal in Narin Inn –Sarah Melly, Gortnasillagh. 6th — 2 Tickets to Dublin on Mc Geehan’s Coach — Jimmy Mc Gill, 13 Ard Mc Gill, Glenties. 7th — Meal in Highlands Hotel –John Mulvaney, Doochary. 8th — Set of Glasses –Dermot Molloy, Mullanmore. 9th — Bottle of Brandy –Winnie Kelly, Draperstown. 10th — Bottle of Whiskey — Sharon Marley, Cloghan.
A special presentation was made to John Quinn, Glen Tavern for his support and coaching of the team since 1945. Spokesman for the team, Gerry Molloy said, but for John’s dedication that the present team would not be so strong. In returning thanks John wished them well in the year 2000. The large crowd present had an enjoyable night. Music was by local artists, Breidin & James Gallagher. Philomena Mc Callog and Darragh Gallagher won the in-house Draw.

Thanks to all who supported the Draw by sponsorship, buying or selling tickets.

Glenties Notes on April 12th 2000

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Charlie Browne, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties, who died in Donegal Hospital on Saturday 8th April 2000. Originally from Tullynaglaggin, Charlie spent a number of years in England before returning to his native place. His brother Johnny and sister, Bridget predeceased him. His wife, Bridget, son, Gerard and daughter, Kathleen, survive him.

The sudden death took place recently in the United States of Sheila Callahan, (nee Mc Gill) daughter of Patrick Mc Gill “The Navvy Poet” who was a native of Glenties. Mrs. Callahan and her sisters were regular visitors to the town since the inception of The Mc Gill Festival, later The Mc Gill Summer School. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family and to her cousin, Mary Clare O’ Donnell, Co-op. Glenties and to all her relatives and friends.

The organising committee for this years events is presently attempting to finalise the programme of events which will run from Thursday 7th to Tuesday 12th September. It is hoped to have the programme finalised as early as possible so that maximum publicity can be achieved. Should any local committee or organisation wish to organise an event and have it included in the programme, please provide details to Colm Campbell by the 15th April next.

The marching bands and float parade was one of the more successful events last year and the committee would hope to build on that. No doubt preparatory ideas and work has already started for this years floats.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Boyle, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties on receiving the Silver Overall Medal in the Junior Breakfast Section at The Maxwell Catering Competitions held recently in The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. Elizabeth is a first year Chef student at The Tourism College, Killybegs.

Glenties Notes on April 5th 2000

The Mass on Radio na Gaeltachta last Sunday 2nd April 2000 was celebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C. C. Glenties, a native of Gweedore. It was broadcast from the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh. The Glenties and Edeninfagh choirs joined forces for the occasion.

John Joe Mc Devitt, (Connie)Tullyard died in Dungloe Hospital on Monday 3rd April. His remains were removed to the home of his sister, Teresa Mc Nelis, Narin Road that evening. Burial took place in New Cemetery on Wednesday after Requiem Mass in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Three brothers and five sisters survive him, Tony, Connell, Paddy, Mary Kathleen, Teresa, Philomena, Rosaleen and Noeleen.

Mary Boyle (nee Gallagher) died in Philadelphia recently. She was a sister of Packie Gallagher, Straoughter, Glenties.

There was a big crowd in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties last Friday night to see Rose Molloy receive the Benemerenti Medal and Papal Scroll in recognition of her 25 years service to the church. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P presented it to her. Fr. Con Cunningham P.P. Falcarragh assisted by Fr. Prendergast and Fr. Nigel Gallagher C.C. celebrated Mass. Canon Moore was also there. Fr. Con, who served in Glenties for 12 years, gave the homily. Rose’s family were all there for the happy occasion.

Glenties Notes on March 22th 2000

Congratulations to the twenty -eight boys and girls from the five schools in the Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Philip Boyce in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday 18th March 2000.

Those confirmed were : – (Kilkenny N.S.) Leonard Quinn, Thomas Melly, Grainne Melly, Michael Gallagher. (Druimnacrosh N.S.) Daniel Shovlin. Conal O’ Callaghan, Martin Mc Hugh, Louise Mc Dyer, Lisa Gallagher. (Fintown N.S.) Máire Ní Gaoithín, Mairéad Ní Fhloinn, Naomi Nic Daibhidh, Lisa Ní Bhaoill, Ashleigh Ní Aindrís, Barra Mac Gaoithín, Seosamh Mac Fhloinn. (Edeninfagh N.S.) Dara Ó Gallachóir. (Scoil Mhuire N.S.) Michael O’ Donnell. Shaun Mc Gill, Shane Mc Donnell, Tracy Mc Cahill, Caroline Mc Brearty, Rory Gildea, Séan Fleury, Laura Farren, Francine Connaghan, Luke Cape, Aileen Boyle.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Margaret Rodger, Main Street on the death of her sister Mary O’Donnell which took place in Seattle on Sunday 12th March 2000. Originally Sweeney from Meenasrone, Fintown, Mary went to America seventy-two years ago.

The death took place on Sunday 19th March 2000 of Andy Hegarty, Letterkenny. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Evelyn, (formerly Campbell, Church Road, Glenties) their family and all his relatives and friends. Evelyn is a daughter of Mary and the late Neil Campbell.

Thanks to the Glenties Traders Association for the completion of their Millennium Project to restore the Church Bell and have it ring automatically. The bell will ring for the Angelus at 12 mid-day and 6p.m. each day, and will call the parishioners to Mass 15minutes before Mass begins. We appreciate the hard voluntary work that was put into this project by the members of the G.T.A. and the fundraising, which has covered the cost of the project.