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Glenties Notes on August 2nd 2001

The Harvest Fair Festival is being held this year from Saturday September 8th through to Wednesday 12th. This year’s committee have been holding regular Wednesday night meetings for the past few months. The programme of events is finalised and was sent to the printers last week, so hopefully the programmes will be available for distribution this weekend. A number of annual events are included and a number of novel new ones should provide entertainment for all ages. One of the new ones is a laser games battle arena, which is being set up in the Limelight at 4.30p.m. on the Sunday. This is an event not to be missed by the young and not so young. A number of marching bands are organised for the Sunday Street Parade together with vintage cars, ‘Farmers Trot’ and Children’s Fancy Dress. It is so important that local business’ clubs and committees enter street floats in this parade and plans should be well advanced at this stage. Unfortunately last year there was a very poor response so please start working / planning now. A pool competition is being held on the Monday and Tuesday evenings. Winner receives £100. Entries must be given to Alan Kee before Friday 7th September. Cards are in circulation locally for a fundraising event called ‘Message in a Bottle River Race’. Tickets are £1 each and please assist the committee by supporting this event. Guinness Ireland has agreed this year again to be involved as main sponsor and we are grateful. Local sponsorship will be collected shortly and a similar response to last year is expected.

The death took place in Killybegs Hospital of John Haughey, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent and formerly of Mill Road, Glenties on Thursday 26th July 2001. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday evening. Fr. Patrick Prendergast celebrated Requiem Mass on Saturday morning. Music at Mass was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. His only brother Patsy died in the United States some years ago. Sincere sympathy is extended to his nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, other relatives, friends and neighbours.

We were blessed with a beautiful afternoon for our annual Graveyard Mass in the New Graveyard, Glenties. There was a very big attendance again this year. Fr. Prendergast assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn celebrated the Mass. The graves were blessed before Mass and Rose Molloy recited the Rosary during the blessing.

Mass will be celebrated in Kilraine Graveyard on Thursday evening 9th August at 7.30p.m.

The annual Raphoe Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 18th August, led by Most Rev. Philip Boyce D.D., Bishop of Raphoe. Confessions begin at 11a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 3.00p.m. with Special Anointing & Blessing of the Sick during the Mass.

On Saturday 21st July 2001 Ann Melly and Patrick Patton were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Cousin of the bride, Fr. Paul Mc Geehan assisted by Fr. Patrick Prendergast officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Ann is a daughter of James and Breid Melly, Strasallagh, Glenties and Patrick is a son of Patrick and Breid Patton, Letterkenny. Her father gave the bride away and two friends, Michelle Mc Dyer and Jane Mc Groary were bridesmaids. Noel Kelly was bestman and Rory O’Brien was groomsman, both friends of the groom. Amy O’Brien was flowergirl and Patrick Mc Cready was pageboy. Readings were by Sheila Patton and Mary O’Brien, sisters of the groom and Nora Mc Cready read the Psalm. Robert O’Brien, Mary Gormley and Threasa Faulkner read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal and the honeymoon was spent in Rome.

Glenties Notes on July 26th 2001

RECENT DEATHS

Josie Boyce, Mill Road died in Letterkenny Hospital on Friday 20th July ’01after a short illness. His remains came home that evening and were brought to St. Connell’s Church on Saturday evening. Fr. Prendergast, Canon Leo Moore and Fr. Dan Mc Dyer concelebrated Requiem Mass on Sunday at 11a.m.

He was buried in the New Graveyard. He was in his 87th year.

Gracie Mc Monagle, Tievealough died in Donegal hospital on Saturday 21st July’01and her remains were brought home later that day. She was buried in Edeninfagh today, Monday after Requiem Mass in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh.

Patrick Gallagher formerly of Ardun died in Doncaster last week. He is a brother of Ownie and Johnny Gallagher, Ardun and of Bridget Sweeney, Letterilly.

CONGRATS

Congratulations to Ann Melly and Patrick Patton, who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 21st July ’01. Ann is a daughter of James and Breid Melly, Strasallagh and Patrick is from Letterkenny.

Well done to Terry Mc Hugh, (who’s late father, Francie came from Stranaglough) who set a new world-record when he won his 18th successive national Javelin Title last weekend.

Glenties Notes on July 19th 2001

Mass will be celebrated in The Old Graveyard, on the Glen Road, Glenties, next Thursday 19th July at 7.30p.m.

Congratulations to Anne Marie Mc Dermott, Meenagrubby, Glenties and Seamus Hunter, Carrigart, who were married in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh, on Saturday last.

Congratulations to Orlaith Gallagher, Station Road, Glenties and Niall Kavanagh, Galway, who were married in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on Saturday last.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Mary Wilson, Convoy, who died in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 12th July 2001and was buried in Convoy on Saturday. Mary was a daughter of the late Willie and Kate Roarty, Drimalough, Glenties.

Sincere sympathy is extended to John Gallagher, Mullantyboyle, Glenties on the death of his brother, Brendan Gallagher, Ardara, who died tragically in Germany. Also to all his relatives and friends.

The Theme of the annual Patrick Mc Gill Summer School this year is “Drugs and Alcohol in Ireland – use and abuse”. It gets under way on Sunday 12th and continues until Friday 17th August.

Glenties Notes on July 6th 2001

Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Martin Timoney, who was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday 1st July 2001 by Bishop Philip Boyce in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny. Fr. Martin came home to a great welcome with the route decorated with buntings, flags and banners. Bonfires also blazed along the way. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration of his First Mass of Thanksgiving is in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh tonight, Monday 2nd July at 7.30p.m. and receive his First Blessing. His first Mass in Glenties will be on Saturday next 7th July at 7.30p.m. Fr. Martin is a son of Brian and Anne Timoney, Knockletragh.

Congratulations to Maeve Ward, Buncrubog, Glenties and Martin Bell, Glenfin who were married on Saturday last.

Congratulations to Paddy Joe and Bridget Boyle, Letterilly, Glenties, who celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary recently.

Congratulations to Josephine and Owen Harkin, Rosbeg, on the birth recently of their fourth child, a baby sister for Aoife, Fionnuala and Eoghan. Josephine is a daughter of Peter and Kathleen Gallagher, Main Street, Glenties.

Glenties Notes on June 25th 2001

Graveyard Mass in Glenties this year is on Sunday 29th July at 3.00p.m. and in Edeninfagh on Sunday 12th August at 3.00p.m.

Congratulations to Kathleen and Michael Corduff, Dublin, who celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary recently. Kathleen is a daughter of Francie and Josie Houston, The Rock, Glenties.

Congratulations to Fiona Breslin, Ard Patrick, Glenties and Laurence Breslin, Ardara who got engaged recently.

Congratulations to P.J. Gallagher and Sinead Corr who were married on Sunday 17th June ’01 in Ballygarry Church, Cavan. P.J. is a son of Annie and the late Connie Gallagher, The Mines, Kilraine and Sinead is a daughter of George and Stella Corr, Listern, Cavan. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sisters, Jennifer Corr and Rhona Creegan. Christy Gallagher, brother of the groom was bestman and a friend, Padraig Cunnane, was groomsman. Sophie Corr and Aimee Gallagher, nieces of the bride and groom were flowergirls and Jack Corr, nephew of the bride was a pageboy. Readings were by Martin Donaghue, friend of the groom and Enda Corr, brother of the bride. Eileen Gallagher, sister-in-law of the groom and Geraldine Mulcaire, friend of the couple brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan and the honeymoon is being spent in Australia.

Bridie Mc Mullin, Ardconnell, Glenties died in Strangriff Nursing Home, Stranorlar on Tuesday 19th June ’01. Her remains came to her home later that day and were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday evening. Fr. Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass on Thursday morning. Readings were by nephews, Sean Houston and Patsy Mc Hugh, and niece Rosaleen Devally read the Psalm. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Bridie spent a good part of her life in America before returning home some years ago. She is survived by sisters, Josie Houston, The Rock, Mary Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties, Teresa Mc Mullin, Frosses, Kathleen Rowe, Devon, and one brother, Tommy Mc Mullin, Boston, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Four sisters, Aggie, Rosha, Nan and Chris predeceased Bridie.

Glenties Notes on June 12th 2001

Congratulations to Marguerite and Donal Mc Loone, Lower Main Street, Glenties on the birth of their third child, a baby sister for Brian and Daniel.

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Glenties, Kilkenny and Drimnacrosh national schools who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 9th June. They were – John Gallagher, Andrew Scott, Moya Mannering, Shauna Mc Grath, Gerard Melly, Camilla Molloy, Rose Gallagher, John O’ Malley, Danielle Byrne, Donal Corcoran, Christine Breslin, Ciara Molloy, Ronan O’ Donnell, Lorraine Molloy, Shane Molloy, Kevin Boyle, Conor Ferguson, Kieran Mc Dyre, Hughie Gallagher, Joanne Boyle, Michelle Quinn, Gerard Molloy and James Melly.

West Coast Cormorants Swimming Club held their end-of-year Gala in Ballyshannon Pool on Wednesday 27th May. This marked the end of another very successful year, with two eight-week teaching sessions in Letterkenny, while the teenagers availed of Water Safety classes in Ballyshannon earlier in the year. The Gala was a great occasion, combining closely fought races and fun events as well. The results were as follows —Girls 11 and under—1st Alanna Molloy, 2nd Barbara Boyle, 3rd Melissa Byrne. Girls 10-12 —1st Laura Gallagher, 2nd Irene Boyle, 3rd Deirdre Mc Gill. Girls over 12 — 1st Alyce Mc Grath, 2nd Aisling Corcoran, 3rdAine Scott. Boys 12 and under—1st Jamie Molloy, 2nd Patrick Moss, 3rd Thomas Scott.

2 Width Race (A)—1st Dualbhta Mc Mullin, 2nd Suzanne Mulhern, 3rd Daniel Shovlin. 2 Width Race (B) 1st Shane Mc Donnell, 2nd Mairéad Mc Devitt, 3rd Colette Breslin.

The Swimmer of the Year Cup was handed over by last year’s winner Daniel Shovlin, Kilraine. Laura Gallagher from the Glen of Glenties was the winner this year. Laura has been a dedicated swimmer for some time now and we hope she continues to enjoy swimming for many years. This year we say goodbye and thanks to Anne Hayden and Sean Mc Kenna who have given many years of teaching service to the Club. We welcome the help of new recruits Eleanor Cape and Kieran Gallagher and we hope to see more of the young people taking an interest in the teaching area. Many thanks to the teachers and committee and many helpers at the Gala, who helped to make it such a successful year.

Glenties Notes on May 30th 2001

Hughie Gallagher, Derries died in Letterkenny Hospital early on Tuesday morning 22nd May 2001. He only went in to hospital on Sunday. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning for Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir. Readings were by two sons-in-law of Hughie’s, Eddie Doherty and Fergus Mc Gee. Michael, Gavin and Jason Doherty, Paul, Tracey and Stephen Meally and Kevin Mc Gee read Prayers of the Faithful. Anthony Joseph Gallagher, Orla Mc Gee, Kieran and Michelle Carr, Hughie Gallagher, Stephen Meally and Lisa Gallagher brought the Gifts to the Altar. All are grandchildren of the deceased. Music and singing was by Thomas Donaghue, Siobhan Mc Elhinney, Amanda Mc Guigan and Marie Bonner

Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Hughie is survived by his wife, Annie, son Joseph, daughters, Teresa, Eilish, Dolorous, Rita and Francis, brothers, John and Con, sisters, Mary and Annie, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

The Relics of St. Thérése will be in the Cathedral in Letterkenny on Friday 1st June, St. Fionan’s Church, Falcarragh on Saturday 2nd June and will be passing through Dungloe, Glenties and Ardara on their way to the Church of St. Conal and Joseph, Bruckless on Sunday 3rd June. When the Relics are going through Glenties between approx. 1p.m. and 1.30 p.m. it has been arranged that the “Thérésemobile” will slow down. The National Steering Committee for the Pilgrimage of Grace has asked that the “Thérésemobile” would not be stopped along the route. The Reliquary of St. Thérése is visible from the “Thérésemobile”. Fr. Nigel would like if the people of the parish – all ages were to form a guard of honour on both sides of the town and throw petals or roses in front of the reliquary as it passes to honour this little saint and ask her intercession on our community. This is an historical occasion for Glenties as it is St. Thérése’s second visit to the town … on her last visit she appeared to a young girl in Gortnamuclagh on 27th January 1913 and cured her mother who was terminally ill.

Congratulations to Grainne and Michael Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties on the birth on Wednesday 23rd May 2001 in Letterkenny Hospital, of their second child, a little sister for Michella.

Glenties Notes on May 21st 2001

St. Thérese of Lisieux is better known to most of us as the ‘Little Flower’. The relics of St. Thérese arrived in Ireland on Easter Sunday, at the invitation of the Irish Bishops. The vision statement of the visit is that: “the coming of the relics of St. Thérese to Ireland will help individuals and groups to grasp the life and teaching of the Saint, and to consider and renew their own journey in faith to God”. As part of the overall visit the relics will be taken to the Diocese of Raphoe. They will arrive from Derry, to St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on Friday 1st June. On Saturday 2nd June, they will be taken to St. Fionan’s Church, Falcarragh, and on Sunday 3rd June, the reliquary that holds St. Thérese’s mortal remains will be taken to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Conal, Bruckless.

A bus will be going to the healing Mass in Rossnowlagh on Sunday 3rd June, leaving Mc Guinness’s at 1.30 p.m. After the Mass there will be a visit to the reliquary of St. Thérese of Lisieux in the Church of St. Joseph and St. Conal, Bruckless. For further information ring Mc Guinness’s at 51284.

Our U-15 team won the Gaeltacht Championship recently for the third year in succession. Well done lads!

Congratulations to Michael and Kitty Roarty, The Wood, Glenties who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary recently. A surprise party was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and among their many guests of relatives, friends and neighbours were their three sets of twin grandchildren.

Brian Cannon and Nessa Mc Morrow were married in St. Columba’s Church, Glenswilly on Saturday 19th May 2001. Fr. Eamonn Kelly, Letterkenny officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Brian is a son of Lil and the late Barney Cannon, Meenacairn, Lettermacaward and Nessa is a daughter of Terry and Catherine Mc Morrow, Upper Ballymacool, Letterkenny. Her father gave the bride away. Michelle Mc Laughlin, Alisa Mc Morrow and Rosemary Sweeney were bridesmaids. Dermot Cannon was bestman and Pat Cannon and Peter Mc Cahill were groomsmen. Áine Cannon was flowergirl. Readings were by Donna Cannon and Rory Mc Morrow. Tanya Cannon read Prayers of the Faithful. The groom’s sister, Marie and a brother of the bride brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in The Milford Inn Hotel, Milford and the honeymoon is being spent in Tenerife. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

Glenties Notes on May 9th 2001

The boys and girls from the five schools of the Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday 29th April 2001 were as follows; – Edeninfagh – Bríd Ní Thiomanaí, Cáitlín Ní Thomanaí, Peadar Ó Coilín. Fintown – Diarmuid Mac Aodh, Ciaran Mac Monagail, Lisa Nic Daibhidh, Michelle Nic Fhlionn, Peadar Ó Colla. Drimnacrosh – Patricia Conway, Ruth Gallagher, Christopher Mc Dyre, Niles Nichols, Therese O’Callaghan. Kilkenny – Martina Mc Devitt, Linda Mc Dyer, Charles Melly. Scoil Mhuire,Glenties – Brian Boyle, Eamonn Boyle, Sinead Burke, Aisling Corcoran, Thomas Cranley, Rosaleen Furey, David Gallagher, Martin Gallagher, Jason Kee, Aoife Keeney, Laura Lee Kelly, Ann Marie Mc Brearty, Linda Mc Grath, James Mc Loone, Leo Mc Loone, Ian Molloy, Michael Ó Malley, Patricia Quinn, Aine Regan, Aine Scott, Eoin Wade.

Congratulations to Eilis and Thomas Gildea, Stranaglough, Glenties on the birth of their baby boy in Letterkenny Hospital, on Tuesday 1st May 2001.

Congratulations to Sonia and James Toland, The Rock, Glenties, on the birth of their baby boy in Letterkenny Hospital on Friday 4th May 2001.

For the past few months a group of adults have been rambling agus ag caint Gaeilge round the Glenties area. These people are interested in learning and improving their ability to chat and communicate by talking to and learning the Irish language from the native speakers living in the area. The next ‘oiche airnealach’ will be on next Thursday 17th Bealtaine – (May) i dteach Prionseas O Cúinn, Bothar an Mhuillean. Failte roimh achan duine agus tóg paicéad brioscaí leat.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives of Mary Mc Loone, The Croaghs, Glenties, who died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar on Wednesday 2nd May 2001. Requiem Mass was celebrated in The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh and burial took place in Edeninfagh Cemetery.

Sincere sympathy is extended to wife Breda (formerly Keeney, Tullyhoniver, Glenties) and other relatives and friends of Hugh Mc Hugh, native of Ardara, who died in England recently and was buried in the New Cemetery, Glenties on Sunday last after Requiem Mass in The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara.

The death took place on Wednesday 2nd May of Charlie Gallagher, Batterstown, Co. Meath and formerly of Doobin, Glenties. He is survived by his sons, Pauric and Cathal and daughter Marguerite, brother, John, Derries, sister, Mary, Straoughter, Glenties, son-in-law, Pat, daughters-in-law, Marie and Melissa, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brother-in-law, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife predeceased him twenty three years ago.

Glenties Notes on May 1st 2001

On Tuesday 17th April 2001 Daniel Kennedy and Maureen Breslin were married in St. Columba’s Church, Fintown. Fr. Gillespie, Fintown assisted by Fr. Prendergast, Glenties and Fr. Peoples, Donegal officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The groom is a son of Hughie and Mary Kennedy, Letterilly, Glenties and the bride is a daughter of John and the late Mary Mc Bride, Creeslough. Her father gave the bride away and her sister Anne Mc Bride was bridesmaid. Daniel Mc Loone, a friend of the groom was bestman. Readings at Mass were by the bride’s sisters, Pauline Mc Bride and Lily Durning. Mary and Bridie Kennedy, mother and sister of the groom brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in Castle Grove House, Ramelton Road, Letterkenny and the honeymoon was spent in Paris.

Congratulations to Christine Fletcher, Ard Patrick, and John Mc Cool, Main Street, Glenties who got engaged last week.

Congratulations to the young people from the five schools of the Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Philip Boyce in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday 29th April 2001. Names next week.

A Concert in aid of the Donegal Hospice will be given by the “Dalriada Singers”, Jordanstown, in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties, on Friday 4th May at 8.30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available in Brennan’s Gift Shop and the Iniskeel Co-op. Glenties, priced £5.00, concessions – £4.00 and students – £2.50. Your support for this worthwhile event will be most gratefully appreciated.

A fundraising dance will be held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Wednesday 9th May in aid of the Cancer Unit, Crumlin. Music is by Country Traditions. Dancing is from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is £3.00. Donations gladly accepted.