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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.

Glenties Notes on July 12th 2001

Maeve, daughter of Charlie and Kathleen Ward, Buncrubog and Martin Bell were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 30th June 2001. Fr. Patrick Prendergast, Glenties, assisted by Fr. Hugh Sweeney, Glenfin officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Martin is a son of Sadie and the late Victor Bell, Glenfin. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sisters, Miriam Ward and Rosemary Langan. The groom’s brothers Brendan and George were bestman and groomsman. Chloe Langan and Mark Ward, niece and nephew of the bride were flowergirl and pageboy. Readings were by Pat Ward and Bernadette Bell, brother of the bride and sister of the groom. Natasha, Shane and John Anthony Bell and Grainne Ward read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent touring.

Congratulations to Frank O ‘Donnell who recently received the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy for Research in the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Frank is a son of Paddy and Kathleen O ‘Donnell, Ardconnell, Glenties, who travelled to Glasgow for the occasion.

Congratulations to Dave Mulhern, Kilraine, a teacher in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties, who recently won the Golden Masters Handball Championship Title in Mullingar

Congratulations to Ann Marie Kennedy, daughter of Patrick and Mary, Lower Main Street, Glenties who won a trip to New York on “Fame and Fortune” on Saturday night.

Mass will be celebrated in The Old Graveyard, on the Glen Road at 7.30p.m. on Thursday 19th July and in The New Graveyard on Sunday 29th July at 3.00p.m. Graveyard Mass in Edeninfagh is on Sunday 12th August at 3.00p.m.

Glenties Notes on April 9th 2001

The death took place in Strangriff Nursing Home, Stranorlar of Mary Campbell, Dungloe and formerly of Church Road, Glenties on Monday 2nd April 2001. Her remains were brought to her son Neil’s home in Dungloe on Tuesday evening and to St. Crone’s Church, Dungloe on Wednesday for Requiem Mass at 1.00 p.m. Fr. Seamus Meehan P.P. was the celebrant. Readings and the carrying of the Gifts were by Mary’s grandchildren. Burial took place in the New Cemetery, Glenties. Mary’s husband Neil predeceased her in 1966. She is survived by one son, Neil, five daughters, Peggy, Evelyn, Kathleen, Maura and Bried, grandchildren, one sister, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

The death took place at her home of Annie Mc Devitt, Main Street, Glenties on Friday 6th April 2001. Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church on Sunday morning. Fr. Pat Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by her son Pat and Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandchildren, Michael and Fiona Mc Manus, P.J. Mc Devitt and Vanessa Ryan. Music was by the local choir. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to her three sons, Pat, Conal, and Timmy, three daughters, Anne, Kathleen and Bried, sister, Maryanne Teehan, brother, Joe Quinlan, grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Originally from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary Annie came to Glenties fifty four years ago when she married her husband Joe, who predeceased her in 1991.

Service times for Holy Week in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties are as follows; – Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30 p.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.

Service times in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh: Holy Thursday – 6.00 p.m. Good Friday – 5.00 p.m. Holy Saturday – 11 p.m.

The Mass of Chrism will be in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny at 11a.m. on Holy Thursday. All are welcome to attend.

Glenties Traders Association held their A.G.M. on March 22nd 2001. The meeting started with the minutes from last year’s A.G.M. The Secretary gave her report on the work done last year by the Association and thanked all those involved in the Christmas Lights. In April 2000 the Traders registered as a limited company under the name Glenties Traders Association Ltd. The Chairman gave his report. He highlighted the number of positive Community initiatives brought about by the G.T.A. in the short time since it’s inception and underlined the role played by the Association in liaising with Council officials, noting that a delegation to Lifford had resulted in bringing forward the Street improvements. He urged that the Association continue but with as much support from the traders as possible. Brian Carr stepped down, as Chairman but will continue to support the new committee. Joint Treasurer, Rosaleen Campbell gave a detailed report of the Traders account. The election of officers was made from the floor and the new committee is as follows; – Chairman – John Mc Cool. Vice Chairman – Francis Brennan. Secretary – Rosemary Dewhirst. P.R.O. / Assistant Sec. – Ann Mc Glinchey. Joint Treasurers – Rosaleen Campbell and Mary Ita Boyle.

Barn Dance in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Wednesday night 11th April, dancing 10.30pm. – 1.00a.m.

Admission £3.00 Supper served.

Table Quiz in Community Centre, Glenties at 8.00p.m. on Friday night 13th April. Entry fee £10 per table of four.

Ceilí Mór in the Limelight, Glenties on Easter Monday night 16th April. Dancing 10.00p.m. – 1.00a.m. Music by Art Mc Nally – admission £4.00 including supper.

Glenties Notes on April 3rd 2001

Glenties Drama Group’s presentation of ‘Widow’s Paradise’ in Glenties Community Centre last Friday and Sunday was a great success.

Because they had to refuse admission to some people on Sunday night they decided to put the show on again on Thursday next 5th April at the same venue at 8.30p.m.

On Saturday 24th March 2001 Tara Bonner and Damien Mc Devitt were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties assisted by Fr. A. Lafferty P.P. Ardara officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Tara is a daughter of Eddie and Anne Bonner, Ardconnell, Glenties and Damien is a son of Mary and the late Frank Mc Devitt, Glenconwell, Ardara. Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Noelle and Linda Bonner were bridesmaids. Damien’s brother John was bestman and another brother, Francis was groomsman. Mary Francis and Martin Mc Cafferty, niece and nephew of the groom were flowergirl and pageboy. Readings were by Gavin Bonner and Antoinette Mc Ginley, brother of the bride and sister of the groom. Colin and Edwina Bonner, Tara’s brother and sister, Laura Mc Ginley and John Joseph Mc Cafferty, Damien’s niece and nephew, read Prayers of the Faithful. Danielle Byrne, friend of the bride, Christopher Mc Ginley, nephew of the groom and both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon is being spent in Lanzorotti.

The death took place at his home in Letterkenny of Peadar Quinn on Monday 26th March 2001. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday for Requiem Mass at 1.00p.m. Mass was celebrated by Mons. Dan Mc Dyer, assisted by Fr. Brian Quinn, Fr. Seamus Meehan, Fr. Seamus Gallagher, Fr. Michael Mc Cullagh and Fr. Patrick Prendergast. Readings were by Maria and Emma Mc Cole and Stephanie and Michael Mc Cole read Prayers of the Faithful. Anita and Carrie Murray and Raymond Quinn brought the Gifts to the Altar and Elaine Mc Cole read a Reflection after Communion. The Dungloe Choir provided the music. St. Crone’s Band, Dungloe provided a Guard of Honour from the Grotto to the Church and played Faith of Our Fathers during Communion. Burial took place in the New Cemetery.

Over forty years ago, after the Glenties Hospital closed, Peadar Quinn who had been the ambulance driver, left his native town to take up the same position at the new hospital in Dungloe. He and his wife Nuala lived there up until a short time ago, when they moved to Letterkenny. He was the last surviving member of the family of John and Nora Quinn, Main Street, Glenties. His brothers, Paddy, Frank and Michael, sisters, Mary, Anna and Margaret predeceased him. Sincere sympathy is extended to Nuala, Stephanie, Michael and the girls, Letterkenny, nephews, Michael Quinn, Ard Patrick, Glenties, Kevin Quinn, U.S.A. and all his relatives and many friends.

Glenties Notes on March 22nd 2001

The death took place at his home early on Tuesday morning 13th February 2001 of Seamus Mc Closkey, Lower Main Street, Glenties and formerly of Dunkineely. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church on Thursday morning for Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties, assisted by Fr. Shay Casey, Chaplain to Athlone Instititute of Technology. Readings were by Mary and Joseph Mc Closkey, daughter and son of Seamus. Two other sons, Conor and John read Prayers of the Faithful and the Gifts were brought to the Altar by Seamus’ sister, Kathleen and his eldest son Donal. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Zeta and family, Donal, Mary, John, Conor and Joseph, sister, Kathleen, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends.

Everyone was shocked to hear about the death of Charlie Bennett, in New York yesterday. A native of Ardara he was Chairman of Donegal County Council and was known over a wide area. A few years ago he was Donegal Person of the Year. On St. Patrick’s Day he led the Donegal section of the Parade down Fifth Avenue, New York and was taking part in another parade in Brooklyn on Sunday when he was taken ill.

The death took place recently of Annie Gallagher (nee O’Haire) Castlefin, wife of Vinnie and sister of Barney O ‘Haire, Derries.

The death took place also of James Mc Loone in Manchester, brother of Francie Mc Loone, Banganbouy.

Sympathy to all the bereaved.

Confirmation in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties is on Sunday 29th April at 11a.m.

There will be a short talk for all those who are preparing, and all those involved in the preparation for Confirmation in the parish, in the Highlands Hotel on Monday 2nd April at 8.00p.m. The children, their parents, teachers and sponsors are invited to attend. The talk will end with a cup of tea and biscuits, with the whole proceedings lasting no longer than one hour.

Confession for the children making their First Holy Communion will be heard in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 6th April at 8.00p.m.

First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties is on Saturday 9th June at 11a.m.

Glenties Youth Club will not take place until further notice – due to the Foot and Mouth crisis.

Glenties Notes on March 8th 2001

The death took place at her home on Saturday 24th February 2001 of Eileen Boyce, Mullinamina, Glenties.
Her remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday morning. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. assisted by Canon Leo Moore and Fr. Eamon Kelly, Letterkenny, celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Carol Hamill and Claire Boyce. Enda Hamill, Michael Greenwood, Laura Boyce and Jacqueline Roberts read Prayers of the Faithful. Katie Greenwood and Paula Pike-Howarth brought the Gifts to the Altar. All are grandchildren of Eileen’s. Music and singing was by John F. and Pat O’ Donnell. Burial took place in the New Cemetery.
A native of Rathmullan, Eileen was a District Nurse in Lettermacaward when she met and married her late husband, Colm Boyce, Mullinamina who predeceased her fifteen years ago.
Sincere sympathy is extended to her family, Mary, England, Nora, Angela, James and John, Mullinamina, sister Katie, Rathmullan, grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

The death took place suddenly at his home, of Patsy Friel, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, (formerly Gortahork ) on Sunday 25th February 2001. His remains were brought to his daughter Maryanne Shine’s home in Killybegs later that day and to the St. Mary’s Church, Killybegs on Monday evening. Fr. Sharkey P.P. Killybegs assisted by Fr. Prendergast, Glenties and Fr. Sweeney; Glenfin celebrated Requiem Mass on Tuesday. Readings were by Crona Cassidy and Susanna Friel. Burial took place in Killybegs Cemetery. Patsy is survived by his wife, Mary, daughters, Maryanne Shine, Susanna Friel, grandchildren, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Congratulations to John Hegarty, Pat Walsh and Johnny Rodgers, who won the Triples Bowling Competition in Gortahork recently.

A Barn Dance will be held on Thursday 8th March in the Community Centre, Glenties. Music is by ‘The Lakelanders’ and tea will be served. Doors open at 10.00p.m. Admission is £3. Proceeds in aid of Glenties Harvest Fair.

Teams of four, Table Quiz will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Friday 9th March, at 10 p.m. in aid of Glenties Harvest Fair. £10 per team and the prize is £100.

After a break of nine years Glenties Drama Group are taking to the boards again. They plan to present ‘Widow’s Paradise’, a comedy by Sam Cree, in the Community Centre at the end of March. This ‘battle of the sexes’ play is set in a caravan in Portnoo in the 1960’s. Anyone who would like to help out with set construction, painting, stage management, make-up, costumes etc, please call to rehearsals in the Community Centre at 8pm. on Thursdays or ring Anne at 075-51188.

Glenties Notes on Feburary 28th 2001

Congratulations to Mary and Sean Connaughton, The Rock, Glenties on the birth in Letterkenny Hospital on Monday 19th February of their baby daughter, a little sister for Ryan.

The death took place in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar on Wednesday 21st February 2001 of Neil Mc Hugh, Stranaglough, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday evening. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass on Friday morning. Readings were by his nephew, Seamus Mc Hugh and grandnephew, Ross Campbell. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by nephew, Sean McHugh and nieces Mary Ellen Mc Ginty and Anne Smith. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Neil was the last member of his family to die. His five brothers, James, Danny, Patsy, Francie and John predeceased him. Danny died just five weeks ago on January 18th. Sincere sympathy is extended to his nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and all his relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Eileen Boyce, Mullinamina, Glenties who died on Saturday last.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives of Paddy Browne, formerly of Letterilly, Glenties, who died recently in England.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Patsy Friel, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, who died suddenly on Sunday last.

A special Interdenominational Service of Remembrance for all families who have suffered the loss of a loved one, through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death, will take place in Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny, on Sunday next 4th March at 4.00 p.m.

There will be a Horticultural Night in the Highlands Hotel on Thursday 8th March at 8.00 p.m. hosted by Mr. Tommy Ronnaghan, Highland Radio Gardening Expert. All queries and concerns will be expertly handled on the night. There will be a variety of plants, trees and shrubs, available for sale afterwards. As this is also National Tree Week it is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature. All welcome! Admission – £2.00.

The organisers of the Tribute to Brendan Maxwell wish to thank all who made the night such a success; those who attended the function, gave spot prizes, made donations or helped in any way. A special thanks to the Bands who made the night possible.

To mark Woman’s World Day of Prayer, a special International and Interdenominational Service takes place in the Church of Ireland, Ardara on Friday 2nd March at 8.30p.m. All men and women are welcome.

Glenties Notes on February 20th 2001

Congratulations to Angela and James Griffen, Derries, Glenties, on the birth of their baby girl in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 15th February 2001. A little sister for Stephen.

Congratulations to Leonard Gildea, who recently graduated from Trinity College with an Honorary Degree in Construction Economics. Leonard is a son of Neily and Teresa Gildea, Kentucky, Ardara and grandson of the late Foncie and Sophia Gildea, Mill Road, Glenties.

Pat Gallagher, Kilraine, Glenties died in Donegal Hospital on Saturday last 17th February. He was waked at his sister Mary Breslin’s home in Kilraine. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass on Monday morning. Readings were by a niece and nephew of Pat’s, James Breslin and Dolores Carr. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. His brothers, Neil and Jimmy predeceased him. Jimmy died on the 1st February just over two weeks ago. Two sisters, Mary and Annie, three brothers, John, Connie and Hughie, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended, survive him.

Glenties Notes on February 13th 2001

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bried Roarty, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties, who recently had a double bereavement. Her father, Martin Connor, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, died two weeks after his wife.

Congratulations to Anne and Kieran Kennedy, Stranaglough, Glenties on the birth in Letterkenny Hospital, on Thursday 8th February of their baby boy, a little brother for Stacey.

Congratulations to Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties, who celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary last weekend.

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association wishes to thank all those who attended their recent Social & Barn Dance; those who did home-baking and helped with the tea, those who donated gifts for the Raffle, Gallagher’s Bakery, Ardara who donated the cake and Country Traditions who provided the music. A great night was enjoyed by all.

A position is available on the Community Employment Scheme in Glenties. Those interested and eligible, please contact 075-51766.

Glenties Notes on February 7th 2001

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 1st February 2001 of Jimmy Gallagher, Ardconnell, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home on Friday evening and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday morning. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. assisted by Canon Leo Moore celebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place afterwards in the New Cemetery. Jimmy’s wife Rosie, daughter, Mary and brother, Neil predeceased him. He is survived by two sons, Brendan and Patsy, two sisters, Mary and Annie, four brothers, John, Hughie, Pat and Connie, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bried Roarty, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties on the death recently of her mother, Evelyn Connor, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

Sincere sympathy is extended to James Melly, Strasallagh on the death of his brother, Eamonn, Letterkenny, (formerly Strasallagh, Glenties), which took place on Sunday last 4th February in Letterkenny Hospital.

The Playgroup would like to thank all the parents who supported them throughout the year; The Bank of Ireland who, again this year, sponsored our Christmas Party; all the local businesses who donated gifts for our Christmas Draw; Lakeview Guesthouse, Glenside Bacon Company, Spar, Glenties, Raudon Teo, Fintown and Frankie Shovlin, Building Contraactor, Portnoo.

The winners of the Draw are as follows; 1st Prize — Timothy Cape, 2nd Prize — Mary T. Byrne – Polar Fish, 3rd Prize — Fiona Gallagher and 4th Prize — Margaret Flannery.

Congratulations to Veronica and Christopher Laughlin, Lettermacaward on the birth recently of their first child, a baby girl. Veronica is a daughter of Leo and Annette Mc Loone, Main St. Glenties.

Congratulations to Molloy’s Bar, Glenties, who this year again are among the “Pubs of Distinction”.

Congratulations to Elaine Boyle, Derries, Glenties who recently graduated from University College, Dublin with and Honours degree in Business Studies. Elaine is a daughter of Packie and Maureen Boyle, Derries.

Congratulations to Martina Browne, who recently graduated from University College, Dublin with a BA Honours degree in English and History. Martina is a daughter of Francie and Mary Browne, Mill Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Mary and Packie Gallagher, Straoughter, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

A full meeting of the Glenties Traders Association will take place at 9.00p.m. on Thursday 8th February in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. Proposals for the 2001 programme will be accepted for discussion from the members.

A dance will be held in the Limelight, Glenties on Sunday next 11th February, as a tribute to the late Brendan Maxwell. Dancing is from 10pm. until 2am. and admission is by donation. Among the many local artists supplying the music are; Cufflinks, Shaun Mc Monagle, Country Tone, B & J Sound, Elaine Boyle and The Chancers.