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Glenties Notes on December 6th 2000

Brendan and Margaret Mc Gill, Swords, Co. Dublin came home to celebrate their Silver Wedding last weekend. Brendan is a son of Bella and the late James Mc Gill (Barber), Main Street, Glenties and Margaret is a daughter of the late Edward and Maggie Breslin, Mullanmore, Glenties. Brendan’s cousin, Fr. Fergal Rooney celebrated Mass in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties where the couple were married twenty-five-years ago. Family members travelled from England and from different parts of the country to be with them on this joyous occasion. After Mass everyone went to the Highlands Hotel for a meal and a great time was had by all. Best wishes to the happy couple.

A variety concert in aid of Concern will be held in the Highlands Hotel on the 16th December. Among the many artists taking part will be the Bonner Cannon Dancers, the famous Campbell’s, the local Choir, two professional Classical singers, The Mc Elhinney’s, a young local band and other solo acts. There will be a small buffet at the interval. This promises to be a great night’s entertainment for all age groups as well as an opportunity for everyone to make a contribution to Concern. The tickets will be on sale at the Highlands Hotel. Admission is £4 (£2 for senior citizens).

The Christmas Lights are shinning brightly in Glenties again this year. Lord Mayor, Thomas Mc Dyer switched them on last Friday evening at 8 O ‘Clock. Santa was in town too giving sweets to the children. Great credit is due to the Glenties Traders and their many helpers who worked so hard putting up the lights on a very wet Saturday.

Thanks to the American visitors who sent £10 towards the running costs of the Lights. It was greatly appreciated.

Hopefully the work on the street will be all finished by next Christmas and the town will be looking much better.

Everyone had a great time at the Senior Citizens Party again this year. It was most enjoyable. Thanks to the organisers and the helpers who work so hard to make it so successful. The evening started with Mass celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr. Prendergast and Fr. Briody of The Rock who is now a Curate in Ballyshannon and Chaplain to the School there. They also gave the Blessing of the Sick. Our Curate, Fr. Nigel dropped in later and so did Fr. Con. The Lord Mayor and Santa also paid a visit and gave presents to all the guests, which was a lovely surprise. Canon Moore didn’t come this year. The food was good and the music was great so what more could one ask for.

A Craft Fair will be held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Sunday 17th December from 12 noon – 5p.m. Local crafts people will display hand-made goods, which would make ideal presents. Space is limited so book a table early. Contact Brendan at 075-44027. Support your local crafts people.

Glenties Notes on November 22nd 2000

Congratulations to Eimear and Patrick O’Donnell, Mill Road, Glenties on the birth in Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday 15th November 2000 of their third child, a brother for Ronan and Alva.

Congratulations and best wishes to Eamon Bonner who will be singing the tenor role in Haydn’s ‘Creation’ in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Lettekenny on Sunday next 26th November at 7.30p.m. Eamon who is a music graduate from the Dublin Conservatory of Music is a son of Josie and the late James Bonner, Mill Road, Glenties.

Congratulations best wishes to John Boyle, Mullaghduff who has been appointed as Principal of the largest junior primary school in Ireland, St. Colmcille’s, Knocklyon, Templeogue, Dublin. John is a son of Breid (formerly Mc Loone, Glenties) and Owenie Boyle, Mullaghduff.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Sunday 12th November of Paddy Mc Elhinney, Station Road (formerly Meenahalla and Ard Patrick), Glenties. His remains were brought to his son Brian’s home Station Road on Monday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Tuesday morning. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass and Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. officiated at the graveside. Readings at Mass were by Paddy’s grandson, Danny Gallagher and granddaughter Mary Shovlin. Music was by the Mc Elhinney family, Brenda, Siobhan, Kieran, Kevin and Damien also grandchildren of the deceased. Paddy was ninety-one years of age and lost his wife, Winnie fifty-six years ago when she was only thirty-two. His brother, Ned also predeceased him. He is survived by three sons Brian, Station Road, Glenties, Jack, U.S. A. Eddie, Australia, two daughters, Josie Gallagher and Mae Mc Elhinney, Meenlacharry, Ardara, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Aerobics Classes are being held in the Highlands Hotel on Tuesday and Thursday nights; Tuesday from 8.30p.m. to 9.30p.m., Thursday from 9.30p.m. to 10.30p.m.

Lord Mayor, Thomas Mc Dyer, will switch on the Christmas Lights on Friday 1st December at 8.00p.m.. Let’s hope the weather will be more favourable this year. Santa will be in town as well on the night and may pay a visit to the Senior Citizens Party, which is in the Highlands Hotel.

Applications are invited for a position in St. Connell’s Museum, Glenties from applicants who are eligible to participate under the Community Employment Scheme. Those interested please telephone 51766.

Glenties Notes on November 15th 2000

Congratulations to Breda Mc Nulty who recently graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from University College, Dublin. She is continuing her studies at Dublin City University. Breda is a daughter of Anne (formerly Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties) and Hughie Mc Nulty, Lough Eske, Donegal.

Congratulations to John and Phonsie O’ Donnell who completed the New York marathon recently. John’s time was 3hrs 35mins and Phonsie’s was 3hrs 39mins. Both are sons of Neilie and Annie O’ Donnell, Meenadina, Glenties.

Congratulations to young athlete, Mary Mc Loone, Cleengort who received “Best Sports Girl” Award at the 24th Annual Donegal Sports Star Awards in the Silver Tassie, Letterkenny recently.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Friday 1st December. An open invitation is extended to all the Senior Citizens of the Parish.

Applications are invited for the post of Special Needs Childcare Assistant at Scoil Mhuire. The post is full-time and qualifications in childcare would be beneficial. Please submit application along with relevant C.V. on or before Saturday 18th November to:- The Chairman, B.O.M., Scoil Mhuire.

The death took place recently in Corby, England of Patrick Mc Cahill formerly of Loch na Cruiche, Glenties. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Paddy Mc Elhinney, Station Road (formerly Meenahalla and Ard Patrick), whose death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Sunday night last.

Local vocalists will be taking part in the Co. Donegal Millennium Choral Celebration which takes place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on Sunday 26th November at 7.30 p.m. Jim Rafferty will direct the Massed Choirs of Co. Donegal.

The raffle, which was to take place on October 31st, has been postponed until 10th December. Tickets are still on sale. Minister for Tourism & Sport Dr. James Mc Daid will launch the Bluestack Way, on December 10th in The Highlands Hotel. This waymarked walk will be a major tourist attraction for southwest Donegal. There are already many enquiries from groups intending to do this walk in the 2001 season.

The annual Fireman’s Ball takes place on Friday 24th November in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. Music is by F.M. Sound.

Glenties Notes on November 8th 2000

Congratulations to Margaret and Danny Sweeney, Tullymore, Ardara who recently had an addition to their family, a baby girl. Margaret is a daughter of Bridget and Michael Byrne, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Helen and Gerard Mc Dyre, Letterilly, Glenties on the birth recently of their baby girl in Letterkenny Hospital.

Congratulations to Cathal Gallagher, Dunboyne, Co. Meath who won £32,000 in the Irish version of “Who wants to be Millionaire” on R.T.E.1. Cathal is a nephew of John Gallagher, Derries, Glenties and when he was a young lad spent nearly all his holidays with John and Annie and his cousins and is still a regular visitor to Glenties.

Congratulations to Paddy and Teresa O’Donnell, Derries who celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary recently. Their family gave them tickets for Lourdes and they had a lovely time there last week.

Congratulations to Cuana Cunningham, Oughterard and Peter Kerr, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim who were married recently in Our Lady of the Valley Church, Glann, Oughterard, Co Galway. Fr. Paddy Heneghan P.P. Oughterard was the celebrant. Cuana is a daughter of Peter and Mary (nee Houston) Cunningham and granddaughter of Francie and Josie Houston, The Rock, Glenties.

Congratulations to Hugh Mc Nulty, who graduated from the Garda College, Templemore on Thursday 2nd November 2000 and is attached to Castleblaney Garda Station. Hugh is a son of Anne (formerly Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties) and Hugh Mc Nulty, Lough Eske, Donegal.

Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties who completed his 20th Marathon in Dublin on Monday 30th October 2000.

On Sunday night 29th October the witches and their friends gathered again in “The Limelight” Glenties and had their second ‘Witches Ball’. It was a great success this year also with most patrons coming in costume. The Glenties Traders Millennium Committee, whose brainchild it was, is to be congratulated. They would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a success. The proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights and a local charity. It is hoped to make the Ball an annual event.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Friday 1st December. An open invitation is extended to all the Senior Citizens of the Parish.

During the week and envelope containing a Census Form will be delivered to the homes of the Parish. It would be greatly appreciated if the forms were filled in and returned in the stamped addressed envelope provided, on or before 16th November. This Census is purely for Church purposes and the information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

On Saturday 28th October 2000 Angelene Conefry and John Ashworth were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Angelene is a daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties and John is a son of Derek and Mary Ashworth, Laytown, Co. Meath. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sister, Rachel Carr. Michael Ashworth, brother of the groom was bestman.
Nieces of the bride Rosaleen and Katie Carr and nieces of the groom, Sarah Monaghan and Fiona Hogan, were flowergirls. Readings were by two sisters of the groom. Noreen Robinson and three other friends of Angelene’s read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. Singing was by June Conefry, sister of the bride and music was by Jim Rafferty on the organ, Denise Boyle, Peter Campbell on violin and Sinead Rafferty on flute. The Psalm, ‘Sé an Tiarna m’Aoire’ was sung by Angelene. The reception was held in The Lake House Hotel, Clooney, Portnoo and the honeymoon was spent in Singapore and Australia.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 19th October 2000 of Mary Kate Mc Swiggan, Ardconnell, Glenties. Her remains came to her home on Friday and were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday morning. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass and officiated at the graveside. Readings at Mass were by Mary Kate’s grandsons, Carl Flanagan and Kevin Mc Swiggan. David Mc Swiggan, Michelle Mc Swiggan and Catherine Shinners read prayers of the Faithful, and Francis Mc Swiggan, Brian Mc Swiggan and Shona Flanagan brought the Gifts to the Altar, all grandchildren of Mary Kate’s. Music was by the Folk Choir. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Mary Kate is survived by sons, Frank, Jimmy, John, daughters, Nora and Annette, sister, Anna Mc Dougall, nieces, nephew, grandchildren and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Her husband, John predeceased her in July 1980 and their first child, Mary died as a child.

The death took place in Strangriff Nursing Home, Ballybofey on Tuesday 31st October 2000, after a long illness, of Anthony Mc Fadden, Main St. Glenties. His remains were brought to his home on Wednesday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday evening. Fr. Patrick Prendergast celebrated Requiem Mass on Friday morning and burial took place in the New Cemetery. Readings at Mass were by Anthony’s grandsons. Anthony is survived by one son, Tony, Co. Clare, three daughters, Mary Bonner, Letterkenny, Sabina Hughes, Dundalk, Evelyn Culkin, Dublin, two sisters, grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife Bella died in July last year.

Glenties Notes on October 25th 2000

Best wishes to Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties who will be running his 20th marathon when he takes part in the Dublin Marathon on Monday next 30th October. Over the years Michael has raised a lot of money for various charities and good causes. His chosen charity this year is Irish Cot Deaths and if you wish to support this very worthy cause sponsorship cards are in some shops.

The Millennium Witches Fancy Dress Ball is being held this year again in The Limelight, Glenties next Sunday 29th October so come along and enjoy a great night. 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.
All who attended last year agreed that it was the best night in Glenties for a long time so it’s up to you to make this year’s Ball another night to remember.

Congratulations to Colette and Eamon Bonner on the birth of their first child, a baby girl. Colette is a daughter of Frankie and Claire Gallagher, Meenahalla, Glenties and Eamon is a son of Michael and Bridie Bonner, Mollyroe, Doochary.
Congratulations again to Colette who recently received her Masters Degree in Food Science.
They are living in England at present but are returning soon to make their home in Doochary.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and sister of Mary Kate Mc Swiggan, Ardconnell, Glenties who died on Thursday last in Letterkenny Hospital.

On Saturday 28th October there will be a Children’s Disco in the Limelight, Glenties from 3p.m. until 5p.m. and the Halloween Ghost Train will be running from Fintown on Sunday 29th October from 2p.m. until 5.30p.m. Come along and enjoy a spin on the train and there are prizes for Best Fancy Dress and Witch Painting.

Glenties Notes on October 18th 2000

Christina Mc Ginty, Tallaght, Dublin was one of the panellists on ‘The Sunday Game’ on Network 2 on Sunday 1st October 2000 after the Women’s All Ireland Football Final between Mayo and Waterford. Christina who is a Coach Administrator of the Thomas Davis Club in Tallaght is a daughter of Mary (nee Mc Cole, Glen Road, Glenties) and Chris Mc Ginty, Tallaght.

Congratulations to Ciara Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties and David Hennigan, Ardara who got engaged last Saturday.

Congratulations to Grace and Dessie O’Donnell, Tullycleave, Ardara on the birth of their second child, Darragh, on Saturday 14th October 2000, a brother for Shane. Dessie is a son of Jack and Nora O’ Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

Congratulations to Declan Flannery who won a top cocktail-making competition – “Cocktail of the Carnival” at the Caulfield Cup Competition in the State of Victoria, Australia. Declan is a son of Margaret and Tommy Flannery, Ardun, Glenties.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Teresa Mc Nelis, Narin Road, Paddy Mc Devitt, Tullyard Road and Tony Mc Devitt, Gortnasillagh on the death of their aunt, Kathleeen Shiels, Rosbeg and Gortnasillagh, which took place on Wednesday 11th October 2000.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Barbara Breslin (nee Mc Dyre, Derries, Glenties) on the death of her husband, Josie Breslin, Ardara which took place on Monday 9th October and to his daughters, Mary Nicholls, Derries and Geraldine Ferguson, Kilraine on the death of their father. Sincere sympathy also to Josie’s sister, Nan Gallagher, Glen Road, Glenties and to the other members of the family.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Paddy Mooney, Doohil, Ardara who died in Letterkenny Hospital on Saturday 14th October. Paddy’s wife Kitty was formerly Mc Dyre from Derries, Glenties. Sympathy also to Paddy’s brother, James, who lives in Ard Patrick, Glenties.

The Sacrament of Confirmation for the Parish of Inniskeel in the year 2001will be administered in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday 29th April at 11a.m.

Children from Drimnacrosh N. S., Kilkenny N. S. and Scoil Mhuire will receive First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 9th June at 11a.m.

Tin Whistle Classes have commenced in the Community Centre, Glenties on Saturdays from 10.30 a.m. For further information contact Siobhan at 075-51335.

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.