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News on September 6th 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News on September 2nd 2000

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

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

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

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

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

LITERARY PRIZE WINNERS AT THE PATRICK MC GILL SUMMER SCHOOL 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News on August 23rd 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenties Notes on August 15th 2000

Congratulations are due to the following: –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenties Notes on August 10th 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenties Notes on August 3rd 2000

It is just over one month to the Glenties Harvest Fair Festival and Programmes of events are in circulation locally. An attractive variety of events have been organised by the committee for everyone’s enjoyment. No person / business or organisation has offered the committee a site for the Funfair, whose absence would be a great loss to the young children of the locality – it is still not too late to contact any committee member.

Donegal Parian china has agreed to present this years Harvest Queen with a beautiful inscribed Trophy. Sashes are presently being made for all the Festival Queen entrants and local businesses and organisations should contact Sharon Watters (075-51666) by Thursday August 10th at the latest so that sashes are prepared. There will be outside adjudicators this year.

Barn Dances started last Friday in the Community Centre and next outing will be Friday 4th August at 10.00p.m.

As the festival is only one month away all Businesses / Committees and Clubs should at this stage have ideas and man /womanpower organised for the Float Parade on Sunday 10th September.

We were blessed this year again with a beautiful day for our Mass in the graveyard and as usual we had a very large crowd. Mass was celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr. Patrick Prendergast assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn, Fr. John Mc Loone and our Curate, Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir. The graves were blessed before Mass. There have been a lot of improvements made in the Graveyard over the last few years and it is looking really good now.

A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will leave Knock Airport on Wednesday 18th October and return on Wednesday 25th. For bookings contact Nora Grimes tel. 072 -51275.

Congratulations to Bernie Joyce, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Ronan Molloy, Ardara who were married in Glenties on Saturday last.

Congratulations to the Mc Loone sisters, Mary and Eithne, daughters of Pat and Eithne Mc Loone, Cleengort, who continue to add to their collection of medals for their achievements in athletics. In the recent Track and Field Championships in Tullamore Mary won gold in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and another gold in the Ax400 metre relay. At under 23 women level Eithne won three medals for the High Jump, Triple Jump and Long Jump.

Glenties Notes on March 8th 2000

On Friday 25th February 2000 work finally started on Glenties Street. It will probably be a while before we see an improvement on the surface as a lot of preparatory work, replacement of pipes etc. has to be done.

Congratulations to Peggy and Josie Byrne, Kilraine on the birth of their fifth child, a Leap Year Baby, born on 29th February 2000, a sister for Melissa, Jonathan, Darragh and Lucia.

Best wishes to John Roarty, son of Michael and Kitty, The Wood, Glenties and Paula Bonner, daughter of Cornelius and Bernadette, Glenties Road, Ardara, who got engaged recently. Cornelius is a native of Glenties.

Nora Breslin, Mullanmore, Cormac Quinn, Glen Tavern and Eoghan Ward, Edeninfagh were interviewed on Radio Na Gaeltachta on Sunday 5th March at 5.30pm. Dr. Mc Closkey and Vincent Campbell will be on next Sunday 12th at the same time. People from Ardara will be interviewed on the 19th and people from Doochary on 26th. The programmes were recorded during the ‘John Doherty Weekend’ in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties.

Denise Boyle, Highlands Hotel, Glenties, a talented young fiddle player has been invited to Europe to play with the renowned Carlos Nunez band of Spain. This band would be in the same category as ‘The Chieftans’ in this country so this is a great honour for Denise. Her Dad, Johnny has been in Holland exhibiting his paintings at a major arts exhibition of Dutch and Irish artists. He had a very successful one-man show in Germany in 1998.

Congratulations to Michael Gallagher, Curraghmone Ballybofey, who recently graduated from UCD with a 1.1 Master of Accounting Degree. He received his BA Degree from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and is currently working with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Dublin. Michael’s mother, Mary is a daughter of the late John (Eamonn) and Bridie Boyle, Drimnasillagh, Glenties.

RECENT DEATHS

Rosie Quinn formerly of Mully, Glenties died quite suddenly in Limavady, Co. Derry on Friday 25th February 2000. Her remains were brought to her home in Mully later that day and were removed to the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Saturday evening. Fr. Denis Quinn assisted by Fr Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass on Sunday. Burial took place in Edeninfagh Cemetery. One brother Cormac, Mully, three sisters, Maggie, Kitty and Eileen, survive Rosie. Four sisters, Annie, Hannah, Mary Bridget and Madge and a baby brother, Patrick predeceased her.

Danny O’Donnell Mullinamina, Glenties died in Dungloe Hospital on Wednesday 1st March 2000. He had been in poor health for some time. His remains were brought to his home on Thursday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday. Danny’s nephew, Fr. Fergal Rooney (Peggy’s son) assisted by Fr. Prendergast P.P. and Fr. Ó Gallachóir C.C. celebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Two sons, James, Letterkenny, Michael, Tipperary, two daughters, Marion Byrne, Sandfield, Ardara, Christina Brennan, Dublin, two sisters, Bella Mc Gill, Glenties, Peggy Rooney, Letterkenny, survive him. Danny’s wife, Annie, brothers, Joe, Jim and Hugh, sisters, Maryann, Bridget and Kate predeceased him.

Glenties Notes on July 26th 2000

There was a big crowd at the Gweebarra Bridge on Monday night to witness the switching on of the new lights on the Bridge by Minister for the Gaeltacht Eamón Ó Cuiv. It was a beautiful night and very talented local artists and the two local bands entertained the crowd before the Minister arrived. Chris Loughlin was M.C. His young daughter, Sara sang a song in Irish about the Gweebarra, composed by Doochary man the late Danny Mc Dermott who lived to be 105. On the platform were men who worked on the bridge when it was being built in the late forties and early fifties. Among them were Josie Mc Glinchey, Main Street, Glenties, John O’ Donnell, Ard Patrick, Glenties and James O’Donnell, Gortnasillagh.

Grainne and Michael Boyle were married on Saturday 15th July 2000 in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. James Friel officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Grainne is a daughter of Dee and the late Neil Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties and Michael is a son of Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties. The bride’s uncle, Charlie Boyle, gave her away and her friend, Joanne Mc Loone was chief bridesmaid. Other bridesmaids were, Charlotte Dooley the bride’s cousin and Lisa Boyle the groom’s sister and another friend, Margaret Mc Gill. Gerard O’Donnell, a friend of the groom was bestman and the groomsmen were Kieran Gallagher and John Conlon, two other friends, and Grainne’s brother, Donal. Eimear Buchanan and Micheala Boyle were flowergirls and Rory Buchanan was pageboy. Readings were by Anne Buchanan sister of the groom and Declan Boyle, brother of the bride. Darren Molloy, Caroline Barrett, Alison Mc Dyer, Niamh Moody, and Veronica Loughlin read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. Maria Molloy, a sister of the groom read a Reflection after Communion. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel and the honeymoon was spent in Spain.

Mass will be celebrated next Sunday 30th July in the New Graveyard, Glenties at 3.00p.m.

Sunday 13th August is the date for the Graveyard Mass in Edeninfagh.

Masses will be celebrated in the Old Graveyard, Kilraine and Kilkenny Graveyards at a later date.

News on July 19th 2000

The Patrick MacGill Summer School
The 20th Annual Patrick MacGill International Summer School will be held in Glenties from 13th – 18th August. The Theme this year is “Women of Ireland”. Official opening is by Ms. Joy Mc Cormick, Member of the Commission on the Status of Women, Represents National I.C.A. on the Equality Committee of the Dept. of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Among the well-known names on the guest list are, Senator Joe O’Toole, Bernadette McAliskey, Sr. Consillio, Ms. Olive Braiden, Rev. Professor Enda Mc Donagh, Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Dana Rosemary Scallon, Alan Dukes, Mary Coughlan and many more. As well as the Lectures at night there will be lots of things to do during the day, Art Classes, Painting and Sketching Courses for adults and children, Exhibitions, Walks, and Tours. A Family Concert will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday evening at 10p.m. featuring Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Master Fiddlers and Aussie Bryson, Entertainer. There will be entertainment in ‘The Club’ in the hotel on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Weekly Admission Ticket is £20.00. This does not include painting & sketching course. Programmes are in the shops and business houses now.

Patrick MacGill was born in 1889 in the Glen of Glenties, and was the first of eleven children. After a mere three years schooling, Patrick left school at ten and after two years’ work on the home patch of land set out at twelve as one of a party of Donegal youngsters for the hiring fair in Strabane. MacGill’s literary career began in 1910 when he asked ‘The Derry Journal’ to print some poems. At the time he was working as a plate-layer on the Glasgow – Greenock line of the Caledonian Railway. Shortly afterwards he moved to London and had ‘Children of the Dead End’ and the ‘Rat Pit’ published. They were best sellers. MacGill wrote more novels, some with an Irish setting and some with an English background, but never again did he achieve the intensity of these two novels, that really form a single work.
He married and English lady, Margaret Gibbons, niece of Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore, U.S.A. and they moved to America where he died in November 1963. They had three daughters, Patricia, Chris and Sheila, who died suddenly last year. They have come regularly to Glenties since the inception of the Summer School. The following is a verse from a poem by Patrick MacGill.
I’m going back to Glenties when the harvest fields are brown,
And the autumn sunset lingers on my little Irish town,
When the gossamer is shining where the moorland blossoms blow,
I’ll take the road across the hills I tramped so long ago –
‘Tis far I am beyond the seas, but yearning voices call,
‘Will you not come back to Glenties, and your wave-washed Donegal.

Engagment
Angelene Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties and John Ashford, Laytown, Co. Meath got engaged on July 2nd.
Angelene also received her B. A. in Social Science at Queens University, Belfast on Thursday July 6th 2000. Congratulations Angelene on both counts. Angelene is the eldest daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry Mill Road, Glenties.

Wedding
Congratulations to Michael Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne Boyle, Ardconnell, who were married in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Saturday 15th July2000. Former Glenties Parish Priest Fr. James Friel officiated. Michael is a son of Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne is a daughter of Dee and the late Neil Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties.

Congratulations
Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War team who won 1st Prize in the 680 kilo All Ireland Competition in Stradbally, Co. Waterford on Sunday last.

Death
The death took place recently of Miss Ellen Lafferty, Creeslough. Miss Lafferty taught Commerce in The Mc Devitt Institute, Glenties, (now part of The Highlands Hotel), for a number of years. The Mc Devitt Institute was the local secondary school before the Comprehensive School was built.

Graveyard Mass
This year Mass will be celebrated in Glenties Graveyard on Sunday 30th July and in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 13th August. Both Masses are at 3.00p.m.

Houses
Eight more houses have been built on The Rock. This makes a total of eighteen houses built on The Rock in recent years.

News on July 13th 2000

FIRST MASS
Newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Glen Road, Glenties celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday 3rd July 2000 at 7.00 p.m. There was a very big congregation and a large number of priests in attendance. Some student friends of Adrian’s were there to help him out on this great occasion. Fr. Adrian gave his First Blessing to a large number of people after Mass. A Parish Social was held afterwards in the Highlands Hotel.

THE LATE C. KEENEY
The death took place at his home, on Thursday 29th June 2000 of Connell Keeney, Tullyhoniver, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. assisted by Fr. Shaun Haugh and Deacon Adrian Gavigan celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by son, Conal and son-in-law, Dermot Mc Hugh. Grandchildren, Sandra Keeney, Roger Gildea, Stephen Mc Hugh, Kevin Mc Hugh, Diane Keeney and Christopher Branningan read Prayers of the Faithful. Connell’s eight daughters and son John brought the Gifts to the Altar. Singing and music were by granddaughter, Amanda McGuigan, grandson, Barry Keeney, and friends, Siobhan Mc Elhinney, John Mc Intyre, Francis Cunningham and John Byrne. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Prendergast and Rev. Adrian Gavigan officiated at the graveside. Sincere sympathy is extended to Connell’s wife, Maggie, four sons, John, Killybegs, James, Kilraine, Conal, Narin Road, Kevin, Tullyhoniver, eight daughters, Cathy, Breda, Anne, England, Bernadette, The Rock, Sally, Ardconnell, Nora, Tullyhoniver, Ursula, Kilraine, Carmel, Manorcunningham, sisters, Mena, Nan, Mill Road, Sally, Nora, Mamie, England, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Connell’s brother, John predeceased him in 1997.

THE LATE N. BRESLIN
The sudden death took place at his home of Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday for Requiem Mass which was concelebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Fr. Joseph Briody and Fr. Mackey. Readings were by daughter, Maureen and daughter-in-law, Edel and Prayers of the faithful were read by granddaughter, Brenda and Maureen’s husband, Richard. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Adrian and Fr. Nigel officiated at the graveside. The Fire Brigade, of which Neil was a member, provided a Guard of Honour outside the Fire Station when the remains were brought to the church and all the way to the graveyard. Fianna Fail members also formed a Guard of Honour. Neil, a native of Lifford came to Glenties in the sixties when the Comprehensive School was being built. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Breid and family, Gerry, Michael, Hugh, Maureen, Breda, Catherine and Teresa, brother, sisters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and all his relatives and friends.

THE LATE P. MULHERN
The death took place on Wednesday 5th July 2000 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, of Patrick Mulhern, Lugnagillew, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home for waking. Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh and burial took place in Edeninfagh cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Bridie, three daughters, sister and other relatives and friends.

WEDDING
Congratulations to local T.D. Thomas Gildea, Straboy, Glenties and Eilish Hegarty, Meenalargan, Glenties who were married in St. Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Wednesday 5th July 2000.

GOLDEN WEDDING
Congratulations to Josie and Breid Boyce, Mill Road, Glenties who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

U/12 COUNTY B FINAL
Congratulations to the U/12 football team who won the County B Final against Convoy on Saturday last in Donegal.

SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to Rose Kennedy, Meenahalla on the death of her mother, Catherine O’Donnell, Termon. Sincere sympathy is extended to Josie Houston, Mary Mc Hugh, Bridie and Teresa Mc Mullin on the death of their nephew Francis Mc Veigh, in a drowning accident in Philadelphia. Sincere sympathy is extended to Roisin Breslin, Derries on the death of her nephew, Michael Quinn, Cork as a result of a car accident.