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Glenties Notes 8th February 2017

Message from Maria Rafferty
“A sincere Thank You to the people of Glenties and Edeninfagh for their generous donations to the Crib Collection.  It is much appreciated and will be used to ease the economic difficulties and terrible poverty of the people of Jimma in South West Ethiopia.  Life there has been very hard in recent times.  We have also helped a Franciscan move to set up camps for refugees in their terrible plight from war torn countries.  Also from ‘Shop and Share’ we have supported needy people in Ireland especially the homeless.  We have sent money to Focus Ireland and to Brother Kevin for his work for the hungry and needy in Dublin.  We are contributing monthly to the Youth of the parish by supporting ‘The Hub’.  All this is possible because of the generosity of the Crib project and because we are continuously heartened by the support given to the shop by volunteers, Olive, people who supply us and people who buy.  Do call in and say “Hello”.  Many thanks from Maria and the team.

Church of Ireland
There will be a fundraising dance in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward in Elliot’s Lounge on Saturday 25th February.  Music by B & J Sound.  Good music for jiving, waltzing etc.  As well as usual door prize and rather large raffle, we have prizes for best jivers and dancers on the night.  Come along and bring your friends.  Everyone welcome!

Parents’ Association of Kilkenny NS
The Parents’ Association of Kilkenny NS are holding a Cake Sale after 7:30pm Mass on Saturday 11th February and after Mass on Sunday 12th February in the Market Hall to raise much needed funds for the school.  There will be lots of cakes and treats on sale on both days.  Please come along and support our school.

Enrolment – Kilkenny NS
Enrolment Forms are available for Junior Infant Class starting September 2017. You can contact the school at 074 9544270 or

Enrolment – Scoil Mhuire
Enrolment packs for Scoil Mhuire for the school year 2017/2018 will be available for collection from the Secretary’s Office from today (Thursday 9th February). Forms to be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 23rd February.

Church Gate Collection
Donegal Special Olympics will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend.

Glenties Community Playgroup Limited
Applications are invited for the following position: Childcare Worker.  This is a temporary position, approximately 12 hours per week.  The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of FETAC Level 5 qualification, relating to Early Childhood Care and Education, have experience of working in a childcare service, good interpersonal communication and I.T. skills.  Good knowledge and experience of policy related issues in the childcare sector.  Understanding and knowledge of working with children with additional needs.  Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied in their application form, to be received no later than 5pm on Tuesday 14th February 2017.  Requests for Application Forms directly from:  Childcare Worker Interview Panel.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

Fintown Harps Underage Training
Training begins on Saturday – U12 10am to 11:30am (Contact Mark 085 7200418), U14 11am to 12:30pm (Contact Martin 086 8656312), Sunday U8 11:30am to 12:30pm, U10 12:45pm to 1:45pm (Contact John 086 1600497, U16 1pm to 2:30pm (Contact Pat 087 1325255).

Naíonra Bhaile na Finne
Enrolment Forms are now available at the Naíonra for the 2017/2018 Naíonra Year.  For further information ring the Naíonra on 087 6347972 or Caitlin 074 9546930.  Bus available to pick up and drop off.

World War One Commemoration Project 2017
Congratulations to Joshua Perraton, a 5th year student in St Columba’s Comprehensive School who won an essay competition and was chosen to be one of 15 students from the island of Ireland to participate in a joint project with 15 German students in the summer of 2017.  Joshua spent Saturday last – 4th February in the National Museum, Collin’s Barracks meeting up with the other 14 students from all parts of Ireland, North and South. The trip takes place from June 20th to 24th and all 30 students will research the lives of soldiers from their countries who died in the war and consequently share their stories on the website

Glenties Musical Theatre
Tickets are currently on sale for the Glenties Musical Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Oklahoma which will be staged in the Glenties Community Centre for four nights – Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February at 8pm nightly.  Tickets available to buy in the Glenties Cope or bookings can be secured by phoning 087 0990609.

Sr. Immaculata (Mary) Coughlan R.I.P.
The recent death took place at Letterkenny University Hospital of Sr Immaculata Coughlan.  Sr Immaculata was born in Kinsale, Co Cork in 1928 and came to Ballyshannon to the Sisters of Mercy in 1947.  She first worked as a Primary School teacher in The Rock, Ballyshannon and in Donegal Town.  During this time, she trained as a Speech and Drama teacher and worked with many students in both Ballyshannon and Glenties.

One of her great loves was music and in particular the organ.  She was the organist in The Rock, Ballyshannon and in later years here in Glenties.

Sr. Immaculata also loved flowers and was somewhat of an expert at flower arranging.  A talent she put to good use in the church in Glenties creating miraculous displays from just one blossom and a handful  greens!  It was one of the saddest times for her when she had to give up her beloved tasks – the music, the flowers and teaching due to failing health.

In more recent years, Sr. Immaculata resided in Dr. McCloskey Crescent where she was surrounded by wonderful people who assisted her and tended to her daily needs.  A special word of appreciation goes to the staff of the Day Care Centre, the Community Nurses and of course, her friends of many years who came and visited her regularly.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Sr. Immaculata’s own family, her sister Breda (Kinsale), her nieces Elmarie and Breege, nephew John and her grand-nephews Johnny and Michael.

She considered Glenties to be her home.  She absolutely loved it here and her one wish was to live out the remainder of her life here.  Thankfully, her wish was granted.  She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.


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