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Glenties Notes 9th October 2007

On Saturday 22nd September Mary Mc Hugh and Gerard Boyle were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties.  Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Eddie Gallagher officiated and concelebrated Nuptial Mass.  Mary is a daughter of Conal and Bried Mc Hugh, Narin Road, Glenties and Gerard is a son of John and Lily Boyle, Ringfort Inn, Bruckless.  Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her cousin Jackie Gough and Leona Mc Grory, sister of the groom.  Kevin Boyle, brother of the groom was bestman and his cousin Rory was groomsman.  Readings were by John Boyle brother of the groom and Jamie Mc Hugh, cousin of the bride.  Michael Boyle, Joseph Mc Hugh, Marjorie Mc Hugh and Rodney Hall read Prayers of the Faithful.  The mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’Donnell and Christine Mc Cool.  The reception was held in the Ringfort Inn, Bruckless and the honeymoon was spent in Malta.

Congratulations to Mark Bonner, Glen Road, Glenties and Andrena O’ Donnell who were married in Malta on Thursday last.

Congratulations to Deirdre and Kevin Kelly, Galway on the birth recently of their first child, a baby boy (Conor).  Deirdre is a daughter of Neilie and Teresa Bonner, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

Congratulations to Martin Gormley (formerly Mullantyboyle, Glenties) who was presented with the Masters Athlete of the Year Award at the Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Awards Night in the Ramada Hotel, Letterkenny recently.

The death took place on Saturday 29th September 2007, in the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of Andrew Cape, Mullantyboyle, Glenties.  His remains were brought home on Sunday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Tuesday.  Fr. Paul Gallagher assisted by Fr. Adrian Gavigan and Fr. Nigel Gallagher concelebrated Requiem Mass.  Readings were by Anne Gallagher, friend of the family and Meg Leahy, sister of Andrew’s wife, Clodagh.  Prayers of the Faithful were read and the Gifts were carried by family members and colleagues.  A Reflection, chosen by Andrew himself was read by daughter, Eleanor.  Music and singing was by the local choir who were joined by the Comprehensive School choir and Vincent Campbell.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Music in the Graveyard was by Peter Campbell and Ernan O’ Donnell.  Andrew is survived by his wife, Clodagh, daughter, Eleanor, sons, Donal, Luke and Timothy, his parents, three brothers and one sister, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.  A native of Surrey, England Andrew Cape came to Glenties in 1982 when he married Clodagh Duggan, a teacher in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School.  The children from the Comprehensive School and Scoil Mhuire formed a Guard of Honour on the Chapel Brae as Andrew was very much involved with the youth of the community having run the Youth Club for many years.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Fr. Gerard Cunningham, C.C. Fintown on the death of his father Cathal Cunningham, Kilcar, which took place on Friday 5th October 2007; also to Fr. Gerard’s mother Patricia, (nee O’Donnell, Glenmakeniff, Glenties), to his brother and to the extended family.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Conal Mc Dermott and family, Doochary on the death of his wife Madge, which took place recently.  Madge (nee O’Donnell) was a native of Shallogans and worked in Glenties for a number of years.

An important meeting will take place in the Playgroup / Afterschool Building on Monday 15th October at 9 p.m. to discuss the future of our service.  All parents and all those interested are asked to attend.

The annual Church Gate Collection for the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital will be held next weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October.

An Exhibition of Original Art Works by Mark Mac Grory, Kilraine will open in “Nancy’s” Ardara on Friday 12th October at 8.30p.m.         

On behalf of the Niall Mellon Township Trust Julian Molloy would like to thank those who made financial contributions towards the planned Building Blitz in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2007.  Julian will be travelling with 1300 Volunteers aiming to build 200 houses in one week, in one of the poorest townships in Cape Town.  This will provide housing for 200 families; the result of the week’s work will be that – straight away more that 1200 people in the township will have somewhere to live.

A meeting to discuss the formation of a Youth Club in Glenties will be held in the Highlands Hotel tonight Thursday 11th October 8 – 9 p.m.  All adults, especially parents are invited to attend.  For more details ring 9545879.

Anyone interested in swimming for the year 2007 / 2008? The new term will start on Monday 12th November next.  Forms are available at Glenties Post Office.  Please return them to the Post Office by Thursday October 18th.  Swimming for this year will be in the Mill Park, Donegal Town.  This is due to the closure of the old pool in Letterkenny and no accommodation at the new one and because of this the cost is higher.  It will be approximately 100 Euro for 8 weeks.  Depending on the number of applicants, there may be a second term in the New Year.

A two day skills building workshop in Suicide First Aid will be held in the Community Centre, Glenties on October 24th / 25th.  Asist seeks to create suicide safer communities.  The course trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increases support for the person at risk.  Over the two days participants learn what a person at risk of suicide may need from others in order to keep them safe.  Asist helps people to apply suicide first aid with family, friends and co-workers or in formal settings.  Participants are shown how to – Recognise invitations for help from those at risk – To reach out and support that person – To review the risk of suicide – To develop a plan to keep them safe – To put them in contact with community resources.  The course is suitable for all types of caregivers working with others in a professional or voluntary capacity.  Places are limited.  To apply, phone Catherine on 071 9852607 (office hours).

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