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Glenties Notes on September 16th 2004

Congratulations to Michelle Watters who was selected as the Harvest Queen 2004 at the Festival Dance in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Saturday night. Michelle is from Ardara and was representing Watter’s Edge Hairdressing, Glenties.

Congratulations to our Minor Team who defeated Glenfin on Sunday in Ballybofey.

Best wishes for a long and happy retirement to Jimmy Mc Kelvey, Beaghmore, Fintown who retired from his job as Council Lorry Driver on Friday 10th September after 34 years of service.

Miss Ireland Natasha Ní Gairbheith opened the Harvest Fair Festival on Friday evening. There was a good crowd about town again this year for the Festival, especially on Sunday for the Float and Band Parade and on Monday the Harvest Fair Day. Stalls of all kinds lined the street on both sides on Monday; they were out the Mill Road, up the Glen Road, out the Station Road and down the Narin Road. There were fortune-tellers, games to play, prizes to be won and of course Mc Gurk’s Amusements and loads of other things to do. The weather was not so kind this year but in spite of that, people from all over the county and beyond still gather in Glenties for the Harvest Fair Day.

The death took place of Annie Shovlin (nee Brennan) on Sunday 5th September in the Community Nursing Home, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Annie formerly of Stranaglough, Glenties, lived in Kildare with her daughter Mary and family for fourteen years, returning to Stranaglough every Summer until after the Harvest Fair. Her remains were brought to her home in Stranaglough, Glenties on Tuesday 7th September, where Fr. Paul Gallagher received them. Requiem Mass was concelebrated in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday morning. The main celebrant was Fr. Harper S.J, assisted Fr. Shiels S.J, Fr. Bradley S.J, Clongowes Wood, Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties and Canon Leo Moore. Readings were by Annie’s nieces, Jacqueline Floyd and Mary Long. Prayers of the Faithful were read by Sarah Maume, granddaughter, Kevin Maume, son-in-law, David Brennan, nephew, Anne Heron, niece-in-law, John Mc Shane, nephew-in-law, Richard Maume, brother of Kevin and Richard Mc Elwee, student of Clongowes Wood. Sarah Maume and Margaret Kennedy brought the Gifts to the Altar. Cantors and choir from Clongowes led by Fr. Peter Sexton S.J. Soloists Philip and Teresa Thomas and organist Anne Conaghan were from the Music faculty, Clongowes Wood. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Her husband Dan predeceased her over twenty years ago and her brothers Davy and Thomas and sister Hannah also predeceased her. Annie is survived by her daughter Mary Maume, son-in-law Kevin and granddaughter Sarah, sister Mary Mc Loone, brother Phil Brennan, sisters-in-law Mary and Kathleen Brennan and brother-in-law Francie Mc Loone, nieces Jacqueline Floyd, Mary Long, nephews David, Donald, Raymond and James Brennan, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Annie was well known for her craft in dressmaking and ladies tailoring. With other local women she joined the Apostolic Association and made vestments for the local and missionary priests.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife, family, relatives and friends of Jim Connolly Mill Road, Glenties, who died in Letterkenny Hospital on Saturday 11th September 2004.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Peggy Molloy, Mully on the death of her sister Celine Griffin, Mountcharles who died on Thursday 9th September 2004 and to all the relatives and friends.

The remains of Gladys Gallagher New York who died there on Saturday 4th September 2004 were brought to her home on Glen Road, Glenties on Friday 9th September and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday 12th. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C assisted by Fr. Paul Gallagher celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by her son and daughter John and Christine. Grandchildren Patrick, Shauna, Michael and Daniel Gallagher read Prayers of the Faithful and the Gifts were brought to the Altar by her son Joe and granddaughter Annemarie. Singing was by Cliona Heena accompanied by Yvonne Slowey on the organ. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Gladys is survived by her husband Paddy (a native of Ardun, Glenties), sons John and Joe and daughter Christine, sister-in law Monica Kennedy, Narin Road, Glenties, brother-in-law James Gallagher, U.S.A. nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Congratulations to Sinead Mc Aleenan, Belfast and Paul Martin, Ballymena who were married in St. Conal’s Church, Kilclooney, Portnoo on Saturday 11th September 2004. The reception was held in the Lake House Hotel, Clooney, Portnoo. Sinead is a daughter of Mary Anne (formerly Kennedy, Main St. Glenties) and Michael Mc Aleenan, Belfast.

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