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Glenties Notes on September 19th 2002

There was a big crowd about town again this year for the Harvest Fair Festival, especially on Thursday, the Harvest Fair Day and on Sunday for the Float and Band Parade and other events, which were taking place. Stalls of all kinds, Clothes, Shoes, Toys and Tools etc. lined the street on both sides on the Harvest Fair Day, from out past the Church on the Mill Road, up the Glen Road, out past the Garage on the Station Road and down to Ard Patrick on the Narin Road. There were also fortune-tellers, games to play, and prizes to be won, bouncing castles, Mc Gurk’s Amusements and loads of other things to do. We had a beautiful day for the Harvest Fair and the weather was great throughout the festival.

Congratulations to Alan Kee, Butcher, who won the prize for the best float.

Congratulations to Crona Regan, representing Nighthawks Restaurant who was selected as the Glenties Harvest Festival Queen 2002 at a dance in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday night. Crona is a daughter of Martin and Mary Regan, Mill Road, Glenties. Congratulations to Laura Farren who was selected as Teen Queen in the Limelight on Friday night. Laura is a daughter of Johnny and Bernadette Farren (nee Cunningham), The Rock, Glenties.

The next big weekend in Glenties will be the Fiddlers at the beginning of October. Musicians from all over the country and beyond will be converging on the town and if you are a traditional music fan this is the place to be that weekend.

On the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th October, Tirchonnaill Gaels GAA Club in London will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the founding of their club, which was a home from home for many Donegal people over the years. The official opening of Tirchonnaill Park will also take place that weekend. Anyone requiring further information contact Frank Mc Swiggan at 075-51698.

The marriage of Joanne O’Dwyer and Burt Kerins took place in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 6th September 2002. Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Joanne is a daughter of Annie and the late Danny O’ Dwyer, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and Burt is a son of Owen and Carmel Kerins, Kells, Co. Meath. Her mother gave the bride away and her sister; Marie O’ Dwyer was chief bridesmaid. Other bridesmaids were the groom’s sister, Toinette Kerins, and friends, Marita Gallagher and Claire O’ Hara. Troy Kerins, brother of the groom was bestman and two other brothers, Dean and Ian and a friend, Michael Farrelly were groomsmen. Pauric O’ Dwyer was pageboy and Jessica O’ Dwyer, Emily O’ Dwyer and Anna Kerins were flowergirls. Pauric O’ Dwyer and Hannah Molloy were ring and coin bearers. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. Readers were Katherine Kerins, Deborah Joyce, Andrew Reilly and Teresa O’ Dwyer. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent in Italy.

Congratulations to Tina Campbell, Glenties and John Breslin, Ardara who were married in Glenties on Saturday last. Tina is a niece of Mena Mc Loone’s, Glen Road, Glenties.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 12th September 2002, of Con Gallagher, Kilraine, Glenties. His remains were brought to his nephew, Frank Breslin’s home on Friday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday evening. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir celebrated Requiem Mass on Sunday morning. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. One brother, John, two sisters, Mary and Annie, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended, survive Con. Four brothers predeceased him. Jimmy, Pat and Hughie died last year and his brother Neil died some years ago.

SYMPATHY

Sincere sympathy is extended to Annie Quinn, Mill Road, Glenties on the death in Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday 11th September 2002 of her sister Kathleen Duffy, Aranmore Island.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Josephine Bonner (nee Molloy, Mully, Glenties), who died suddenly in London on Monday 9th September 2002.

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