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Glenties Notes on September 23rd 2004

Michael Fitzgerald originally from Dunkinelly and now living at 13 Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties will be joining the Eamonn Coghlan team running in the Dublin Marathon at the end of October. Apart from all the training required to take on the marathon challenge of running 26 miles 385 yards, Michael has undertaken to raise a minimum of 1,000 Euro to help sick children. Your help is needed. There are sponsorship cards in the local Credit Union Office, Post office, Highlands Hotel and Olive’s Shoe Shop. He hopes to have cards in Ardara and other areas as well. Anyone wishing to make a donation may ring Michael’s home number – 9551044. All funds raised will go directly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and a donation will be made to the Grace Nolan Foundation. Our Lady’s is one of the largest Hospitals in the world, devoted exclusively to children. There are over 105,000 child attendances annually. Children suffering from Cancer, Leukaemia, Spina Bifida, Cystic Fibrosis and major heart defects are cared for. Michael Nolan established the Grace Nolan Foundation in 2003 after the sudden death of his 9-year-old daughter Grace. Grace died from a genetic blood disorder named Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telang ectasia (HHT). The Foundation goals are – to support the National Centre at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork: to promote early screening for children: to educate the awareness of HHT to the public and HHT families. Any support you can give Michael in his challenge will be greatly appreciated especially by the sick children who will benefit from your generosity. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Dublin Marathon and will be Michael’s 24th marathon, which is quite a record. We wish him well in this challenge.

Lorna Melee plays in the Cumann Na mBunscoil Competition at half time in the Mayo – Kerry clash at Croke Park on Sunday next. Lorna is the daughter of Maura and Marty Melee, Mayo and granddaughter of Maureen and the late Frank Mc Intyre, Ardconnell, and is a regular visitor to Glenties. Lorna was selected to play in June and little did the Melee family think then that they would have double reason to cheer on the day. We wish her and Mayo well.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Saturday 11th September 2004 of Jim Connolly, Mill Road, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home on Sunday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Tuesday morning. Fr. Paul Gallagher, Fr. Joseph Briody and Canon Leo Moore concelebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by Jim’s son Pauric and grandson Carl. Bernard Brennan, Rachel Connolly and Cian Connolly read Prayers of the Faithful. Carolan Brennan, Dania Connolly, Reiss Connolly and Kirby Brennan brought the Gifts to the Altar. All are Jim’s grandchildren. Singing was by Nora Gallagher accompanied by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. He is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Pauric, Tim and John, daughters Noreen and Magdalene, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Jim Connolly, his wife Nancy and sons Pauric and Tim came to Glenties in 1956 when he took up his position as manager of Bord Ná Móna. Before joining Bord Ná Móna Jim served for a number of years in the Irish Army. He was on the organising committee of the Glenties “Homecoming Festivals” held in the 1970s, previous to the inception of the MacGill Summer School and when we had children’s Junior and Senior bands in Glenties his army service proved useful when he was training the band members how to march.

Congratulations to Deirdre Boyle, Glen Road, who graduated last week from N.U.I Maynooth with a B.A. (Honours) Degree in Geography and Sociology. Deirdre is a daughter of Hugh and Mary Ita Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Debra Joyce, Ard Mc Gill who graduated last week from N.U.I. Maynooth with a B.A. (Honours) Degree in History and Geography. Debra is a daughter of Martin and Christina Joyce, Ard Mc Gill, Glenties and is currently doing her Higher Diploma in Liverpool Hope University in England.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary, Jimmy and Patrick Campbell, Main Street, Glenties on the deaths, which took place in Glasgow recently, of their aunt Mary Anne and her husband Charlie Gallagher; also to all the relatives and friends.

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