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Glenties Notes on September 29th 2005

On Saturday 17th September 2005 Hugh Breslin and Emily Bonner were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Pat Prendergast assisted by Fr. Adrian Gavigan officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Hugh is a son of Bried and the late Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties and Emily is a daughter of Neily and Teresa Bonner, Ard Patrick, Glenties. Her parents gave the bride away and her sisters, Finola Quinn and Deirdre Kelly and the groom’s sister Catherine Breslin attended her. Adrian Branigan, friend of the groom was bestman and his brother, Gerry Mc Glynn and another friend, Vincent Cranley were groomsmen. Niamh Farren and Oonagh Campbell were flowergirls and Dion Bonner and Oisin Gavigan were pageboys. Readings were by Brian Mc Devitt and Maureen Mackey. Patricia Hegarty, Michael Breslin, David Molloy, Andy Mc Grath, Maria Branigan and Rachel read Prayers of the Faithful. The groom’s mother, Bried and his aunt, Maureen Lyons brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music was by members of the local folk choir with a solo from Barry Keeney. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent on a Mediterranean Cruise.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Joe Boyle, Mullanmore, Glenties, who died on Saturday 24th September in Brindley Manor Nursing Home, Convoy.

Naomh Conaill GAA Club is holding a ‘Night at the Races’ in Paddy’s Bar, Glenties on Friday 30th September at 9.00p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 29th September in Mullanmore School at 8.00p.m. to discuss the ESB’s proposal to use the Glen of Glenties as an optional route corridor for a high voltage line from Binbane to Letterkenny and as a location for a switching station. The proposed line will consist of double wood pole structures with lattice steel towers at changes of direction. This development, while being of no direct advantage to the Glen, will constitute a serious health risk, devaluate property and clutter the Glen with additional pylons and poles with consequent damage to its natural beauty. It is important that the residents of the Glen, including the Glen Road should attend this meeting.

The past pupils of Glenties Comprehensive School will host a celebration concert ‘Thank You For The Music’ on Saturday 1st October at 8.30p.m. with Jim Rafferty as guest of honour. The music and dance will range from Traditional to Folk to Rock, with trips down memory lane to past musicals for extra flavour. All proceeds go to the Donegal Hospice and the School Building Fund. Tickets are E 10.00 (usual concessions) and are on sale from the school at 9551172. This promises to be a unique night and we hope as many past pupils as possible will be among the large attendance.

Ballet classes have resumed in the Community Centre, Glenties at 5.00 p.m. on Friday evenings. Beginners of all ages are welcome.

Friends of Letterkenny Hospital wish to thank all those who contributed at their annual Flag Day on the Harvest Fair Day. 1,400.43 Euro was raised for this worthy cause.

E.C.D.L. computer course is starting in the Community, Centre, Glenties on Wednesday 5th October from 9.30a.m. to 2.00p.m. It will continue every Wednesday. until April 2006. Fee can be paid in four payments of E 75.00 – 1st on the 5th October, 2nd on the 23rd November, 3rd on the 18th January ‘06 and 4th on the 8th March ’06. Please contact Louise Byrne on 074 9551917 to book a place, as places are limited.

An advanced E.C.D.L. course is starting in the Community Centre, Glenties on Friday 7th October from 9.30a.m. to 2.00p.m. and continuing every Friday until April 2006. For this course there are four payments of E 125.00 – 1st on the 7th October, 2nd on the 25th November, 3rd on the 20th January ’06 and 4th on the 10th March ’06. Please contact Louise Byrne on 074 9551917 to book a place, as places are limited.

The Committee of the Glenties Community Television report that a new mast and dishes, which should improve the reception in the area, have recently replaced the existing equipment. However, it is appreciated that some areas may experience difficulties and the committee is looking at ways to rectify the problems. Should people experience problems with their television stations they are asked to contact Willie Molloy at his shop in Dungloe – Tel. 074 9521918.

The 2005 GAP Challenge starts at the Comprehensive School, Glenties with the cyclists on Saturday 1st October at 11.00a.m. The Glenties, Ardara, Portnoo and Rosbeg Tourism Development Committee in conjunction with RNLI are running this event. It consists of a cycle through Ardara, Glengesh Pass, and The Tullies and on to Narin Strand. The second part of the event is a swim from Narin Strand to Portnoo Pier, then a hill sprint from Portnoo pier to Rosbeg and the final part is sea kayaking in Rosbeg for approx. 2 miles. Teams from all over Ireland will be competing in this very gruelling event. The committee hopes there will be a large crowd out on Saturday morning in Glenties to encourage the cyclists and cheer them on their way.

A Bazaar will be held in Halla Naomh Bríd Lettermacaward on Sunday 9th October at 3.00p.m. Please support, as all proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the hall.


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