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News on August 16th 2001

Congratulations to our U/12 footballers who won the division 2 County final for the second year in succession.
Congratulations to Naomh Conail U/15 team who won the County Óg Sport 7-a-side competition in Gweedore on Saturday last. On the day, they defeated teams from Moville, Falcarragh, Annagry and Ardara before going on to beat a strong Ballyshannon side in the final. This is a unique achievement for the club as it is the third year in succession that they won the Óg Sport. Great credit must go to the following panel: – Eugene Molloy, Phelim Mc Devitt, Donal Cape (captain), Hugh Mc Devitt, Conal Mc Nelis, Anthony Thompson, Michael Regan, Brendan Mc Dyre, Gerard Mc Devitt and James Gallagher. The team is managed by Connie Doherty, Terence Gallagher and Michael Quinn. They now go on to represent the club and county in the prestigious Ulster Óg Sport Finals which will be held in Co. Down on Saturday 1st September.

Computer Classes
Beginning 3rd September, “Women Together” is hosting a basic computer class, which will be held over an eight-week period. This course will consist of eight two-hour sessions, and will take place in the club of mobile IT. Facility. Cost is £25 per person. There are twelve places available. To book your place, please call into “New Earth of Glenties” shop on the main street. Places are booked by leaving a deposit of £10. Twelve names will be taken. A further two names will be listed in case places become available later.

Martin Doherty and Edwina Sweeney were married in St. Crone’s Church, Dungloe on Saturday 4th August 2001. Martin is a son of John and Nellie Doherty, Ard McGill, Glenties and Edwina is a daughter of Willie and Bella Sweeney, Cloughwally, Dungloe. Fr. Niall Coll C.C. Dungloe officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Her father gave the bride away and her sister Louise Sweeney was bridesmaid. Gerry Doherty, twin brother of the groom was bestman. Jenny and Anna Lousie Sweeney, Niamh Doogan and Alison Doherty, nieces of the bride and groom were flowergirls. Reading were by Connie Doherty, brother of the groom and Miles Sweeney, brother of the bride. Mark Sweeney, nephew of the bride, Gerry and Paul Doherty, brother and nephew of the groom, Margaret McDonnell, Louise Sweeney, sisters of the bride read the Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in Woodhill House, Ardara and the honeymoon was spent touring.

Lough Derg
A limited number of places are still available for one-day retreats to Lough Derg : – August 18th/19th/20th/21st/22nd/23rd/24th/25th/26th/27th/28th/29th September 2nd/3rd/10th/15th/16th/17th/22nd/23rd. Cost is £15 and includes boat fare and light lunch. No fasting or walking barefoot required. Advance booking essential. Ring 072-61518. Monday 13th August is the last day for beginning the Three-day Pilgrimage.

Water Safety Week
Young people from around the area will be enjoying the annual Water Safety Week in Narin next week, from 20th to 24th August, hopefully with an improvement in weather conditions! Classes for Glenties “Swim” candidates will start at around 11:45 a.m. on Monday. However, please note, this time may be changed on subsequent days. The bus will leave McGuinness’s at 11:30a.m. on Monday. The Water Safety candidates, i.e. those who have passed “Swim 5” and are 11 years or over, should be down at the pier in Portnoo at 5p.m. on Monday. Sost of the week is £10 for 1, £15 for 2 and £20 for 3 of a family.
Enquiries please phone 075-51347.

Congratulations to John Quinn, Mully, Glenties and Caroline Kelly, Draperstown, who were married last Thursday.
Congratulations to Ann McGlynn, Glenfin (a teacher in Scoil Mhuire, Glenties) and Declan Meehan, Donegal who were married in Glenfin on Saturday 4th August.

Bus to Knock
A bus will leave Edeninfagh at 8:15 a.m. and Glenties at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday 18th August for the annual Raphoe Pilgrimage to Knock. To book ring 075-51284.

Tidy Town
The Tidy Town Committee wish to remind people that the adjudicators are expected on their final visit in the next few weeks. Please keep the town litter-free. It is great to see so many newly painted buildings in the town this summer.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Martin Joyce, Ard McGill, Glenties on the death of his mother, Barbara Joyce, which took place in Galway recently.

Summer School
Today Thursday and tomorrow, Friday are the last two days of the 21st Patrick MacGill Summer School here in Glenties. There is a workshop in the Highlands Hotel at 11a.m. today “Alcohol use and abuse” and at 4:30p.m. in the Comprehensive School, a talk will be given by William Gallagher, RHA Gallery Education Officer & former curator of The Glebe Gallery, on Derek Hill, St. Columb’s, Glenveagh & Tory.
The speakers tonight on the Summer School Theme (Drugs and Alcohol in Irish Society – Use and Abuse) in the Comprehensive School at 8:00p.m. are Dr. Mick Loftus, Mayo County Coroner and former President GAA, Fr. Michael MacGreil SJ, Sociologist & Chairman Pioneer Total Abstinence Assoc., Sister Veronica Mangan, Director of “Aislinn” and Dr. Ann Hope, National Alcohol Policy Advisor. The Chairperson is Mr. John Carr, General Secretary Designate I.N.T.O.
The workshop tomorrow, Friday at 11a.m. in the Highlands Hotel is “Drug Use – Reducing the Risks”.
The talk at 4:30p.m. is also in the Hotel “Memories of Patrick MacGill” by Dr. Owen McGowan, U.S.A. Speakers on Friday night in the Comprehensive School are Ms. Margaret Prendergast, Director of Harristown House Treatment Centre, Mrs Judith Gillespie, RUC Det. Superintendent & Head of Drugs Squad, Dr. Patrick Tubridy, Psychiatrist, Fr. Sean Cassin OFM, Merchant’s Quay Project. Chairperson is Mr. Paul McDaid, Area drugs Strategy Coordinator (Donegal) N.W.H.B.

Harvest Fair Festival
It is now less than four weeks until this year’s festival and programmes of the events are now in circulation. Locals should remember that it is being organized for their enjoyment and the more participation there is, the more enjoyment they will have. There are events to suit everyone. The street parade on the Sunday is one of the major attractions and al clubs, associations and business houses should make a big effort this year to have a float in the parade. All types of old vehicles; trucks, cars, tractors and old farm machinery can take part and should be entered on the day. The More the merrier!
Last year fifteen girls entered the Festival Queen Competition and enjoyed the experience, at this stage names of this year’s entrant should be given to Amanda McGuigan. Business houses and clubs entering contestants should give their names to Amanda 15th so that sashes can be made on time.
There will be an inter-pub competition this year comprising of the following events – 1. Killer Pool, 2. Blindfold Obstacle Race, 3. Feed the Goat, 4. Round Bale Rolling Competition. Pubs are to nominate five people only, to represent them. Accumulated score will judge winners over the four events, which will be held on the Saturday and the Monday. There is a prize of £100 for the winning team and £50 for the runners up. Publicans should at this stage approach their customers for volunteers. Letters will be sent out in the next few days to local businesses seeking sponsorship for this year’s festival and the festival committee would appreciate a similar response to last year, which was very supportive.


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