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Glenties Notes on November 8th 2000

Congratulations to Margaret and Danny Sweeney, Tullymore, Ardara who recently had an addition to their family, a baby girl. Margaret is a daughter of Bridget and Michael Byrne, Glen Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Helen and Gerard Mc Dyre, Letterilly, Glenties on the birth recently of their baby girl in Letterkenny Hospital.

Congratulations to Cathal Gallagher, Dunboyne, Co. Meath who won £32,000 in the Irish version of “Who wants to be Millionaire” on R.T.E.1. Cathal is a nephew of John Gallagher, Derries, Glenties and when he was a young lad spent nearly all his holidays with John and Annie and his cousins and is still a regular visitor to Glenties.

Congratulations to Paddy and Teresa O’Donnell, Derries who celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary recently. Their family gave them tickets for Lourdes and they had a lovely time there last week.

Congratulations to Cuana Cunningham, Oughterard and Peter Kerr, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim who were married recently in Our Lady of the Valley Church, Glann, Oughterard, Co Galway. Fr. Paddy Heneghan P.P. Oughterard was the celebrant. Cuana is a daughter of Peter and Mary (nee Houston) Cunningham and granddaughter of Francie and Josie Houston, The Rock, Glenties.

Congratulations to Hugh Mc Nulty, who graduated from the Garda College, Templemore on Thursday 2nd November 2000 and is attached to Castleblaney Garda Station. Hugh is a son of Anne (formerly Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties) and Hugh Mc Nulty, Lough Eske, Donegal.

Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties who completed his 20th Marathon in Dublin on Monday 30th October 2000.

On Sunday night 29th October the witches and their friends gathered again in “The Limelight” Glenties and had their second ‘Witches Ball’. It was a great success this year also with most patrons coming in costume. The Glenties Traders Millennium Committee, whose brainchild it was, is to be congratulated. They would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a success. The proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights and a local charity. It is hoped to make the Ball an annual event.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Friday 1st December. An open invitation is extended to all the Senior Citizens of the Parish.

During the week and envelope containing a Census Form will be delivered to the homes of the Parish. It would be greatly appreciated if the forms were filled in and returned in the stamped addressed envelope provided, on or before 16th November. This Census is purely for Church purposes and the information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

On Saturday 28th October 2000 Angelene Conefry and John Ashworth were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Angelene is a daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties and John is a son of Derek and Mary Ashworth, Laytown, Co. Meath. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sister, Rachel Carr. Michael Ashworth, brother of the groom was bestman.
Nieces of the bride Rosaleen and Katie Carr and nieces of the groom, Sarah Monaghan and Fiona Hogan, were flowergirls. Readings were by two sisters of the groom. Noreen Robinson and three other friends of Angelene’s read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. Singing was by June Conefry, sister of the bride and music was by Jim Rafferty on the organ, Denise Boyle, Peter Campbell on violin and Sinead Rafferty on flute. The Psalm, ‘Sé an Tiarna m’Aoire’ was sung by Angelene. The reception was held in The Lake House Hotel, Clooney, Portnoo and the honeymoon was spent in Singapore and Australia.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 19th October 2000 of Mary Kate Mc Swiggan, Ardconnell, Glenties. Her remains came to her home on Friday and were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday morning. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. celebrated Requiem Mass and officiated at the graveside. Readings at Mass were by Mary Kate’s grandsons, Carl Flanagan and Kevin Mc Swiggan. David Mc Swiggan, Michelle Mc Swiggan and Catherine Shinners read prayers of the Faithful, and Francis Mc Swiggan, Brian Mc Swiggan and Shona Flanagan brought the Gifts to the Altar, all grandchildren of Mary Kate’s. Music was by the Folk Choir. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Mary Kate is survived by sons, Frank, Jimmy, John, daughters, Nora and Annette, sister, Anna Mc Dougall, nieces, nephew, grandchildren and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Her husband, John predeceased her in July 1980 and their first child, Mary died as a child.

The death took place in Strangriff Nursing Home, Ballybofey on Tuesday 31st October 2000, after a long illness, of Anthony Mc Fadden, Main St. Glenties. His remains were brought to his home on Wednesday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday evening. Fr. Patrick Prendergast celebrated Requiem Mass on Friday morning and burial took place in the New Cemetery. Readings at Mass were by Anthony’s grandsons. Anthony is survived by one son, Tony, Co. Clare, three daughters, Mary Bonner, Letterkenny, Sabina Hughes, Dundalk, Evelyn Culkin, Dublin, two sisters, grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife Bella died in July last year.


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