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News on September 19th 2000

John Roarty and Paula Bonner were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara on Saturday 9th September 2000. John is a son of Michael and Kitty Roarty, The Wood, Stranaglough, Glenties and Paula is a daughter of Cornelius and Bernadette Bonner, Glenties Road, Ardara. Fr. Austin Lafferty P.P. Ardara officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The bride’s father gave her away and her sister Lorraine Bonner and friend Cliona Cunningham were bridesmaids. Michael Roarty, John’s brother, was bestman and a friend Anthony Briody, was groomsman. Grainne Gavigan, a niece of the groom was flowergirl. Readings were by Eamonn Bonner, brother of the bride and Margaret Kennedy, sister of the groom. Paddy Keaveney, a brother-in-law of the groom read Prayers of the Faithful. The reception was held in the Blue Haven and the honeymoon is being spent abroad

Congratulations to Laraine and Robert Long, Mullantyboyle, Glenties on the birth of their baby girl, on Wednesday 13th September in Sligo Hospital.

Congratulations to Teresa and Gerry O’Dwyer, Mill Road, Glenties on the birth recently of their baby girl.

Barn dancing classes will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Monday nights at 9.30p.m. commencing on Monday 2nd October. Teacher will be Edith Bradley.

Winter Aerobics have commenced in the Community Centre on Monday and Wednesday nights at 8.30p.m. Everyone welcome.

A number of people in the community have suggested that this Jubilee Year 2000 should be marked with a Marian Procession on 8th December – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is hoped that this will be a Community Event and therefore there will be a Public Meeting, with a view to organising the Procession, in the Highlands Hotel tonight, Thursday 21st September at 8.00p.m. Everyone welcome

The usual big crowd attended the Harvest Fair in Glenties on Tuesday 12th September 2000. Stalls of all kind, Clothes, Shoes, Toys and Tools, etc. lined the street from the Courthouse out to the Garage at the top of the Station Brae and down the Narin Road to Ard Patrick and some on the Glen Road. There were also fortune tellers, games to play and prizes to be won, a bouncing castle on the Station Road, Mc Gurks on the Church Road and loads of other things to do on the day. The weather was great which was an added bonus.

Results to a number of events during the festival are as follows:
U-16 Local Bicycle Race —1st Hugh Boyle, 2nd Martin Doherty, 3rd John Gallagher.
Change the Wheel—1st Neil Byrne, 2nd Terence Molloy 3rd Brendan Mc Dyre.
Pub Quiz—Annette Mc Gettigan, Frank, John and Jimmy Mc Swiggan.
Eating Competition—1st Dara Gallagher, 2nd Shane Mc Donnell.
Slow Bicycle Race—1st Eamonn Boyle, 2nd Kieran Boyle.
Playstation Competition—1st Manus Conaghan, 2nd Eamonn Boyle.
Pedestrian Treasure Hunt—Ann Bonner and Christine Fletcher.
5 A Side Soccer—Section A—Aaron Thompson’s Team. Section B—Leo Mc Loone’s Team.
Round Ball Rolling Comp.—Michael Brennan and Conal Herron.
Sunday Float Parade—Overall Winner—Drimnacrosh National School. Other winners were —The Whole Shebang, Good Earth and Fire Station.
Tug-O-War—1st The Glen Tavern, 2nd Glencolmcille.

Congratulations to Maire Mc Loone, Cornagrilla, Glenties who has been ranked as one of the top ten outstanding students in the world, by the Beijing Institute of Technology and will receive her award this week in Beijing. She is a previous winner of the Invensys Award for the best engineering student in the United Kingdom.

Congratulations to Evelyn Cagney, Clooney, Portnoo, who graduated from Lancaster University with an Hons. Degree in Graphic Design.

Congratulations also to her sister, Mairead who graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a B.Sc. Hons. Degree in Chemistry. The three girls are past pupils of St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties.

Congratulations to Anne Farrelly, Letterkenny, who recently graduated from the University of Ulster, Magee, with a Masters of Education Degree. She also holds a B. Rel.Sc. Degree in Religion and History. Anne is a teacher in the Comprehensive School.

Congratulations to Seamus Molloy, Kingarrow and Noreen Gallagher, Lettermacaward who were married on Saturday last.

Congratulations to the Ardara Senior Team who won the County Championship on Sunday in Ballybofey. The team and supporters received a tremendous welcome when they passed through Glenties on their way home later in the evening with people lining the street on both sides cheering and clapping. Although there is some rivalry on the pitch between Ardara and Glenties everyone was delighted for them. Well done lads!

Despite the heavy showers on Sunday last spirits were high at the annual Tug-O-War competition at the Glen Tavern. A five a side Pub Team Competition was first on the agenda. The Glen Tavern A Team were the winners with neighbours, Fintown taking 2nd place. The excitement was building for the eight a side competition with five teams entered. Killeeter, Holybush and Glen Tavern being the better teams gave some great entertainment to the gathered crowd. The overall winners on the day were the Glen Tavern A team with Killeeter in second place. At the presentation of prizes Fr. Denis Quinn on behalf of the local team thanked all present and thanked the teams who had travelled long distances for the occasion. Fr. Denis also congratulated the local team on their huge success earlier this year in the National Competitions where they had won two All Ireland competitions in different weights and were runners up in three other weights. Hughie Quinn later returned thanks on behalf of the team for the support of the people on Sunday and throughout the season. He also thanked the Glen Tavern for their sponsorship of Sunday’s competition.

There was an apology from Tomas Gildea T.D. who was unable to attend for the presentation because of an earlier engagement. He did call later to congratulate the winning team. Thanks were also expressed to the Referee and all those who provided very welcome sandwiches after the competition. Fr. Denis concluded by wishing all present a pleasant evening with the music of Brideen and James and looked forward to the future success of Glen Tavern A and the newcomers Glen Tavern B teams.

Hooray! Work has finally started on the Boys Old School, Glen Road, to restore and renovate the building for use by the Playgroup and local community groups. It will also be used for an after-school project, which is currently being developed and for which we need funding. Many thanks to everyone who helped get the project up and running.

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