News on July 19th 2000

The Patrick MacGill Summer School
The 20th Annual Patrick MacGill International Summer School will be held in Glenties from 13th – 18th August. The Theme this year is “Women of Ireland”. Official opening is by Ms. Joy Mc Cormick, Member of the Commission on the Status of Women, Represents National I.C.A. on the Equality Committee of the Dept. of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Among the well-known names on the guest list are, Senator Joe O’Toole, Bernadette McAliskey, Sr. Consillio, Ms. Olive Braiden, Rev. Professor Enda Mc Donagh, Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Dana Rosemary Scallon, Alan Dukes, Mary Coughlan and many more. As well as the Lectures at night there will be lots of things to do during the day, Art Classes, Painting and Sketching Courses for adults and children, Exhibitions, Walks, and Tours. A Family Concert will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday evening at 10p.m. featuring Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Master Fiddlers and Aussie Bryson, Entertainer. There will be entertainment in ‘The Club’ in the hotel on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Weekly Admission Ticket is £20.00. This does not include painting & sketching course. Programmes are in the shops and business houses now.

Patrick MacGill was born in 1889 in the Glen of Glenties, and was the first of eleven children. After a mere three years schooling, Patrick left school at ten and after two years’ work on the home patch of land set out at twelve as one of a party of Donegal youngsters for the hiring fair in Strabane. MacGill’s literary career began in 1910 when he asked ‘The Derry Journal’ to print some poems. At the time he was working as a plate-layer on the Glasgow – Greenock line of the Caledonian Railway. Shortly afterwards he moved to London and had ‘Children of the Dead End’ and the ‘Rat Pit’ published. They were best sellers. MacGill wrote more novels, some with an Irish setting and some with an English background, but never again did he achieve the intensity of these two novels, that really form a single work.
He married and English lady, Margaret Gibbons, niece of Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore, U.S.A. and they moved to America where he died in November 1963. They had three daughters, Patricia, Chris and Sheila, who died suddenly last year. They have come regularly to Glenties since the inception of the Summer School. The following is a verse from a poem by Patrick MacGill.
I’m going back to Glenties when the harvest fields are brown,
And the autumn sunset lingers on my little Irish town,
When the gossamer is shining where the moorland blossoms blow,
I’ll take the road across the hills I tramped so long ago –
‘Tis far I am beyond the seas, but yearning voices call,
‘Will you not come back to Glenties, and your wave-washed Donegal.

Angelene Conefry, Mill Road, Glenties and John Ashford, Laytown, Co. Meath got engaged on July 2nd.
Angelene also received her B. A. in Social Science at Queens University, Belfast on Thursday July 6th 2000. Congratulations Angelene on both counts. Angelene is the eldest daughter of Noel and Bridie Conefry Mill Road, Glenties.

Congratulations to Michael Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne Boyle, Ardconnell, who were married in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Saturday 15th July2000. Former Glenties Parish Priest Fr. James Friel officiated. Michael is a son of Mick and Anne Boyle, Ard Patrick and Grainne is a daughter of Dee and the late Neil Boyle, Ardconnell, Glenties.

Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War team who won 1st Prize in the 680 kilo All Ireland Competition in Stradbally, Co. Waterford on Sunday last.

The death took place recently of Miss Ellen Lafferty, Creeslough. Miss Lafferty taught Commerce in The Mc Devitt Institute, Glenties, (now part of The Highlands Hotel), for a number of years. The Mc Devitt Institute was the local secondary school before the Comprehensive School was built.

Graveyard Mass
This year Mass will be celebrated in Glenties Graveyard on Sunday 30th July and in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 13th August. Both Masses are at 3.00p.m.

Eight more houses have been built on The Rock. This makes a total of eighteen houses built on The Rock in recent years.

News on July 13th 2000

Newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Glen Road, Glenties celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Monday 3rd July 2000 at 7.00 p.m. There was a very big congregation and a large number of priests in attendance. Some student friends of Adrian’s were there to help him out on this great occasion. Fr. Adrian gave his First Blessing to a large number of people after Mass. A Parish Social was held afterwards in the Highlands Hotel.

The death took place at his home, on Thursday 29th June 2000 of Connell Keeney, Tullyhoniver, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. assisted by Fr. Shaun Haugh and Deacon Adrian Gavigan celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by son, Conal and son-in-law, Dermot Mc Hugh. Grandchildren, Sandra Keeney, Roger Gildea, Stephen Mc Hugh, Kevin Mc Hugh, Diane Keeney and Christopher Branningan read Prayers of the Faithful. Connell’s eight daughters and son John brought the Gifts to the Altar. Singing and music were by granddaughter, Amanda McGuigan, grandson, Barry Keeney, and friends, Siobhan Mc Elhinney, John Mc Intyre, Francis Cunningham and John Byrne. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Prendergast and Rev. Adrian Gavigan officiated at the graveside. Sincere sympathy is extended to Connell’s wife, Maggie, four sons, John, Killybegs, James, Kilraine, Conal, Narin Road, Kevin, Tullyhoniver, eight daughters, Cathy, Breda, Anne, England, Bernadette, The Rock, Sally, Ardconnell, Nora, Tullyhoniver, Ursula, Kilraine, Carmel, Manorcunningham, sisters, Mena, Nan, Mill Road, Sally, Nora, Mamie, England, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Connell’s brother, John predeceased him in 1997.

The sudden death took place at his home of Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday for Requiem Mass which was concelebrated by Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir, newly ordained Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Fr. Joseph Briody and Fr. Mackey. Readings were by daughter, Maureen and daughter-in-law, Edel and Prayers of the faithful were read by granddaughter, Brenda and Maureen’s husband, Richard. Music was by Sr. Immaculata on the organ. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Fr. Adrian and Fr. Nigel officiated at the graveside. The Fire Brigade, of which Neil was a member, provided a Guard of Honour outside the Fire Station when the remains were brought to the church and all the way to the graveyard. Fianna Fail members also formed a Guard of Honour. Neil, a native of Lifford came to Glenties in the sixties when the Comprehensive School was being built. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Breid and family, Gerry, Michael, Hugh, Maureen, Breda, Catherine and Teresa, brother, sisters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and all his relatives and friends.

The death took place on Wednesday 5th July 2000 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, of Patrick Mulhern, Lugnagillew, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home for waking. Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh and burial took place in Edeninfagh cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Bridie, three daughters, sister and other relatives and friends.

Congratulations to local T.D. Thomas Gildea, Straboy, Glenties and Eilish Hegarty, Meenalargan, Glenties who were married in St. Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Wednesday 5th July 2000.

Congratulations to Josie and Breid Boyce, Mill Road, Glenties who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.

Congratulations to the U/12 football team who won the County B Final against Convoy on Saturday last in Donegal.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Rose Kennedy, Meenahalla on the death of her mother, Catherine O’Donnell, Termon. Sincere sympathy is extended to Josie Houston, Mary Mc Hugh, Bridie and Teresa Mc Mullin on the death of their nephew Francis Mc Veigh, in a drowning accident in Philadelphia. Sincere sympathy is extended to Roisin Breslin, Derries on the death of her nephew, Michael Quinn, Cork as a result of a car accident.

News on July 5th 2000

Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Adrian Gavigan who was ordained to the priesthood last Sunday 2nd July 2000 by Bishop Philip Boyce in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny. Adrian is a son of Connell and Mary Ellen Gavigan, Glen Road, Glenties and grandson of Teresa and the late Columba Gallagher, Drimnasillagh, Glenties. His father is a native of Ardara parish. Fr. Adrian came home to a great welcome with the town and Station and Glen Roads decorated with buntings, flags and banners. Bonfires blazed from Meenaroy to greet the new Priest. Fintown was also decorated, and a large crowd gathered to meet him there as well as in Glenties. The Ardaghy Band led him up the town to the platform erected on the Chapel Brae near his home.

Evelyn Quinn and Alan Murchan were married in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on 17th June 2000. Evelyn is a daughter of Cormac and Maureen Quinn, Greenans, Glenties and Alan is a son of Carmel and the late Jack Murchan, Conlin, Killybegs. The bride’s brother, Fr. Denis Quinn officiated and was the chief celebrant of the Nuptial Mass. Fr. Francis Mc Loone, Fr. John Gallagher (cousins), Fr. Patrick Prendergast, Glenties and Fr. Lorcan Sharkey, Killybegs assisted him. Her father gave the bride away and she was attended by her sisters. Mary Quinn and Annie Mc Kenna. Martin Murchan, brother of the groom was bestman and his friend, Declan Melly, was groomsman. Readings were by Geraldine Boyle, sister of the groom and Annette Breslin, cousin of the bride. Annie Gallagher, cousin and Patrick Breslin, friend of the bride, read prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought the Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Hyland Central Hotel, Donegal Town and the honeymoon was spent in Cyprus.

The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital, on Monday 26th June 2000 of Charlie Bonner, Straboy, Glenties. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday. Fr. Patrick Prendergast, P.P. Glenties celebrated requiem Mass. Readings were by grandson, Philip O’Donnell and granddaughter, Aisling Bonner. Mark, Kieran and Kathleen Bonner grandsons and granddaughter, read Prayers of the Faithful. Another granddaughter, Anita Breslin read a Reflection. The Gifts were brought to the Altar by his niece and nephew, Kathleen Bonner and Stephen Boyle. Singing was by Pauline Glackin accompanied by Joe Rodgers. Burial took place in the New Cemetery.

Originally from Derryloughan, Charlie was the last of his family. His brother John, Ardconnell and sister, Angela Boyle, Scotland, predeceased him. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Maggie, sons, Neily, Straboy, John, England, daughters, Mary O’Donnell, Dungloe, Anne Breslin, England, Peggy Mc Hugh, Wales, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Connell Keeney, Tullyhoniver, who died last Thursday, 29th June 2000.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Neil Breslin, Glen Road, Glenties who died suddenly on Monday 3rd July 2000.

If you would like to send your child/children to Summer Camp, application forms are available from the Playschool or contact Sadie tel. 51700 or Bridie tel. 51416. The cost per week is £15 Monday – Friday. First Week 24th July – 28th July, Second Week 31st July – 4th August. Ages 3 years – 7 years. Closing date 15th July.

An Exhibition of Bogwood Sculpture is presently taking place at Ardara Arts Resource Centre. It opened on Saturday 1st July and will continue until July 22nd. On view are outstanding sculptures by local sculptor, Laurence Herron. There is also a selection of work by local young artists from Ardara and Glenties. Admission is free. Everyone Welcome.

Congratulations once again to the Glen Tug-O-War team who won the 720 kilo All-Ireland Division 4 Competition in Bunclody, Co. Wexford on Sunday last.

Congratulations to the U/14 team who represented the County at Féile Peile na Óg in Dublin last weekend.
Congratulations also to the U/12 team who are through to the County B Final.

Glenties Notes on June 28th 2000

The traditional Corpus Christi Procession took place after 11a.m. Mass last Sunday 25th June2000. The Blessed Sacrament was carried by Deacon Adrian Gavigan, (who is to be ordained to the priesthood next Sunday) to the Grotto and by Fr. Joseph Briody on the return journey to the church. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties recited the Rosary with a hymn by the choir between each decade. Since it’s inception well over fifty years ago this was the first time that the Procession in Glenties was held on a Sunday and the first time that the Strabane Silver Band, which has been a feature of the Procession for all that time, has been unable to attend. It was also the first time that an umbrellino was used instead of the canopy.

The Little Angels Association for the mentally handicapped annual church gate collection takes place this weekend 1st and 2nd July. This is a very worthy cause and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Anne Browne, Knockletragh, Connell Herron, Edeninfagh and Aidan Sweeney, Lochmuck, who recently received Diospóireacht Awards from Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, and to Teresa Campbell, Tangavane and Connell Herron, Edeninfagh, who also received special awards from Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh.

Annie Kennedy, formerly of Meenavale and Edeninfagh, Glenties died recently at the home of her niece, Mamie Byrne, Cappry, Ballybofey. She is survived by two sisters, Winnie Mc Mahon, Glenfin, Sr. Colmcille, Belfast and one brother, Arthur Kennedy, Belfast. Two sisters, Bridget and Mary and one brother, Neil predeceased her. Sincere sympathy is extended to all her relatives and friends.

Denis Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties died in Dungloe Hospital on Friday 2nd June 2000. His remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church. Glenties on Sunday. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties, celebrated Requiem Mass. Readings were by granddaughters, Glenda Kane and Diane Callaghan and music was by St. Connell’s Church choir. Burial took place in the New Cemetery. Denis is survived by one son, John, London, daughters, Bridie Melly, Drimlaughdrid, Marina Callaghan, Fintra, Anne Kane, Mountcharles, Pauline Gallagher, Mullantyboyle, Glenties, sisters, Annie Mc Hugh, Stranaglough, Nellie Mc Hugh, Ardconnell, Glenties, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife, Mary predeceased Denis twenty-one years ago and his brother, Paddy died in New Zealand in 1998.

Congratulations to the following couples who got married recently; Evelyn Quinn, Edeninfagh and Alan Murchin, Killybegs; Mary Molloy, Lacklea and Bartley Doran, Lettermacaward; Rosemary Trearty, Lettermacaward, (formerly Gortnasillagh, Glenties) and Brendan Bonner, Dungloe; Colette Maguire, Glen Road, Glenties and David Devine, London; and to Garda Liam Corbett, Glenties and Rosaleen Mc Carron, Redcastle who were married last weekend.

Mass will be celebrated in Edeninfagh Graveyard on Sunday 13th August at 3.00p.m.

Cumann Traenach na Gaeltachta Láir invite applications from third level students to work at the ‘Mhuc Dhubh’ Historic Railway in Fintown. Employment is based on 200 hours work for £600.00. For further details ring 075-46280.

Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War teams who came 1st in the 640 kilo Novice and 1st in the 680 kilo Senior competitions in Cavan last Sunday.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of John O’Donnell, formerly of Drimconcoosh, Glenties, who died recently in Scotland.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of Phil Cassidy, Ballybofey who died recently. Phil was a chemist in Glenties for a number of years and he and his family lived on the Glen Road.

Glenties Notes on June 21st 2000

The Corpus Christi Procession will go from the Church after 11.00am Mass next Sunday to the Grotto for benediction (weather permitting). The people who are usually involved in the carrying of the canopy are asked to make themselves available, as well as those who usually steward the procession. If the weather does not permit, the procession will take place inside the Church. The members of the Strabane Brass Band are unable to attend due to another engagement, so the music will be provided by the Church Choir.

A lot of work has been done recently to tidy up the Graveyard. You are asked to inform those whom you employ for tomestone work, not to dump rubble along the ditches or on the paths, but to take it away with them. All light rubbish, such as withered wreaths and flowers, should be put in the large wheelie bin provided. No cement should be mixed on the tarmacadam. Mass in the Graveyard will be on Sunday 30th July at 3.00pm.

Adrian Gavigan, Glen Road, will be ordained to priesthood on Sunday 2nd July at 4.00pm in Letterkenny. On the evening of the ordination the ‘Welcome Home’ Celebrations will take place on the Glen Road at approx 8.00pm. The following evening Adrian will celebrate his first Mass in St Connell’s Church. A Parish Social will be held in the Highland’s Hotel after the Mass to celebrate with Adrian and his family on this wonderful occasion. Anyone interested in the helping with the food and the serving of it, should get in contact with Sally McGuigan or Bernadette Burke as soon as possible.

The following children made their First Holy Communion in St. Connell’s Church on Saturday 10th of June.
GLENTIES NATIONAL SCHOOL: Roisin Bonner, Natalie Hegarty, Lauren Furey, Darragh Byrne, Rickard Gallagher, Jason Gallagher, Barbara Boyle, Amy Gallagher, Grainne Griffin, Noelle O’Donnell, Mairead McDevitt, Alanna Molloy, Emily Thompson, Philip Gallagher, Caolan Bonner.
DRIMNACROSH SCHOOL: Dervla Nichols, Marcella Furey, Donagh O’Callaghan. KILKENNY SCHOOL: Sarah Louise McDyer, Anne Geraldine Melly, John Paul Quinn, Joseph Quinn.

Part-time Secretary required for Scoil Mhuire. Apply in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Management on or before June 28th.

Due to the depletion of numbers keeping vigil for each hour of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament of Thursdays, particularly for the hours before and after lunchtime. New participants are required so that a minimum of three people should attend for each hour. If you are willing to make a commitment for an hour please give your name to one of the priests.

Glenties Notes on June 14th 2000

The Glenties Church of Ireland Supper Dance will be held in the Highlands Hotel tonight, Friday the 16th of June, music by Cannon & Ramsey Band, supper served at 9.00pm. Tickets on sale locally at £8.00, your support will be greatly appreciated.

The refurbishment of the Grotto is now underway. The damaged metal railings are being removed to be replaced by a stone wall. The material being used to construct the wall is stone granite. Persons with leftover amounts of this material, who are willing to donate it to this community project, are asked to contact Richard McCafferty as soon as possible (Tel 51113). Your help is greatly appreciated.

Glenties Notes on June 6th 2000

On Friday 28th April Finola Bonner and Niall Quinn were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties. Fr. Pat. Prendergast P.P. Glenties, officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Finola is the eldest daughter of Neil and Teresa Bonner, Ard Patrick, and Niall is a son of Larry and Jean Quinn, Ardboe, Co. Tyrone. The bride was given away by both her parents and she
was attended by her two sisters Deirdre and Emily. Martin Quinn, friend of the groom was bestman, and Paul Quinn, brother of the groom was groomsman. Conor Quinn, nephew of the groom was pageboy. The readings were read by Inez and Jonathan Gallagher, niece and nephew of the groom. The prayers of the faithful were read by nieces and nephews of the bride and groom. The grooms parents brought the Gifts to the Alter. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon was spent in Lanzorote.

Pioneer Mass
A special Pioneer Mass was celebrated in St. Connell’s Church on Wednesday 24th May. Fr. Nigel O Gallachóir, Spiretual Director presented Gold Pins to both John and Neillie Doherty, Ardmagill,  a gold pin each to Margaret M.O’Donnell, Ardconnell, Paddy O’Donnell, Derries, Bried Duffy, Main Street, (President and Treasure of the Centre). Silver Pins and Diplomas were presented to Anne Bonner, Glen Road, and Mary Josephine O’Donnell, Ardconnell. Young people who received pins and certificates in the Full Membership, ‘Young Pioneer& Junior’ sections were John and Christine Gallagher, Narin Road, James Gallagher, Ardpatrick, Shaun McGill, Tullyard Road, Garvin McDwyer, Station Road, Evan BOnner Glen Road, Tracy McCahill, Derries.

There will be a ceilí in the Limelight,Glenties, on Sunday 11th June. Dancing from 10pm to 1am, music by the Art Mc Nally Trio (Derry).Admission £4 including supper.

Graveyard Mass
The Graveyard Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard, Glenties on Sunday 30th of July at 3.00pm.

The Glenties Church of Ireland Supper Dance will be held in the Highlands Hotel on Friday 16th of June, music by Cannon & Ramsey Band, supper served at 9.00pm. Tickets on sale locally at £8.00, your support will be greatly appreciated.

For those interested in a nice walk this evening, Thursday. The route planned is in the Ardara area, partly along the Ownea River. Altogether walking time will be an hour and half. Runners will suffice for this walk. We will pool cars for the journey to the starting point, so please meet at the Community Centre, Glenties, at no later than 7.30pm. This walk is organised by Women Together, but everyone is welcome to join in for the walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Glenties Notes on May 30th 2000

 The programme of events is currently in the process of being finalised. All hotels and pubs were requested to provide details of music-entertainment for the period from Thursday Sept 7th – Tuesday 12th Sept to Colm Campbell. To ensure inclusion in the actual programme all details must be with Colm Campbell by Tuesday June 6th at the latest. Can anyone imagine a six day festival of events being organised and there being no funfare for the children of the locality? Such is the case this year! The commmittee has scoured the town for a suitable venue being made available, and, various property owners have been asked but to no avail. The festival will be devalued substancially should a venue not be found. Please inform any committee member by Tuesday 6th June should you  be aware of a suitable venue.
The float parade was a tremendous success last year and it is hoped this can be built on. All local business and clubs and associations should be drawing up plans at this stage and be making necessary preparations.

The Glen Tug-o-War team  came 2nd in the 600 kilo Novice Ulster championship in Crossroads, Killygordon last Sunday, and they also came 2nd again in the 680 kilo senior competition.

If there is anyone out there with sit-on toys ie.tricyles, tractor & trailors etc. which they are no longer using, the playgroup would love to have them. Contact Bridie after 2.00pm at 075-51416 or anyone connected with the playgroup.

A ceili mor will be held in the Limelight on Sunday 11th June, and the music is provide by the “Art McNally Trio”. It will cost £4 per person and this includes supper. Dancing will be from 10pm-1am

Congratulations to Susan and Pat O’Donnell,Glen Road, on the arrival of their baby girl recently. A little sister for Colleen and Gemma. Also congratulations to Mary and Shaun Paul Byrne, Ballybofey,on the arrival of their first baby, a little girl recently. Mary is the daughter of Phil and Nora Gallagher, Buncrubog, Glenties.

Don’t forget to come out this evening for the walk, starting at the Community Centre at 7.30pm.Please wear comfortable footwear. Everyone is welcome to join. The walk will take approx 2 hours.

Glenties Notes on May 24th 2000

The Junior Youth Club will be making their annual tour this Sunday 28th May to Dunlewey Lakeside Centre. The bus will leave from the Community Centre at 12.30pm. The cost of the trip is £7.00 per person. Many thanks to all the parents who have supported the Youth Club throughtout the year. 

Congratulations to the Naomh Chonaill U-14 team and their managers; Connie Doherty, Michael Quinn, and Terance Gallagher who won the County Final of Féile Peile na nÓg last Saturday in Donegal Town. They had an impressive victory over Glenfin. The team will now go on to represent County Donegal in the National Finals of Féile Peile na nÓg, where they will compete against the other 31 counties of Ireland. This will be held in Dublin on June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd. and this is one of the big annual events in the GAA calender. 

A walk is organised for Thursday 1st June, leaving the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Wear comfortable boots or runners and come along and join us. Everyone is welcome. The walk will be approx. 2 hous long.

Congratulations to the Glen Tug-O-War team who came 1st in the Ulster Tug-O-War Competition which was held in Cavan last Sunday.

The death took place recently of Bernie Gildea, Bunnyconlon, Co. Mayo(formally from Straboy, Glenties.)He was a retired Sergent of the Garda Siochana. He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Vanessa, son Barry, his sister Rose Solly (Glenties), brothers, Sean (Letterkenny)and Tony (London)and all his relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

The death took place recently of Mary Bennett,Donegal Town and formally Mary Gallagher, Ard Connell,Glenties. She died in Letterkenny General Hospital after a short illness. Following Mass in the Four Masters Church in Donegal she was buried in Killymard Cemetery. She is survived by her sons Connie (postman in Glenties)and Gerry (Donegal) her daughter Mary Teresa (Donegal),her sister Teresa and brother Hugh Gallagher, Ard Connell, Glenties to whom sincere sympathy is extended. She was predeceased by her husband Patsy, her brothers Con and Oliver sometime ago.

Congratulations to Mary Craig, Buncrobug, Glenties who celebrated her 90th birthday recently. 

Congratulations to Augustine and Mamie Gallagher, Meenacahan, Inver,(parents of Olive McKelvey, Station Road) who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Glenties Notes on May 17th 2000

The Youth Club members collected a total of 32 bags of rubbish around the approch roads of the town last Sunday evening. Many thanks to the parents and other adults who came out to help. A word of thanks also to Sean Molloy who arranged the disposal of the rubbish. Your support to the church gate collection last weekend was very much appreciated. The proceeds go towards the cost of transport for youth club activities.

Congratulations to the Glen Tug-o-War team who came second in an Ulster Competition held in Killybegs last Sunday evening.

Michael Fitzgerald who recently ran in the North West 10 Kilometre race raised £220 for the’Friends of Letterkenny Hospital’.Michael wishes to thank all who supported him in this worthwhile event.

Next Sunday the 21st May, the G.A.A. in consultation with the bishops of Ireland, have left the day free of any match/league fixtures in order that part of the day be put aside as a day of local pilgrimage in Ireland to mark the Jubilee year and the ancient traditions of our Celtic heritage. In the Diocese of Raphoe, each parish is encouraged to have a pilgrimage to a holy place i.e. a Mass Rock, Holy well etc. Here, in the parish of Iniskeel, there will be a short pilgrimage led by the choir and walking enthusiats to the well of St. Rioghan, which is situated near the old monastic site of Kilraine(Cill Rioghan) near the old graveyard. There are a lot of folklore-cures and stories associated with St. Rioghan and her well, which is in the process of being renovated for our pilgrimage to it on Sunday 21st May. Our fore-parents before us often went on pilgrimage to this place and we will be remembering them at this holy place this Sunday. The Pilgrimage will begin at 3.00pm (weather permitting).

The death took place recently of Nancy Boyle, Annagry. The people around Glenties will remember her better as Monsignor Dan McDyre’s housekeeper. She spent nearly fourty years working for Fr. Dan. She is survived by her two sisters, Grace,(who taught in the Comprehensive School for a number of years), and her sister Mary, her brothers, Francie, James and John to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

The death took place in the General Hospital,Letterkenny on the 26th April of Cormac Quinn, Mill Road, Glenties. His remains came home where he was waked, and the following evening were removed to St Connell’s Church, Glenties. Following Requiem Mass the next morning he was buried in the local Cemetery. He had run a very successful business at his home place up until the time he got sick in 1986. He was predeceased by his brothers, Neil, John, Joe, Hugh, and his sister Bridget McHugh.He is survived by his wife Annie, his brother Frank,and all his relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.