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Glenties Notes 12th June 2014

New Arrival:
Congratulations to Maria and Stephen Mc Dermott, Altar, Glenties on the birth of their fourth child, a little sister (Laoise) for Aoife, Saoirse and Oisin.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre Glenties, on Tuesday 3rd June 2014 were – € 20 Winners – Siobhan McGinley, Mary Ita Boyle and Mary Gallagher; € 35 Winners – Kathleen Kenny, Winnie Long and Paddy Gill; € 40 Winner – Kathleen McGlynn; € 50 Winners – Jamsie Byrne, Mary McGettigan, Rosaleen Melly, Bernie Martin, Jamsie Byrne, Bernadette Gallagher, Rose Boyle, Patricia Molloy, Margo Gallagher, Johnny O Donnell, Mrs. Annie Cannon, Sally McHugh; €100 Winners – Kathleen Griffin, Bridie Doherty, Pauline McGeehan, Rose McFadden, Nellie Doherty, Siobhan McGinley, Rose McGroarty and Brown Kid; .€ 300 Winner – Rosaleen Melly.

Annie Behan Memorial Walk / Run:
The Annual Annie Behan Memorial Walk / Run, in aid of Donegal Hospice, takes place on Saturday 21st June, leaving from the Community Centre, Glenties at 11.30 a.m.; Contact Joe on 087 6766087 for details. Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

A big Thank you to all those who gave donations of food or money for the First Holy Communion Party in the Community Centre. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Glenties Community Playgroup / Afterschool:
The Playgroup and Afterschool would like to thank everyone who helped in any way towards our Easter Draw. We would especially like to mention those who donated items for the baskets and sold lines for the draw, the local retailers who displayed our Hampers and sold lines on our behalf, and those who purchased lines for the Raffles. Collection amounted to € 1,482. We would also like to thank all who contributed to our Church Gate Collection and those who collected at the Masses. This raised € 462.22. These fundraising events allow us to purchase much needed materials and equipment, new toys, jigsaws, bikes, and trikes and outdoor suits for the younger children. It also contributes to an annual outing for the children attending our service. Unfortunately € 500 of the money had to be used to purchase heating oil which was stolen from the Play School in the past number of weeks. The Glenties Community Playgroup is a registered charity. We welcome financial contributions at all times in order to help improve the service we offer the children in attendance. Thank you most sincerely for your generosity and support.

Change of Mass Times:
There will be no 8.00 a.m. Mass in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Sunday 15th June. No Mass today Thursday and Evening Mass only tomorrow Friday at 7.30 p.m.

Rossnowlagh – Blessing of Lillies:
A bus will leave Mc Guinness’ Café at 6 p.m. on the Feast of St Anthony, Friday13th June, for Mass in Rossnowlagh and Blessing of Lillies. Newcomers welcome.

Glenties Notes 19th March 2014

Taiji Master Honour:
Congratulations to Charles J. Shovlin from Kilraine, Glenties, who is now a Master Instructor with the World Taiji Boxing Association (WTBA). Charles runs classes on the healing benefit of the ancient arts in the Community Centre, Glenties on Wednesdays from 8.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre Glenties on Tuesday 11th March 2014 were – € 25 winners – Rose McGroarty and Margaret Gallagher; € 50 winners – Brenda Reid, Margaret Breslin, Majella Boyle, Kathleen Kenny, Renee McGeehan, Mary Kennedy, Anne Kennedy, Kathleen McGlynn, Phil Mc Kelvey, Breid Gallagher, Philomena Mc Callaig and Margaret Murray, €100 Winners – Bella Boyle, Pauline McGeehan, Lisa Coughlin, Philomena Mc Callaig, Bella Boyle, Jean Boyle, Mickey Herron, Isabelle McLoone and Brid Roarty; €300 winner – Sally McHugh.

“Do This In Memory”
The Parish Based Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion called -“Do This In Memory” will continue next Sunday – 23rd March at 11 a.m. Mass.

Wedding Bells:
Congratulations to Riaghan Byrne, daughter of Gerry and Bried Byrne, Ard Patrick, Glenties and Stephen Mc Hugh, son of Dermot and Nora Mc Hugh, Drimnacrosh, Glenties, who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 15th March 2014. Fr. Adrian Gavigan officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Riaghan was attended by her sister Sinead, cousin Emma Goodwin and friend, Charlie Tierney. Her niece, Rachel Byrne was a flowergirl. The groom’s cousin James Mc Cormack was bestman and friends, Declan Boyle and Eddie Gallagher were groomsmen. The reception was held in Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar.

Glenties Community Playgroup:
Glenties Community Playgroup is now taking names for children wishing to attend the Pre-School in September 2014. Children who were born between 2nd February 2010 and 30th June 2011 are entitled to one free pre school year. The Free Pre-School Year entitles each child to five 3 hour sessions per week. For all other children there are various discounts available. There will be a follow up Registration in May / June when parents will be asked to attend to formally register their child; children enrolled from 2 years / 10 months onwards.

There are still some spaces available in the Afterschool on a Thursday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Home Work Club, and Arts & Crafts. If you require any further information please feel free to contact Bridie Mc Cahill or Kellie Bennett 9551907.

Cycling Information Day:
Tír Chonaill GAP Cycling Club will be hosting an Information Day, in the Highland’s Hotel, Glenties on Sunday 23rd March from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. There will be stands catering for all aspects of cycling including Mountain Biking, Leisure Cycling, Bike Maintenance, Ladies Cycling, and Nutrition, to name a few. So for anyone thinking of making use of that bike in the garage, planning to get fitter, or do some exercising, come along on the day where admission is FREE.

Daffodil Day:
Friday 28th March is Daffodil Day Volunteers will be on the Main Street of Glenties looking for your support.

Church Gate Collection:
Cancer Care West Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend.

Glenties Notes 11th October 2013

League County Champions:
Congratulations to our U / 16 team who defeated St. Eunan’s on Sunday last 6th October 2013 in the Division 1 League County Final in Glenfin. Well done lads!

Glenties Afterschool:
Glenties Afterschool is now taking names for those interested in an Arts and Crafts Session. This will take place every Thursday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Children will be picked up from Scoil Mhuire and provided with a healthy snack on arrival. For further information ring Bridie or Kellie 074 95 51907.

The collection for the Irish Heart Foundation, taken up recently in Edeninfagh amounted to € 85. Thanks to all who subscribed.

The Dyslexia Collection taken up on the weekend of 25th August amounted to € 656.00 Thanks to everyone who made a donation.

Céilí, Sets and Two-Hand Dance Classes:
Céilí Sets and Two – Hand Dance Classes commenced in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Wednesday 9th October from 8 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Tuition by Connie & Anne.

Glenties Community Centre:
Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9pm. Every line € 50, every house € 100. Jackpot will be € 8500 on the 15/10/2013, if not won on the night €300 will be paid out. In house draws.

Bowls in the Centre every Monday night at 8 p.m.

Tia Chi in the Community Centre every Wednesday night at 8 p.m,

Academy Drama classes by Helen O’Grady for children are on every Thursday evening from 5pm.

Snooker room is open from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. every evening.

Bookings for the Community Centre contact 087 2679321.

There are still positions available on the Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated C.E. scheme D.S.P. criteria applies. For more information contact 087 9695053.

Glenties Notes 9th September 2013

Sincere sympathy is extended to Maureen Quinn and family, Glen Tavern, Greenans, Glenties on the death on Monday 25th August 2013 of Maureen’s brother, Patsy Breslin, formerly of Mullanmore, Glenties. His Remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday evening. Fr. Denis Quinn P.P. Falcarragh, assisted by other Priests concelebrated Requiem Mass on Thursday and burial took place afterwards in the New Graveyard; Glenties; sympathy also to all other relatives and friends. Three brothers, John Joe, Jim and Foncie predeceased Patsy.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Isobel Mc Loone, Mill Road, Glenties on the death of her brother Neil Greene, Annagry, who was buried on Sunday last.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 7th August were – € 25 Winners – Terence Breslin, Mrs McGettigan, Roisin Harkin and Lisa Coughlan; € 50 Winners – Sadie Sweeney, Willie Mc Nelis, Jimmy Quinn, Bella Boyle, Maria Boyle, Melissa Browne, Rosaleen Melly, Dim Melly, Majella Boyle, Bridie Gallagher and Renee Mulhern. € 60 Winner – Shane McGuire; €100 Winners – Charlie McBrearty, Elisha Mc Carlin, Amalia Mc Taggart, Annie Boyle, Eileen Breslin, Teresa Molloy, Ann Quinn, Bernie Fitzpatrick and Mary Gazley; € 300 Winner – Sarah Gallagher.

The Glenties Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge:
The Glenties Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge (30k, 60k or120k), takes place on Sunday 8th September from the Comprehensive School. Registration is from 9.00 a.m. with the challenge starting at 10.00 a.m.

Glenties Community Playgroup / Afterschool:
Glenties Community Playgroup / Afterschool will re – open on Monday 2nd September. If you wish to enrol your child / children for the coming term please contact Bridie on 087 757 0857 as there are still spaces available in the Pre – school and Afterschool. Playschool opens 5 days 9 a.m.- 12.30 p.m. Free Playschool Year – If your child was born between 2nd February 2009 and 30th June 2010 your child can access five 3 hour sessions.

Afterschool opens from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – on a Thursday art and crafts and Friday a wide variety of planned activities indoors and outdoors. There is a pick–up service from Scoil Mhuire at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. There are also discounts available to families in receipt of benefits / low income / community employment schemes, if you need any further information contact Bridie on 087 757 0857 or 9551907.

Annie Behan Memorial Fun Run:
The Family of Annie Behan would like to thank everyone who took part in, helped out in any way, or provided sponsorship for, The Annie Behan Memorial Fun Run. The amount collected for the Donegal Hospice was €1,700.00.

Glenties Notes 6th June 2013

S.N. Cholmcille, Fintown:
A’ Cash for Clobber Collection’ will take place at the school on Tuesday 11th June. The school will receive a cash donation for each well filled ‘Cash for Clobber’ or bin liner size bag. Money collected will go towards school funds. Filled bags can be brought to the school on Friday 7th June or Monday 10th June. This collection is a good opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles. Empty Cash for Clobber bags are available at the school. For more information contact 087 2431910 or 086 60280

Charity Walk / Run:
The Annie Behan 10 k. Walk / Run in aid of Donegal Hospice will take place on Saturday 15th June 2013; leaving The Highlands Hotel, Glenties at 11.30 a.m. Donations welcome. Please Support. Contact Joe on 087 6766087 for more information.

Glenties Playgroup / Afterschool:
The annual registration of the Glenties Playgroup / Afterschool will take place in the Pre-school building, Glen Road, Glenties. Any parent wishing to enrol their child / children must attend on the night to secure a place for the September term. To enrol for pre-school children must be 2 years and ten months and potty trained. Parents must bring in their child’s Immunisation Record Card to comply with Health Board Regulations. The Afterschool operates on a Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. There is a school pick up from Scoil Mhuire at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

ECCE Scheme:
Children born between 2nd February 2009 – 30th June 2010 will qualify under the ECCE scheme for a free place in the Preschool in September for 38 weeks. Please bring in your child’s birth certificate.

CCS Scheme:
For Preschool and Afterschool – this scheme supports families in low paid employment and in training and education by enabling parents to avail of reduced childcare costs. To avail of this scheme, children must be registered in the service in September / October.

CETS Scheme:
When parents are on FAS or VEC training programmes discount is available. Contact Bridie on 9151907 for more information.

The winners at the bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 28th May 2013 were – € 35 winner – Margo Gallagher; € 50 winners – Philomena Mc Cailig, Neil Byrne, Jimmy Quinn, Stella Rafferty, Hugh Gallagher, Hugo Mc Dyre Breidin Keeney, Dim Melly, Winnie Long, Kitty Mc Glynn, Maureen Gildea, Mary Howard, Brown Kid, Sinead Sweeney, Norah Phildy and John Mc Daid; € 70 winner – Anne Hegarty; € 100 winners – Margaret Murray, Hugh Gallagher, Mary Gough, Rose Boyle, Mickey Herron, Mary Howard and Bridie Gallagher.

Vigil for Life:
A Vigil for Life will be held in Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday 8th June from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. A bus (which will be free of charge), will leave Glenties at 8.30 a.m. To book a seat on the bus, please contact Noreen Feeney  087 7456087.

Rossnowlagh – Blessing of Lillies:
A bus will leave Mc Guinness’ Café at 6 p.m. on the Feast of St Anthony, Thursday 13th June, for Mass in Rossnowlagh and Blessing of Lillies. Newcomers welcome

Féile Collection:
Thank You to everyone who contributed to the Naomh Conaill Féile Collection on the weekend of 5th May. The amount raised was € 614. Thank you very much.

Wedding Bells:
Congratulations to Hugh Shovlin and Florence Mavunga on their recent marriage in Chelmsford, England. Hugh is the son of Charles and Grace Shovlin, Kilraine, Glenties and Florence is the daughter of Sherpard Mavunga and the late Rudo Gunda, Zimbabwe.

Glenties Notes 19th September 2012

Congratulations to Connell, Donal and Jimmy Ward, Meenavale, Glenties on making history in the World Tug-O-War Championships in Switzerland by winning two World Titles.

Tidy Towns Competition:
Congratulations to Glenties Tidy Towns Committee on their high achievement in the National Competition; receiving a Gold Medal Award.

New Primary Care Centre:
Glenties New Primary Care Centre opened on Monday 17th September 2012; the telephone number will remain the same – 9551330.

Hospice Coffee Morning:
The 6th Class Pupils at St. Riaghan’s N.S. Drimnacrosh will host their annual “Coffee Morning” in the school on Thursday 20th September between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. All money raised on the day will go the Donegal Hospice. We extend an open invitation to the local community to come along, join us for a cuppa, and a chat, and help raise much needed funds for this very worthy cause.

Glenties Wind Farm Information Group:
The Glenties Wind Farm Information Group have received notification that an oral hearing will be convened by An Bord Pleanála on the 16th October next at 10 a.m. in the Highlands Hotel to decide on the massive wind farm project planned for the outskirts of the town. The Group represents the majority of the appellants and observers in the appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision earlier this year by Donegal County Council to grant permission for a 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy and adjacent townlands near Glenties. The Group intends to fully contest the grant of permission by Donegal County Council at the hearing. For further information visit, follow us on Twitter at @Glenties_WiG, email: The group continues to appeal for funding to assist with the cost of legal advice and expertise for the oral hearing. Donations can be made directly to group members or to: Account Name: Glenties Wind farm Information Group; Bank Address – Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Glenties Account No: 97730412; Sort Code: 90-48-94.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 11th September were – Carol Sweeney won the Jackpot of € 300; Maura Kilbane, Annie Cannon, Bridie Gallagher, Killybegs, Nellie Maguire, Nora Mc Hugh, Anne Timoney, Maria, Boyle, Margo Gallagher and Sarah Mc Glynn won € 100 each; Teresa Breslin, Maureen Gildea, Bid Fletcher, Brian Mc Loone, Kathleen Griffin, Mamie Mc Geehan, Ann Byrne, Molly Mc Geehan, Maggie O’ Donnell, Paula Hegarty and Bridie Doherty won € 50 each; Breege Mc Callig, Nora Mc Hugh, Winnie Long and Maggie O’ Donnell won €25 each.

Community Employment Scheme:
A Community Employment Scheme will be commencing in the Glenties area on the 24th September 2012. Anyone interested please contact 087 9695053 or email

Glenties Community Playschool / Afterschool:
There are still some places available in our Pre-School and Afterschool service. The After school is open on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sports on a Tuesday in the local school Gym with Marty Boyle; Cooking, Paper Mache, Collage and Arts and Crafts on a Friday. Full hourly rate € 3.70 reduction available for parents qualifying under subvention; (this includes healthy snack for after school children). We have also secured funding from the Childcare Capital 2012 Programme to create a sensory garden and outdoor play area; the work is on-going and is due for completion in October 2012. For information on any of the above contact Bridie on 074-9551907.

Glenties Notes 7th July 2011

Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife, family, relatives and friends of Harry Gillespie, Mill Road, Glenties, who died in Letterkenny Hospital on Sunday last.

Time Change – Graveyard Mass
The Annual Graveyard Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 17th July.

Winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 28th June were – Annie Deane won the Jackpot of € 400. Helen Mc Dyre won € 150. Mary Mc Mahon, Kathleen Gallagher, Rosaleen Melly, Sally Mc Guigan, Ann Davison, Maura Kilbane, Mary Gallagher, Leitir and Nellie Mc Geehan won € 100 each. Sean Mc Cole won € 60. Teresa Mc Kelvey, Patrick Mc Hugh, Annie Boyle, Kathleen Gallagher, Mary Mc Dermott, Mary Gallagher and Mary Gallagher won € 50 each. Mary Kennedy, Suzanne Mulhern, Christopher O’ Donnell, Norah Gallagher, May Mc Gowan, Eileen Gallagher, and Fiona Gallagher won € 25 each. Jean Boyle, Emma Sweeney and Liz Buckley won € 20 each.

The recent Church Gate Collection for Care of the Aged amounted to € 165 in Edeninfagh and € 857 in Glenties. The committee wishes to thank everyone who donated so generously.

The Glenties Firemen would like to thank everyone who supported the recent retirement dance for Joe Craig and also the former Ladies Darts Team who kindly made a donation. € 1,052 was collected for Donegal Hospice.

Glenties Playgroup / Afterschool Summer Programme
Book now for July if you want to enrol your child for the Summer Programme of Activities. Children aged 3 -12 years are looked after in a safe and secure environment by trained childcare staff who have a current First Aid Certificate and are Garda vetted. We are open to all children in the Glenties and surrounding areas, including children visiting our area. The cost is € 3 per hour and € 2.50 for any subsequent family member. If your child is attending a minimum of two hours per day and is attending 5 sessions per week one session will be free. Hours are – Pre School – 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Afterschool – 1.30 p.m. – 5.00p.m. Drop in or mixed age groups is also available during both sessions. Please send a pre-packed lunch in with your child. 11th July – 15th July – 9.30a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – Drama, Mini Beast Art and Craft Activities, Cooking. 1.30 – 3.30 p.m. Cooking, Drama, Tie-Dye T-Shirt Printing. Ring 9551907 for further information.

Glenties Notes 12th May 2011

A Big Thank You
Fionnuala and Irene Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties, have returned home from their week (2nd- 9th April) participating in ‘Haiti’s ‘Build It Week 2011’. They were supposed to go in October 2010 but because of the Malaria outbreak that trip was postponed. After seeing the destruction caused by the horrific earthquake of January 12th 2010, the two girls decided to volunteer with The Haven Partnership Group. This Haven Group, founded by Leslie Buckley, Cork, travel twice yearly to build houses for the poorest families of Haiti. The girls, with your help, raised €12,000 and joined the group of 370 volunteers, from all over Ireland. The group completed the building and painting of 80 houses, a community centre, a water shop, a playground and a football pitch for the people of Gonaives, in Haiti.
Irene and Fionnuala would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to those who supported their quiz nights, bag-packing days, comedy night, sponsorship cards, the climbers of Croagh Patrick and Mt. Errigal and those who gave donations. Your money has been well spent, as some of the poorest families in Haiti will receive a home with clean running water, a real luxury in Haiti! If you wish to see photos or read more about April’s ‘Build It Week’ or Haven’s work in Haiti, check the Haven Partnership website at

Playschool / Afterschool
Glenties Community Playgroup Ltd. is holding a Registration evening for September 2011 intake. If you would like to register your child for Pre-School or Afterschool service please come along on Tuesday 17th May 2011 at 8 p.m. Children born between 2nd February 2007 and 30th June 2008 (inclusive) are entitled to the free pre-school year. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and PPS numbers. Children from age 2 years and 10 months can attend pre-school and may qualify for subvention, as may children attending the Afterschool. Please come and check with Bridie on the evening, or contact her on 9551907 for further information. Look forward to seeing you there.

Thank You
A Big Thank You from the Management and Staff of Glenties Community Playgroup to everyone who bought lines and supported our recent Easter Egg Draw. A total of € 450 was raised, which will go towards the ongoing running costs of the Playgroup. Thanks are also extended to The Highlands Hotel, Post Office and the Paper Stop for assisting in running this draw and a special thanks to those who donated eggs. Your support is very much appreciated.

The Late Owen Ward
The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital, on Saturday 23rd April 2011 as a result of a tractor accident near his home of Owen Ward, Mully, Glenties. His remains were brought home on Monday 25th and to The Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh on Wednesday morning. Fr. Padraig Ó Bhaoill nephew of Owen’s, assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn, Fr. Padraig Mc Dermott and Fr. Dermot Mc Shane concelebrated Requiem Mass. Members of the family did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by Breidín and James Gallagher. Burial took place in Edeninfagh Graveyard. Owen is survived by his wife, Maggie, sons, John and Seamus, daughter, Maureen, brother, Paddy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Originally from Glassagh, Owen was the youngest of a family of eight. Three brothers, Mickey, Jimmy and Hughie and three sisters, Mary, Nellie and Madge predeceased him.

Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of Sonny Hanlon, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, Glenties and formerly of Tullyard, who died at his home on Monday 2nd May.

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion in Glenties on Saturday 7th May and to the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion in Edeninfagh on Sunday 8th May.

The families in Kilraine, whose homes were threatened by the forest fire on Sunday evening the 1st of May, would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many people, who arrived from near and far so quickly, putting their own lives at risk, to keep the fire under control. Thank you also to the farmers with their slurry tanks of water and the fire services who were already stretched to their limit. There is no doubt our homes were saved by the actions of all involved and for that we will be eternally grateful.

Irish Kidney Association Collection
The recent Church Gate Collection in aid of the Irish Kidney Association amounted to € 777.00. Thank you to everyone who made a donation, for your very generous contribution.

Fintown Festival / Leisure Cycle
Tír Chonaill GAP CC in association with Fintown Festival is holding a Leisure Cycle (Distance 30K and 60K) on Saturday 4th June starting at 1 p.m. Registration is at 12 noon. Entry fee is € 22 / Cycling Club members € 20. Refreshments will be provided and shower facilities will be available. For more information contact James Griffin on 087 2546592 or Hugh Mc Gill on 086 8581521.

Cake / Book / DVD Sale
Scoil Mhuire is holding a Cake / Book / DVD sale in the Community Centre next Saturday 14th May after 7.30 Mass, in aid of school funds. Donations of home baked bread / cakes/ buns would be greatly appreciated; also good quality books and DVDs would be very welcome. Your support would be much appreciated.