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Glenties Notes 2nd June 2011

Bluestack Challenge for Special Needs
Brigid Kee, Rosemary Dewhirst (Ward), Martina Rodgers and her sister Noreen Kelly did the 40k Walk for Special Needs on June 18th. Now they are looking for your help to collect funds for this worthy cause. If you have any unwanted clothing, adults and children’s, paired shoes, hats, scarves, belts, curtains and linens they would be delighted to get them, so they can exchange them for cash. Bags may be left at the Community Centre, Glenties on Saturday evening 2nd July from 6. 00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. or ring Brigid on 9551824 / 087 9276415.

Irish Water Safety Weeks
This year there will be two Water Safety Weeks held in Narin – Portnoo. The dates are 25th to 29th July and 1st to 5th August. Swim Classes will take place at Narin strand, and water safety classes will be held off the pier in Portnoo. Everyone is welcome for what is always a great experience of sea swimming, with excellent instructors, and a good opportunity for young people to work for another water safety badge. Registration will take place on Monday 25th at 10 a.m. at the beach and all information about times of classes etc. will be given then.

Mc Donnell Sports Coaching
Summer Sports Camp for children aged 6 – 13 years will be held in the Gym behind Scoil Mhuire Glenties from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July from 11.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. The cost is € 30. Sports include Football, Basketball, Rounders, Kickboxing, Jujitsu, Gymnastics and Athletics. Guest Coaches will be present. Please call in advance to book your place as we need to know what number to expect. Phone Aoife Mc Donnell on – 087 1245587.

Final Call for 40th Reunion of Comprehensive School years of 1969,’70, ’71 and ’72:
Unless more than 120 people have booked or confirmed by June 30th, that they are going to attend the Reunion, this event will not take place. The planned Itinerary for the Event is – Saturday 30th July, a Wine Reception at the School at 7.00 p.m. and a Get Together with teachers and friends from the past. At 8.30 p.m. there is a Buffet and Dance in The Highlands Hotel. Price per person is € 15. It would be greatly appreciated if those interested would contact any of the following – Shirley Baskin (Morris), 087 9701302, Gerard Slowey – 087 2467969, Mary Ita Boyle (O’Donnell) – 087 9038263, Stephen Mc Cahill – 087 2424590 or any committee member. See Ardara and Glenties Websites.

Sympathy
Sincere sympathy is extended to Martina Molloy and family, Mullanmore, Glenties, on the death of Martina’s mother, Una Floyd, Dunkineely, which took place recently.

Church Gate Collection for Donegal Hospice
The Annual collection in aid of Donegal Hospice will be taken up before all the Masses, next weekend – Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Thanks
The recent Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection amounted to € 890. Thanks to everyone who made a donation, for your very generous contributions.

Glenties Theatre Workshop
This year our Musical will be Footloose. We need people for the adult cast and youth chorus, dancers (mostly male) and a choir; so if you know of anyone who would be interested, please ring one of the following numbers – John – 087 7630427 or Shauna – 087 9704647. Details on our facebook page – Glenties Theatre Workshop

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 8th June 2011

James Quinn’s senior team did just enough last Thursday to progress to the next round. Two and a half matches were obtained the previous week in Dunfanaghy and the away team really went for it in Narin. Matches were tight and the result was in the balance for some time. Frankie Kennedy and Mairtín Ó hIarnáin won their match for Narin and Portnoo, as did Hughie Moy and Conal Keeney. Willie Quinn and Eamon McGill got a vital half on the last to get the home team to an aggregate of five matches and with the holes situation so favourable, the last match was called in. The club will face Rosapenna in the next round.

The Am-Am was a mixed weather bag, with golfers getting sunburn on Saturday and soaked to the skin on Sunday. Bart Whelan, Hughie Moy, George Doherty and Seamus Ryan outlasted the field to win a narrow victory by virtue of a better second round score and theirs was a popular win. Their scores of 92 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday were phenomenal, but two other teams ran them very close. Patsy Harkin, Anthony Harkin, Lyle Taggart and our captain, Brian McGonagle finished on the same total, while overnight leaders, Eamon McGill, Don Earley, Shane Whittington and Gerard McCabe finished a shot further back. Eagles were recorded on the 13th over the two days by Finnian O’Doherty and Alan Elliott, helping their respective team scores considerably.

Conal McNelis won last Wednesday’s Open on a break-off-tie from Stephen Cullen in second. Conal’s score of 38 points was excellent considering the toughness of the day. Martin Regan’s hole-in-one at the 7th earned him his own slice of personal history and eight balls for his collection.

Our Donegal League side fared less well, losing 3.5 to 1.5 in the home leg. Ciaran O’Kane and Joseph McLoone won on seventeen, while Eamon McGill and Don Earley managed to extract a half out of their match. Team captain, Patrick Boyle will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes in the return and we wish the lads well.

Due to the inclement weather in May, the Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay will be re-drawn on July 1st. This is a club fundraiser. The entry fee of €10 per player and contact numbers should be given to the Pro Shop. The first prize is one year’s free membership.

Summer coaching for juniors resumed on Saturday last, with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107. The fee per lesson is only 5 euro per child.

Results:
May 25: Wednesday Open:
1. Conal McNelis (20) 38; 2. Stephen Cullen (15) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Ciaran Gallagher (19) 37; CSS 74; Twos: 2 balls; Hole-in-one for Martin Regan on 7.
May 29: Am-Am
1. Bart Whelan, Hughie Moy, George Doherty, Seamus Ryan 92/93 185 b.o.t.; 2. Patsy Harkin, Anthony Harkin, Lyle Taggart, Brian McGonagle 95/90 185; 3. Eamon McGill, Don Earley, Shane Whittington, Gerard McCabe 97/87 184; 4. A. Elliott, M. Sweeney, T. Barrett, H.F. Shovlin 176; 5. P. McGinley, S. McKelvey, F. McGinley, J. McGinley 174; 6. P. Breslin, S. Byrne, S. Cullen, K. Byrne 171; 7. C. Keeney, J. Molloy, T. Gildea, S. Connaughton 170 b.o.t.; N. Quinn, J. Quinn, W. Quinn, C. Quinn 170; Best Saturday: N. Shovlin, B. McDevitt, B. Tonry, M. Cunningham 93; Best Sunday: R. Hill, J. Kelly, D. McGinley, T. Patton 92; Closest to pin on 16th: David Barber; Longest drive by a lady on 4th: Marie Walsh; Longest drive by a gent on 4th: Finnian O’Doherty;

Fixtures:
June 12: Clock Tower Monthly Medal;
June 15: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 30th May 2011

Our fine Irish Junior Cup team (low handicappers above five handicap) qualified in second place in Letterkenny and in so doing set up a knockout match with Enniskillen to be played at Letterkenny. The team finished on 348, ten shots behind the hosts, but a point ahead of Enniskillen and two clear of Portstewart. The famous five were Sean Hanrahan, Willie Quinn, John Molloy, Eamon McGill and team captain, Harold Reid. Our prospects of progressing further are encouraging with tough matchplay competitors such as these.

The eagerly awaited two-day Am-Am will kick off this Saturday and the prizes have golfers salivating in anticipation! The winners of this four-person team event will enjoy two nights bed and breakfast in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin, four green fees for Carton House and four also for the K Club! Details of entry may be obtained from the Pro Shop. We wish all those taking part a pleasant weekend, fine weather and fun golf.

John Bán Gallagher is the Golfer of the Year for 2010 after his victory over promising teenager, Aaron Bennett in the final. The win was comfortable in the end for one of the ‘winningest’ golfers in the club. The end came at the thirteenth, but John was gracious enough to ensure that I noted that Aaron hadn’t been playing much golf in recent times. Nevertheless, to reach the final was a great achievement for both golfers following their medal wins in 2010 and the two matchplay rounds they had to negotiate en route. Congratulations, John Bán!

Eddie Gregg won Dr. McCloskey’s Matchplay Trophy for the second year in succession following a hard-fought encounter with Sean Cafferty of Killybegs. The defending champion had to do it the hard way, coming from three holes down with just five to play. Excellent golf over the first 13 holes had put Sean in the driving seat, but wins at 14, 15 and 16 set up a thrilling finale which ended all square on 18. The 19th failed to split the dueling pair, but a fine approach to the 20th set up a birdie putt which was eventually conceded by the challenger. Eddie joins Tony Dooley, Harold Reid and Michael Gallagher Jnr. in the list of back-to-back winners of this prestigious trophy.

Our seven-man Ulster Cup side (handicaps greater than 9) finished the job in its second round tussle with Blackwood in a well-contested home leg last Sunday. The excellent away result made life somewhat easier for Narin and Portnoo but the performances of the team showed no signs of complacency and after the first three players all won, the rest of the team were called to shore. The only change to the team saw Hughie Moore slot in seamlessly.

The Donegal Minor League team (handicaps greater than 17) also made one change, with Hugh Francis Shovlin coming in for the injured Kevin McCready. After the drama in Murvagh where two points were secured, Narin and Portnoo aimed for the three and a half points that would set up a second round match with Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Three points were in the bag when Paddy B. Boyle and Patsy Harkin stood on the 18th tee one down to their opponents. A par was a must into the gale and Paddy obliged, holding his nerve to play a fine shot into the heart of the green. The hole was duly won, and with it the match. Commiserations to a fine Donegal side and good luck to Frank’s men in the next round.

James Quinn’s senior team (golfers aged 50 or over) eked out an excellent two and a half matches in their away encounter with Dunfanaghy last Thursday. The return this week is finely balanced, but with the club four holes up, there is much room for optimism. The winning pairings were Willie Quinn with Eamon McGill and Frankie Kennedy with Sean Cafferty, while Ciaran O’Kane and Kevin Patton got a precious half. The pairings of John Quinn with Michael Nicholson and Mairtín Ó hIarnáin with Hughie Moore battled to the 18th hole in their matches, thus ensuring that Narin and Portnoo are up on holes won.

Kevin Patton was much heralded in last week’s notes for his return to the form of yesteryear and he confirmed that upturn by winning the Coastal Windows stableford event played on a gale-lashed golf course on Sunday. The Strabane golfer finished in the top three for the third event in succession, firing 21 points with the aid of the wind and garnering enough points coming home to win comfortably. His birdies at the first and fourth gave him a cushion which he built on, despite some indifferent holes on his return. The fact that John McBride’s 16 points won the back nine on the day speaks volumes for how tough it was!

Summer coaching for juniors will resume on Saturday, June 4th with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107. The fee per lesson is only 5 euro per child.

Results:

May 25: Wednesday Open, cancelled due to adverse weather May 29: Coastal Windows 1. Kevin Patton (9) 33; 2. Hugh Smith (22) 31; 3. Hughie Moy (30) 30; Cat A Kieran Gallagher (9) 29; Cat B Barry Doherty (12) 30; Cat C James McGuinness (26) 26; Nines: Danny McGinley (17) 19; John McBride (9) 16; C.S.S. 76; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:

June 3: Donegal League match at home to Gaoth Dobhair, 4p.m.

June 4/5 Am-Am team event, open, ladies & gents June 8: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 3rd May 2011

The passing of Geoffrey Boyle has saddened all of us who encountered the amiable Narin man during his long association with the golf club. The word gentleman is bandied about quite a bit, but the popular retired pharmacist epitomised all that was ever implicit in the epithet. In the clubhouse, he loved good company, a chortle or three and banter toing and froing; most of all, he yearned for a good fourball. The craic with James McGinley, Benny Quinn, John Gillespie and the likes over many years kept them coming back for more, regardless of rain, hail or tempest. Captain in 1976, Geoffrey worked hard for the club, serving on the committee in the sixties and seventies and sponsoring his own event. He was a perennial winner, winning either a singles or pairs event almost annually. His greatest partnership was with James McGinley and together they were hard to beat. The pair captured the John Player Fourball title in both 1978 and 1979, qualifying for the National Finals of this once prestigious amateur tournament. The database of winners at the club records successes by the lads in many other events, including a well-merited Winter League victory in 1988. They let others in on the winning act too, teaming up with fourball pals, the late John Gillespie and Benny Quinn to win the Am-Am at the club in 1993. Geoffrey was not reliant on others for success. He twice won the Canon Devlin Cup in 1988 and 1993 and shot 61 in successive years to win events in 1984 and 1985. A hole-in-one in 1982 at the old 13th hole was a source of great pride to Geoffrey, as was his wife Bríd’s elevation to the Lady Captaincy in 1980. To Bríd and their family we send our sincerest condolences and prayers. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

A busy week of golf in the post-Easter period culminated with the expected success of the Ulster Cup team against Bushfoot. Just half a point had been required following the home clean sweep and the lads were eventually called in while up in five matches. The captain, Sean Hanrahan, his vice-captain, Cathal Donaghue and their talented panel are to be commended for this fine start; those who played over the two legs were: Joseph McLoone, Gerald McDwyer, Sean Cafferty, Hughie Moore, John Ban Gallagher, Columba Gavigan, P.J. Gallagher, Frankie Kennedy and Patrick Boyle.

The Easter Monday Scramble was won by the Ardara foursome of George Doherty, Eamon McGill, Don Earley and Shane Whittington with 58.1 on a break-off-tie. The pairing of Gladstonian experience and relative youth is one that may prove a template for others to follow.

Colm Flood shot the lights out in Wednesday’s Open, scorching around the links in 49 points off 26 handicap. He added 23 points on his return to the clubhouse to the 26 he accumulated heading out! Seven pars and a birdie at Hemmersbach’s Gap (14) sealed a fine success for the young man of whom we shall hear more in the years to come.

P.A. Gallagher won Pat The Cope’s event on Sunday by a single point from P.J. Campbell in second. The strong breezes made life difficult for the golfers but Patrick coped best, returning in 20 points for a fine victory in this long-running competition.

Summer coaching for juniors will commence on Saturday, May 7th with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107.The fee per lesson will be 5 euro per child.

Results:

April 25: Scramble: 1. George Doherty (17) Eamon McGill (9) Don Earley (9) Shane Whittington (14) 58.1 b.o.t.; 2. Hughie Moore (13) Bridie Moore (36) P.J. Gallagher (10) Dan Gallagher (20) 58.1; 3. Harold Reid (6) Donie McCole (9) Ger McDwyer (11) Kieran Cunnea (15) 58.9b.o.t.; April 27: Wednesday Open 1. Colm Flood (26) 49; 2. Adrian Maguire (15) 42; 3. Andrew McGovern (10) 40 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls April 30: GAP Tourism Classic 1. Patsy Harkin (18) Anthony Harkin (16) Brian McGonagle (15) Lyle Taggart (14) 96 pts.

May 1: Pat The Cope Gallagher M.E.P. 1. P.A. Gallagher (20) 38; 2. P.J. Campbell (27) 37; 3. Willie Quinn (7) 36; Cat A Harold Reid (6) 33; Cat B Sean McGinley (17) 35; Cat C Eamon McGuinness (18) 36; Nines: Charlie Diver (20) 20; Patrick Breslin (15) 21; CSS 74; Twos: 3 balls

Fixtures:

May 8: Patrick Johnny Sally Monthly Medal; May 11: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;