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Glenties Notes 9th May 2012

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the boys and girls from St. Riaghan’s, Drimnacrosh, Kilkenny N.S. and Scoil Mhuire who received their first Holy Communion on Saturday 28th April in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties – St. Riaghan’s –Francis Mc Devitt, Jack Kelly, Isobel Perraton, Nicole Breslin and Kieran Mc Geehan; Kilkenny – Niamh O’Donnell, Aaron Mc Hugh, John Kennedy and Michéal Trimble; Scoil Mhuire – Liam Wheeldon, Natalie Mc Devitt, Brendon Boyle O’Donnell, Callum Mc Loone Malone, Aileen O’ Donnell, Niamh Brown, Kieran Brennan, Patrick Mc Loone, Megan Quinn Bonner, Aodhán Browne, Seán Doherty, Róisín Agnew, Danielle O’Dwyer and Megan Doherty.

Wedding Bells
Congratulations and best wishes to Mary Josephine O’Donnell, Ardconnell, Glenties and Stephen Timoney, Omagh who were married in St Conal’s Church Kilclooney on Wednesday 2nd May 2012.

The winners at the Bingo on Tuesday 1st May in the Community Centre, Glenties were – Anne Furey, Glenties, Anthony Burke, Bruckless, Teresa Mc Groarty, Inver, Bernadette Gallagher, Frosses, Maura Kilbane, Ardara, James Deane, Kilcar, Moya Gallagher, Michael Mc Ginley, A. Byrne, Dunkineely, Patricia Whyte and Ann Byrne won € 100 each; Breege Gallagher, Rosbeg, Rosaleen Melly, Lettermacaward, Hazel Staunton, Kilclooney, Nellie Maguire, Frosses, Marie Mc Brearty, Kilcar, Bridie Boyle, Teresa Mc Kelvey, Fintown, Patsy Martin, Dympna Mongan, Emer O’ Donnell, Pauline Mc Geehan and Rosaleen Harkin won € 50 each; Kathleen Boyle won € 40; Brenda Reid and Rosemary Whelan won € 25 each

Congratulations to Ryan Connaughton, Clos Naomh Chonaill, Glenties, who has been selected as one of thirty TY students from throughout Ireland to complete a 4 day survival course in the Wicklow Mountains with the Irish Defence Forces. This is part of Gaisce, the President Awards. Ryan is a pupil in St. Columba’s Comprehensive Scoil, Glenties.

Fintown Festival
In association with Tír Chonaill GAP CC a Leisure Cycle will take place on Saturday 2nd June. Registration is at 9 a.m. and starting time is at 10.a.m. Distance 30k and 60k; Refreshments will be provided and shower facilities are available. Entry fee is €15; Cycling Club Members € 10. For further information contact Hughie on 086 8581521 or James on 0872546592.

Tír Connaill Gap Cycling Club
Tír Connaill Gap Cycling Club meet at the Community Centre, Glenties at the following times – Saturday mornings at 9.30 a.m. sharp is for all levels; (three different levels are available); Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. is for Beginners; Intermediate level may also come along; it is a leisurely fun cycle; Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. is for Intermediate level (will cover from 30km to 40 km). These gatherings are a great social event and it is about getting out, mixing with other people, while cycling at your own pace / level.

Glenties Notes 12th October 2011

Wedding Bells
Congratulations and best wishes to Patrick Mc Gill, Loughcrillan, Glenties and Janet Given, Ardara who were married on Saturday last.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Annie, other relatives and friends of Johnny Boyle, Loughcrillan Road, Narin Road, and formerly of Aughla, Glenties, who died on Wednesday 5th October 2011 in Letterkenny Hospital.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary Breslin, Kilraine, Glenties on the death last week of her sister, Annie Braddon, Garrowart, Ardara; also to all the relatives and friends.

Tír Chonaill GAP Cycling Club
After being rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions, Tír Chonaill GAP CC ran a very successful event with over 100 cyclists taking part in 3 different route options, a 30k, 60k and 120k route, which really tested a lot of the participants. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who made the event the success it was, firstly thanks to the 100+ cyclists without whom the event wouldn’t happen, thanks to the drivers of the lead vans and sweeper vans, the motorcycle marshals, the Gardaí and the marshals back at base in Glenties, thanks to the St. Johns Ambulance personnel who attended, (thankfully we had no major casualty’s!!), to the photographers and water stop attendants who did great work on the 3 routes, also to the Highlands Hotel for providing their ballroom for the refreshments afterwards, to the Day Care Centre and Comprehensive school for the use of their buildings, great appreciation to the businesses and people that kindly sponsored food and drinks, last but by no means least, the ladies of the club who did Trojan work to dish out the soup, sandwiches and tea to the hungry cyclists! We’re looking forward to a busy winter and are in the process of organising some mountain biking events so keep checking in on the website for updates:

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre Glenties on Tuesday 4th October were Margaret Mc Brearty won the Jackpot of € 400. Susie Connaghan, Mary Gallagher, Cathy Connell, John Mc Loone, Jamsie Byrne, Seamus Deane and Anne Furey won € 100 each. Margaret Murray, Sadie Sweeney, Tisha Dorellery, Helen Mc Dyre, Majella Boyle, Brenda Reid, Anne Furey, Annie Deane, Maria Boyle, Margaret Byrne, Seamus Deane and Bridie Boyle won € 50 each. Teresa Molloy won € 40. Rose Mc Groarty and Sinead Ryan won € 25 each. Claire Keeney, Sinead Ryan and Anne Kennedy won € 20 each.

“Cash for Clobber”
Scoil Mhuire is having a “Cash for Clobber” collection in the school next Wednesday19th October. They are collecting – unwanted clothing for adults and children; paired shoes, hats and scarves, handbags and belts, curtains and linens. For each bag the school collects they will receive € 4. Bags can be left at the school from Monday 17th October. Thank you for your continued support.

Mass for Road Traffic Accident Victims
The 11 a.m. Mass in St. Connell’s Church Glenties on Sunday 20th November will be celebrated for the intentions of road traffic accident victims. The Mass is being organised by Margaret Mannering for World Remembrance Day, for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents. The names of those who have died on the roads, at home or abroad, will be read out at the beginning of the Mass on that day. Relatives and friends of the deceased are invited to attend. Members of the emergency services – i.e. Fire Brigade, Ambulance, An Garda Síochána, together with the Road Safety Officer attached to Donegal County Council are also invited. The contact numbers for those who would like to have someone remembered at the Mass are – Anne 086- 2436849 and Rose – 2919830 or email

Rectors Challenge Charity Cycle
The 2011 cycle raised over €10,000 between the group parishes of Ardara, Glencolmcille, Glenties, Lettermacaward and Inniskeel. Various charities throughout the group benefited from this. They are: Hospice Palliative Care, Carrick Vocational School, Glenties Tidy Towns, St Bridget’s Hall, Lettermacaward, Oncology Unit Letterkenny Hospital, Donegal Hospice, Portnoo & Rosbeg Care of the Aged and Parish Funds. We would like to thank all those who helped in any way to run this event. Those who provided transport, signs, refreshments, spare bicycles and music, the local Gardaí and County Council workers for their help. We also thank the Marshalls and First Aid personnel and last but by no means least the Cyclists, but for them the event would not happen. All your help and support is very much appreciated.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul may be contacted confidentially on 087 1539018 if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

Glenties Notes 14th April 2011

The Late Nan Craig
The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Thursday 31st March 2011 of Nan Craig, Church Road, Glenties. Her Remains were brought home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday. Fr. Shane Gallagher C.C. Glenties celebrated Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’Donnell and Anne and Evan Bonner. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Nan is survived by sons, John, his wife Fiona, Frankie, his wife Ciara, son-in-law, Herbert Roog, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. She was predeceased by her husband Benny in 1993 and her daughter Breege Roog in 2009. Her sisters, Nellie, Margaret and Mary Bridget, brothers, Francie, James and Mick also predeceased her. Nan was the last surviving member of the family of Francie and Bridget Boyle, Loughfad, Portnoo.

Winners at the Bingo on Tuesday 5th April were – Teresa Mc Kelvey and Marian Davidson won € 135 each. Bridie Gallagher, Killybegs, Annie Deane, Agnes Brown, Dim Melly, Bella Boyle and Sally Mc Hugh won € 100 each. Nellie Doherty, Mary Ward, Vera Breslin, Nellie Doherty, Angela Lowther, Charles Mc Carron, Ann O’ Donnell, Margaret Breslin, Burtonport, Donal Brennan, Faye Moore, Kathleen Mc Shea, Bernie Fitzpatrick, Glen Road, Paddy Mc Gill, Willie Mc Nelis and Patricia Molloy won € 50 each. James Quinn, Faye Moore and Paddy Mc Gill won € 35 each. Margaret Murray, Sally Mc Hugh, Rosaleen Boyle and Paula Hegarty won € 25 each.

Congratulations to the 72 boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Philip Boyce on Sunday last in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties

Mountain Rescue Table Quiz
A Table Quiz in aid of Mountain Rescue will take place in The Glen Tavern on Friday 15th April at 9.00 p.m. Tables of four. All welcome, so come along, have a fun night out and support this very worthy cause.

The Irish Kidney Association Church Gate Collection will take place next Weekend.

Tír Chonaill GAP Cycling Club
Tír Chonaill GAP Cycling Club will be running a Roadside Repair Night in the Community Centre, Glenties on Good Friday 22nd April at 8 p.m. It will include demonstrations on fixing punctures and general bike maintenance, so bring your bike along.

Monster Easter Bingo
Monster Easter Bingo will take place in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 26th April, Lines – € 100, Houses € 300 and Jackpot € 2000. Books – Single € 20, Double € 30 and Jackpot Sheets € 5. Usual Bingo with ‘Plenty of Easter Prizes’ on Tuesday 19th April.

Glenties Notes 12th February 2011

New Arrival
Congratulations to Sharon and Niall Gallagher, Upper Derries, Glenties on the birth of their second child, a baby sister (Danielle) for Caitlin.

Gold Medal
Congratulations and well done to 16 year old Stacey Carr Kennedy, Station Road, Glenties, who was awarded a Gold Medal for baking a novelty cake at a world class culinary competition held recently in the UK.  The event took place in Birmingham and she competed against a large group of entrants from across the UK. in the under 23 category of the competition.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 1st February were – Claire Keeney won the jackpot of € 400.  Michelle Byrne, Michael Doherty, Sadie Sweeney, Ann Furey, Gerry Doherty, Gerard Mc Taggart, Owen Mc Menamin, Mary Mc Mahon and Denise Campbell won € 100 each.  Sarah Browne, Patrick mc Hugh, Ann Timoney, Brenda Reid, Vincent Ward, Breege Roarty, Sandra Moore, John Boyle, Frances Furey and Anna Cannon won € 50 each.  Philomena Mc Ginley and Shannon Breslin won € 25 each.  Mary Doherty, Vera Breslin and Patsy Martin won € 20 each.

The Late Christy Boyle
Very deeply regretted was the death of Christy Boyle, a native of Derries, Glenties, which occurred in London on Saturday 1st January 2011.  It was in The Mc Devitt Institute, Glenties (The Tech.) that Christy met his wife Annie Henry from Aranmore.  He was a great GAA man and played for Naomh Conaill and for the County Minors in 1959.  He emigrated to London in 1960 and was in the setting up of Tír Conaill Gaels.  He captained them in 1964 and won many county championships with them until he retired.  He is survived by his wife, Annie, daughter, Helen, son Brian, grandsons, Shay and Danny, brothers, Packie and John, sister, Bridie, in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Bridie Boyce and family, Mullinamina, Glenties on the death, which took place last week, of Bridie’s mother, Kathleen Ward, Drimarone; also to all the relatives and friends.

Calling All Cyclists
A public meeting will be held in Glenties Community Centre on Wednesday 16th February at 8 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to set up a Cycling Club for South West Donegal.  This Club hopes to provide leisure cycling for anyone interested, and also provide help and support for beginners, intermediate and advanced cyclists in the area.  If you have any questions or queries contact John Boyle on 087 2469210 or Adrian Brennan on 087 6284205.

Shop and Share in Glenties
Have you had the chance to visit Shop and Share on Main Street, Glenties?  Open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It invites you to buy new, good as new clothes, shoes, accessories, toys, books, household goods, gifts for all the family while supporting the people of Jimma in Ethiopia.  The shop is the brain child of Maria Rafferty who has returned from three years working as a VSO in Ethiopia.  Maria was anxious to continue to support various projects she was involved in there, and Shop and Share does just that.  It is staffed by volunteers and the good people of Glenties and surrounding areas provide the stock.  The money gathered; combined with monthly contributions paid by some into a charity account, support several families devastated by aids; individual students in Jimma at second and third level who otherwise would miss out on education; and a group aiming to build a Centre for Street Children.  In Jimma € 7 a month can mean the difference between survival and starvation for some; so come in and browse, and perhaps get a bargain while helping others.  Perhaps you have extra Christmas gifts or other items you could donate.  Either way a warm welcome awaits you in Shop and Share.

Cash for Clobber Collection, St. Riaghan’s NS, Drimnacrosh
A Cash for Clobber collection will take place at the school on Thursday 17th February organised by the GreenTeam.  The school will receive € 4 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 from Monday 14th until Thursday morning 17th February.  This collection is part of the Green School’s Initiative that is on-going within the school, and is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles, in an environmentally friendly way.  For more information, ring 9551591.

Special Olympics Collection
Special Olympics will hold their Annual Church Collection next weekend.  Special Olympics rely on this collection to help them raise necessary funds to continue their work with existing athletes.  By developing their clubs and programmes they can offer their programme to more athletes in our area.

The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation would like to thank all those who contributed to and generously supported the recent Church Gate Collection.  Your support has been greatly appreciated.