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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 10th May 2011


Pictured being presented with the inaugural Francie Cunningham Memorial Trophy is Michael Nicholson. The Narin golfer won the event at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and he is seen here with Bart Whelan, club president, Fionnuala Cunningham and Pat Connaghan, vice-captain.

Sunday’s medal was sponsored by Patrick Johnny Sally’s Bar in Dungloe and when word got around that Pauric Brennan had a score of 74, it was assumed that he would be there or thereabouts for victory.  The wind which had bedevilled fire-fighters in recent days wrecked the putting strokes of many a fine golfer (ahem!) while others found the challenge of finding the fairways on a consistent basis too hot to handle. Pauric did indeed figure in the shake-up, capturing a worthy runners-up spot. The victor, however, was out of sight! Peter Shovlin had the round of his life, achieving six pars and a plethora of scoring bogeys for a magnificent round of 66, seven under nett par. His winning margin of eight strokes was Tiger-like in its magnitude and the computer almost went into meltdown as it scalped four shots of the Dunkineely lad. Well done, Peter!

The May Day Rumble saw the trio of Anne Coyle, Dudley Coyle and Connor Taggart triumph with a score of 76 points. Their total dipped four points under the level par score of 72, a fine effort on a difficult scoring day.

Visitor, Michael Keane won the Wednesday Open with 36 points, pipping Mairtín Ó hIarnáin on a break-off-tie. Frankie Kennedy had the only two, resulting in an award of nine golf balls to the Killybegs man.

The club sympathises with Michael and Charlene on the recent passing of their grandmother, Kitty Watters.  May she rest in peace.

The Ardara Society are staging another Rider Cup qualifier at Narin this Saturday, May 14th, commencing at 9a.m.

Our Jimmy Bruen team narrowly failed to qualify last Sunday week at Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club, missing out by five strokes. The team finished on 337, with the home team (325), Newtownstewart (331),  Letterkenny (322) and Cruit Island (332) going through to the matchplay stage. Kevin Patton’s pairs were Don Earley & Donie McCole; Paul Cooney & Pauric McHugh; Sean Hanrahan & Columba Gavigan; Noel Quinn & Cathal Donoghue; Eamon McGill & Joseph McLoone.

Hughie Moy’s Pierce Purcell team did not go through either, finishing nine shots off the fourth-placed score in Enniskillen on Sunday. Enniskillen (352), Castleblayney (355), Castle Hume (350) and Mannan Castle (359) progressed to the knockout stage.

Congratulations are in order to Gerald McDwyer who achieved a hole-in-one at the 16th hole in the GAP Challenge recently. Well done, Gerald!

Results:

May 2: May Day Rumble

1. Anne Coyle (29) Dudley Coyle (21) Connor Taggart (17) 76; 2. Hughie Moore (13) Bridie Moore (36) Rosaleen Mullin (36) 73.

May 4: Wednesday Open

1. Michael Keane (11) 36; 2. Mairtín Ó hIarnáin (13) 36 b.o.t.; 3. John Molloy (7) 35; CSS 74; Twos: 9 balls May 8: Patrick Johnny Sally’s May Medal 1. Peter Shovlin (22) 66; 2. Pauric Brennan (12) 74; 3. Hughie Moore (13) 75 b.o.t.; Cat A Harold Reid (6) 75; Cat B Kevin Harley (14) 76; Cat C John M. Kelly (20) 78; Nines: Patrick P. Gallagher (15) 32.5; Eamonn McGuinness (18) 38; CSS 76; Twos: 4 balls

Fixtures:

May 15: Seamus Ryan Painter single stableford, open May 18: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 25th April 2011

A busy Easter week at the golf club culminated in the contesting of the first Francie Cunningham Memorial Trophy. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Francie’s sad and sudden passing; he was larger than life and gave a lot to the golf club over many years. A large field turned out in glorious weather and Narin’s Michael Nicholson came up trumps with a fine score of 41 points. Michael was consistent on both nines, going out in 20 points and improving that score by a point on his return homewards. Nine pars was an excellent return for the 14 handicapper and he was a deserving winner. The trophy is perpetual and is sponsored by the Benny Society, Glencolmcille. The Cunningham family and friends presented the first prize on the night, while Dinny McGinley T.D. sponsored the runner-up’s prize won by Manus Boyle Senior.

Sean Hanrahan had a great day, captaining his Ulster Cup team to a seven nil success over Bushfoot and achieving four birdies and an eagle earlier in Francie’s memorial tournament. Alas, the rest of his round wasn’t of that vintage and he had to settle for 34 points. With just a half point required in the away leg, Sean must be confident that his charges have one foot in the second round of this prestigious tournament.

Finnian O’Doherty has been threatening a big score for a good while now and on Saturday, the modest Letterkenny lad came through with a remarkable round of 43 points (gross points 40) playing off three handicap. The practice under the tutelage of our club professionals is obviously bearing fruit because Finnian has allied scoring consistency to his prodigious ball-striking. Birdies at the second, third, tenth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth offset three bogeys on his front nine and he managed to keep a five or worse off his card coming home. In so doing, he took the Amateur Gross Points Record (for the par 73 course) from Will Bowman who recorded 38 in 2009.

Last Wednesday’s competition was won in fine style by Martin Regan with 42 points for a three point victory. A front nine of 20 points set up a good return and the Glenties lad duly responded to the challenge, parring six holes on his way home to set a target that no-one could get near.

Patsy Harkin’s Ulster Fourball team did not have the best of it in Bundoran in the return leg, winning one match but coming up just short in their attempt to reach the second round. By all accounts, his men performed admirably and have another opportunity to get this result out of their system in the Donegal Minor League in the coming months.

Thursday evenings from 5pm to 9pm have been set aside this summer for reduced coaching from our PGA professionals, with half hour slots available at just €20 per person, a reduction of €10 from the normal rate. Please phone the Pro Shop at 0749545107 to book a time.

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 3pm; Under 14s from 3 to 4pm; Under 18s from 4 to 5pm. Registration can be made by contacting the Pro Shop at 0749545107 prior to April 30th. The fee per lesson will be 5 euro per child.

The entry sheet for the Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay is up and members have until May 1st to enter this long-running competition. The entry fee is 6 euro.

Those who like classics and/or big individual events have much to look forward to in the coming months, with several fundraisers imminent and the Am-Am, Pro-Am and Three Club Challenge (along with Donegal and Lough Erne) to follow in June and July. All are open to visitors. Open Week will be staged in August.

Results:

April 20: Wednesday Open

1. Martin Regan (19) 42; 2. Sean Cafferty (11) 39 b.o.t.; 3. Hugh Roarty (18) Liberton G.C., Edinburgh 39 b.o.t.; C.S.S. 72; Twos: 4 balls April 23: Club Competition 1. Finnian O’Doherty (3) 43; 2. Mark Diver (16) 39; 3. Eoin Dunleavy (8) 36; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 4 balls April 24: Francie Cunningham Memorial Trophy 1. Michael Nicholson (14) 41; 2. Manus Boyle Snr. (19) 40; 3. Sean Whyte (12) 39 b.o.t.; Cat A Malachy Murrin (9) 39; Cat B Paul McNamee (16) 39 b.o.t.; Cat C Sean Callaghan (19) 38; Nines: Charlie Diver (20) 23; John B. Kelly (13) 21; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 3 balls; Sean Hanrahan had three twos, one an eagle on 8th.

Fixtures:

May 1: Pat The Cope Gallagher, M.E.P.;  open, single stableford.

May 2: Threeball Rumble, any combination, open May 4: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 19th April 2011

Our Gaeltacht team came close on Sunday last to capturing its first title since 1995, but in the end, home advantage proved the significant factor for Cruit Island as they won out with an average of 39.5. Narin and Portnoo had an average of 36.5, no mean feat on an away course. We send our congratulations to Cruit on a worthy success and hopefully, Narin and Portnoo can go one better in 2012. All the lads who played over the winter are to be commended, as indeed does the team captain, Michael Naughton.

Frankie Kennedy won last Wednesday’s Open by a whopping five points over his nearest rival. The 12 handicapper had 23 points on the front nine, a birdie on Dolmen (7) and six pars doing the damage. Another birdie on Sweeney’s Bank (14) helped limit the damage of a double bogey on Inis Caoil (15) and he returned in 20 points for 43 overall.

Myles Cunningham won the April Medal with a great round of 69 on Sunday. His opening score was inauspicious, a double bogey darkening the mood just a tad on a lovely day. From then on, however, it was plain sailing, with five pars and two birdies on Carraig Fada (10) and O’Boyle Fort (18) recorded on the card. He had two shots to spare over Competitions Convenor, Alan Elliott in second.

The entry sheet for the Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay is up and members have until May 1st to enter this long-running competition. The entry fee is 6 euro.

The professionals are running a junior golf camp on the 26th and 27th of April. If previous years are anything to go by, it should be a big success! The course includes a carefully structured programme of events, fun competitions and games. The cost is 50 euro per child, which includes lunch each day a complimentary academy shirt. For booking, please call Connor or Daragh at 074-9545107 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 074-9545107 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 087-6331370 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087-6331370 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The club is now active on Facebook and the latest news and information can be followed at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club or Narin & Portnoo Pro Shop.

Results:

April 13: Wednesday Open

1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 43; 2. Sean Connaughton (18) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Patrick Murray (20) 38; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 3 balls April 17: Brennan’s Bread Medal 1. Myles Cunningham (15) 69; 2. Alan Elliott (15) 71 b.o.t.; 3. Mark Diver (17) 71; Cat A Donal Boyle (3) Cruit Island 72; Cat B John Quinn (14) 72; Cat C Patsy Harkin (19) 72; Nines: Paul McNamee (16) 30; Gerry Lyons (20) 36; C.S.S. 74; Twos: 6 balls

Fixtures:

April 24: Francie Brennan Memorial Cup, Open, single stableford.

April 27: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 7th April 2011

Those fortunate enough not to be dosed over the past fortnight have enjoyed lovely golfing conditions and the extra hour in the evening is bringing the post-hibernation golfers onto the pristine links once more. The last two Wednesday competitions have seen the ‘old guard’ to the fore with Frankie Kennedy enjoying a one point win over Sean Hanrahan and James Keeney pipping Patrick Boyle on a break-off-tie. Their routes to success were polar opposite: James nailing the back nine with a trio of three-pointers, while Frankie did likewise on his front nine.

Sean Hanrahan recovered from his midweek runners-up finish by winning the March Medal sponsored by Coast and Cliff Rescue with 69 nett. The seven-handicapper had three birdies on his card before he reached the last, but he must have sensed that a good finish was still required following a damaging quadruple bogey on the picturesque ‘Downstrands’ hole. The class told when his birdie attempt dropped on the final hole to give him the narrowest of victories on a break-off-tie from in-form, Gerald McDwyer. Sean is the non-playing captain of the Ulster Cup team and his side are soon to play Bushfoot from Co. Antrim. We wish the team, and indeed all our club teams well for the busy schedule to come.

The captains of the County Donegal golf team events are as follows: Donegal League (v Gaoth Dobhair) Patrick Boyle; Minor League (v Donegal) Frank McGinley; Seniors (v Dunfanaghy) James Quinn; Juniors (v Cruit Island) Martin Roarty.

The fourball event last Sunday saw a newcomer to the podium, Michael Lovett team up with P.J. Gallagher to win the Keltic Hygiene first prize. Their score of 43 points betterball included birdies at ‘Aisling Uí Dhomhnaill’, ‘Dolmen’ and ‘Downstrands’ on the front nine alone and despite a few hairy moments on the way home, the lads held their nerve to win comfortably. Noel Quinn needed only one shot to complete the long 11th hole, his tee shot holing out for a fabulous hole-in-one.

Michael Naughton is enjoying a deserved break following the excellent performances of his Gaeltacht team. Their penultimate match was a tough one, away to Rosapenna. Seven points were won on the day, a good return on away turf. Saturday last had the team playing in Cruit Island and eight points was sufficient to qualify for the top four playoff to be held in the middle of this month. Hopes are high that the club can add to its sole Gaeltacht League success back in 1995 and we wish the team every success.

The professionals are running a junior golf camp on the 26th and 27th of April. If previous years are anything to go by, it should be a big success! The course includes a carefully structured programme of events, fun competitions and games. The cost is 50 euro per child, which includes lunch each day a complimentary academy shirt. For booking, please call Connor or Daragh at 074-9545107 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 074-9545107 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 087-6331370 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087-6331370 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The club is now active on Facebook and the latest news and information can be followed at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club or Narin & Portnoo Pro Shop.

Results:
March 23: Wednesday Open: 1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 38; 2. Sean Hanrahan (7) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Owen Boner (14) 37 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls March 27: Coast & Cliff Rescue: 1. Sean Hanrahan (7) 69 b.o.t.; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 69; 3. John McBride (10) 70 b.o.t.; Cat A Patrick Boyle (11) 71 b.o.t.; Cat B Michael McGinley (17) 70; Cat C Kevin Gilgunn (20) 73; Nines: James McGuinness (26) 33 b.o.t.; Tony Dooley (17) 34.5; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls March 30: Wednesday Open: 1. James Keeney (14) 37 b.o.t.; 2. Patrick Boyle (10) 37; 3. Gerald McDwyer (11) 35 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 12 balls.

April 3: Keltic Hygiene: 1. P.J. Gallagher (10) & Michael Lovett (23) 43; 2. Ciaran O’Kane (8) & Gerry Feeney (14) 40 b.o.t.; 3. Tom O’Donnell (10) & Eamon McGill (9) 40 b.o.t.; Hole-in-one: Noel Quinn on the 11th (16 balls); Twos: 3 balls.

Fixtures:
April 10: Errigal Éisc Teoranta; Single stableford; Open April 13: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Glenties Notes 11th March 2011

The Late Pat Mc Hugh
The death took place at his home on Thursday 17th February 2011 of Pat Mc Hugh, Straoughter, Glenties. His remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday afternoon. Fr. Pat Prendergast celebrated Requiem Mass at 1.00 p.m. Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was also by family members. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Pat is survived by his wife, Georgina, sons, John and Joseph, mother, Mary, brothers, John and James, sisters, Margaret, Carmel, Rosemary, Mena and Bridie, grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Sympathy
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Sean Boyle, Ard Patrick, Glenties who died on Tuesday 1st March 2011.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary Kate Byrne and family, Glen Road, Glenties on the death last week of Mary Kate’s brother Jimmy Campbell (formerly Altar, Glenties) in Scotland; also to all his relatives and friends.

Sincere sympathy is extended to John Ward, Meenavale, Glenties on the death on Saturday 5th March 2011 of his sister, Margaret Mc Shane, Boultypatrick; also to all the relatives and friends.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Thomas Melly, son of Martin and Noreen Melly, Letterilly, Glenties, who graduated with B.Sc. First Class Honours in Quantity Surveying from Limerick Institute of Technology. Thomas also received the Davis Langdon Award for excellence and the Bruce Shaw Partnership Award for excellence in the final year. He is a past pupil of Kilkenny N.S. St. Columba’s Comprehensive School. Glenties and Letterkenny I.T. He is currently working in Sligo with J.J.Rhatigan & Co.

New arrivals
Congratulations to Yvonne and Jim Mc Guinness, Creeslough on the birth recently of their third child, a baby brother (Jimmy) for Toni Marie and Mark Anthony. Jim is a son of Jim and Maureen Mc Guinness, Ard Patrick, Glenties.

Congratulations to Éilis and James Mc Dermott, Lucan, Dublin on the birth of their first child, a baby boy (Donal). James is a son of Danny and Mary Mc Dermott, Meenagrubby, Glenties. Congratulations to Sheila and Colm Harold, Glenswilly, on the birth of their second child, a little sister for Tanya. Sheila is a daughter of Danny and Mary Mc Dermott, Meenagrubby, Glenties.

Congratulations to Mary Lou and Michael Furey, Strasallagh, Glenties on the birth of their first child, a baby girl (Katie).

Bingo
Winners at the Bingo on Tuesday 1st March in the Community Centre, Glenties were – Nora Mc Hugh won the Jackpot of € 400. Bridie Gallagher, Killybegs, Sarah Long, Peter Sweeney, Philomena Mc Callig, Michelle Byrne, Mary Furey and O’Hara, Killybegs won € 100 each. Margaret Hanlon, Leitirmacaward, Martin Mc Taggart, Patrick Browne, Maura Kilbane, Faye Moore, Paddy Boyle, Breda Brett, Dungarvan, Ann Mc Hugh, Bridie Gallagher, Killybegs, Angela Lowther, Kathleen Griffin and Kay Mc Geehan won € 50 each. Anne Kennedy, Mary Mc Gettigan, Christine Mc Cool, Hugo Mc Dyre, Patricia Molloy and Hugo Mc Dyre won € 25 each.

Collection
The Church Gate Collection taken up recently for The Alzheimer Society amounted to € 833.00. Thank you to all those who donated so generously.

X-Factor
DVDs are now on sale in Mc Glinchey’s Mace following the recent successful X-Factor night in Paddy’s Bar. Proceeds go to the Donegal Hospice with a donation going to the local Mountain Rescue Service and Playgroup. Price is € 12.

Dance Classes
Classes in Jiving, Fox Trot, Quick Step and Waltz have started in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties, on Monday nights from 8.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Teacher: Seamus Melvin, Mayo.

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 23rd January 2011

The Captains’ Drive-in will take place this Saturday at 11a.m. It will be followed by a fourball mixed scramble. Brian McGonagle and Bernie Tonry are this year’s captains and the ceremonial launch of their tenures will prove a proud moment for both. We wish them both the best of luck, both on Saturday and for the rest of the year.

Mícheál McGinley opened his account with a fine two point victory in last Wednesday’s Open. The score of 39 points was formidable, especially if one considers that he garnered the points over just 16 holes! A birdie at the second eased him into his stride and by the time another feathered friend dropped into the cup at the eighth, Mícheál was on his way to 22 stableford points for his front nine. A trio of three-pointers on the last seven holes allied to eight other points culminated in a total that wouldn’t be touched.

Kieran Cunnea won his first competition of the year by a margin of three points and in so doing, he finally pulled that most elusive of crackers! His golf was outstanding on the front nine, with pars aplenty. Six were achieved by the turn but a blip at ten rocked his progress somewhat. The strong wind and frequent showers made life tough for the whole field, but Kieran kept his head down and eked out enough points on the back nine to ensure that he would be the only golfer to break par.

The club’s Gaeltacht team under the captaincy of Michael Naughton won their second match on Saturday (yes…in that weather!) against Portsalon. Four excellent points won in Dunfanaghy before Christmas had stiffened the resolve of the Narin men. Dominic Mullin set out his stall, practising all week and seeing the pay-off on the day with a fabulous 40 points when paired with Shane Whittington. A good start has been achieved and one wishes the lads every success in the months ahead.

Results:
January 12: Wednesday Open 1. Mícheál McGinley (18) 39; 2. Kevin McCready (20) 37; 3. Neily Gildea (10) 35 b.o.t.;  Twos: 3 balls January 16: Club Open: 1. Kieran Cunnea (16) 38; 2. Tony Gildea (18) 35; 3. Joseph McLoone (11) 33 b.o.t.; Twos: 4 balls.

Fixtures:
Saturday January 22: Captains’ Drive-in 11a.m.; Fourball scramble to follow.

Sunday January 23: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, January 26: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 16th November 2010

The recent passing of Ciaran Corrigan saddened all those who knew the avid golfer from Armagh. A member for over 40 years, Ciaran was a gentleman, quiet in demeanour and a regular visitor to the area. To his lovely wife Marie and all his family, the club sends its condolences. May he rest in peace.

Dan McCole’s passing removed another link with the early history of our club. He helped me with my research several years ago and was a mine of information. Dan’s uncle, Tommy McLoone was in charge of the Downstrands L.D.F. during the war and as a young lad, Dan recalled three metre-wide trenches being dug on any flat ground such as the fourth fairway at Narin and Portnoo Golf Course or at Sandfield to prevent aircraft from landing. He was a member of the Portnoo Dramatic Club which raised a lot of money for the club during the hard days of the fifties and early sixties. The club would not exist today were it not for the efforts of Dan and the many other amateur thespians who volunteered their time and energy over several years. We sympathise with his loving family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Michael Gallagher turned back the clock last Wednesday, skating round the links in 38 points over just 16 holes. The nine-handicapper still retains all the shot-makling ability that saw him play off low single figures in days gone by and it’s good to see him playing so well again.

Kevin Nicholson won Sunday’s Turkey competition with an impressive 42 points over 18 holes. The weather conditions were favourable and Kevin went round in just 12 over par to win by two from Gerald McDwyer.

After both Denis Carbery and Micheal McGinley finished on 30pts with the back 9, back 6, back 3 and last hole tied, it was decided to declare last Friday’s result a tie, with both men winning 10 bonus points in the race for the overall winner, which will be decided at Xmas. Manus Boyle was a shot further back on 29. With the 4 best cards to count for overall winner, Micheal McGinley has 20 pts followed by Barney Cunningham on 15, a point ahead of Denis Carbery on 14, with Manus Boyle on 13. The tee is again booked from 10 to 11 this Friday 19th.

Results:
November 10: 1. Michael Gallagher (9) 38; 2. Sean Connaughton (20) 35; 3. John McBride (9) 34 b.o.t.; Twos: 3 balls November 14: 1. Kevin Nicholson (18) 42; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 40; 3. Frankie Kennedy (13) 39 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:
Sunday November 21st: Single stroke turkey Wednesday, November 24th: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Glenties Notes 8th September 2010

Bonner / Murray Wedding
Rory Bonner and Aoife Murray were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 21st August 2010.  Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Rory is a son of Joe and Marie Bonner, Buncrubog, Glenties and Aoife is a daughter of Michael and Margaret Murray, Bray, Co. Wicklow.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Claire, Siobhan and Niamh were her bridesmaids.  Friend of the groom, John Paul Molloy was bestman and two other friends, John Boyle and Michael Furey were groomsmen.  Katie and Lily Bonner, nieces of the groom, were flowergirls.  Readings were by Caroline Bonner and Kieran Murray. Claire, Stephan and Mary read Prayers of the Faithful.  Margaret Murray and Marie Bonner, mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Barbara Edwards and the String Quartet.  The reception was held in the Mill Park, Hotel, Donegal Town and the honeymoon was spent in Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Festival
The Harvest Fair Festival gets under way on Thursday 9th September, with a one mile street race at 7 p.m.   It will be officially opened by Jim Mc Guinness at 8 p.m.  A great variety of events will be held during the festival with competitions – Darts, Snooker, Pitch + Putt etc. races – road, duck, go-cart etc. Clay Pigeon Shoot, Crazy Golf, Tug-O-War, Trek in the Bluestack Mountain, football, music, dancing, Kids movie, etc.  Details are on the programmes, which are in the shops.  The Festival Queen Dance is in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday night.

New Gardaí
Congratulations to Grainne Mc Loone and James Gallagher who graduated recently from Templemore Garda College.  Grainne is a daughter of Connell and Mena Mc Loone, Glen Road, Glenties and is currently serving in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.  James is a son of James and Bridgeen Gallagher, Ard Patrick, Glenties and is currently serving in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Harvest Fair Parade
Our annual parade takes place next Sunday 12th September at 4 p.m.  We encourage businesses, clubs, schools etc. to participate in the parade by way of a float or fancy dress.  Any group that can add colour by dance routine etc. is also very welcome.  All floats are to assemble on the Narin Road and all bands can park and assemble at the Comprehensive School.  Prizes for floats, individual entrant and children’s fancy dress.  Enquiries to 086-8656312.

Thank you
Fionnuala and Irene Boyle wish to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all those who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection for ‘Build it Week Haiti’.  The amount raised was € 1234.10.  The girls will travel to Haiti in October with this building programme.  Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.

Michael Mc Cahill
The death took place suddenly at his home on Monday 23rd August 2010 of Michael Mc Cahill, Derries, Glenties.  His Remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday morning.  Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Shane Gallagher, Fr. James Friel and Fr. Aodhan Cannon.  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.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Michael is survived by his wife, Bridie, daughters, Nicola, Michelle and Tracey, son Shaun, mother, Eileen, brothers, Des, Peter and Stephen, sisters, Patricia and Angela, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Sympathy
Sincere sympathy is extended to Maria Rafferty on the death of her father, which took place last week and who was buried in Athlone on Friday 3rd September.

Fr. James Mc Dyer
On 14th September 2010 it will be 100 years since the birth of Fr. James Mc Dyer of Glencolmcille.  He was born in Kilraine, Glenties.  Some events have been organised for Saturday 11thSeptember to celebrate his Centenary.  The Programme is as follows – 6 p.m. Mass in Glenties Chapel.  7.30 p.m. – Unveiling of Plaque at his Home in Kilraine.  8.30 p.m. – “Teacht Le Chéile” in the Highlands Hotel to share memories of the vision, the work and the achievements of the late Fr. Mc Dyer, at which Liam Mc Ginley will launch his latest book, “A Revolution on their Hands”.  All are welcome to attend.

Message from an Garda Siochána
The Main Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the Parade on Sunday 12th September approx 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Alternative routes via Altar & Mullantyboyle.  A One-Way traffic system will be in operation for the Harvest Fair Day – Monday 13th September.  From Mill Road (Connaghan’s) via Mullantyboyle to the Narin Road. From Station Road via Altar to the Glen Road (back of Garda Station).  No traffic other than HGVs & Coaches will have access to the town.

St. Columba’s Comprehensive School – Adult Education – Night Classes
Enrolment is on Monday 20th September 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Classes start on Tuesday 28th September.  All fees must be paid on enrolment night.  Fees for those on social welfare benefit reduced by € 45 for 8 week course and by € 20 for 4 week course.  Anyone interested in giving a night class, please send CV to the school.  Full details of all the courses that are being offered are on Notice Board in Church.

Chiropody Clinic
Margaret Connell, Foot Health Practitioner will hold a Chiropody Clinic in Glenties Day Centre on Monday 20th September.  Please telephone Margaret on 087 1417180  to arrange an appointment.

Thanks
On behalf of D.C.I.L. Caroline Quinn would like to Thank all those who donated and cooked the food, played the music and donated prizes for the Barbeque and Barn Dance held recently at the Glen Tavern.  The amount raised was € 1,305.

Community Employment Scheme
A Community Employment Scheme is commencing on 27th September in the Glenties area.  For further details ring 087 9695053.  Fás criteria applies.

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 8th September 2010

The Captain’s Outing to Ballyliffin is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. The cost is 110 euro per person sharing for two rounds of golf, bed and breakfast, an evening meal and prize-fund. Non-golfers are welcome to come for just 80 euro. Places are limited, so please contact the professionals as soon as possible.

Past captain, Michael Glynn hit the right notes last Monday in the Northern Bank Holiday stableford, finishing a shot ahead of Connor Taggart. This was the last hurrah of summer and Michael enjoyed every bit of it, racing through the back nine in 23 points. A trilogy of three-pointers got his back nine off to a great start and it was plain sailing from then on, with Michael eventually finishing on 41 points.

The Wednesday Open was an enjoyable affair, with unseasonably nice weather shocking all on the first day of September. John Gillespie of Cruit Island finished on top with 40 points, a fine performance on an away course. Neily Gildea and John McBride scrapped for the minor placings, with the Ardara man edging it by a shot over the Glenties stalwart. One wonders whether or not the upcoming local Rider Cup will see a similar outcome!

Results:
August 30: 1. Michael Glynn (20) 41; 2. Connor Taggart (17) 40; 3. Martin Regan (20) 38 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 6 balls
September 1: Wednesday Open 1. John Gillespie, Cruit 40; 2. Neily Gildea 39; 3. John McBride 38; CSS 73; Twos: 7 balls

Fixtures:
Sunday September 12: Coastal Windows, fourball betterball stroke, open.
Wednesday, September 15: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;