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Glenties Notes 16th November 2017

Glenties Community Centre
Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9pm. Jackpot €9000 on 45 numbers or less if not won €300 will be paid out.  €100 a house, €50 a line.

Snooker Room open from 4pm to 10pm.

Any group or individual wishing to book the Community Centre for the Autumn season, please contact 087 2679321 or call to the Community Centre Office between 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday.

Irish Dancing with Emily – Wednesday @ 3.30pm – 7.15pm

Tai Chi Wednesdays  from 8.00pm – 9.30pm

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE Scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural workers, Maintenance workers, Caretaker, C.E criteria applies. C.E workers can avail of training to up skill whilst on CE scheme.To apply for the above please e-mail glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or ring 0879695053 for further information.

Bingo Winners
€25 Winners: Mary Kennedy, Francis Quinn, Packie Gallagher, Baby Phildy
€40 Winner: Sheila Delaney
€50 Winners: Caroline McKeown, Nan Doherty, Ann Byrne, Teresa Bonner, Grace O’Donnell, Bernie Martin, Mary Ita Boyle, Ann Fury, Kate Mc Nulty.
€100: Noel McLaughlin, Liz Buckley, Michelle McGeehan, Mary Doherty, Mary Ita Boyle, Winnie Long, Helen Mc Dyre, Mary Ita Boyle, Bid Fletcher, Mary Kennedy.
€150 Winners: Ann McKeown, Breid Gallagher.

St Connell’s Museum
The Trustees and Workers in the Museum would like to thank everyone who supported the very successful Halloween Scary Cells.  A special thanks to the Transition Year Students in Glenties Comprehensive School and their teacher Mr Moore for their assistance and co-operation over the three nights and for their help setting up in the lead up to the event which led to its success.

Paul Dawson’s MS Journey – An update from Julie Dawson
We have had the best news ever!  Paul’s bone marrow is starting to produce new stem cells.  The treatment has worked!  Paul is our of immediate danger and as you are reading this we will be making our way back home to Glenties to begin the long road to recovery.

This has been an incredible journey, the hardest thing Paul and I have ever done and hopefully ever will do again.  But today, we can start to look forward to a future instead of worrying what it might hold.  Paul’s Neurologist didn’t want Paul to have this treatment as it was too high a risk for his level of MS, i9n fact he told us to prepare for Paul to come home in a 6X4 box!!  We had to convince the Doctors in India to allow Paul to have the treatment, as again he was high risk but Paul had decided that no matter how high the risk factor, it was one he was willing to take instead of being scared what tomorrow may bring.  Now we know that we have about another ten years without having those worries.  Yes it is a fact that Paul will not walk again and yes Paul’s MS will not improve but it will STOP IT for ten years and that we can’t even put into words.

People think MS is about legs, Paul can’t walk, he’s in a wheelchair, but it’s about much more than that.  The things no one could imagine, the things that go on behind closed doors.  MS has robbed us of many many things – the ability for Paul to kick a ball around with our children when they were young, to go for a walk on the beach with them. to walk upstairs in our home and tuck them in at night, to dance!  We are determined that it won’t take any more things away from us.  We now have a future filled with hope instead of dread and we couldn’t have done it without you guys, you made this possible for us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The first 3 months of Paul’s recovery will be in isolation at home seeing only close family, in 3-6 months Paul will be able to see friends, at 6-9 months he will be able to go out into small groups and finally at 9-12 months Paul will be allowed into crowded areas!  So in 12 months time we have a lot of celebrating to do.  Paul will have reached 50 during his isolation period and I will celebrate my 50th in October 2018 – it will also be the 1st anniversary of Paul’s treatment and the first time Paul will be able to be around everyone, so I know it’s a long way off but we will be holding a massive party and would love it if every one of you would join us in celebrating everything with us.

Glenties Christmas Market
The place to be on Sunday 19th November!  Our Christmas Market takes place in The Highlands Hotel with up to 30 stands.  Get your Christmas shopping off to a great start all under one roof.  Doors open at 11am. https://www.facebook.com/GlentiesChristmasMarket/

St Connell’s Church 
Your help would be appreciated in helping us to compile the 2018 list for Sunday Collection Envelopes.  Any new parishioner who would like a box of envelopes, or any parishioner who has changed address since this time last year, should leave their name and address in the Sacristy after any of the Masses, or telephone the Parochial House on 074 9551117.  We would also ask that those that normally distribute the envelopes would contact either Fr Gerard after Mass or the Parochial House to confirm that they are able to do so again this year or if anyone else wishes to help with this task, please feel free to do so.  Thank you.

As and from 1st January, it would be appreciated if all Church Gate collections are taken up at the entrance gates alone rather than outside the door of the Church as is presently the practice.  This is in keeping with the conditions of the permits granted by An Garda Siochana and of the practice pertaining to other Church Gate collections nationwide.  This excludes the St Vincent de Paul Society as it is a Church affiliate.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Annual Ecumenical Carol Service
Save the Date!  This year St Connell’s Church, Glenties are hosting the Annual Ecumenical Carol Service.  The service takes place on 10th December at 6pm.  Everyone welcome!

Meenagowan National School Fundraiser
A Christmas Fair and Fashion Show will be held in The Limelight, Glenties on Sunday 10th December in aid of Meenagowan NS, Lettermacaward.  Come along and meet Santa, enjoy Craft Activities, Face Painting and a Fashion Show.  Christmas Cakes will be available for purchase together with lots of stalls!  Anyone interested in taking part in the Christmas Market – Businesses or Individuals – please contact the school on 074 95444906 or email: meenagowanns@gmail.com.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Glenties Parish Social
The Annual Gelnties Parish Social will take place on Sunday 3rd December in the Highland’s Hotel beginning with Mass at 3p.m.  All our Senior Citizens are invited to attend.  Please bring this notice to the attention of any senior citizens in your area.  We are also appealing to the public for donations towards the running costs of this very important celebration.

Edeninfagh C.E Scheme
The edeninfagh C.E. Scheme has two positions vacant for a General Operative to work on the Church grounds and graveyards in Glenties.  If you are interested and are eligible for a scheme, please contact 074-9557981, 087-7736247 or email: mullanmoresch@eircom.net

Ceili Night
There will be a Ceili Night on 19th November, 8pm to 11 pm in Rosses SDP Building, Dungloe.

Strive Clinic
Strive Clinic has launched in Killybegs.  Located beside Supervalu on the Donegal Road.  Specialisy Rehabilitation Services – Physiotherapy, Lymphoedema Therapy, Psychotherapy.  More services coming soon.  Contact 074 9713100 or email: reception@striveclinic.ie

Bruckless Community Centre
Ceili, sets, jiving and old time dancing in the Bruckless Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd November.  Music by Ceili Time.  Dancing 8pm to 11pm.  Supper served.  Admission €10.  All proceeds going to the Dependents of Rachel Cassidy Battles and Mairead Mundy Fund.

Niall Mor Community & Enterprise Centre
Kids Christmas Disco will be held at the Niall Mor Community & Enterprise Centre on Sunday 3rd December from 4pm to 6pm with plenty of dancing, fun, surprises and maybe a special guest!

Weight Watchers: every Monday, first class 4.45 – 5.45pm and second class 6-7pm.

Slimming World: every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Citizens Advice/Information: are located in the Centre every Monday at the new time of 2-4pm.

Letterkenny Womens Centre: They offer a counselling service at the Niall Mor Community & Enterprise Centre.  For further enquiries: contact Brid on 074 9124985.

Fighting Blindness
RNIB: Are you living with sight loss and worried about the future?  The Need to Talk project offers free counselling and confidence building for people of all ages affected by sight loss.  Contact 01-6746496 or email: needtotalk@fightingblindness.ie

The Power of Positive Thinking for Women
A 4 week course entitled ‘The Power of Positive Thinking for Women’ will commence in the Community Centre, Glenties on Thursday 23rd November.  To book, please contact Emily on 087 9031389

Glenties Notes 24th February 2017

Message from the McDyer Family
We are holding a ‘Remembrance of Martin’ Fundraising Coffee Evening to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice in our home at Meenahalla immediately after Martin’s 3rd Anniversary Mass which takes place in St Connell’s Church at 7:30p.m. on Friday 24th February.  Everyone most welcome.

Mary’s Meals
Mary’s Meals will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend.

Church of Ireland Fundraising Dance
It’s almost time folks! Get your dancing shoes on and join us for a brilliant night of dancing and craic in Elliot’s Lounge, Lettermacaward  on Saturday 25th February at 9p.m.  All proceeds in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward.  Music on the night by B & J Sound with prizes for the best jivers and dancers.  Usual Door Prize with Mega Raffle so come along and bring your friends.  Everyone welcome!

Get Fit During Lent
The Bayview Hotel and Leisure Centre has an amazing offer for anyone aspiring to ‘Get Fit’ during Lent.  €40 for 40 days membership of the Leisure Centre – available on 1st March only.  Call 074 9732567 for more details.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Scoláireachtaí Printíseachta
Tá Údarás na Gaeltachta ag tairiscint Scoláireachtaí Printíseachta i réimse leathan ceirdeanna gur fiú níos mó ná €2000 an ceann iad d’iarrthóirí le cáiliocht mar cheardaí a bhaint amach.  Is d’iarrthóirí Gaeltachta le Gaeilge líofa na scoláireachtaí seo.  Tuilleadh eolais agus foirm iarratais ar fáil ach glaoch ar: 091 503139 nó 091 503121 nó suíomh idirlín an Údaráis.  Ní mór foirm iarratais a bheith ar ais roimh 03/03/2017.

Paul Dawson’s MS Fundraising
A Pub Quiz will take place in the Glen Tavern, Glenties on Friday 3rd March at 9p.m.  Teams of 4 – €5 per person.  Prize for the ‘smartest’ team! Lots of raffle prizes also.  All proceeds going towards Paul’s fundraising campaign.  So get your brains in gear and come along and prove how smart you really are!

A reminder also that the Car Boot Sale takes place at the Dolmen Centre from 2p.m to 4p.m. on Saturday 4th March so why not have a good clear out and make some money for this very worthy cause.  Tea/coffee and cakes available on the day.  Tables are booking up fast so contact Ann on 087 2243975 as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Glenties Community Development Group
We are pleased to announce that this year Glenties will be having a parade on St Patrick’s Day – with a twist!  The difference in this year’s parade is that it will take place at 12:01a.m.  Yes, that’s right folks – one minute past midnight which will make it the first parade in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day 2017.  The decision was made to hold the parade at this time as it was proving impossible to secure any marching bands at any other time during the day as they had already been snapped up by other established event holders throughout the county.  We have managed to secure 4 bands and they are delighted with the idea of a midnight parade.  We have a large amount of floats taking part which will all be illuminated together with the marching bands and fancy dress participants for greater effect and in addition we will be turning the town green for the night to create an amazing green extravaganza for everyone.  Your support in such events is always paramount, so get your thinking caps on (green ones preferred) and get involved in what promises to be a big bright green spectacle for all to enjoy!

Glenties Community Centre Bingo
€25 Winners: Mary Kennedy,Vera Breslin, Rose Boyle, Lisa Coughlan, Claire Keeney, Brid Gallagher
€35 Winners: Margaret Bonner, Rose Boyle, Nellie Doherty
€50 Winners: Dim Melly, Denise Maguire, Bridie Gallagher, Patsy Martin, Lauren Furey, Denise Furey, Anthony Burke, Annie Gallagher, Mary Mc Dermott, Patricia Molloy
€60 Winner: Ann Timoney
€100 Winners: Sally Mc Hugh, Grainnie Mc Keown, Evelyn Doherty, Rosaleen Doherty, Ann Bonner, Rose Boyle, Mary Ward. Sally Mc Guigan
€300 Winner: Eileen Gallagher

Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €5200 on 45 numbers or less if not won €300 will be paid out, €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE Scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural workers, Museum workers, C.E criteria applies.  C.E workers can avail of training to enable them to upskill while on CE scheme.To apply for the above please email glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or telephone 087 9695053 for further information

Snooker Room now open from 6p.m – 10p.m.

Yoga Classes Wednesday from 6:5pm – 7:45pm. For more information contact
087 9667142.

Tia Chi returns on Wednesday 01st March 8pm to 9:30pm.

Donegal Kung Fu for adults and children.  For further details and cost, please contact Mark Kinsella 086 3665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo.co.uk

Parent & Toddler Group – Monday mornings from 10a.m to 12 Noon.

Recent Bereavement
The recent death took place peacefully at his home of Thomas Gallagher, Clontarf, Dublin.  Thomas is the son of John and Cathy Gallagher (John is a native of the Glen Road) and loving brother of Aoife and Amanda and will be sadly missed by his family, grandmother Kathleen, relatives and friends to whom we extend sincere sympathy.  Thomas was laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday 16th February following Requiem Mass in St Gabriel’s Church in Clontarf.

Pilgrimage from Knock to New York
A special Pilgrimage from Knock to New York will take place from 8th to 14th May, flying directly from Ireland West Airport, Knock to J.F.K. International Airport, New York.  The Pilgrimage will offer the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic trip which will include Requiem Mass on Saturday 13th at old St Patrick’s Cathedral, for the re-interment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock Witnesses.  Mass will be celebrated by his Eminence Cardinal Dolan.  If you would like to find out more, or make an enquiry, please contact the tour operators: Joe Walsh Tours on 01 2410800 or email: bronwyn.clinton@joewalshtours.ie

Monastic Contemplative Life Discernment Weekend (Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March)
Dominican Contemplative Nuns welcome single young women (aged 20 to 40) to their retreat house and offer the opportunity to experience their Life of Prayer: Liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration, Talks, Sisters’ testimonies, Lectio Divina, Question Time, Food and Fellowship.  Those who cannot come for the full weekend are welcome to join us on Saturday 9:30a.m. to 7p.m.  Early booking is advisable as places are limited.  Venue: Siena Monastery, The Twenties, Drogheda, Co Louth. Contact Sr Breda OP – email: siena3@eircom.net or phone 041 9838524. www.dominicannuns.ie

100th Anniversary of the Fatima Aparitions
Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from 10th July 2017.  Flights from Dublin, 7 nights Hotel Avenida.  €764 plus insurance €25 per person,  For full details contact Geraldine Shovlin on 087 2820946.

Naomh Conaill CLG
Naomh Conaill are delighted to announce the return of their very successful ‘Come Dine with Me’.  This year’s event takes place on St Patrick’s Day / evening (Friday 17th March) and afterwards in Kennedy’s Bar.  All proceeds from a raffle on the night will be donated to the Paul Dawson MS Fundraising Appeal.  Kennedy’s Bar has kindly sponsored a very attractive prize to be drawn among the hosts only. Full details are available on the club’s Facebook page.  Contact Vinny – 087 1770243, Martin – 086 8656312 or Rosaleen – 087 6235023.

Local Notes Contact Details
Please forward items for inclusion in the Glenties Democrat Notes to glentiesdemocratnotes@gmail.com or leave handwritten notes into Ann Bonner at Glenbrook Embroidery before 5p.m. on a Tuesday evening.

Glenties Notes 17th February 2017

Oklahoma!
Excitement is building in Glenties as the dates draw near for the newly formed Glenties Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much loved Musical Oklahoma!

The curtain goes up on Thursday 23rd February at 8 o’clock in The Community Centre for the first performance with three more at 8 o’clock on 24th,25th and 26th. ‘Oklahoma’ is a show for all the family and tickets can be purchased in Glenties CO-OP or by phoning on 087 0990609.

Will Curly win the hand of Laurey or will surly Jud come between them? Will Ado Annie ever decide who she will marry, the hapless Will or the exotic but unreliable Ali Hakim? Will the Farmers and the Cowboys ever be friends? Book your tickets now and these questions will be answered.

We are thankful for any sponsorship received to date but would welcome further contributions as the expense in putting on a musical of any kind is considerable.

Glenties Community Centre
Bingo in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm. Jackpot €5100 on 45 numbers or less. If not won €300 will be paid out, €100 a house, €50 a line.

Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated Ltd CE scheme has a vacancy for Horticultural Workers and Museum Workers. C.E criteria applies.
C.E workers can avail of training to upskill while on CE scheme.To apply for the above please e-mail glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.ie or ring 0879695053 for further information.
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Snooker Room now open from 6pm – 10pm

Yoga Classes Wednesday from 6.15pm – 7.45pm for more information contact 0879667142.

Tia Chi returns on Wednesday 01st March 8.00 pm – 9.30pm.

Donegal Kung Fu for adults and children. For further details and cost, contact Mark Kinsella 0863665495 or email:marktkinsella@yahoo.co.uk

Parent & Toddler group Monday morning’s from 10.00 a.m – 12.00 noon.

The Butt Drama Circle presents the festival production of Brian Friel Dancing At Lughnasa in Glenties Community Centre on Friday 17th February 2017 at 8.00pm

Bingo Winners 07/02/2017
€25 Winners: Dim Melly. Emer O’ Donnell,Winnie Long.Mary Gazley, Paula Hegarty, Bridie Byrne.
€35 Winners: Dim Melly, Rosaleen Melly, Bernie Martin.
€50 Winners: Breid Mc Guinness, Cathy Connell, Sandra Maloney, Margaret Gillispie, Cathy Connell, Ita Boyle, Janet Given, Rosaleen Quinn, Bridget Kee, John Mc Loone, Francis Cunningham, Ann Bonner, Adele Dooley, Ann Marie Cunningham, Josephine Gallagher.
€100 Winners: Hilary Meehan, Bridie Boyle, Norah Mc Hugh, Bridie Gallagher. Faye Moore, A. Gallagher.
€300 Winner: Patsy Martin.

Fintown Harps Underage Training
Training begins on Saturday – U12 10am to 11:30am (Contact Mark 085 7200418), U14 11am to 12:30pm (Contact Martin 086 8656312), Sunday U8 11:30am to 12:30pm, U10 12:45pm to 1:45pm (Contact John 086 1600497, U16 1pm to 2:30pm (Contact Pat 087 1325255).

Ann’s Fitness Classes and The Paul Dawson Fundraising Campaign
Ann’s Fitness Classes in Ardara Community Centre this Thursday 16th February at 7:45p.m. €7 per class. All monies taken on the night will be donated to Paul Dawson’s MS fundraiser. These classes are a brilliant way to make friends, keep fit and raise money. All levels of fitness welcome. Come along – you won’t regret it!

Also as part of The Paul Dawson Fundraising Campaign, a Car Boot Sale will be held at the Dolmen Centre, Portnoo on Saturday 4th March from 2pm to 4pm. All table proceeds will be donated to this very worthy cause. Contact Ann on 0872243975 to book a table.

Naomh Conaill GAA Club
The club will hold a registration night in the clubhouse on Friday 17th February from 7-8pm. Youth membership €20 each for the first two children and €10 for each additional child. Adult membership €40. €100 for adult membership plus entry into the weekly lotto. Social membership €100.

Church of Ireland
There will be a fundraising dance in aid of the Church of Ireland, Lettermacaward in Elliott’s Lounge on Sat 25th Feb. Music by B&J Sound. Good music for jiving, waltzing etc. As well as usual door prize and rather large raffle we have prizes for Best Jivers and dancers on the night. Come along and bring your friends. Everyone welcome!

Leisure Centre Membership
Killybegs Bayview Hotel and Leisure Centre have an amazing offer for Lent.
40 days for €40 Leisure Centre membership.
Available on 1st March ONLY.
Call (074)9732567 for more information.

Glenties Notes 3rd February 2017

Weight Watchers
As and from Monday 30th January there will be TWO classes in the Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs.  Times are: 4.45pm and 6pm.  For more information contact Brid: 086 1922110

Enrolment at St Riaghan’s NS
Parents wishing to enroll their child at St. Riaghan’s NS, Drimnacrosh, for the school year 207/2018 are invited to call to the school for an Enrolment Form.  Forms must be returned to the school no later than Friday 10th February.  ‘Enrolment Day’ will be held later in the year.  For further information or enquiries, please contact the school on 9551591 or email: striaghans@gmail.com

Enrolment at Edeninfagh NS
Enrolment Forms are now available at the school for the 2017/2018 school year.  For further details, please contact the school on 074 9551663 or email: edeninfagh@gmail.com

SN Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich
Ghlacfar le iarratasaí le haghaidh iontrala don scoilbhliain 2017/2018,  Tuileadh eolais le fáil on scoil ag 074 9551663  / edeninfagh@gmail.com

Enrolment at Scoil Mhuire
Enrolment packs for Scoil Mhuire, Glenties for school year 2017 / 2018 will be available for collection from the secretary’s office from Thursday 9th February. Forms to be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 24th February.

Glenties Community Playgroup Limited
The Playgroup would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make their Christmas hamper draw/Christmas Calendars fundraisers so successful.  Some calendars are still available in a number of shops in the town or from the playgroup at a cost of €5, if anyone would like to purchase one.  Thank you for your support throughout the year.  If you have any unwanted toys/bikes/ride on toys/buggies, small world toys (e,g dolls house etc) in good condition, the playgroup would be very happy to have them.  Call into the or ring 9551907, between 9am and 5pm,  – Monday to Friday and we can arrange a time for drop off.  Thank you.

Parish Administration:
Parish administration will continue to operate as normal from the Parochial House, please contact Anne McNally on 074 9551117.  This includes the booking of Masses, notices for the Parish Newsletter and administration in regard to Marriages and Baptisms.

Butt Drama Circle
A reminder that The Butt Drama Circle bring their 2017 Drama Production of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the Community Centre on Friday 17th February at 8pm.  Tickets available at the door.

A Message from The Paul Dawson MS Fundraising Campaign
My name is Paul Dawson and I live in Glenties. I have Secondary Progressive MS which has changed my life entirely. This disease will effect all sufferers differently. My basic story is I was diagnosed at twenty three years of age but managed to carry on with an active lifestyle as a Firefighter. Occasionally I would have a relapse ranging from vision to weakness in strength to walking.

In 2003 I had to leave the fire service due to my condition making my work much more difficult, this was a mental low point for me as I was leaving a profession and people I loved. The MS society in Donegal provided me with support that helped me through this stage of my life. Always suspecting MS would have a bearing on my future I had attended night classes to qualify as a teacher. In 2005 I gained part time employment as a tutor with Donegal VEC where I regained my personal worth and met a group of the nicest people I have ever known. One of my teaching jobs was to work with Ardara Resource Centre where I gained even greater humility by meeting the happiest group who made me smile and laugh every day. I had modified my vehicle to give me independence to travel to and fro from work all over the county.

In 2007 I started to use a wheelchair occasionally, I can remember going shopping in Strabane and using my chair as a walking frame and challenging myself to get around the shop without sitting down! In 2008 I had to leave the VEC due to being unable to drive anymore and constant physical exhaustion, I felt that if I was a car I would wake up in the morning with no fuel in the tank! I continued with my personal battle with the enemy in my life. I managed a Skydive and 5km on a hand bike Donegal Sports Partnership provided for me.

In the last six months I have been losing more and more battles against MS to the point I felt support in fighting would strengthen my battle. I have researched several treatments of MS on the Internet and with the guidance and advice of good friends, old and new I have found a new highly regarded treatment for MS called HSCT which involves chemotherapy to destroy your immunity system then an infusion of stem cells to reboot your entire system. I have spoken to people who have attended this treatment and was quite impressed by their views. This treatment is in India and is not cheap, €32,000! Very few of us have that sort of money lying around and I know I’m one of them, therefore with the support of my wife Julie, and my family, we are planning fundraising events to help in my journey to India. HSCT is being used in Europe and the UK,  however I am unable to attend due to the further progression of my condition, they only accept those with remitting relapsing MS. I have often asked myself is there anything positive about me having MS as I have always tried to take the positive out of any situation.  In actual fact there are a few:

  1. I have had the opportunity to watch my children grow up into fine decent young people, much more than if I had been in full time employment as before when I saw them every four days!
  2. I have found through my MS that people in in my community and friends and family have always been there to support and encourage when needed. I am humbled and get quite teary when I actually think about the amount of people who continue to help!! There quite simply are too many to mention.
  3. I am so content that MS is my cross to bear and not that of my family or loved ones. I often think it is more difficult for a person to witness a loved one battle any illness than the sufferer who has to battle on anyway.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and any support or advice you can offer would be much appreciated. This treatment will not cure my MS however it is accepted. It has stopped it in its tracks for many who have been lucky to get it.

If you would like to help Paul get to India for his treatment you can donate by:

Paul Dawson’s MS fundraising page where there is a link for on line donations, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=734641746700461&id=734555500042419

Or alternatively you can Make a donation through any Bank of Ireland

Sort code : 90-48-94
Accout number : 27473748

Or alternatively donations can be left in Glenties post office in an envelope with Paul’s name on.

Kindest regards

Paul Dawson

LOCAL GLENTIES NOTES
Anyone wishing to submit notices for publication in the local Glenties notes, can do so by emailing glentiesdemocratnotes@gmail.com or by dropping handwritten notes into Ann Bonner at Glenbrook Embroidery on the Main Street.  All notices must be received before the deadline of Tuesday at 5pm for addition in Thursday’s publication.