Tag: Portnoo

Guided Activities Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo

A small group have been working on a project which aims to provide Guided Activities in the Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo areas. It’s working title is ‘Ardara Adventures’, and much work has been done on assessing costs for both equipment and training.

They are seeking funding from DLDC (Donegal Local Development Company), and have in principle been given the green flag to proceed, assuming that both the demand, and the business case for these activities can be established.

To that end, the group have devised 2 short survey questionnaires; the first, for prospective Guides, who would be willing to be trained in the prospective disciplines (Kayaking, Mountain Leader, Paddle Boarding, Sailing, Snorkeling, Surfing & Swimming. The second questionnaire, is to establish the market for these services.

We would be very much obliged, if you could fill out one of the attached questionnaires (and feel free to circulate it to whomever you feel would be interested).

Questionnaire 1 for those wishing to be trained and become Activity Guides;


Questionnaire 2 for those willing to utilise Activity Services;


We really appreciate your help in completing this, and hope that it will lead to some constructive employment for people in the area.

Glenties/Ardara/Portnoo Enterprise Town Expo

The Glenties/Ardara/Portnoo Business, Sports & Community Expo will take place on Saturday 25th March in the Comp Gym from 11am to 3.30p.m. as part of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town initiative.

We encourage you to invite family and friends to come along on the day and see all that Glenties Enterprise Town has to offer. The event is open to all Businesses, Sports and Community Groups.

Register now! Registration forms can be downloaded here and are available at Bank of Ireland Glenties.

Email kathleen.boyle@boi.com, teresa.flynn@boi.com, endadooley@boi.com or carolinemcnulty@boi.com for further info.

Enterprise Towns

The Enterprise Town initiative seeks to work with local businesses to plan and deliver a range of activities that will support and generate business in the area. The initiative also involves the wider community and the schools to ensure everyone can get involved and be part of the positive experience that is an Enterprise Town.

Bank of Ireland wants to support the development of smaller communities at both business level and in the wider context, incorporating schools, sports, social and charitable associations. The Enterprise Town initiative has been developed to allow this to happen and, to date, has worked very well in delivering excellent, community led results across the country.


Country Stars at Owenea FM’s Celebration Dance

A host of country music stars will be performing at Owenea FM’s celebration dance at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, on Saturday November 2nd. The line-up, marking the Ardara based community radio station’s return to the airwaves a week later, includes Lisa Stanley, Shaun McMonagle, Gerrard McTaggart and support band Wagon Wheel. A new face to country music, Johnny Garvin from Co. Mayo, will also be appearing.

Tickets for the dance, which will also include a jiving competition to find Owenea FM’s champion for 2013, went on sale this week at just €5. The community radio station, serving Ardara, Glenties, Portnoo and the surrounding area, has recently gained a 100 day licence from Broadcasting Authority Ireland which will allow it to transmit two days a week.

Station manager Pauric Gallagher, said this week: “November 2nd is certainly going to be a big country music night of entertainment to mark our return to the airwaves.” Proceeds from the evening will go towards the conversion costs of its new studio in Kentucky and additional hi-tech equipment. The station stopped transmitting in August.

GAP Tourism Employment Opportunity

GAP Tourism are looking for a suitable candidate to organise, promote and enhance their established outdoor events, namely the GAP Challenge and GAP Triathlon, with the possibility of running other similar activities.

The successful candidate will ideally;

  • Be a self starter.
  • Have good interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Have experience of event organisation.
  • Have good IT and Social Media skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to motivate and lead a team

The remuneration package will be driven by the volume of participants for the events (minus expenses) and has significant earning potential.

Further information on the events, their history and the event planning can be made to DonegalGAP@gmail.com. Or contact Rosemary on 087 9692076 or Leonard 0876200242. Final application should be made by C.V. and Cover Letter with the closing date for receipt of applications the 28th of February, 2013.

Donegal Sounds Community Radio

Donegal Sounds StudioDonegal Sounds Community Radio Ltd. have been approved an FM radio licence from the BAI and Comreg Ireland to Transmit on 100.8 FM from 26 January 2013 for the Ardara, Glenties, Narin / Portnoo area. The name of our FM radio is Owenea FM . You will be able to tune in every Friday 12.00pm to 12.00pm Saturday night.

We will bring a variety of music, chat, local and international news and lots more.

Our digital radio will be on our normal link www.donegalsounds.com. Check us out on our facebook page Owenea FM.

Tel 074/9590123 or Text 087/3686799.

We look forward to entertaining you.

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 2nd April 2012

Vice-captain, Hugh Francis Shovlin enjoyed a handsome victory in the Brennan’s Bread stableford played on Sunday last, shooting 41 points off an 18 handicap. His nines were nothing if not consistent, accumulating 20 points going out (helped by a birdie at the third) and increasing that score by 21 points on the return. His four shot winning margin over Cathal Donoghue illustrated the quality of his golf and he was a worthy winner.

Hugo Duggan won the Wednesday Open with 36 points, repairing the damage of a blank on the second by garnering eight three-pointers over the last eleven holes. The nineteen handicapper will be especially pleased with his score of level gross over the final five holes.

This Sunday sees the club host the regional qualifying round of the Jimmy Bruen. The course will be closed accordingly. Bank Holiday Monday has an open stableford event on the fixture card sponsored by Patrick Johnny Sally’s Bar in Dungloe.

April 29: Brennan’s Bread
1. Hugh F. Shovlin (18) 41; 2. Cathal Donoghue (13) 37; 3. Mairtín Ó hIarnáin (11) 37 b.o.t.; Cat A Donie McCole (9) 37; Cat B Patrick Boyle (12) 36; Cat C Hugh Smith (22) 36; Nines: Sean Cafferty (10) 19; Tom Rawdon (17) 22; CSS 74; Twos: 6 balls

April 25: Wednesday Open
1. Hugo Duggan (19) 36; 2. rory Doherty (13) 34; 3. Brian McCarthaigh (18) 33; Twos: None

May 6: Jimmy Bruen Qualifying at Narin & Portnoo. Course closed
May 7: Patrick Johnny Sally’s single stableford, open
May 9: Wednesday Open, single stableford

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Ladies Notes 2nd April 2012

Commiserations to our Intermediate golf team who narrowly failed to qualify in Ballyliffin on Monday last. Our Junior Foursomes took one match in Narin and Portnoo to qualify for the next round.

Good luck to Máire Walsh and Collette Boner who take on Castlehume in the third round of the Daily Mail in Castlehume on May 7th.

Winners of the Australian Spoons were 1st Angela O’Marcaigh (16) and Joe Dunleavy(23) with 35 pts; 2nd Maureen Gildea (28) and Eithne Devlin (17) with 34 pts.

Glenties Golf Society Notes 11th April 2012

We had a very successful outing in Narin and Portnoo on Good Friday.

We had 36 golfers play on the day and scoring was excellent.

The following were the winners with b.o.t coming into play for almost every position.

1st Joseph McLoone (11) 39pts (20+19) b.o.t

2nd Tony Gildea (20) 39pts (22+17)

3rd Gerald McDwyer (12) 38pts (19+19)

4th Columba Gavigan (11) 37pts (16+21) b.o.t

Visitor Donnie McCole (9) 35pts (18+17)

Our next outing is The Day away in Sligo on May 23rd, for a place on this trip contact the P.R.O immediately.

Glenties Golf Society Notes 30th March 2012

The next outing of the Glenties Golf Society takes place on Good Friday April 6th.

The Venue is Narin and Portnoo Golf Club.

Tee off time is from 8.30am to 9.30am.

This is also a Rider Cup qualifier so bring your “A” game with you.

New members and beginners are welcome, just turn up on the Day.

Names and deposits for our Fun Day to Sligo in May will be taken at this outing.

A Tribute to Connor Mallon from Narin & Portnoo Golf Club

Marcel Proust wrote that, “People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive”. Those words were rarely more manifest than last weekend as we all tried to cope with the tragic and heart-breaking news of the passing of our beloved golf professional, Connor Mallon. He was just thirty-five years old.

He was the first to hold the position in the 82-year history of Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and we came to rely on him from the off. The shop was a haven from the wind and rain and many a golfer sat for hours with Connor, discussing the latest sports news and enjoying the banter as he went on about his business. You knew he liked your company and even on sunny days, there would invariably be someone ensconced in the big armchair.

Kids loved him, for in Connor, they saw a kindred spirit. You could see their admiration in the respectful attention to his tuition at his golf clinics. He indulged them with Mars bars, golf balls, caps and tee-shirts, creating for them a friendly club atmosphere in which they felt comfortable. He knew they were the future of the club and they will always look back to their first and greatest golf teacher and mentor.

When Connor spoke to you, you had his full attention. Nothing was too much trouble. His lessons were superbly efficient and positive affairs, full of praise and good advice. Finnian O’Doherty was the first of our young members to graduate from the Connor Mallon school of excellence and he is now reaping the benefits on a golf scholarship in the States. He has lost not just a coach and mentor, but a great friend.

People came from far and wide to our club because of Connor. He marketed and promoted us at every opportunity, bringing the name of Narin and Portnoo to diverse spots around the globe. The many people paying tribute to him on the internet have commented on his good nature, his quick wit and his genuine love of people; how one meeting was all it took to come under his spell, as one blogger recounted who met him in Florida this past January. Fans from North West to Ballyliffin to Florida were testament to that magnetism and charisma.

And what a golfer! His poise and balance were superb, his temperament ideal and his talent there for everybody to see. The quality of his ball-striking was exemplary, which combined with his course management often resulted in scores well below the par of 73. It was a privilege to play with the big fellow and he was never bothered about how high your handicap might be. The craic and the possibility of a good yarn or two were his lifeblood on the golf course, though competitive juices were sure to flow if birdies were required in a keenly contested fourball.

Reminiscences of happier times filled our waking moments as we prepared to lay our friend and colleague to rest: the bear hugs, the friendly salutations, the eclectic fashion statements, the booming laughter and genuine conviviality. Tears flowed as it dawned on us how great a loss he will be.

Others knew Connor better and for longer. We only had the pleasure of his company for four dynamic and fun-filled years. Connor and his assistant, Daragh were an irresistible combination, as fluid and supportive a pairing as you could ever hope to meet. They brought a life and vitality to our club which made it such a happy place to hang out. The other staff members thought the world of Connor and his escapades and the yarns will resonate around the clubhouse and course for years to come. They, and Daragh, will miss him greatly.

We will continue to pray for Shawna and their four young children, and for all his family, friends and colleagues. Their loss is incalculable. He has left an indelible mark on our club and will never be forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam galánta.