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Swimming Pool at Kilclooney, Portnoo

After many years of work, the Narin, Portnoo, Rosbeg Community Co-Operative Society Ltd. (Dolmen Centre) is proud to announce that Donegal County Council have granted planning approval for our 25m x 10m Swimming Pool at Kilclooney, Portnoo.

There is a 4 week period before we get official Planning recognition (subject to any of the bodies who raised ‘an interest’, lodging an objection). Considering that these bodies have already looked at the project and deemed it appropriate, this is unlikely.

We are indebted to the Committee (in particular Tony Kitterick, who project managed this feat from the start), and to you the Community who stood by us when we ran fundraisers to engage Design Teams, create a Feasibility Study, source Natura Impact Statement etc. There are some conditions which we will have to observe, but these are not insurmountable and we look forward to progressing to the next stage of the project.

We always hoped to have our Planning Permission this side of a General Election, and we would encourage you all to use your democratic right to influence any prospective T.D’s when they are canvassing our area.

This Planning Permission is a bold statement by our Community, which states that we the people of this area believe that this will act as a ‘Flagship Project’ which will bring much needed investment to our area. We have spent nearly €100,000 to date on this development and it is now appropriate that the Funding Bodies and Government in general get behind us on this worthwhile project.

We will be preparing a funding plan in the Autumn which will see us prepare for any future progress.

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,, or 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 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 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.