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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:

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:

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

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,

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

Anyone wishing to submit notices for publication in the local Glenties notes, can do so by emailing 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.

Glenties Notes 2nd November 2012

Wedding Bells:
Congratulations to Charlotte Dooley and Dave Tierney who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 20th October 2012. Charlotte (Charlie) is a daughter of Lena and Tony Dooley, The Rock, Glenties and Dave is from Belfast. The reception was held in The Highlands Hotel, Glenties.

Straboy Oral Hearing:
The oral hearing into the Straboy wind farm proposal concluded on Thursday 25th October 2012 after 6 days of evidence and cross questioning. The Inspector will now make his report and forward this to An Bord Pleanála for formal consideration. No proposed decision date has been provided by the Board. The Glenties Wind Farm Information Group would like to express their thanks for all the support, financially and morally, received during the process, and advise that contributions promised, can now be forwarded to members of the group. The group would like to thank all those who gave evidence, cross questioned and assisted behind the scenes. The group will still take contributions to help defray the substantial costs associated with the oral hearing. These can be made to: Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Glenties, Account No: 97730412. Sort Code 90-48-94. Name of Account: Glenties Wind Farm Information Group; alternatively a donation can be given to any of the following members of the group: Dr. Michéal Cooke, Ernan O Donnell, Siobhan Browne, Anne Marie Mc Dermott, Michael Quinn or Joseph Brennan.

Leo and all the Mc Loone Family of Leo’s Bar, Glenties would like to thank everyone for the support and help at the BBQ that was held in August. We will hand over a cheque for € 2,245 this week to the C C U Letterkenny Hospital. The C C U is close to our hearts and they do great work, so again we thank you all. Photos should be in next week’s paper.

Weight watchers:
Weight watchers on a Thursday evening have relocated to the Parish Centre in the chapel car park in Ardara for the duration of the renovations in the Glenties Community Centre. Apologises for any inconvenience.

The Glenties Community Centre Bingo will be in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties every Tuesday evening for the remainder of the renovations in the Centre. Every line €50 every house €100. Jackpot if not won will be €3700 on the 6th of November and if not won on that night on 45 numbers €300 will be paid.

Safe Pass Course:
A safe pass course will be held in Glenties on Tuesday 6th November. Contact Deirdre on 086 6033927 or Dolmen Centre on 074 9545010 as soon as possible as places are limited.

Novena of Masses for the Dead:
Every Mass from Friday 2nd November until Saturday 10th November, in St. Connell’s Church Glenties, will be offered for those who are named in the Dead Lists. Special envelopes, containing Dead Lists, are available at the door of the Church. The completed lists should be returned by Friday 2nd November to be placed on the Altar for the Masses. Please do not leave envelopes with donations for Masses in or around the church. The envelopes will be kept in a secure place between Masses.

Confession Times in Glenties:
Wednesday 31st October – Confession immediately after 7.30 p.m. Mass; Thursday 1st November – Confession after 11.00 a.m. Mass; Friday 2nd November – Confession after 9.30 a.m. Mass & after 7.30 p.m. Mass; Saturday 3rd November – Confession after 11.00 a.m. Mass

Confession Times in Edeninfagh:
Sunday 28th October – Confession after 9.30 a.m. Mass; Friday 2nd November – Confession at 5.30 p.m.

Glenties Notes 28th March 2012

The Late Seamus O’ Donnell
The death took place in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on Sunday 18th March 2012 of Seamus O’ Donnell, son of Maggie and the late Neilie O’ Donnell, Meenahalla, Glenties. His Remains came to the family home on Tuesday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 23rd. Fr. Shane Gallagher assisted by Fr. Denis Quinn and Fr. Eamonn Mc Laughlin concelebrated Requiem Mass. Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. Music and singing was by John F. O’ Donnell and Denise Boyle. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.

Master’s Degree
Congratulations to Michéal Brennan, who was awarded a Master’s Degree in Business from University of Ulster Magee College. Michéal is a son of Francis and Kathleen Brennan, Main Street, Glenties.

Mass in Rossnowlagh
A bus will leave Mc Guinness’ Café at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd April and every first Tuesday for Mass in Rossnowlagh. The organisers wish to make an appeal for people to join them.

Following the recent successful X-Factor night in M25 DVDs are now on sale in The Post Office, The Highlands Hotel, Keeney’s Bar and Melly’s Costcutters. This is a double DVD and is priced at just €10. All proceeds go to the three nominated Charities which are Donegal Hospice, Ronald Mc Donald House and The Local Playground. Thank you for your support.

Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers in the Community Centre, Glenties every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Special offer now on – € 10 per night or 7 nights for € 50.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 20th March were – Gracie O’ Hara won the Jackpot of € 400. Hugo Mc Dyre, Sally Mc Hugh, Hugh Gallagher, Mary Gilselsy, Sarah Gallagher, peter Sweeney, Nora Mc Hugh and Danny Rodgers won € 100 each. Bridget Brogan, Bridie Doherty, Bella Mc Gill, Maria Boyle, Breid Gallagher, Gracie O’ Hara, Cathy Connell, Portnoo, Patsy Brown, Moya Gallagher, Annie Boyle, Station Road, Margaret Gillespie, Kitty Mc Glynn and Anne Phildy, won € 50 each. Margaret Bonner, Kitty Mc Glynn, Fintown and Rose Mc Groarty, Frosses won € 35 each. Ann Davison, Burtonport and Nora Mc Hugh won € 25 each.

Easter Bingo
Easter Bingo takes place in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 3rd April. Game 1-5 – Line € 50; Full Panel – € 100; Game 6 – Line € 50; Full Panel – € 400 Jackpot. Game 7- 11 Line € 50; Full Panel € 100. Books including Jackpots – Single Book € 12, Double Book € 20. Extra Jackpot € 2. Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. In-house draws. Spot Prizes on book numbers.

Big Bingo
Big Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday the
10th April. Game 1-5 Lines €100; Full Panel €300; Game 6 Line € 100; Full Panel Jackpot €2000; Game 7 -11 Line € 100; Full Panel € 300. Single book €25 and double book €40; Jackpot sheet included in your book. Extra jackpot sheets €5. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. In-house draws.

Easter Confession with visiting Priests
Monday – 2nd April – 8 p.m. in Fintown and Kilclooney. Tuesday – 3rd April – 8 p.m. – Glenties. Wednesday 4th April – 8 p.m. – Ardara.

Times for Easter Services
Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30 p.m.
Good Friday: The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass – 9 p.m.
Confessions – Friday 30th March at 5 p.m.
Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 9 p.m.
Good Friday – The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 6 p.m.
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass – 10.30 p.m.

The recent collection for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind taken up in Glenties amounted to € 584.00. The collection in Edeninfagh amounted to € 100. Many thanks for your generosity.