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Glenties Notes 10th July 2014

Glenties Wind Farm Information Group:
The Glenties Windfarm Information Group welcome the variation to Donegal’s County Development Plan which will see new conditions imposed on wind farm developments This variation, adopted by County Councillors last week, will require a greater level of scrutiny for wind farm applications submitted within the river catchments of the Six Sub Basin Districts designated for the protection of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel. These areas, including the Owenea catchment, are now to be zoned as ‘not favoured’for wind farm development. The second important aspect of the variation is the requirement that turbines are not located within ten times the turbine’s tip height of homes, schools etc. This addresses the previous decision of the Council in 2012 to remove all prescribed set back distances from homes etc. The wishes of the public were respected, as over 98% of those who submitted to the council’s public consultation process were in support of GWIG’s position with over 1,000 submissions coming from the Glenties/Fintown/Ardara area. GWIG thank all those who supported them, including the councillors who voted in the group’s favour on 30th June.

The Irish Wheelchair Association Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend.

The Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection taken up in June amounted to € 793. Thank You to everyone who made a contribution.

Tír Chonaill Gap Cycling Event:
Tír Chonaill Gap Cycling Club is pleased to announce that on 12th July we will be holding a mountain bike event (The Rescheduled Mad March Hare) With some of our members working tirelessly on adding to and improving the course it is sure to be an unreal event! The start of the event once again will create a bit of a stir as the participants have to ride down the steps beside the Garda station in Glenties. They will then follow a van up the Glen of Glenties road for three and a half miles. From this point they’re on their own as they turn off the road and start climbing the mountain, a climb sure to make the riders glad when they have reached the top. But there’s no time to relax as they start the first bit of the descent. For the next two miles the riders will have to cross narrow wooden bridges, boardwalk, muddy holes if they can find them, even bigger muddy holes without looking for them, more boardwalk and a final descent guaranteed to put a grin on anyone’s face, if they can hang on. Participants can either do one or two laps, finishing down the steps at the Garda station. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Entry is open to everyone over the age of 14 years with their own bike. If you don’t want to participate come and watch, or maybe help out with marshaling. Registration is at 10a.m. and starts 11a.m. Entry Fee is: €10 for Cycling Ireland Members (€15 for Non-CI Members) So get the Bike out and join us for what is guaranteed to be a an epic adventure!!l!!! For more information contact: Hugh McMahon on (087) 2892562.

Graveyard Mass in Edeninfagh:
The Graveyard Mass in Edeninfagh is on Sunday 10th August at 3.00 p.m.

The Biddy Devine Memorial Fundraising Weekend:
This event in aid of The Kidney Dialysis Unit Letterkenny Hospital is on this weekend -11th, 12th and 13th July in The Glen of Glenties. On Friday – Golf Classic Narin / Portnoo; 10 k Fun Run / Walk at 7 p.m. from the Glen Tavern; Table Quiz at 9 p.m. in The Glen Tavern. On Saturday – Vintage Tractor Run from the Glen Tavern at 4 p.m. “Overs” Football – Naomh Conaill V Gleann Fhinne in Davy Brannan Park at 7 p.m. On Sunday – Honda 50 Run from the Glen Tavern at 1 p.m. Contact: Frankie 087 918 6261; Carina 087 610 1527; or Mary 9551170.

Glenties Notes 19th September 2012

Congratulations to Connell, Donal and Jimmy Ward, Meenavale, Glenties on making history in the World Tug-O-War Championships in Switzerland by winning two World Titles.

Tidy Towns Competition:
Congratulations to Glenties Tidy Towns Committee on their high achievement in the National Competition; receiving a Gold Medal Award.

New Primary Care Centre:
Glenties New Primary Care Centre opened on Monday 17th September 2012; the telephone number will remain the same – 9551330.

Hospice Coffee Morning:
The 6th Class Pupils at St. Riaghan’s N.S. Drimnacrosh will host their annual “Coffee Morning” in the school on Thursday 20th September between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. All money raised on the day will go the Donegal Hospice. We extend an open invitation to the local community to come along, join us for a cuppa, and a chat, and help raise much needed funds for this very worthy cause.

Glenties Wind Farm Information Group:
The Glenties Wind Farm Information Group have received notification that an oral hearing will be convened by An Bord Pleanála on the 16th October next at 10 a.m. in the Highlands Hotel to decide on the massive wind farm project planned for the outskirts of the town. The Group represents the majority of the appellants and observers in the appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision earlier this year by Donegal County Council to grant permission for a 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy and adjacent townlands near Glenties. The Group intends to fully contest the grant of permission by Donegal County Council at the hearing. For further information visit, follow us on Twitter at @Glenties_WiG, email: The group continues to appeal for funding to assist with the cost of legal advice and expertise for the oral hearing. Donations can be made directly to group members or to: Account Name: Glenties Wind farm Information Group; Bank Address – Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Glenties Account No: 97730412; Sort Code: 90-48-94.

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 11th September were – Carol Sweeney won the Jackpot of € 300; Maura Kilbane, Annie Cannon, Bridie Gallagher, Killybegs, Nellie Maguire, Nora Mc Hugh, Anne Timoney, Maria, Boyle, Margo Gallagher and Sarah Mc Glynn won € 100 each; Teresa Breslin, Maureen Gildea, Bid Fletcher, Brian Mc Loone, Kathleen Griffin, Mamie Mc Geehan, Ann Byrne, Molly Mc Geehan, Maggie O’ Donnell, Paula Hegarty and Bridie Doherty won € 50 each; Breege Mc Callig, Nora Mc Hugh, Winnie Long and Maggie O’ Donnell won €25 each.

Community Employment Scheme:
A Community Employment Scheme will be commencing in the Glenties area on the 24th September 2012. Anyone interested please contact 087 9695053 or email

Glenties Community Playschool / Afterschool:
There are still some places available in our Pre-School and Afterschool service. The After school is open on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sports on a Tuesday in the local school Gym with Marty Boyle; Cooking, Paper Mache, Collage and Arts and Crafts on a Friday. Full hourly rate € 3.70 reduction available for parents qualifying under subvention; (this includes healthy snack for after school children). We have also secured funding from the Childcare Capital 2012 Programme to create a sensory garden and outdoor play area; the work is on-going and is due for completion in October 2012. For information on any of the above contact Bridie on 074-9551907.

Glenties Notes 19th January 2012

Public Meeting
There will be a public meeting in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Sunday, 22nd January at 8 pm concerning the proposed wind farm at Straboy, Glenties. Councillors, TD’s, Senators, MEP and Ministers have been invited. See you there!

The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 10th January were Bridie Boyle and Christine Mc Cool won € 200 each. Denise Campbell won € 120. Mary Kennedy, Emma Sweeney, Brid Roarty, Majella Boyle, Denise McGuire, Vincent Ward, Mary Duffy and Eileen Gallagher won € 100 each. Paddy Moore, Christine Mc Cool, Mickey Herron, John Mc Cole, Mary Bonner, Big Paddy, Elizabeth Buckley and Mary Gallagher won € 50 each. Mary Mc Mahon, Anne Boyle, Jean Boyle, Anthony Burke, Mary Breslin, Megan O’ Donnell, Sean Carr and Nan Bonner won € 25 each. Michael Langan, Carol Sweeney and Patricia Molloy won € 20

Night Classes
Night Classes will start in St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Glenties on Tuesday nights from Tuesday 24th January. Classes on offer are – Beginners Guitar, Computers (Beginners and Intermediate), Conversational French and Irish, Learn how to Use your Digital Camera, ECDL START Progression (Module1), Quick and Simple French Cookery, Introductory Health and Safety in workplace, Junior Cert Maths for Adults, Make Home DVDs from video clips and photos, Patchwork, Payroll – Manual and Computerised. For more information contact School.

Áras Sheáin Bháin
The following classes will be starting soon in Áras Sheáin Bháin, Fintown – Irish, Teastas Eorpach na Gailige, Fiddle, Guitar, Piano Accordion, Singing in Irish. To enrol please ring – 9546071 – Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parish Mission
A Parish Mission will be given by St. Patrick’s Community from Monday 30th January until Friday 3rd February. Members of the Mission Team will be at Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at 7.45a.m. and will present talks, testimonies and music. Evening Mission Sessions will take place every evening, Monday until Friday inclusive, at 7.30 p.m. Each evening session will have a different theme with testimonies from the group, prayer, music and a lot more. We really encourage you to come to all five nights and get the most out of the Mission.

Glenties Notes 14th December 2011

Straboy Wind Farm
A public Awareness Meeting to discuss the Implications and Possible Drawbacks to the Residents and the Local Areas in regard to the Straboy Wind Farm will take place in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Sunday 18th December at 7.30 p.m.

The New Playground
The Committee of the New Playground, Glen Road would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Draw. Your support is very much appreciated. Prize winners were – 1st prize – John J. Mc Loone, Mully; 2nd Prize – Cian Doherty, Narin Road; 3rd Prize – Barbara Boyle, Glen Road; 4th Prize – Anna Mc Namee, Aghyaran and 5th Prize – Adrian Nesbitt, c/o Highlands Hotel.

Christmas Confessions
Confessions with a number of visiting Priests will take place in Glenties on Monday 19th December at 8.p.m. Tuesday 20th December in Fintown & Kilclooney at 8 p.m. and Ardara on Wednesday 21st December at 8 p.m.

Care of the Aged Collection
The Care of the Aged annual Church Gate Collection will take place before all the Masses next weekend Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December.

Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion
A Parish based Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion called – “Do This in Memory” will begin next Sunday 18th December at 11 a.m. Mass, The Programme is for children making their First Holy Communion on 28th April 2012. The Liturgy next Sunday will be prepared by the Parents of the Children and it will involve an Enrolment Ceremony for both the Parents and the Children. A Special Area called the Kid Zone will be marked off in the Church for the Parents and the Children. This Programme will continue on one Sunday every month from January until June.

Bingo takes place in the Community Centre, Glenties every Tuesday night at 9.00 p.m. Doors open at 8.00 p.m. Every Line is € 50, every House is € 100 and the Jackpot is € 400. Christmas spot prizes will be given out on Tuesday 20th December and New Year prizes will be given out on 27th December. Snooker Tables open every evening except Tuesday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The winners at the Big Bingo on Tuesday 6th December were – Fidelma Burke won the Jackpot of € 2,000. T. Boyle, Majella Boyle, May Kennedy, Peter Duffy, Patsy Martin, Imelda Gallagher, Ann Breslin, Patricia Campbell and Lisa Coughlan won € 300 each. Ann Mc Hugh and Packie Sweeney won € 150 each. Imelda Gallagher, Yvonne Doherty, Caroline Kee, Paula Hegarty, Cathy Gildea, Patsy Martin, Darragh Gallagher, Anne Furey, James Quinn and Charlie Mc Hugh won € 100 each. Mary Whelan and Elizabeth Buckley won € 50 each. Anne Quinn and Anthony Burke won € 25 each.