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News on September 28th 2001

Mary Mc Closkey and Gerard Mc Nelis were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 15th September 2001. Mary is a daughter of Zeta and the late Seamus Mc Closkey, Main St. Glenties and Gerard is a son of Mickey and Maggie Mc Nelis, Kilclooney, Portnoo. Fr. Patrick Prendergast P.P. Glenties officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. Her brother Donal gave the bride away and her cousin, Noreen Mc Guinness and a friend, Anne Kennedy (Carr) were bridesmaids. Joseph Molloy was bestman and Alan Shovlin was groomsman. Jennifer and Brendan Mc Nelis were flowergirl and pageboy. Readings were by Mary’s aunt, Kathleen Ryan and Gerard’s sister-in-law, Siobhan Mc Nelis. Joseph and John Mc Closkey, Mary’s brothers read Prayers of the Faithful. Both mothers brought he Gifts to the Altar. The reception was held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties and the honeymoon is being spent in Majorca.

Congratulations to Anne and Martin Breslin, Straboy, Glenties on the birth of their second child, a baby brother for Conor.

A television programme by TG4 covering the visit of The Relics of St. Thérése of Lisieux to Donegal, Falcarragh, Glenties and Bruckless will be broadcast on TG4 next Sunday 30th September. The Programme is entitled ‘Faoi Bhláth Threasa’.

The Scallywags performance in the Community Centre, which was to have taken place last Sunday, will now take place at 5.00p.m. next Sunday 30th September.


The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital, on Tuesday 18th September 2001 of Columba Mc Dyer, Kilraine, Genties. His remains were brought to his home on Wednesday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning. A large number of Priests concelebrated Requiem Mass. Columba’s brother, Mons. Dan Mc Dyer was the chief celebrant. Burial took place in Kilraine Graveyard. Fr. Nigel Ó Gallachóir C.C. Glenties officiated at the graveside. School children from Scoil Mhuire, where Columba’s son Paddy is Principal, formed a Guard of Honour at the door of the church and entrance to the car park when the remains were brought to and from the church. Members of the Glenties G.A.A. club walked on each side of the hearse from the Mill Bridge to the church on the inward journey and from the Kilraine crossroads to the graveyard on the outward journey. Columba is survived by his wife Peggy, sons, Paddy, Alec, James, Columba and Dan, daughters, Ena, Peggy, Deirdre, Annie, Patricia, Breege and Paula, brothers, Fr. Dan, Brendan, Christy, John and sister, Peggy, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His baby daughter, brothers, James and Ally and sister Mary predeceased him.

Columba was a great Gaelic footballer and had the distinction of being the only Donegal man to hold an All Ireland Medal up until 1992 when Donegal brought ‘Sam’ to the Hills. Columba got his medal in 1947 when he played with Cavan in the Polo Grounds, New York in the only All Ireland Final played outside Ireland.

The sudden death took place in Clonmel last Saturday night of Michael O’Donnell, son of the late Danny and Annie O’ Donnell, Mullinamina, Glenties. Sincere sympathy to his wife and daughter, Clonmel, brother, James, Letterkenny, sisters, Marion Byrne, Ardara, Christina Brennan, Dublin, aunts, Bella Mc Gill, Main St. Glenties, Peg Rooney, Letterkenny, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


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