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This photo was sent to us by Raymond Campbell. It shows a group of local boys on a school trip on the top of the Independent House in Dublin either Autumn 1960 or Spring 1961. Can you fill in any of the missing names or correct any that Raymond already has?

Independent House Dublin

Seated from left to right: Sean Costello, Mill Road; Frankie Quinn, Ard Connell; John Magiuire, ?; Johnny Boyle, Hotel; Coleman Lee, Glen Rd.?; James Rogers, Main St.; John Mc Hugh, Ard Connell; Anthony Kennedy, Main St.; Pat McCosker, Glen Rd.; Patrick McGuigan, Ard Connell; ??; Packie Carrabin, Meenahalla;

Kneeling: Padraig Connelly, ?; Gerry Maguire, Glen Rd.; ??; John Gallagher, Church Rd.; Raymond Campbell, Mill Rd.; John Doherty, Ard Patrick; ??; Casimir Mc Gill, Glen Rd.; ??; Patsy McGrath, Mill Rd.; Vincent Connaghan, Ard Connell; Francis Connaghan, Ard Connell;

Standing: Daniel McGeehan, Ard Connell; Miss Minann Kennedy, Teacher; Dom Maguire, Glen Rd.; Christy Molloy, The Rock; ? O’Donnell, Ard Connell; ? McDermott Ard Patrick; ??; Cathal Campbell, Corrbàn; Paul McDermott, Ard Patrick?; ??; Danny McGrath, Meenahalla?; ??; ??; Liam Ward, Mill Rd.; Paddy McDwyer, Kilraine; Tony McFadden, Main St.; ??;

Back Row: Rep. Independent; Miss Frances Brennan, Teacher; Arthur Mc Grath, Bus Driver?; Bus Driver; Kate Quinn, ?;  ??;  Charlie McDyer, Headmaster.

If you know any of the missing names or have any corrections please leave a comment below or email us at

Close-up of Seated

St. Columba’s Comprehensive School, Class of ’75 Reunion

The Comprehensive Class of 75 reunion is now confirmed for Friday 3rd August 2012.

It would be much appreciated that if anyone has photographs from this era, they would forward them by email to or by post to Leonard Breslin, 6 Dolphin Avenue, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. If posted, photographs will be retained and returned safely to senders.

In order to confirm your attendance at the reunion, which will include a 4-course dinner in the Highlands Hotel, the cost of which is €35, payment should be made to a dedicated bank account which has been set up for this purpose. When making payment, please ensure that the bank records your name so that we can track and maintain accurate records of all payments.

Account details required for payments made within the R.O.I. are as follows:

Bank Sort Code: 98 – 51 – 20
Bank Account No: 10418785

If paying outside the R.O.I, the following details are required in addition to the Bank Sort Code and Account Number (detailed above):

IBAN No: IE94ULSB98512010418785
Swift / BIC Code: ULSBIE2D

We would appreciate if payments could be made before the 30th June to facilitate the organisation of the reunion.

The 31st Annual MacGill Summer School



The 2011 MacGill Summer School will be held in Glenties, Co Donegal from Sunday, July 24th to Friday, July 29TH inclusive.

The school will again be focused on reforming the Republic and will take up where it left off last year when up to sixty speakers dealt with the economic crisis in which the country finds itself and with the urgent need of reform of our institutions-social, economic and political.

Since last July, the economic crisis has, if anything, deepened with, in particular, the amount of recapitalisation needed by the banking system steadily growing, the state having had to have recourse to the international Monetary Fund and the European Union in order to meet its daily budgetary requirements and keep the economy afloat and unemployment at a record level.  The gap between the

Expenditure of the state and its revenue is unsustainable.


A new government led by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore took power following the General Election of February 25th.  The Fine Gael/Labour Coalition in its Programme for Government, Government for National Recovery 2011-2016, commits itself to tackling many of the issues raised at the 2010 MacGill Summer School and contained in the publication, The MacGill Report 2010—Reforming the Republic, launched in December last.

“By the end of our term in Government”, they state, “Ireland will be recognised as a modern, fair, socially inclusive and equal society supported by a productive and prosperous economy.”

Apart from confronting the challenges presented by the perilous state of the economy, high unemployment, massive public debt and the crisis in the banking system which, not unexpectedly, are their  priorities, the Government is committed to an extensive programme of reform including constitutional and political reform, public sector reform and reform of the health service and of our education system.

Reform of our political system as well as of the public sector was singled out in Glenties in 2010 as absolutely essential to the task of climbing out of the recession and creating a well governed, economically sound and healthy society.  It was clear that not only do we have an economic crisis but a political crisis as well.  As now agreed by many commentators and members of political parties, our political institutions including the Dail and Seanad are no longer fit for purpose.  As Enda Kenny himself stated two years ago at the 2009 MacGill School in his address, A New Politics for a New Society,

“We cannot fix our economy or create a just society unless and until we also fix our politics.”


At last year’s MacGill School, Dan O’Brien  of the Irish Times said:


Without reform of the political system, the disasters of today, the 1980s and the 1950s are destined to be repeated at potentially ever greater cost.”


The political landscape has, of course, changed utterly, at least on the surface, following the General Election in February and the implications of this development will be analysed at the 2011 MacGill.   More importantly perhaps, so also will the proposals of the new Government for fundamental reform of our political institutions, including the houses of the Oireachtas themselves, and the progress being made towards their implementation.  Our education system as well has featured many times in the MacGill deliberations and, recognised as it is as one of the key factors in our prospects for recovery, will be high on the agenda of the School in 2011.  So also will the health service which has featured so often in the debates in Glenties.

Whilst bearing in mind that the new Government will have been in office for a little more than a hundred days and its priority will be to get its strategy to deal with our dire economic situation underway, MacGill will provide an important and timely opportunity to look at what has been begun, what more there is to do and how and when it is going to be done.

Involved in our daily symposia will be members of the Government itself, representatives of the opposition parties, heads of business and industry, economists, trade union leaders, academics and journalists—and, of course, the very well informed and concerned members of our audiences for MacGill prides itself on its tradition of being a very democratic institution.


Joe Mulholland

MacGill Summer School 1981 – 2011

History and achievements:

The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty one years.  It was founded in 1981 in Glenties in Co. Donegal to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, whose books in the first decades of the twentieth century on the social conditions in Donegal, the plight of migrant workers in Britain and the horrors of the Great War in which he fought as a soldier of the London Irish Rifles are still being published.


Naomh Conaill Notes 16th March 2011

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 17,18,24,27. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Kieran Burke and Paula Hegarty, Glenties.The jackpot now stands at 5,700 Euro.

The recovened club AGM was held last Friday in the clubhouse and the following officers were elected for 2011. President Leo McLoone, Chairman Peter Mc Kelvey, Vice Chairman Poggy O’Donnell, Secretary Seamus O’Malley, Asst Secretary Ian Molloy, Finace Committee Patsy Furey, John Molloy, John Mc Swiggan, Brian Carr, Registra David Kelch, PRO Eunan McGlinchey, Oifige na Gaeilge (to be filled at next excuetive meeting).

Club membership is now due and must be paid before 31st March. Adult membership is 30 Euro and underage is 10 Euro. There is also the 100 Euro membership which includes membership and entry into the weekly lotto. Membership forms are availble in McGlincheys. There will be a registration night in the clubhouse this Saturday 19th March between 6pm and 7pm and next Wednesday 23rd March between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and also on Saturday 26th March between 6pm and 7pm. There will be a registration night in Fintown next week,date and venue to be confirmed.

There will be a minor board meeting in the clubhouse next Monday night at 8.30pm.

Good luck to John, Seamus, Jason, Mark and the Donegal Vocational Schools team against Cork in the All Ireland final replay on St Patricks Day in Pearse Stadium, Galway at 1pm.

The senior team play Naomh Columba in the semi final of the Joe Larry Tournament this Friday night at 7pm in Ardara.

Naomh Conaill Notes 9th March 2011

The final night for ladies registration will take place this Saturday night 12th March in the clubhouse from 8.30pm-9.30pm. All those intending to play or be involved with any team need to be registered. A parent/guardian needs to attend for underage players. New members are welcome. The fees are adult players 51 Euro, U18 players 36 Euro and U10s 21 Euro, Non players 26 Euro (this applies to all managers, mentors, coaches, refs or anyone helping on the sideline).

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 7,8,17,27. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Sarah McGlynn, Fintown and Lisa Coughlan, Glenties. The jackpot now stands 5,600 Euro.

The recovened AGM takes place this Friday night at 7pm in the clubhouse.

The reserves were beat at home by Naomh Mhuire in the Gaeltacht last Saturday and on Sunday the seniors had a 3 point victory away to Termon also in the Gaeltacht. The club wishes Leo McLoone a speedy recovery after he picked up a very serious injury in the game. The seniors were also involved in the Joe Larry Tournament in Ardara last Saturday and have reached the semi final of the tournament after victories over Four Masters and Gweedore on the night. They now play Naomh Columba in the semi final which is due to be played on Friday 18th March.

Hard luck to Glenties Comprehensive U14 school team who were beat in extra time in the Ulster final last Thursday against Virginia College in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

Naomh Conaill Notes 1st March 2011

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 5,7,17,21. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Martin Bonner and John Bonner, Glen Road. The jackpot now stands at 5,500 Euro.

Good luck to the Glenties Comprehensive U14 team who play Virginia College in Ulster Final this Thursday at the Athletic Grounds Armagh at 1pm.

The Donegal Vocational School team drew with Cork in controversial circumstances in Swords last Saturday and the replay has being fixed for Pearse Stadium, Galway on St Patricks Day.

The AGM was cancelled last Sunday because of a beareavement and it will now be on this Sunday at 6pm in the clubhouse.

The Donegal GAA Banquet is on this Friday 4th March in Jacksons Hotel. The club will be presented with the club of the year award and 4 players from the club will be presented with their Ulster U21 medals. Tickets are 35 Euro and anyone interested can contact Muriel Hegarty.

The senior team will play in the Joe Larry Tournament in Ardara this Saturday night.

The ladies registration will take place this Friday night 4th March in the clubhouse from 8pm-9pm.All those intending to play or be involved with any team need to be registered. A parent/guardian needs to attend for underage players. New members are welcome. The fees are adult players 51 Euro, U18 players 36 Euro and U 10s 21 Euro, Non players 26 Euro(this applies to all managers, mentors, coaches, refs or anyone helping on the sideline).

Naomh Conaill Notes 21st February 2011

Good luck to John O’Malley, Seamus Ellis, Jason Campbell, Mark Gallagher and the Donegal Vocational School team in the All Ireland Final against Cork this Saturday which will be played at Fingallians GAA Club, Swords at 1pm. They reached the final after beating Meath 2-6 to 0-6 last Saturday in Ballyconnell.

Well done to the Glenties Comprehensive U14 team who reached the Ulster final after beating St Ciarans, Ballygawley 3-7 to 0-12 in Castlederg last Friday. They now play Virgina or Lurgan in the final which is due to be played on the 2nd or 3rd March.

The  500 club draw was held at the last excuetive meeting and the 1st prize of 500 Euro went to Ciara Molloy and 5 prizes of 100 Euro went to PJ Furey, Anthony Faulkner, James Gallagher, Gary O’Donnell and Eddie Gallagher.

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,4,6,19. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Declan Bonner, Glen Road and Tony Gallagher. The jackpot now stands at 5,400 Euro.

The AGM will be on this Sunday 27th Feb in the clubhouse at 6pm.

The club have been honoured to be named Donegal Club of the Year for 2010 and will be presented with their award at the Annual Co Board Banquet which will be held on Friday 4th March in Jacksons Hotel. Also on the night the Donegal U21 team will be presented with their Ulster medals. Tickets are 35 Euro and anyone interested can contact Muriel Hegarty.

The 3rd team will start training this Thursday 24th at 8pm.

St Columbas Comprehensive School Reunion 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972

On the 30th of July of the August bank Holiday Weekend in 2011 former Classes from the Comprehensive School of 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972 will come together to celebrate around 40 years since they entered the doors of the Comprehensive School in Glenties.  As this is a combination of four different years we are anticipating a very special occasion.  As people from those years have spread all over the world it may be difficult for us to contact all so we are asking each individual past pupil from those years to contact some of the Committee by way of e-mail or telephone  to confirm attendance.  Please contact us now to ensure this event takes place.

Ann (Byrne) Moy – 086 8588530 –
Shirley Baskin Morris – 087 9701302
Michael McCole – 087 2305833
Donal Haughey – 086 2341061
Paul McHugh – 074 9541860
Gerard Slowey – 087 2467969
Mary Ita (O’Donnell) Boyle 087 9038263
Bernie (Keeney) Burke – 074 9551524
Pauline (Boyce) McGill – 074 9551981
Mary (Gavigan) Breslin – 087 3180396
Stephen McCahill – 087 2424590
Daniel Ward – 087 1304485

Glenties Notes 8th September 2010

Bonner / Murray Wedding
Rory Bonner and Aoife Murray were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Saturday 21st August 2010.  Fr. Pat Prendergast officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass.  Rory is a son of Joe and Marie Bonner, Buncrubog, Glenties and Aoife is a daughter of Michael and Margaret Murray, Bray, Co. Wicklow.  Her father gave the bride away and her sisters, Claire, Siobhan and Niamh were her bridesmaids.  Friend of the groom, John Paul Molloy was bestman and two other friends, John Boyle and Michael Furey were groomsmen.  Katie and Lily Bonner, nieces of the groom, were flowergirls.  Readings were by Caroline Bonner and Kieran Murray. Claire, Stephan and Mary read Prayers of the Faithful.  Margaret Murray and Marie Bonner, mothers of the bride and groom brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Barbara Edwards and the String Quartet.  The reception was held in the Mill Park, Hotel, Donegal Town and the honeymoon was spent in Las Vegas and San Francisco.

The Harvest Fair Festival gets under way on Thursday 9th September, with a one mile street race at 7 p.m.   It will be officially opened by Jim Mc Guinness at 8 p.m.  A great variety of events will be held during the festival with competitions – Darts, Snooker, Pitch + Putt etc. races – road, duck, go-cart etc. Clay Pigeon Shoot, Crazy Golf, Tug-O-War, Trek in the Bluestack Mountain, football, music, dancing, Kids movie, etc.  Details are on the programmes, which are in the shops.  The Festival Queen Dance is in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday night.

New Gardaí
Congratulations to Grainne Mc Loone and James Gallagher who graduated recently from Templemore Garda College.  Grainne is a daughter of Connell and Mena Mc Loone, Glen Road, Glenties and is currently serving in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.  James is a son of James and Bridgeen Gallagher, Ard Patrick, Glenties and is currently serving in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Harvest Fair Parade
Our annual parade takes place next Sunday 12th September at 4 p.m.  We encourage businesses, clubs, schools etc. to participate in the parade by way of a float or fancy dress.  Any group that can add colour by dance routine etc. is also very welcome.  All floats are to assemble on the Narin Road and all bands can park and assemble at the Comprehensive School.  Prizes for floats, individual entrant and children’s fancy dress.  Enquiries to 086-8656312.

Thank you
Fionnuala and Irene Boyle wish to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all those who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection for ‘Build it Week Haiti’.  The amount raised was € 1234.10.  The girls will travel to Haiti in October with this building programme.  Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.

Michael Mc Cahill
The death took place suddenly at his home on Monday 23rd August 2010 of Michael Mc Cahill, Derries, Glenties.  His Remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Thursday morning.  Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Shane Gallagher, Fr. James Friel and Fr. Aodhan Cannon.  Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar.  Music and singing was by Pat and John F. O’Donnell.  Burial took place in the New Graveyard.  Michael is survived by his wife, Bridie, daughters, Nicola, Michelle and Tracey, son Shaun, mother, Eileen, brothers, Des, Peter and Stephen, sisters, Patricia and Angela, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Maria Rafferty on the death of her father, which took place last week and who was buried in Athlone on Friday 3rd September.

Fr. James Mc Dyer
On 14th September 2010 it will be 100 years since the birth of Fr. James Mc Dyer of Glencolmcille.  He was born in Kilraine, Glenties.  Some events have been organised for Saturday 11thSeptember to celebrate his Centenary.  The Programme is as follows – 6 p.m. Mass in Glenties Chapel.  7.30 p.m. – Unveiling of Plaque at his Home in Kilraine.  8.30 p.m. – “Teacht Le Chéile” in the Highlands Hotel to share memories of the vision, the work and the achievements of the late Fr. Mc Dyer, at which Liam Mc Ginley will launch his latest book, “A Revolution on their Hands”.  All are welcome to attend.

Message from an Garda Siochána
The Main Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the Parade on Sunday 12th September approx 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Alternative routes via Altar & Mullantyboyle.  A One-Way traffic system will be in operation for the Harvest Fair Day – Monday 13th September.  From Mill Road (Connaghan’s) via Mullantyboyle to the Narin Road. From Station Road via Altar to the Glen Road (back of Garda Station).  No traffic other than HGVs & Coaches will have access to the town.

St. Columba’s Comprehensive School – Adult Education – Night Classes
Enrolment is on Monday 20th September 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Classes start on Tuesday 28th September.  All fees must be paid on enrolment night.  Fees for those on social welfare benefit reduced by € 45 for 8 week course and by € 20 for 4 week course.  Anyone interested in giving a night class, please send CV to the school.  Full details of all the courses that are being offered are on Notice Board in Church.

Chiropody Clinic
Margaret Connell, Foot Health Practitioner will hold a Chiropody Clinic in Glenties Day Centre on Monday 20th September.  Please telephone Margaret on 087 1417180  to arrange an appointment.

On behalf of D.C.I.L. Caroline Quinn would like to Thank all those who donated and cooked the food, played the music and donated prizes for the Barbeque and Barn Dance held recently at the Glen Tavern.  The amount raised was € 1,305.

Community Employment Scheme
A Community Employment Scheme is commencing on 27th September in the Glenties area.  For further details ring 087 9695053.  Fás criteria applies.