Gweedore Notes – 24th January 2014


Death of husband and wife within a week

There was deep sadness in the area at the news of  the recent deaths of popular Glasgow couple, Anne and Tommy Woods. Anne [née Curran], originally from Magheragallon, Gaoth Dobhair passed away suddenly on the 31st December, 2013. A week later, the  7th January, her husband, Tommy, who was born in Scotland passed away peacefully. The couple lived at Busby, Glasgow.
Anne was a daughter of the late Paddy Jack Fheilimdh Curran and Rosie Bhillly of Magheragallon and the family  later moved to live in Magheralosk, Bunbeg. She was aged 76 years at the time of her death. Anne was first of the Curran siblings to go to work in Scotland. Afterwards other family members also moved to Glasgow. She worked as an axillary nurse for some time in the Glasgow region. She later worked at home help and she later worked as a house keeper at St. Joseph’s Parochial House at Busby, Clarkston. She spent a total of twenty five years at St. Joseph’s. She was known as a kind, gentle and an excellent worker. Anne and her husband, Tommy and family suffered a terrible blow four years ago with the sudden death of their beloved son, Tony. Anne was also predeceased by her brother, Willie who died at the tender age of eleven years and also by her sister, Mrs. Dolly Sweeney, Brinaleck.
There was reception and vigil for both Anne and Tommy at St. Joseph’s Church, Clarkston, on Thursday 16th January at 6.00p.m. There was a poignant scenes as  the two coffins were taken to the altar of St. Joseph’s. The funeral mass was celebrated there on Friday 17th at 9.30a.m. Tommy’s interment took place afterwards at Philipshill Cemetery in a plot alongside his son, Tony. It was always Anne’s wish to be buried in Magheragallon cemtery a short distance from where she was born. Her wish was fulfilled. Her remains were brought to Ireland on Saturday last and were taken to the home of her sister, Rosemary and her husband Micí Annie Ferry, Brinaleck for waking. There was a constant steam of people calling to the house throughout the evening and again on Sunday morning to offer their condolences to the bereaved family. Her funeral mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg at 1.00p.m. on Sunday. The celebrant of the mass was Fr. Brian Ó Fearraigh, C.C., and Séiplínech Phobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair An Dr. Oirmh. Pádraig Ó Baoighill, Sagart Paróiste Ghaoth Dobhair was concelebrant.
The lessons were read by her daughter, Carole and by her niece, Bridie Ann Ferry. The soloist was Bríd [Joe Jack] Mhic Giolla Bhríde [cousin]. Her funeral took place afterwards to Magheragallon cemetery and she was interred in a plot alongside her parents, Paddy and Rosie Curran, and her brother, Willie.
She is survived by her daughter, Carole, son, Martin, grand children, Justin, Louise and David. Sisters, Mary McCusker,[Glasgow], Grace McCarroll, [Knocknamona Tce, Letterkenny], Rosemary Ferry, [Brinaleck], and Eileen Curran, [Magheragallon Road], brother, John Joe Curran (Canada),  in laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, to all of whom deep sympathy is extended.

Clean Up Operation

Well done to all the volunteers who turned up on Saturday morning last to clear the rubbish matter at Magheraclogher and Magheragallon beaches. They started the clean- up operation at the Strand Road leading down to Ostán Ghaoth Dobhair and from there they cleared the two beaches of all rubbish. It is unbelievable the amount of rubbish they gathered during the course of the day. While most of the waste matter was washed in during the recent high tide it is evident that some people are dumping their rubbish at will here. A magnificent  job done and well done to everyone involved.

Whist Drive

At the whist drive held in Scoil Mhuire, Derrybeg on Monday 13th  January, the top prize with a score of 173 points was won by Paddy McGeady, Gortahork. First lady’s prize with a score of 169 points went to Nóirín Houston, Gortahork while second lady’s prize with a score of 164 points was won by Geraldine Rushe, Srath na Corcra. First gent’s prize with a score of 167 points was won by Séamus McGinley, Machaire Rabhartaigh, Gortahork and second gent’s prize with a score of 167  points went to Matt Clancy, Srath na Corcra. Pat Shovlin, Srath na Corcra with a score of 88 points won the prize for the highest score in the first half, while Fred Gallagher, Falcarragh with 91 points had the highest score in the second half. The whist is held in Scoil Mhuire, Derrybeg every Monday night and everyone is welcome.

Féile Áitiúil Scoildhrámaíochta

Beidh Féile Áitiúil Scoildhrámaíochta ar siúl in Amharclann an Ghrianáin, Leitir Ceanainn ar an Chéadaoine, 26ú Feabhra. Is é Noel Ó Gallchóir, Gort a’ Choirce  an Rúnaí Cúige agus ba chóir foirm iarratais agus cóip den dráma a sheoladh chuige roimh an Aoine, 14ú Feabhra.  Beidh  Féile Uladh ar siúl i mblaina arís sa Ghrianán ar an Déardaoin agus ar an Aoine, 20ú agus an 21ú Márta. Beidh an Fhéile Náisiúnta mar is gnáth ar an Mhuileann gCearr idir an Chéadaoin 2ú Aibreán agus an Chéadaoine 9ú Aibreán. Tá dátaí na bhFéilte níos luaithe i mbliana mar go bhfuil an Fhéile Náisiúnta ar siúl roimh an Cháisc, mar go bhfuil an Cháisc mall i 2014. Tá an Fhéile Áitiúil ar an Chéadaoine in áit a bheith ar an Domhnach mar a bhí le fada.

Death of former Crolly man

The death occurred recently of Charlie Bonner, Bridge End, Dungloe.  The deceased who was originally from Crolly was a son of the late Paddy and Margaret Bonner and was born in Crolly in December 1929. Charlie was a well known footballer in his day and he played with the Gaoth Dobhair team. He won three in a row Co. Donegal SFC medals in 1953, ’54 and again in ’55. On his marriage to Sally Walsh he moved to live in Dungloe and he became one of the Rosses best known businessmen. He was a well known angler and he represented the county at the World Angling Championships in both Canada and Norway. Among those who provided a guard of honour at his funeral were members of CLG Ghaoth Dobhair team who played alongside him in the fifties.
Predeceased by his wife, Sally, he is survived by his sons, Brendan, Kevin, and  Ciarán, brother Michael at Crolly, sisters, Bríd and Annie also at Crolly, grand children, in laws, family circle, relatives and friends, to all of whom deep sympathy is extended.

Dates for the diary

The Bishop of Rahoe Most Rev. Dr. Philip Boyce will visit the parish on Sunday 1st June to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to school children from the following schools: Scoil Phádraig, Dore, Scoil Chonaill, Bunbeg, Scoil Mhuire, Derrybeg, Scoil Adhamhnáin, Lunniagh and Scoil Bhríde, Meenacladdy. The ceremony will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg during the 11.00a.m. mass.
This year’s Graveyard Ceremony will take place in Cnoc Fola cemetery on Sunday 13th July at 3.00p.m. The ceremony will take place in Dunlewey cemetery on Sunday 20th July  at 10.00a.m. and in Magheragallon on the same day at 3.00p.m.
Local children will receive their First Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg on Saturday 3rd May at 11.00a.m. and at St. Colmcille Church, Cnoc Fola also on  the 3rd May at 11.00a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church, Meeaweal and the Church of the Sacred Heart, Dunlewey  on Sunday 4th May at 10.00a.m.

Marie Keating Foundation Mobile Unit

Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse (Break Free from Cancer) Support and Online Information Group have announced that a Marie Keating Foundation mobile unit will be visiting them at Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dore, on Thursday, April 10th.
They are encouraging as many people as possible from around the county to come and visit them when the unit arrives. The Marie Keating Foundation has three purpose built Mobile Information Units which travel around Eastern, Western and Southern regions of Ireland.
On board there is a nurse who is available to provide cancer information to the general public free of charge in an informal and non-intrusive way. It is not a screening service.
On board the mobile unit they are able to facilitate confidential one to one consultations and information presentations. They can then provide you with take home information leaflets on Bowel, Lung, Mouth, Skin, Testicular, Prostate, Cervical, Ovarian and Breast cancer.
For more information: Telephone: 083 1217857 or Email : coiste.scaoil.saor@icloud.com

Relay For Life

The cancer support group, Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse [Break Free From Cancer] are organising a team to take part in this year’s Relay For Life. They are looking for people to join the  team if you are interested in joining please contact our chairman Freddie O’Donnell at (083) 121 7857 or email your name and and your telephone to: coiste.scaoil.saor@icloud.com

Cnoc Fola Bingo

At last Sunday night’s bingo in Ionad Pobail Chnoc Fola the following won €100 each: Bella Sanzone, Carrick, James Dixon, Machaire Rabhartaigh, Shaun Friel, Brinaleck, Cliona McNichol, Derryconnor, Willie Mór Diver, Lunniagh, Bríd McGee, Meenlaragh and Frances Gallagher, Machaire Rabhartaigh.


In the Scoil Bhríde, Meenacladdy lotto draw at the weekend the jackpot prize was not won. Denis Gallagher, Meenacladdy matched three numbers. In the next draw the jackpot prize will be €500.

Table Quiz

The table quiz resumes again in Teach Sheáin Óig, Middletown tonight [Thursday] at 10.00p.m.  The quiz will be held every Thursday and the proceeds will go to the local conference of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Month’s Mind Mass

The month’s mind mass for the late Bríd Boland, Knockastolar will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg on Saturday 1st February at 7.00p.m.

Church Gate Collection

A church gate collection in aid of the Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Invalid   Fund will be taken up at all the churches in the parish this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January.

Cruinniú Míosúil

Beidh cruinniú míosúil Fó Chumann Lúth Chleas Gael Ghaoth Dobhair oíche Nhairt an 4ú Feabhra sa chlubtheach i Machaire Gathlán.

Ceant Mí Eanáir

Beidh ceant ar siúl i gClub Theach CLG Ghaoth Dobhair ar an Satharn 25ú Eanáir ag 8.00i.n.  Beidh said ag díol imreoirí, cairde, baill coiste, scileanna, ranganna, ceartanna damhsa, ceoil agus tálann do gach seort.  An ceantálaí, Pól Ó Gallchóir [Pháidí Dubh] agus ceol le Gerry Ó Duibhir.  Nach caill do sheans.


Bíonn Ranganna ‘Spin Bikes’ in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar  le Jordanna agus  Leona , tráthnóna Dé Céadaoin ag 8 i.n. agus maidin Dé hAoine ag  9 r.n.

Club Óige

Club Óige Mór Dhobhair in Ionad Noamh Pádraig achan Dé hAoine ón  6.00. – 8.00 i.n. Tá an club beag lán faoi láthair.

Text Alert Pobail

Faoi láthair Ionad Naomh Pádraig ag obair ar Text Alert i gcomhair le na Gardaí i gceantar Ghaoth Dobhair. Bhead said buíoch  do ionadaí ó choistí áitiúil a bhfuil suim acu bheith páirteach ann, bheith i láthair ag cruinniú Dé Máirt 28ú Eanáir ag  8.00 i.n. le breis eolais a fháil.

Cúrsa Safepass

Beidh Cúrsa Safepass do dhaoine dífhostaithe ag toiseacht in Ionad Naomh Pádraig gan mhoill, cur scairt ar an Ionad le clarú. Tuilleadh eolais ar na himeachtaí seo ar fáil ó Mháire no Annelene ag 074 9532949, nó cur ríomh phost chuig ionadnp@eircom.net

Art Classes

Art Classes will commence in Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Lunniagh on Monday night 27th February.  Classes held from 7.00p.m. to 10.00p.m. and they will take place there every Monday night for a duration of six weeks. Oils, water-colours and acrylics will be catered for and beginners are most welcome to come along. The tutor is Joe McClafferty.  For more information please call 087 9209824.

Bean na gCós

Beidh Bean na gCós sa Chrannóg, Doirí Beaga Dé hAoine 31ú Eanáir ón 10.00 go dtí 4.00i.n.


Bíonn Ranganna Céilí ar siúl sa Chrannóg gach Déardaoin ón 8.00 go dtí 10.00i.n. Fáilte roimh gach duine.  Cuireadh tús le Rang Comhrá Gailge sa Chrannóg oíche Chéadoine ag 8.00i.n. Ranganna Ealaíon le Owenie Diver ar siúl ansin gach oíche Chéadoin ag 8.00i.n.

Couch to 5k

A new couch to 5k programme will begin on Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm in Gweedore Industrial Estate. The couch to 5k programme is a 9 week programme which consists of three 30 minute sessions per week taking participants slowly from walking to jogging. This is a very successful programme with proven results for those who attend the sessions. Participants should be able to walk 30 minutes without stopping before beginning the programme. The 3 sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and every Sunday at 10am. A donation of €3 is requested. For further information contact Kathleen on (086) 4040035