Gaoth Dobhair Notes – 2nd December 2011


The late Dominick Roarty

The death took place at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on November 22nd of Mr. Dominick Roarty, Carrickataskin, Derrybeg. He was aged 74 and was originally from Moneybeg, Dunlewey. Dominick spent many years working at the former ESB station at Meenacuing. He joined the staff there in 1961 and he remained working until it closed in 1997. In his youth he spent some years working in Scotland and he also spent some years working with building contactors in the locality. Dominick was a very civil man and he will be sorely missed by his wife, Annie and family. He had great interest in rearing sheep and he frequently attended sheep marts throughout  the county.  He was a quiet unassuming individual, and those who knew him and they were legion, could not fail to recognise  his great qualities.
The very large and representative attendance at the home coming of remains, wake and funeral, clearly indicated the high esteem in which the deceased and his family are held. His funeral took place to Magheragallon cemetery on Friday last following Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg.
The celebrant was An Dr. Oirmh. Pádraig Ó Baoighill, Sagart Paróiste Ghaoth Dobhair and he was assisted by Fr. Seán Ó Gallchóir, P.P., Gortahork. The lessons were read by: Gracie Roarty [sister] and Ann Karina Roarty, [grand-daughter].  The prayers of the faithful were read by: Áine Roarty, [daughter in law], Nicola Roarty, [daughter in law], and Sally Ní Dhuibhir, [niece]. The offertory gifts were brought to the altar by: Mary Roarty, [daughter], Sally Ann Roarty, [daughter], Cian, Martin and Stephen Roarty, [grand children]. The soloist was Bríd Mhic Giolla Bhríde. Following the mass he was laid to rest in Magheragallon cemetery.
He was predeceased in 1974 by his infant son, Michael Paul, and he was also predeceased by his brother, Mickey and sister, Teresa [Bríd] McDonald. He is survived by his wife, Annie [née Diver], sons, Pádraig Roarty, [Carrickataskin], Frankie, [Ranafast], and Hugo [Carrickataskin], daughters, Mary Roarty [at home] and Sally Ann Roarty, [Carrickataskin], brother, John [New York], sisters, Mary McLinden, [New York], Anne Smith, [Falcarragh] and Gracie Roarty, [Dunlewey], in-laws, grandchildren, family circle and many friends, to all of whom deep sympathy is extended.

Creel Making Class

Creel making classes will start in Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30p.m.  Everyone welcome. For futher detail please phone: 087 4159432.

Saint Vincent De Paul

St Mary’s Conference Gaoth Dobhair. are holding their annual Christmas Collection in all churches in Gaoth Dobhair on the 10th and 11th December. If anybody wishes to make a donation they can do so by visiting Siopa Uinsinn, Derrybeg, opening hours Thursday 5 – 8 in the evening, Friday and Saturday 10 – 2. They would also appreciate donations of ladies and gents clothes aswell as children’s clothes in good condition. At this time of the year SVP would a be very thankful for toys in good condition and household goods, bedlinen, curtains,unwanted gifts dvd,cd. Contact number 0852293015. Go raibh míle maith agaibh as bhur dtacaíocht.

Whist Drive

At the whist drive held in Scoil Mhuire, Derrybeg on Monday 21 November, Sylvia Morgan, Cotteen with a score of 174 points won top score prize.  First lady’s prize with a score of 174 points was won by Mary Gallagher, Dungloe, while second lady’s prize with a score of 167 points went to Síle Boyle, Ranafast.  First gent’s prize with a score of 174 points was won by Pádraig Ó Gallchóir, Dore and second gent’s prize with a score of 168 points was won by Charlie Gallagher, Gortahork.  Susan McCole, Dore with a score of 90 points had the highest score in the first half, while Bríd Ní Chearnaigh, Meenacuing with 91 points had the highest score in the second half.

100 Draw

In the CLG Ghaoth Dobhair 100 Club Draw for the month of November the lucky winners were: 400 euro, Jimmy Lennon, Knockastolar, 250 euro, Adrian O’Kane, Co. Tyrone, 150 euro, Daniel Friel, Carrick, and 100 euro each; Francie McEleaney, Bunaninver and Mícheál Ó Fearraigh, Cró na gCuig Fhia, Crolly.

Sale of Work

A sale of work in aid of St. Patrick’s Church, Bunbeg will be held in the Old School on Saturday 3rd December at 3.00p.m. There will be a wide range of goods at the sale including home baking, books etc.  Everyone welcome.

Night Vigil

There will be Night Vigil at Knock Shrine on Wednesday 7th December. A bus will leave Gaoth Dobhair at 7.00p.m. and will return again at 8.30a.m. For booking and further information please contact Máire at 9531872 or Cronán Mac at 087 237888.

Death of Dolly Sweeney

The death occurred at Áras Ghaoth Dobhair, Derrybeg on Friday morning last of Mrs. Dolly Sweeney, Brinaleck. Aged 71 years, she was predeceased by her husband, Seán Bán Sweeney. A member of the Curran family, her funeral took place to Cnoc Fola cemetery on Sunday after mass in St. Colmcille Church. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, brother and sisters. [Full obituary will follow].

Service of Remembrance

This year’s service of remembrance for families in Gaoth Dobhair, the Rosses and Cloughaneely who lost a member of the family at a young  age will be held in St. Crona’s Church, Dungloe on Thursday  December 8th at 8.00p.m. A candle will be lit in memory of the child / young person at this very special service.   New names in the Gaoth Dobhair area should be submitted to Síle Uí Ghallchóir,  telephone 074 9531743. If you gave the name of your child in years past, you do not need to submit the name again.

St. Stephen’s Day Walks

A reminder that sponsorship cards are now available for the three walks taking part in the parish on St. Stephen’s Day. The proceeds from the walks this year will go to the Gaoth Dobhair Day Care Centre at Derrybeg and the development of the new football pitch at Magheragallon. The first walk start at the Cnoc Fola Community centre at 12.30p.m., the second walk will get underway at Crolly at 1.00p.m. and the third walk will get underway in Dunlewey at 1.30p.m. This is the tenth year for the walks to take place.

Lá Teaghlaigh sa Chrannóg

Beidh Lá Teaghlaigh ar siúl sa Chrannóg, Dé Sathairn an 17ú Nollaig ag meán lae. Beidh bacáil baile, obair cheirde agus earraí ar díol. Beidh spórt agus spraoi ann agus beidh Santa é féin i lathair. Bígí ann.

Death of Linda McGarvey

Deeply regretted is the death of Linda McGarvey, which occurred in Glasgow on November 24th.  Aged only 44 years, she was a daughter of Mrs. Sheila  McGarvey and the late Hugh McGarvey.  Her late father, Hugh, a son of the late Owenie Hiudaí Óig and Mary Mhicí Beag [nee McGee], was originally from Meenaniller, Derrybeg while her mother, Sheila [nee O’Donnell] hail from Loughnanoran, Annagry. Her remains were brought to her home in Loughnanoran for waking and her funeral took place to Annagry new cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Annagry. She is survived by her son, mother, sisters and family circle to all of whom deep sympathy is extended.

Parking at St. Mary’s Church

The Parish Priest of Gaoth Dobhair An Dr. Oirmh. Pádraig Ó Baoighill has called on motorists to refrain from parking on both sides of the road outside St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg. He said due to the narrowness of the road motorists should only park their vehicles on the side nearest  the church. Up to now it was customary for motorists to park on both sides of the road which restricted the movement of vans, ambulance, heavy vehicles, buses etc. An Dr. Ó Baoighill said the County Council was in contact with him regarding double parking on this road and they proposed a double yellow line along one side of the road. He said he was not in favour of this proposal as it could lead to the issue of parking fines. It is hoped motorists will adhere to the new measures put in place.

Cnoc Fola Bingo

At last Sunday night bingo in Ionad Pobail Chnoc Fola Noreen Houston, Falcarragh won 170 euro, Patsy Ned McFadden, Cnoc Fola won 130 euro and the following won 100 euro each: Jack O’Donnell, Knockastolar, Kit Rua O’Brien, Oilean Inis Bó Finne, Madge Ferry, Glasserchoo and Annie McGarvey, Brinaleck.

Bord na nÓg

Ghradam na bliana 2011 sa chlubtheach i Machaire Gathlán,  Dé Sathairn an 3ú Nollaig ar 4.00i.n.

Nollag (Christmas Crafts)

Beidh an Cúrsa seo ag toiseachtin Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar  ar an Luain 5ú Nollaig @ 7.00 i.n. Cur scairt ar Mháire @ 07495 32949 le clárú.

Bingo Dhobhair

Beidh Bingo na Nollag Ionad Naomh Pádraig ar súil san Ionad ar an Satharn, 3ú Nollaig @ 8.30 i.n. Beidh an bus ar an bhealach mar is gnáth. Fáilte romhaibh uilig.

Aonach Ceardaíocht / Leabhair & Santa

Beidh Aonach Ceardaíocht & Leabhair ar siúl san Ionad ar an Domhnach, 4ú Nollaig @ 11.00 – 5.00 i.n. Beidh deis cuairt a thabhairt ar Santa @ 3.00 i.n. Le tábla a chur in áirithe cur scairt ar an Ionad. Fáilte romhaibh uilig.

Dinnéar Nollag na Seanóirí

Beidh Dinnéar na Seanóirí ar siúl in Ionad Naomh Pádraig ar an Aoine, 16ú Nollaig @ 5.00 i.n. Tá fáilte mhór romhaibh uilig.

Turas Spioradálta na Nollag

Beidh Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar ag reáchtáil Turas Spioradálta na Nollag go Ards ar an 19ú Nollaig.  Bus ó pharóiste Gaoth Dobhair. Beidh Aifreann, Faoistin, dinnéar agus deis sult a bhaint as timpeallacht chiúin Ards. Fáilte roimh óg agus aosta, le tuilleadh eolais a fháil nó chun suíochán a chur in airithe cuir scairt ar Mháire ag 074 9532949, nó cuir ríomh phost ar ionadnp@eircom.net

Baptismal Font

The baptismal font in the old church, in Derrybeg which closed in August 1972 has been moved to St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg. The font which has been damaged has been brought back to its former glory has been placed close to the altar.
A special mass for everyone baptised in this font will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on the 8th December at 3.00p.m. Holy oil will also be available during this mass.  Everyone, young and old is welcome at this mass. Also moved to St. Mary’s Church, is a segment from the altar in the former church. The segment which feature the Angel Gabriel has been placed near the altar. It also has been damaged but had been repaired.
Another event which is associated with this church and recorded in the history books is the killing of Inspector Martin.
On Sunday 3rd February 1889, Inspector Martin was killed outside the church when an attempt was made by him to arrest Fr. McFadden.


The Cloughaneely Players’ Drama group will perform a special Christmas Pantomime on Saturday 17th December in Dunlewey. Another show will take place on Friday 16th December. This promises to be a magical evening for the whole family. Join us on the night for the rags-to-riches story of Cinderella. This show will be full of fun-filled audience participation and loads of jokes from a host of hilarious characters. A great way to start the festive season.  Tá oíche ar dóigh geallta don teaghlach ar fad. Cuirfidh sé tús ar dóigh le séasúr na Nollag.
Tickets: €8/Adult, €4/Child, €20/Family of four. Tickets for Tommy Tiernan and Cinderella are available from the following outlets: An Stór, Falcarragh / Mc Clafferty’s, Gortahork / Matt Bonner’s, Gweedore / Centra, Dunfanaghy / Given’s, Madabouthouse.ie, Dungloe

Dunlewey Theatre North-West Networking

The recent Open Evening held in Dunlewey Theatre was a great success.
They brought together representatives from groups in the area involved in music, dance, drama, art, education and youth-work. The aim was to showcase the new theatre and to give the various groups a chance to network so that by working together and pooling resource more can be achieved.
The feedback from the night was that it was an informative and positive event. If you would like to be part of “North-west networking” please get in touch by emailing info@dunleweytheatre.ie

cruinniú tábhachtach

Fógra do mhuintir Chnoc an Stolaire, Muine Dubh, Machaire Loisce agus Baile an Droichid. Beidh cruinniú tábhachtach ar siúl ann Ostan Radharc na Mara ar 07.12.11 ar 8:00 i.n. Important meeting for above townlands in Seaview Hotel, Wednesday 07.12.11 at 8 p.m. Please be there.

Fundraising night

There will be a fundraising night at Leo’s Meenaleck, Saturday 3rd December starting at 10.00pm.
The night is being organised by local young man Cormac O Mordha and the proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Ireland.  The group SkinnyLip will be providing entertainment, admission is free and donations will be much appreciated.  Drinks Promo and Raffle will take place. Best moustache awards on the night.