Letterkenny

Illistrin FC: Registration for Illistrin Football Club for the 2012/13 season will take place in Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin this Saturday, June 9th from 2pm to 4pm. Players who were not registered with the Donegal Schoolboys League this season must bring a Birth Certificate. This would mostly be players born in 2002 or later or players who were not previously registered with Illistrin FC.

Illistrin FC: Registration for Illistrin Football Club for the 2012/13 season will take place in Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin this Saturday, June 9th from 2pm to 4pm. Players who were not registered with the Donegal Schoolboys League this season must bring a Birth Certificate. This would mostly be players born in 2002 or later or players who were not previously registered with Illistrin FC.

Letterkenny Tidy Towns: The Tidy Towns Committee is organising a day trip to Westport on Saturday, June 16th. A coach will leave the Cathedral Car Park at 8.30am. Anyone wishing to go on this outing, please contact Denis on 086-6038030.

Turas at Gartan: Everyone is invited to do the ‘Turas’ for the Feast Day of St. Columba (June 9th). The ‘Turas’ consists of prayers around seven different locations at the old Church and Graveyard at Gartan. The ‘Turas’ can be made at any time, any day, but it is lovely to do it on the Feast Day of the Saint. This Saturday, Fr. Michael McKeever will lead the ‘Turas’ starting at 2.30pm. After the prayers are finished the group will walk/proceed to St. Colmcille’s Church, Glendowan for Benediction. Also on Saturday, Fr. Eamonn Kelly will lead the ‘Turas’ starting at 3.30pm. There will be no walk after this ‘Turas’. 

St. Eunan’s Cathedral: On Sunday, June 10th the Feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated. An evening of prayer will begin at 4.30pm with two hours of led Eucharistic Adoration with prayer, reflection and singing. At 6.30pm there will be the scheduled Mass and immediately afterwards parishioners will walk with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament over lower Ard O’Donnell onto the High Road and down Main Street, ending with Benediction at Market Square.

Midsummer Medieval Banquet: This year’s Banquet will take place on Saturday, June 23rd in The Vestry Hall, St. Conal’s from 7pm. This event is for over 18’s only. Tickets on sale from The Vestry and other locations. Cost €30.

Ards Retreat: A Retreat with the Theme: Christian vision, hope and possibility will take place from Friday 15th to Thursday, June 21st in Ards Friary and will be directed by Fr. Flann Lynch OFM Capuchin. Contact Ards Friary at 074-9138909 or info@ardsfriary.ie.

Active Retirement Association: Letterkenny Active Retirement Association will hold their monthly meeting this afternoon (Thursday) at 2.30pm in the Pastoral Centre. New members very welcome.

Past and Present DVD: The DVD is on sale in Mac’s Mace, Costcutters and Clarke’s Newsagents. Price: €10. Proceeds will go to St. Vincent de Paul.

International Aerial Circus: The next two Saturday nights (June 9th and 16th) promise to deliver fantastic entertainment in the form of the Emma Insley Circus Nights. These two evenings are filled with International Circus and Aerial Dance acts by professional artists from the USA, Australia, France, UK and Ireland. These highly skilled circus acts will be performing at An Grianán Theatre from 7pm. Call the Box office on 074-9120777 or visit www.angrianan.com.

Walking Group looking for new members: The local Walking Group is looking for men and women to join. Weekly walks locally and away are organised at weekends. This is not a mountaineering group. For more details contact 085-1563302.

Dance for St. Luke’s: A dance in aid of St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin will take place in the Station House Hotel on Saturday, June 9th from 9.30pm. Music by Ann Biddie Duo followed by Patsy Harte and Country Storm. Admission is €10.

English in great form: Following on from Caitriona Jennings’ selection to the Irish Olympic team, another local athlete – Mark Engish just narrowly failed to meet the A standard qualifying time for this year’s Olympic 800m. English’s time of 1:45.77 at a meet in Belgium was less than half a second outside the A standard but meets the B standard that could still see him selected for the London Games.

However, with a few weeks before the full Irish team for London is finalised, there is every chance that English will net the A standard and book his place at the Games. His time has met the A standard for both the European Track & Field Championships and the World Junior Championships. His 1:45.77 is also the 5th fastest time ever recorded for an Irish man over the 800m distance.

Glenswilly 5K: A large crowd of runners and walkers is expected for the inaugural Glenswilly 5K road race and walk that will take place on Tuesday, June 19th. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Glenswilly GAA underage teams. There will be prizes for runners and spot prizes for walkers on the night.

Registration will take place the night before (Monday 18th) at 6pm in the GAA Hall. The race itself gets underway on Tuesday night, June 19th at 7.30pm with entry €8 for adults with children free. Refreshemnts and shower and changing facilities will also be provided on the night.

Bonagee Utd. FC: The AGM of Bonagee Utd FC takes place this Saturday, June 9th in the Community Hall, Bonagee at 7pm. Anyone wishing to get involved in the club or help in anyway is welcome to come along.

Japanese Cultural Society: The newly established Japanese Cultural Society is now meeting on a regular basis in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. If you are interested in joining or just dropping in from time to time, please email Port na Fáilte for more details.

Errigal College: Non exam classes have finished classes for the year with house examinations taking place during the week past. Junior and Leaving Certificate students had a series of block classes where intensive work on the final preparations took place. The Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations begin on June 6th.

The annual Leaving Certificate Mass and Graduation Ceremony was held in the gym on Wednesday. Fr Francie and Rev Stewart Wright attended and the Leaving Certificate students of 2012 participated in all aspects of the Mass. The group was addressed by Principal, Ms Mc Hugh and Year Head, Ms Rafferty who both wished the students every success in the examinations and in their future path in life and in return the students thanked all those who had supported them and helped them on their way during their time at the college. Parents and families were thanked by all those who spoke and their support will be vital over the next few weeks of the examinations. The group released a balloon each on the steps of the college after the Ceremony to symbolise the letting go of an old life and the starting of a new one. The canteen staff treated everyone to a buffet supper afterwards.

The football pitch at Errigal College was buzzing on Wednesday when the UEFA Euro 2012 Blitz Day was held. A very successful Family Festival was held at Errigal College on Sunday, May 27th. It was a summer celebration of the Little Homeland Association and the Polish Sunday School which were finishing up for the summer holidays.