The Late Phyllis Kelly: The death took place of Phyllis Kelly in her home at Trusk, Ballybofey on April 1st after a 15 month illness. Her passing sees the loss of a wonderful mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Pat Kelly who died 38 years ago. Phyllis was well known in the community as a home-maker, a helpful neighbour and a keen gardener. The esteem in which she was held was reflected in the very large attendance at the wake, funeral and Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Patsy Arkinson at St. Mary’s Sessiaghoneill.
Readings were by Kellie-Anne Doherty and Sarah Louise Kelly. Prayers of the faithful were read by Christina Ward, Donna-Marie Doherty, Karen Kelly, Charlotte Kelly and John-Paul Kelly. Gifts were carried by Gareth Kelly, PJ Kelly, Theresa Doherty and Florence Slevin. Music and solos were by Geraldine Mc Cafferty accompanied by Josie Mc Cafferty on organ.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter Bernie, sons Josie, Patrick and John, daughters in law, son in law, brother in law, sisters in law, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren along with extended family and friends to whom deepest sympathy in extended.
Twin Towns Celtic Supporters Club: Winner of the Michael Murphy oil painting was Eugene Bonnar with Cathal Gallen TTCSC Top and Mark Temple TTCSC Top also winners. Places are available for members for the Inverness Caley game on April 21st and the St Johnstone game on May 11th. Contact Stephen on 087 6256107 or 086 8275143. The next club meeting is on April 25th at 9pm.
5k Fundraiser: St Columba’s College, Parents Council are holding a 5k (run/jog/walk-its up to you!) The event is in aid of St Columba’s College Sports Development Fund. It will be held on Sunday 21st April at 12.30pm. Registration takes place at the college from 11.45am. €5 per person, children under 12 are free. Spot prizes and refreshments will be provided for participants in the College Canteen afterwards. All are welcome.
Relay for Life: Would you like the opportunity to win a half day personal consultation with Sir Gerry Robinson? Three lucky people can win free business advice by sponsoring the 24 Hour Train Drive for the Relay for Life Event at Oakfield Park, Raphoe on Saturday, May 4th. A €50 or (£44) donation will give one entry into the draw. Further details and information can be found on www.oakfieldpark.com email; email@example.com or facebook.
Business Boot Camp: If you are aged between 16-35 and live in County Donegal then you’re eligible to apply for Business Boot Camp. For more information call Donna Maskery the Donegal Boot Camp Project Officer on Tel: 087 953 9041, email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the website www.biz-bootcamp.com.
Beginner’s Golf: Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club are starting a Beginner golf initiative at the end of April. Just come along and bring a friend, clubs and balls will be supplied by the Club, just wear shoes with a grip. Coaching will be provided by Seamus Clinton the resident Golf Professional for a six week period and after each coaching session the beginners will be invited to play a few holes with members. The coaching will cost €10 for each session and the total paid will be put towards membership fees should you decide to join. The first session will be on Sunday, April 28th.
S.T.A.G. Variety Concert: Stranorlar Town Action Group (S.T.A.G.) will hold its 2nd variety concert in Kee’s Hotel on Saturday, April 20th at 8pm. Tickets are €10 at the door. The concert will feature a host of local talent with drama, music and dance to entertain all tastes. Appearing on the night will be Zara Gillespie and Michael Duffy (Synchronize) who were runners-up in the recent Opportunity Knocks competition in Donegal, also on the bill will be Ronan Mc Ginty and Megan Lucas, two up and coming young singers. Comedy will be provided by Sister Act, Mad Marcus, Paddy Mc Menamin and Gordon Lucas, Josie McNamee will perform a recitation, and seasoned professionals Martin McColgan and Paddy Mc Menamin will provide musical entertainment. Dance acts Synchronize and Jigs and Reels winners Fiona and Paul will be providing the dance entertainment. With Jason Friel on sound this promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment. Definitely a night not to be missed!
Day of Prayer and Healing: A Day of Prayer and Healing conducted by Eddie Stones will take place in Emmanuel House on Saturday, April 27th. A bus will leave St. Mary’s Church car park at 6am. To book contact 9551440.
Stranorlar Old Cemetery: Anyone wishing to mark any unmarked graves of know the whereabouts of their own family, friends or neighbours who may be interred in unmarked graves i.e. with no headstone, cross or name plaque are asked to contact any of the priests or any member of the Graveyard Committee. Some of the graves in Stranorlar Cemetery date back as far as the early 19th century. It is therefore most important this heritage is retained for future generations. The 30th of April has been set as a deadline to enable parishioners to make contact with anyone abroad or living in other parts of the country who may know of any unmarked graves. For more information please contact any of the priests or the Graveyard Committee on the following numbers, 086/8048948, 086/250550 or 087/6701682.
Drumboe Cemetery: Due to construction work being carried out at Drumboe Cemetery the main entrance to the cemetery will be out of use for 2 – 3 weeks approximately. Visitors to the cemetery are asked to use the upper entrance (West Gate side) until further notice. The graveyard committee would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society: The Ballybofey, Stranorlar and District Historical Society is looking for copies of any old photographs of people, places or events in the area for an upcoming photo exhibition.
The society will hold the event in the exhibition area of the Balor Theatre on Saturday, May 11, to link in with other planned events as part of the Isaac Butt weekend.
If you, or anyone you know, have old photographs that would be of interest, then contact Gerard McHugh as soon as possible at his studio on Donegal Street, Ballybofey, on 074 91 32750.
The next meeting of the society will take place in the Henderson Hall, Stranorlar on Monday, April 22, at 8pm.
New members are always welcome, for more information please come along to the next meeting or contact the Society Chairperson, Aubrey Oliver.
Coming up in The Balor: On Friday, April 19th the Brass Neck Theatre Company present The Sweety Bottle a hilariously nostalgic trip into a shebeen full of characters and laughter at the back of a sweet shop in the middle of Belfast. On Saturday the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse comes to the Balor at 2pm.
HSE Self-management course: The HSE is providing a self management course for people with long term health conditions and carers of people with long term health conditions that promotes self care. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Your local course will commence on Tuesday, 7th May at 10am in the Parish Centre, Stranorlar. If you would like some more information or would like to book a place, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email email@example.com All enquiries are welcome.