Twin Towns

The Late Madeleine Rutherford: The death took place of Madeleine Rutherford on the 16th of February in the Barnes View Ward, St. Josephs where she was cared for over the past six years. Madeleine, formerly of Woodlawn, Stranorlar had worked in the Labour exchange after finishing her education and then in Mc Ginty’s Drapery Shop, Ballybofey and finally in Mc Clay’s, Stranorlar all in a bookkeeping capacity. She had many varied interests and was involved in camogie, tennis, and golf. She also sang in the choir and appeared in many stage musicals and in the Butt Drama productions winning many awards in the process.

The Late Madeleine Rutherford: The death took place of Madeleine Rutherford on the 16th of February in the Barnes View Ward, St. Josephs where she was cared for over the past six years. Madeleine, formerly of Woodlawn, Stranorlar had worked in the Labour exchange after finishing her education and then in Mc Ginty’s Drapery Shop, Ballybofey and finally in Mc Clay’s, Stranorlar all in a bookkeeping capacity. She had many varied interests and was involved in camogie, tennis, and golf. She also sang in the choir and appeared in many stage musicals and in the Butt Drama productions winning many awards in the process.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar by Fr. Mc Ateer, assisted by Fr Chambers. Music and solos were by Kathy O’Hara. Interment took place in Stranorlar graveyard officiated by Fr. John Joe Duffy.

Madeleine is survived by her nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews locally and worldwide to whom deepest sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

The Late Mary Browne: The sudden death of Mary Browne, Meenanilt, Ballybofey which took place in Letterkenny General Hospital on the 23rd of February came as a great shock to all her family, neighbours, and many friends within the area. Mary was a gentle, caring woman who worked hard all her life in the family home bringing up her 15 children. She was a keen music lover, knitter and enjoyed her game of bingo. She was also a woman of great faith and was a familiar figure in St Mary’s Church Stranorlar right up to the time of her death. Her death has left a great void in the community where she was held in high regard by all. This regard was reflected in the very large and representative attendance at the removal from Mc Cools Chapel of Rest, wake, funeral and Requiem Mass. Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar by Fr John Joe Duffy, assisted by Fr Patsy Arkinson, and Fr Kieran Mc Ateer who officiated at the graveside. Readings were by her grandson Anthony and granddaughter Karen. Prayers of the faithful were read by her grandchildren, Caroline, PJ, Enya, Laura, Darren, and Sinead. Gifts were carried by grandchildren, Roisin, Jennifer, Martin, Erin, Shane, daughters, Rose, Breege, Margaret, Teresa, and Sister Kathleen. A Reflection Poem was read by her grandson Gareth. Organist was Clare O’Malley, soloist was her granddaughter Shauna, musicians were her granddaughter Enya and Paddy Mc Menamin. Predeceased by her husband Peter, daughter Kathleen and son William. Mary is survived by her sons Harry, Jim, Pete, Paddy, John, Hugh, Michael, Neil, daughters Ann, Rose, Breege, Margaret, and Teresa, Sons in law, daughters in law, 51 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren, brothers, Mick, John and sister Kathleen and by her many relatives and friends. Deepest sympathy is extended to all. May she rest in peace.

Adult Cardio Céili Class: An Adult Cardio Céili Class will begin this Wednesday the 13th of March and every following Wednesday in Kees Hotel Stranorlar at 7 pm. Contact Louise on 085 7229575 for details.

Ecumenical Service: On Sunday the 17th of March, St. Patrick’s Day, and Ecumenical Service will be held at 12 noon in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar. The service has been planned by the parishioners and Clergy of the local churches and an invitation to attend is extended to everyone in the community.

Twin Towns Celtic Supports Club: There is outstanding money owed for the Hearts game on the 7th of October. This needs to be paid urgently to the club treasurer. TTCSC have a limited edition oil painting of Michael Murphy lifting the Sam Maguire as a fantastic prize for some lucky person. Lines are €2 each and are available in McKelvey’s Bar, Ballybofey where the picture is currently on display. The draw will be held on the Easter weekend. The Club will be selling new club gear in the near future. Details will follow in the next few weeks. For more information on upcoming games contact Stephen on 087/6256107 or 086/8275143. The next club meeting will take place on March the 7th at 9pm sharp in McKelvey’s Bar.

Twin Towns Community Gardens and Allotments: The Community Gardens is an initiative of the Finn Valley Community Health Forum and is funded by the H.S.E. It was established in March 2011 and has seen almost 50 community gardeners avail of V.E.C. funded hobby gardening courses and FETAC 3 Horticulture courses. The garden has continued to thrive producing abundant crops of vegetables last year as well as flowers. 13 laying hens and one rooster. Last year’s projects included the building of the Hen Coop under the Men’s Health Programme, planting of over 200 trees, a new polytunnel kindly donated by Nora and Jeet Singh, extra beds, Waste Awareness Workshop, Garden to Gov and Day Trips as well as receiving the runner up prize in the Villa Voice Awards in October 2012.

The T.T. Garden members would love to see new people calling in with a view to joining the group. Currently there are 40 beds (subject to availability) and the garden is suitable for wheelchair users also. The garden is located at the back of the Isaac Butt Building (HSE Offices in Ballybofey car park).

Anyone with an interest in gardening or in joining the community garden team can contact Caroline on O87/7618824 or Geraldine on 086/4036494 to find out more information or visit the group’s Facebook page at Twin Towns Community Garden.

Coming up at the Balor: The students of St Columba’s College present the 2013 school musical, Footloose, from Monday March the 11th until Saturday the 16th of March. Based on the hit 80s movie Footloose explodes onto the stage with classic anthems including Holding out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and of course the title track, Footloose. Admission is €12/€6. To book contact the Balor Box Office.

Grand Slam Girl: Larissa Muldoon and Irish Ladies team going for Grand Slam Glory - Congratulations and best wishes to Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey who played a huge part at scrum half in Ireland’s victory over France in Ashbourne last Friday night. The final score Ireland 15 France 10. What was very prevalent last Friday was Ireland’s fitness level over France especially in the second half when France had to introduce five new replacements to keep up with the pace of the game. Good luck to Larissa and the rest of the team who are going for Gran Slam glory in their final game which will be held in Milan, Italy on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Concern Annual Spring Sale: The Concern Annual Spring Sale will take place on Saturday 6th April in the Henderson Hall, Stranorlar. Toys, Books, Bric-a-brac, House Items, etc are all accepted and welcomed. Large Furniture items and electrical items that are not in working order cannot be accepted. This is a great opportunity for a spring clean and at the same time helping those who are much less fortunate than ourselves. The Hall will be open from 4pm on Friday 5th April for depositing items.

Late Late: Late Late Show Appearance for Twin Towns Record Breaking Attempt. Keep an eye out for a few familiar faces on the Late Late Show this Friday the 15th of March as the Twin Town’s Gathering Group will be promoting their record breaking attempt on the show. On St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March, 17th, the group plans to break a Guinness World Record for the most individuals at one Gathering event whose first name is Patrick, Patricia, or an approved variation of the name. The group are inviting everyone from home, be it in the Twin Towns, County Donegal, Ireland and the wider Donegal diaspora from abroad to come home and join us in attempting to set this record. The target to beat is 1,096 and with your help we can do it.

Participants are required to abide by the following specific guidelines:

All participants must show a copy of his or her birth certificate to two independent witnesses before entering the chosen venue.

ID such as a driver’s license or passport are not acceptable.
The chosen name must be first name only. Middle and last names cannot be used towards the record total; Different spellings of the chosen name might be acceptable but must be pre-approved by Guinness World Records;

All participants must be in the venue simultaneously to be counted, they cannot come and go throughout the day and photocopies of all birth certificates must be submitted to Guinness World Records along with a list of participants’ signatures.

Trip to Medjugorie: A trip to Medjugorie is planned for the 7th of April, 2013. For more details, contact Brigid on 0749131078.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul are here to help you or your family with a visit, to listen, talk and help. Call or text our local helplines. If living in St Marys Parish Stranorlar contact 087 9955351 If living in the Parish of Crossroads and Sessiaghoneill contact 086 2435039. .

Cake sale: A cake sale will be held in the Parish Centre on March 16th and 17th after all masses for St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a lot of homemade cakes, buns, apple tarts, and much much more. Proceeds in aid of local man Garteh McNulty who is serving on Net Ministries Ireland. Your help and support would be greatly appreciated to raise much needed funds to support him on his mission. Anyone who wishes to bake or help out in anyway your help would be very welcome. For more information contact Wendy on 0851668256.

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