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April 9th 2003

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Kearneys Drapers close after nearly
50 years in Business

Victor and Mary with daughter Jaymie outside the shop on their last day of business. In the early 50s Gladys and Jimmy Kearney took over the drapery business in Donegal Town which was formerly known as Wrays.
Gladys Kearney, for the next five decades built up a thriving family business and in 1979 her son Victor came home to join the operation. Gladys worked in the shop right up to her death in August 2001. After much deliberation aand a great deal of sadness, Victor and wife Mary have decided to close the doors for the last time.
Victor and Mary would like to express appreciation “our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff employed in Kearneys through the years and our appreciation and thanks to our loyal customers for their support and friendship.”

Tribute to Joe Munday
Plans for memorial on the Diamond

Good communities do not just happen - they evolve by the works done by certain dedicated people from within their own respective areas. Ours is no different - I can think of dedicated workers in communities like Ballintra, Mountcharles, Dunkineely, Frosses, Inver, Barnesmore/Leghowney, Laghey, to whom a lot is owed. Donegal Town has had and still has people driven with a determination to improve the lives and care for the welfare of their fellow beings, be it through involvement in charitable works or social/sporting organisations etc.
When I was approached to write this article, I did not hesitate for one moment, as I know that the man himself - God be good to him - would not have hesitated when asked to do anything. The person in question is the late Joe (P.J.) Mundy who passed from this life in November 1999 in his 80th year.
Joe was born and reared in Burns Mountain, the area opposite Lough Eske Castle. He joined the staff in Donegal P.O. as a telegraph messenger, progressing through the ranks to Clerical Officer. I first met Joe in 1962 when I also joined Posts & Telegraphs as a telegraph messenger. For the next 20 years, I was witness to the many charitable and unselfish works he performed - for he was indeed a man possessed of great Christian spirit and fortitude, backed by the belief that there is no social distinction between persons.
During the ‘Emergency’ period 1939-1945, Joe served with distinction as an officer with the LDF (FCA) and helped on the scene following the crash in the Bluestacks Mountains of WW2 Sunderland plane. He had a great love for the area of Finabanes in which he, his late wife Mae, and family resided. Joe was a founder member of St. Agathas Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. He was the chief negotiator with the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr. Seamus Hegarty, for the handover of the old Barnesmore National School to the local community. Very much involved with Irish culture, he organised Ceilidh, Irish dancing classes, gaelic games and sports days. His passion for the preservation of our culture led to him founding a committee which oversaw the construction of a Famine Remembrance area at Lough Eske. Joe’s knowledge of local history was legendary, as was his sharp wit. Such was his contribution to local organisations that his deeds saw him voted ‘Donegal Pensioner of the Year’.
It was with all these things in mind that a local committee was recently set up to honour Joe’s memory. A corner of Donegal Diamond was chosen and agreed by Donegal Co. Council for the erection of a suitably inscribed Barnesmore granite stone - surrounded by a selection of flowering shrubs. Maps have been prepared, planning granted and it is hoped to soon erect this well deserved memorial to a great man. Donegal Times will keep you updated on the progress.

Killybegs girl wins top poetry prize

Ten year-old Killybegs girl Meadhbh McGuinness has won a major literary prize with a poem about the loss of her father, Michael Noel, in a fishing accident several months ago. Said Meadhbh “My dad died and I just thought about fishermen who died at sea and wrote the poem”.

My dad’s soul is in heaven
But part of him will always
float at sea
When I look out at the ocean
All blue and wavy
I can sometimes see
A part of him floating in the sea.
My Dad died with pride
and love
For me and my family
So he is always there.
I see him in my dreams.
I see him in my head.
I see him in my every move.
He’s always here with me.

Super Valu gets face lift and Expands Product range

The central marketing department of the Super Valu group, having researched customer needs and demands nationwide, decided to give many of their shops a major revamp. The Donegal outlet, with an existing floor space of 9,763 sq. ft., will gain another 500 sq.ft. The store employs 75 full and part-time staff. Work started on the 24th February with expected completion early June, at a cost of approx. €1.2 million.

Exciting Development
Connell Breslin, Manager of the Donegal Super Valu, a native of Dungloe, is very excited about this development and looks forward to providing his customers with a bigger and brighter shop. “The retail research team rang 500 households in the area to find out their needs and how we could improve. We also provided suggestion cards for the customers to fill in. The one repeated complaint was the small selection of health, organic and gluten-free food available in the shop, so we are creating a 500 sq ft section specially for this”, said Connell.
Other improvements
customers will notice:
*A new ATM machine at the entrance to the shop.
*The off-licence department has a fresh concept, with a wider and better selection of wines and spirits, under the title ‘The Cellar at Super Valu’ - the canopies covering this department will now give a distinctly new feel and personality to this section.
*There will be a completely new hot food counter offering customers a wider range and selection, for which there is a big demand, especially by the AVS students.
*New home entertainment section has been added to the shop with the latest in chart music on C.D. and DVD’s for sale at very keen prices.
*Also something the shop hasn’t had before - a ‘creative home section’ with a range of kitchen utensils, crockery and general household needs.

Great asset to Town
Connell is to be congratulated on the success of Super Valu in Donegal. A dynamic young businessman, he is also very involved with the advancement of the town, being an active member of the Community Chamber, specifically attached to their business, tourism and Christmas Lights sub-committees. Donegal Times wishes him and his team up in the Glebe all the best in their new venture.

Launch of No Name Club in Donegal Town
Hosts and hostesses with Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher, Mayor Ernan McGettigan and other dignitaries.

Friday night March 28th saw the official launch of the No Name Club in Dreamers Nite Club Pier 1 Donegal Town. It was a gala occasion supported by a wide range of social groups from the Clergy of all denominations, the Garda Siochana, commercial interests, parents and teachers - but above all by the twenty-one new Hosts and Hostesses of the Club who were officially inaugurated in their roles and presented with their distinctive outfits. These are the real powerhouse of the new Club and are dedicated to presenting to their fellow teenagers a new and enjoyable form of entertainment in a friendly, healthy, alcohol-free environment. Activities will initially consist of Disco’s, of course, but also Talent and Cabaret competitions, and many other forms of creative entertainment. The Club will help develop the individual and leadership qualities of the Hosts and Hostesses as well as catering for the general audience of teenagers in the whole area.
Adult speakers at the launch included Ernan McGettigan, Mayor, Donegal Town; Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister of State; Chief Superintendent Catherine Clancy; Superintendent John McFadden and Mr. Tom Riley of the National NNC Committee from Kilkenny where the HQ of the NNC movement is situated. It was there that Eddie Keher, the famous Kilkenny hurler; Eamonn Doyle, well-known Hotelier and Father Tom launched the movement in 1980. It has spread all over Ireland since then. It was the Claremorris, Co Mayo Club, which ‘mothered’ the new Donegal Club and was represented by Speaker Oliver King. Pat Heeney specifically thanked Alex Reid and the previous organisers and supporters of the NNC when first launched in Donegal Town twenty-three years ago.
Later in the evening, when the young people gathered for their night’s entertainment, they were joined by a coach-full of Claremorris Club members who enjoyed their visit immensely. This is a feature of NNC activity and the new Club hopes to welcome Clubs from many areas to their sessions in Donegal Town.
After a blessing and prayers from the Clergy, who showed how important they view the coming of the Club for young people by their presence in large numbers, speaker after speaker emphasised the role of the Club in offering a much-needed outlet for young people who want to enjoy themselves without the hazards and health-damaging influence of alcohol.
Chief Superintendent Catherine Clancy said she has been supportive of the NNC movement over the years, because she is familiar on a daily basis with the good work the Club do. “All over Ireland we witness the damage caused by alcohol-dominated socialising, especially to our young people. Teenagers should not be forced to entertain themselves under this kind of pressure. They will be able in due course to make up their own minds whether to drink or not when they have the maturity to make that decision wisely.”
Mr. Pat Heeney, Chairperson of the Club’s Adult Committee stressed the positive attitude of so many young people who are only asking for the opportunity to enjoy life and develop their talents in a healthy atmosphere. He praised those who had come forward to train as Hosts and Hostesses and said they were a marvellous group of young people. Claire Kane and Sean McDermott, representing the Hosts and Hostesses said how much they all looked forward to the activities of the new Club. They praised their trainers - Carmel McGowan, Louise Whittle and Jane Russell and presented bouquets to them. The Youth Information Service under Aidan Haughey was also thanked for their assistance, as was Ms Mary Anne Kane, Principal of AVS and local media.
Great credit is due to Michael and Dom Breslin of Pier 1, who are wholeheartedly behind the Project.
Host and Hostesses:
Aaron McGettigan, Annette McGroary, Brian Heeney, Brian McDaid, Caroline McGlanaghy, Chris McMenamin, Christopher Cassidy, Claire Kane, Colin Mulhern, Emma Mulhern, Laura Lyons, Leane Brennan, Monica Hughes, Niamh Martin, Orla Sweeney, Ronan Gillespie, Sean McDermott, Sharon Conaghan, Shona Gallagher, Shona McGroarty, Tara McGee
Pool Committee:
Alex Reid, Austin O’Kennedy, Bridie Kelly, Catherine Early, Crona O’Reilly, Deborah Lacey, Eileen Sinclair, Joe Harley, John Durcan, John McGlanaghey, Martina O’Donnell, Michael Leydon, Paul Leape, Rita Gorrell, Sinead McGowan, Stella McGroarty
2003 Committee:
Pat Heeney, Andy Coulter, Emer Leape, Carmel McGowan, Jane Russell, Louise Whittle, Bobby Willis.

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