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Glenties / Na Gleanntaí
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Glenties is located in one of the quietest places in Ireland. The village is named from the two glens at the head of which it stands.
The Naavy poet Patrick McGill (1891-1963), was a native of Glenties and the village hosts a Summer School in his honour each August.
The area around Glenties is famed for its fiddlers and the village hosts a Festival dedicated to the Donegal Fiddling style each autumn.
Glenties has won the top award in the 'Small Town' category of the Tidy Towns competition on numerous ocassions, most recently in 2009.

Glenties is the model for Brian Friel's fictitious village of Ballybeg in which several of his plays are set. Friel's mother was from the village and he spent many summer holidays in Laurel Cottage in Glenties as a youth. Friel's award winning play *Dancing at Lughnasa* (1994) which was adapted for cinema by Frank McGuinness and directed by Pat O'Connor, is set in 'Ballybay'.
St Conaill's Museum and the Glenties craft and knitting shops are worth a visit before journeying a few kilometres north to see the narrow gauge Railway in Fintown.
In association with Amazon.com Donegal on the Net recommends Patrick McGill's The Navvy Poet: The Collected Works of Patrick McGill; Brian Friel's Tony Award winning Dancing at Lughnasa (1992) and Frank McGuinness' screen adaptation of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Brian Friel's Selected Stories.
Donegal Cottage Interior, Circa.1930's

Donegal Cottage Interior, Circa.1930's

Film Poster 
for Dancing at Lughnasa Na Gleanntaí suite i gceann de na háiteacha is ciúin in Éireann. Fuair sé a ainm de réir an dhá ghleann san áit ina bhfuil sé suite.
Thainig An Navvy Poet, Pádraig Mac a'Ghoill (1891-1963) as na Gleanntaí. Cuireann an baile mór Scoil Samhraidh ina onáir achan bhliain. Tá go leor fidléirí thart ar cheantar na nGleanntaí agus bíonn féile ar siúil gach Deireadh Fomhair ag taispeáint an stíl fidléireachta i nDún na nGall.
Nuair a smaoineann daoine ar na Gleanntaí, smaoineann siad ar Bhriain Ó Fríghil agus an baile bréagach a chrúthaigh sé le bheith i gcuid da chuid scríobhnoireacht. Rugadh mathair Bhriain ar na Gleanntaí agus chaith sé cuid mhór samhraithe ar na Gleanntaí nuair a bhí sé óg. Tá obair dheisiúcháin a dheanamh ar an teachín sa dóigh is go n-amharcoidh sé mar a bheadh sé sa bhliain 1930, cosúil leis an teachín a d'usaid Ó Frighil sa dráma *Dancing at Lughnasa* (1994). Rinne Frank McGuinness athchóiriú ar an scéal don phictiúirlann agus stiúrthaigh Pat O'Connor é.
Is fiú cuairt a thabhairt ar Mhusaem Naomh Conaill agus ar na siopaí ceirdaíochta agus cníotail. Cúpla míle amach an bealach mór tabhair cuairt ar an bhothar iarainn caol i mBaile na Finne i nGaeltacht Thír Chonaill.
I gcomhluadar le Amazon.com molann County Donegal on the Net The Navvy Poet: The Collected Works of Patrick McGill; Dancing at Lughnasa (1992); le Brian Ó Fríghil, a bhain duais Tony; Leagann scannánach Frank McGuinness' ar an leabhar Dancing at Lughnasa le Brian Ó Fríghil (1998) agus Rogha Scéalta le Brian Ó Fríghil. ©

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