Taking to the waves of Donegal Bay for Cregg House

Fundraiser proves an outstanding success

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

For many years Cregg House has offered an invaluable service to the challenged children and parents in Donegal and many parents have made trojan efforts to ensure that this vital service continues in the community.
Just outside Sligo in Ballinacar, Cregg House School and residential centre has provided indispensable services to many in the south of the county and on Tuesday night a very enjoyable fundraiser took place for the centre.
Martin and Margaret Quinn of the renowned Salmon Inn in Mullinasole have been great supporters of this facility for many years.
As a result they have organised fundraisers throughout the years including pig racing and one year when the pigs didn't show up, some local sheep were recruited at the last moment
Martin said, “It was never about the event it was always about Cregg House - that's all that mattered.
“Over the last three years we have managed to raise over €30k for the centre and hopefully this venture out on the ocean waves will be equally as successful.
“Events like this couldn't take place without the help of the local community and indeed the staff and management of the Donegal Waterbus who have never been wanting.”
The Waterbus left in calm waters from the pier in Donegal with a large crowd all looking forward to rediscovering the bay that they all live so close to. Sinead McGowan said, “You know it's funny - I live directly overlooking the bay in Mullinasole but it's great to get the opportunity to look inwards from the bay especially with a crowd of friends. It really has been a great evening's entertainment. We have this right on our doorstep and for many it was their first time down the bay.”
This was a night when Mullinasole took over Donegal Bay with singing, dancing and great food. As the Waterbus approached the harbour in Mullinasole, there wasn't a light to be seen except the stunning sunsets glistening over Bell's Isle and the Hassans.
The well known Laghey fiddler Danny Meehan along with Eamon Brogan had both young and old singing and dancing in the aisles with the legendary “Shoe the Donkey” proving a big hit with all. Sometimes the old and simple things are best.