Leghowney celebrates in style

One of south Donegal’s oldest halls celebrated its 75th. anniversary last weekend when a large crowd of guests gathered and shared some of the great memories associated with this remote but legendary community centre.

One of south Donegal’s oldest halls celebrated its 75th. anniversary last weekend when a large crowd of guests gathered and shared some of the great memories associated with this remote but legendary community centre.

Leghowney Hall was founded back in 1937 and throughout the years has been the hub of the community in both good times and bad.

“Leghowney” as it was known to many dance fans throughout the county was the top Tuesday night venue in the county during the showband era and bands such as Big Tom and the Mainliners, The Capitol and Clipper Carlton showbands entertained thousands of dance fans from far and near.

Leghowney Hall was also the home of the Leghowney Drama Circle and this dedicated bunch of theatre lovers have staged productions in the hall every year since 1937 with the exception of three years during the late ‘50’s when emigration wreaked a heavy toll on the area.

In recent years the hall has enjoyed a substantial refurbishment and has firmly established itself as a strong and vibrant Community Centre with a state of the art theatre which includes top class lighting and audio effects.

On Saturday night members of the Leghowney Drama Circle both past and present gathered for a night of celebration, of sharing many old memories and enjoying a great night of good food, dance and song until the early hours.