Highland hospital broadcast brings festive cheer
The festive cheer hit the air waves of Donegal and the north west as Highland Radio broadcast their special Christmas Eve show live from Letterkenny General Hospital.
There is something special - almost iconic - about this broadcast and it has for many Donegal people, become their version of RTE Radio One's Grafton Street morning broadcast made famous by Gay Byrne and now carried on by Joe Duffy. It's a very special show and Friday's Highland show was superb.
Last Friday The Shaun Doherty Christmas Show was transmitted live from the Hospital for the first time in eight years.
As well as a large crowd of audience members in attendance, a large number of special guests dropped by to provide plenty of music, entertainment and laughs along the way.
Among the musical guests to appear were RTE All-Ireland Talent show winner, Chloe Coyle from Castlederg in Co Tyrone.
Eurovision star and Lifford man, Mickey Joe Harte who entertained the listeners.
Hospital staff, Orla Noonan and Declan Nee, were in fine tune when they performed a song for the crowd, as was Annagry singer Gavin Boyle.
Keeping with the festive theme, a number of choirs gave fine performances including the Conwal Singers, the St Colmcille Choir, St Eunan's Junior Choir from Raphoe and the Strabane and St Joseph's Brass Band.
More light hearted moments came from "roving reporter" Ballybofey comedian Conal Gallen, who used his unique style to wander among the crowd and raised many laughs along the way from the audience.
Christmas messages were relayed from both Bishop Ken Good and Bishop Philip Boyce who talked about the real meaning of Christmas and wished everyone a very happy festive period.
Emergency Department Consultant, Dr Gerry Lane, gave an important safety talk advising people about the hazards of the bad weather and stressed the importance of never drinking and driving.