One of the social highlights of the year for the Donegal Disapora in London with one of the most successful Donegal Association of London events is taking place at the weekend.
Letterkenny woman Teresa Gallagher was awarded the London Donegal person of the year at Saturdays night’s Donegal Association London’s annual dinner dance a the Crown Moran Hotel.
The night was highly successful and is a hugely popular with the large Donegal Community in the London and across the UK.
This year the dinner attracted 320 people. The award winner Teresa was joined at the event by husband Jarleth and her niece and nephew Alannah and Pol Gallagher.
After an early career in teaching, Teresa moved to London for post-graduate study and went on to found the charity Immigrant Councilling and Psychotherapy, better known as ICAP.
She recognised a need to promote mental health, but a lack of awareness within British statutory and funding bodies initially made the raising of funding almost impossible.
But with sheer vision, focus and determination they embarked on a process of lobbying and meeting with relevant bodies breaking down barriers and getting the needs of the Irish addressed.
Donegal senior footballers,Neil Gallagher and Karl Lacey joined guests for the evening, as did the Dublin Donegal Association and the Kerry Donegal Association. Carrigart photographer Brendan Vaughan also launched his 2015 charity calendar. Brendan has created colourful calendars in recent years and all the proceeds raised go the Donegal Hospice. The calender is now available through the association and many local outlets.