The fact that many of the former members of the Donegal Historical Society executive were once again elected to their former stations at their annual general meeting in Jackson’s Hotel on Tuesday evening portrays that those leading the organisation excel in the respective roles that they are given.
An t-Athair Pádraig Ó’Baoghaill was once again elected President at the 67th annual meeting while Mary McClintock, Belinda Mehaffy and Loughlin McGill were all elected to vice presidential positions. Una McGarrigle and Helen Meehan both retain the positions of secretary and treasurer respectively.
All of those who spoke outlined the highlights of last year as being a year where field trips were enjoyed throughout the county from Kilcar to Bundoran where the rich historical character of each region was relayed expertly to them.
Ballyshannon native and museum curator, Liam Thomas, spoke of a busy year at the museum in Rossnowlagh. He told those present that fixtures were priced, walls were painted and plans were put in place for this coming year.
A presentation was made to both Anthony Begley in his absence and Vincent O’Donnell as two new honorary life members.
The school competition director, Pat Shallow, said that the reaction from schools towards the competition this year had been excellent and the number of entries from both national and secondary schools had trebled.
This year’s competition, affords pupils the opportunity of describing a historical element of their locality in ten minutes. “The response has been great and I would like to thank both Bobby McDaid and Eamon MacIntyre who have helped me tremendously,” he said.
Students will give their talks at they exhibition on May 15 and according to all reports at the historical society the event is one not to be missed.