Going Back In Time

1964

1964

Victory dance marks walk success

A victory dance to mark the success of Mr. Bernard Mangan, ESB linesman, of Birra, Ballintra, in the 50 mile walk from Sligo to Ballina, was held in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon and attracted a record crowd.

There was loud and prolonged applause when Mr. Mangan was called to the stage to receive the victory plaque and a special presentation of a wristlet watch from the staff of the Erne ESB Station.

Mr. J Quinn, on behalf of the organisers, thanked the attendance for their support and paid tribute to the Ballyshannon team who had taken part in the competition, Seamus McDermott, Val Ginty, Joe Melia, John Crawford, Michael Ward and Richard McCafferty.

Lonnie Donegan to tour Ireland

On May 23rd celebrated entertainer Lonnie Donegan will begin a tour of Irish ballrooms, accompanied by his own backing group.

The singer’s biggest disc success came in 1960 when his recording of “My Old Man’s a Dustman” entered the British best sellers at No. 1, a feat only equalled by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

He will appear in the Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny on Tuesday night, 26th May.

1972

Golfers combine to provide new course

A group of golf enthusiasts from over the North West have embarked on a plan to provide an 18 hole course on a hundred acres of ground on Murvagh estate flanked by Donegal Bay as it flows into Donegal Town.

The land was acquired from the Bord of Works recently and already the work of preparing the ground for the links is well advanced, largely through voluntary labour.

Said one of the promoters to the Democrat: “We hope to see Murvagh ranking amongst the best in Ireland one day soon. The award is magnificent and golfers will find it a delight to play over the course.”

Taoiseach calls for “Yes” in Referendum

On Wednesday next, May 10th, the Twentysix Counties will decide the fate of the country when they vote on the proposal to amend the Constitution to allow the Republic to join the European Economic Community.

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are asking people to give a massive “yes” while Labour, Sinn Fein (both sections) and a number of small minority groupings are strenuously opposing.

The campaign got into full swing at the weekend when An Taoiseach, Mr. Lynch, commenced a whirlwind tour of the Twentysix Counties starting in Letterkenny, addressing public and party conventions.

1982

New £2m school opens in Donegal Town

A milestone in the provision of education in Donegal Town was reached on Tuesday with the opening by the Minister for Education, Dr. Martin O’Donoghue, of the new £2m Abbey Vocational School.

The new school, which provides for around 600 children, is built on a 14.4 acre site just outside Donegal. Its opening two months ahead of schedule means that pupils will no longer be spread out around the town in seven centres because of lack of space.