Donegal Town RFC celebrated 40 years of senior rugby with a Gala Night Dinner Dance in the newly refurbished section of the Abbey Hotel.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue could have been a sub-theme on the night. The old connections from the past were there in great numbers, people like Victor Kearney and Rory O’Donnell were just two that come to mind in terms of travelling back the full forty years in time. The “blue” tinge to the night was provided by Andrew Monk and his Blue Note Band who gave us everything that was good in the Hollywood Musical world with tunes from ragtime to swing time to jazz time.
To cap it all there was a floorshow cabaret of dancers, supplied by Sho-Case Promotions, who entertained the large crowd with vaudeville, tango, flamenco, foxtrots all this followed on the excellent food and service provided by the Abbey Hotel on the night.
The borrowed factor was the special sense of connectedness and friendship that was so apparent on the night. It was a factor alluded to by Club President Charlie McGinty when he asked everyone to be upstanding for the ‘Grace Before Meals’ prayer in which he asked thanks for all those who have helped pass on all the good things that make the club what it is today – those still with us and those who have passed on. The ‘something new element’ was not forgotten about either as the development of young new talent was acknowledged and he affirmed the sterling work being done at Youth and Mini level within the Club. Newest of all at Donegal Town RFC is the newly formed Ladies senior team who have set their maiden season alight with victory in their opening league game.
Finally big thanks to Gareth McMurray who was chief club organiser and to everybody who helped him in this regard and even bigger thanks to all who came along to make it a great night in this great year for Donegal Town RFC!
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