Local News: Ballintra & Laghey

Vintage & Heritage Club

Vintage & Heritage Club

The South Donegal Vintage & Heritage Club held their presentation dance in Jamesie’s Bar, Ballintra, last Friday night where a cheque for €12,090 was presented to Bridie Mullin on behalf of the Donegal Hospice, from monies raised as part of the field day fundraiser in Trummon last April. South Donegal Vintage & Heritage Club member, Michael Gallagher, from Askill, Ballyshannon, also organised a vintage classic car and tractor run on the shores of lovely Lough Melvin on June 9th last. Michael and his wife Ann made a presentation of €2,078 Oncology Unit at Sligo General Hospital who was represented on the night by Catherine Regan. The social night and buffet in Jamesie’s was organised in appreciation for all the support they received from sponsors, helpers and contributors who helped make the Vintage Field Day in Trummon last April, such a successful event.

The committee would also like to thank Jamesie and Lorraine Mc Namee for their generous hospitality and Kieran Mc Aree for providing the music.

Mullinasole Regatta

The sun broke through the clouds right on cue last Sunday evening to ensure that Mullinasole provided a very picturesque setting for the annual Blessing of the Boats and revived Regatta. The evening’s proceedings began with Reverend Huss and Father Dagens blessing all the sea crafts at Mullinasole Pier for the year ahead.

The skiff racing then began in earnest with a strong entry of rowing teams from Killybegs, Cloughaneely, Inver, Mountcharles and Donegal Town. After three closely contested heats, crews from Killybegs, Inver and Donegal qualified for the final. The recently reformed Killybegs rowing club took first place and the team of Jonathan Melly, Teresa Gallagher, Tasha Petters, David Hegarty and Shaun Curran were presented with a cup and medals by Martin Quinn of the Salmon Inn.

The Raft Race quite literally provided a barrel of laughs as well as the winning team’s name. It was the ‘Jelly Fish’ team who started off strongest but then got caught in the buoy at the half way mark. The Donegal Bay Rowing Club team were very photogenic but seemed to flounder soon after the start. Going around in circles, they began to row back for the pier wall and finish line in the hope that the judges had taken a nap, but were still overtaken by the ‘Barrel of Laughs’, who could chance entering their homemade craft in the regatta proper next year. As for the Donegal Bay rafters, there’s always next year girls.

Well done to Dara Quinn who provided a lively commentary as he paced diligently up and down Mullinasole Pier with his microphone. Well done also to Siobhan and Sinead Mc Gowan and Martin and Margaret at the Salmon Inn who sponsored the prizes and helped organise a terrific evening.

It is great to see such a strong revival in rowing clubs among coastal communities right around the Donegal Bay area. Its been 35 years since the last skiff races in Drumholm and there are already tentative talk of training and entering a rowing team from Mullinasole in next year’s regatta which could only further enhance local interest.

St. Brigid’s Pioneer Centre, Ballintra

Congratulations to Brian Curristin, Margaret Mc Aree, Packie Martin, Mairead Gallagher, Anna Marie Kelly (Brooklyn), Sean Gallagher, Mary Gorman and Anna Curristin who recently received their gold pioneer pins at a presentation evening in St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Ballintra.

Naomh Bríd Lotto Results

This week’s lotto was held in the in Jamesie’s Bar, Ballintra. There was no overall winner and the jackpot now stands at €14,750. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 6, 16 and 22. €25 winners were Zack Gallagher, Janet Leonard, Geraldine Walsh and Mary Mc Elwaine. Next week’s draw will be held in the Country Inn, Ballinakillew, on Monday 16th September 2013.

Texas Hold-Em Nights

Texas Hold-Em card nights have started in the Dew Drop Inn from Monday 9th September at 9.30pm sharp. The entry fee is €20 with all prize money shared between players.

Laghey Blast Festival AGM

The AGM of the Laghey Blast Festival will be held in The Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday 18th September at 8.00pm. The meeting is open to anyone who wants to come along and has an interest in making the Festival a success. We are looking for people to join the committee and in particular young people with new fresh ideas. Please come along and support the existing committee and maybe join us in organising the next Festival on the May Bank Holiday weekend 2014.

We will miss Russell Gorman who has gone Down Under, come back soon, Russell

Coffee Day in Aid of Donegal Hospice

Delia Mc Glinchey, Laghey Barr, is hosting a Coffee Day on Thursday 19th September from 10am until 8pm. All proceeds in aid of the Donegal Hospice.

Vintage and Heritage Club Meeting

The next South Donegal Vintage & Heritage Club monthly meeting will be held in the St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Ballintra, on Monday the 16th September at 9 pm. New members always welcome.

Laghey Women’s Group

The group met in the Flour Pot Café on Wednesday 4th September for their monthly get-together. The next meeting will be in the Pantry restaurant on Wednesday 2nd October at 11.00am. All are welcome to come along and join us.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Marie nee Rooney and Mark Lyons, Main Street, on the recent birth of their baby girl.

Congratulations and best wishes to Linda Taylor and David Henry who were married in Laghey Parish Church on 17th August.

Copany Rovers FC

Hard luck to the seniors who lost out to Dunkineely on Sunday 8th August in the South Donegal League Cup area final. The club is currently running a draw to raise funds and lots of great prizes are on offer including a car, one years free electricity, trips and many more. Tickets are €10.00 each and the draw will take place on the 2nd December 2013.

David Graham has been nominated for Donegal Junior League player for the month of August. https://www.facebook.com/brianmccormicksports/app_160997447439618

Vote for him on the link above and click “like”. Good Luck, David.

Annual Fundraise for Local Charities

An annual fundraise for local charities will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, on Wednesday 18th September. Music by Michael Cleary and Breege Kelly with special guest artists, Brian Coll, Dee Brown and the White Lightening Band. Doors open at 10pm for 3 hours of dancing. Tickets €10.

Annual Knock Pilgrimage Bus

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine in honour of Saint Padre Pio will take place this Sunday 15th September. Bus departs from Donegal Town at 8.45am; Laghey at 9.00am; and Ballintra Post Office at 9.30am. For further details please contact Phillis at 074 9723419, Lily at 074 9723872 or Margaret at 074 9723052. You are advised to book early.