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July 25th 2001

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Seafood Night in Inver by George Gallagher

Saturday the 14th. July saw Inver village resemble the shores of Gallilee with large numbers of “hungry” people queuing outside a huge marquee set up beside the Rising Tide pub - all anxious to sample the much publicised seafood banquet, laid on to support Eany Celtic F.C.

Organisers Willie and Breege Ward and a host of community workers re-performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes by feeding, maybe not quite 5000, but definitely the 500 people who turned out to support this event. It was a great credit to all concerned - the occasion was organised to perfection - with top quality seafood ranging from periwinkles to salmon on the menu. Speaking to people who travelled from Donegal Town, Ballyshannon, Killybegs and a host of visitors who planned their holiday to suit this event, they stated that this was a great evening and surely worth the charge- considering the quantity of quality food available. Hopefully, this now will become an annual event with the aim of attracting visitors to this beautiful area which has so much to offer.

The evening was rounded off with a session of music and song in the Rising Tide pub by well known musician Frank McGee - with contributions from locals Muriel Ward, Breege Ward, Cyril Mogan (Mountcharles) and Frankie Herron, Killybegs. A great night of craic and entertainment - well done Inver!!.

Willie and Breege wish to thank Sean and Muriel, Milltown Bar; Michael and Ann Rose, Rising Tide Pub, the sponsors and all the community who worked so hard to make this event a huge success.

Waiting for the seafood!

Ballintra Races Return

August 6th is the date to mark into your diaries - this is the day that the whole of Ballintra will be en-fete as it welcomes the return of its famous races. For months a high powered committee has been meeting in Judges pub to plan the event - an event last held in 1992, but which promises to re-invent itself bigger and better on next Monday week. So ladies and gents, boys and girls, make a note - the place to be on bank holiday, August 6th is along with the horses, jockeys, bookies and side shows, for all the excitement and craic of the Ballintra Races. And ladies, get all your glam gear out - Donegal Times reporters and photographers will be present to produce a full colour pictorial account of the great occasion.

Dunkineely Festival

Dunkineely and the Parish of Killaghtee are hosting their first ever reunion from 27th of July to 6th of August. The annual festival is being held to coincide with the reunion. This promises to be a major event, as many people are returning, some for the first time in many years. The committee has been working on this since last September and have been well supported by the whole community in their efforts.

The programme for the festival is full and varied and caters for all ages. The highlight of the festival reunion will be the dance in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday the 5th of August. This year the festival committee are running a talent competition sponsored by Guinness. The top prize is £500 with the runners-up each receiving £200 and £100. The heats for the talent competition will be run in the pubs throughout the week with the final taking place on Saturday the 4th of August. Details can be had at 073-37400 or 073-37102.

Another interesting feature of this reunion is the launch of a local publication titled, ‘Killaghtee - People Places Past and Present’.

This is a unique collection of old photographs and stories from the locality. The book will be launched in the Green Isle on Saturday the 28th of July at 5pm.

The festival committee have gone to great lengths to make it enjoyable for everyone, especially the children. Many of the children are participating in the production of “Cinder Eile”, a musical with a twinge of local humour. In other words as the title suggests, it’s another Cinderella! This takes place in the Dunkineely Community Center on Wednesday August 1st at 7.30 pm.

There will be entertainment to suit all tastes in the local pubs. The selection of the festival queen will take place on the opening night. She will be crowned in the Green Isle at 12pm. - music by the new pop sensation, “The Revs” who are currently in the charts. We will be having a homecoming barn dance in the Dunkineely Community Centre on Thursday August 2nd from 10pm to 1am. There will be music on the festival stage throughout the festival and street events that guarantee to entertain. Dunkineely is the place to be to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

Donegal Castle

Paddy Meehan recently met again with representatives from Duchas regarding future developments at Donegal Castle.

It is proposed, depending on talks with various bodies, to construct a galvanised type of walkway along the riverside of Donegal Castle. Hopefully this walkway will continue around the perimeter also. Suggestions have also been put to Duchas to have the existing shrubbery taken away and the area generally cleaned up. Minister for State, Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Deputy Mary Coughlan TD has been making continuous representations for the full development and renovation of Donegal Castle.

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