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March 26th 2003

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Club N Closes
New Development for Site

The doors of ‘Club N’ on Main Street, closed for the final time last Friday night. It’s been 12 years since the present owner, Micheal Doran, started the Nite Club and its popular Discos. However all good things must come to an end and Micheal has decided that “it’s time for a change”.
Micheal purchased the building, then known then as ‘Rivas’, in August 1991, from Eamon Hone. He proceeded to renovate the building and, in December 1991, proudly opened ‘Neros’ - a new concept in club entertainment. This new venture was very successful and packed-out discos ran every Friday and Saturday Night. It even attracted some top name international D.J.s - including Donegal Times correspondent, Paul O’Sullivan!
However, don’t worry if you are a Chinese food connoisseur - the ‘Midnight Haunt’ Chinese restaurant is going to remain open. But there will be many changes inside the rest of the building. These changes started with an auction on Saturday afternoon to sell all the unwanted paraphernalia of the bars and disco. Some of the items to come under auctioneer Dermot Rainey’s hammer were CD players, lights, ice machines, and bar stools.
After the renovations, there will be apartments, offices and seven new shops available for lease in the new complex. Further information can be obtained from Dermot Rainey on 074-22211 or 087 2200673.

Married Bliss in Leghowney


Cast of Married Bliss - Back: Michael Browne, Mary Browne, Brendan Hilley, James Cassidy, Emer McMullin, Charlie McMenamin, Denis Ward (Producer). Front: Marie McMullin, Pat Ward, Alison Dunnion.

Leghowney Drama has once again completed a very successful four nights of hilarious comedy by staging Sam Cree’s three act play, Married Bliss. Set sometime in the early 70’s, the action takes place in the farmhouse of Anges Calvin Knox, near Ballymena.
This was a first for the Leghowney players to stage a play by Sam Cree whose scripts are mainly of a farcical nature. This cast proved over the four nights that they were very comfortable with this type of comedy going on to entertain a packed audience every night - indeed some of our drama goers came back a second time.
Full marks must go to our producer, Dennis Ward, whose experience and dedication and attention to detail made this farcical comedy a most enjoyable experience, and anyone who has seen this performance will agree with my sentiments.
This play had a very experienced cast. James Cassidy, who played the part of Angus Calvin Knox, has this year completed 25 non-broken years on the Leghowney stage, and is following in the footsteps of his late uncle James Murphy - one of the founder members back in 1937.
Brendan Hilley played Donald McDonald, the piper who made his own wee dram and quoted Robbie Burns - an excellent performer. Charles McMenamin, no stranger to the stage in Leghowney and his stage partner Pat Ward, played the husband and wife who came on their holidays to the farm of Angus Calvin Knox - what a performance by these two. Janet McVeigh was played by Alison Dunnion, a lovely little part well played by Alison, her first time on the Leghowney stage but I am quite sure we are going to see more good performances from her.
Mary Rose Knox, the house owner’s daughter whose only love was Donald, was beautifully played by Emer McMullin - Joyce, you watch it - Emer is enjoying her acting!
Mrs Marta Ramsey, who had come all the way from Belfast to look after her son, nearly ending up getting shot - who else could play this part but Marie McMullin. Marie has always excelled in her parts on stage, but this part was one of her best performances. James Ramsey and Joyce Ramsey played by Michael Brown and Mary Brown, small little parts, but played to perfection.
In all, this cast rose to great heights and delivered an excellent performance of Married Bliss.
We would also like to commend our backroom team of Peter Hughes, lighting and sound; James Cassidy, stage and set; John Durcan, make-up; stage assistants, Joe Boyle and John Cassidy.
Our appreciation to those people who supplied props and assisted in any way to make this play the success that it was.

Out of the last 66 years, Leghowney Drama has featured on 52 - that surely must be a record for any amateur drama group. Leghowney Drama will continue to entertain as long as we are able to get the right plays that will give good entertainment to the people who are coming out in such large numbers to support us every year, a support that is very much appreciated.
We would also like to thank our sponsors, who give so generously every year. We gratefully acknowledge the following: Alrick Thompson, Peter’s Manshop, Donegal Plumbing and Heating, Bank Of Ireland, Donegal Town Hardware, Kevin Quinlan, Super Valu, Charlies Star Bar, John Sinclair, John Feely, Jim White Hotel Group, Davy Crawford Tyres, Joyce McMullin and Peter Kennedy.
Thank you for your support. Also thanks to our local Radio Station, N.W.R., and the Jack Ramsey Show. And not forgetting our local paper Donegal Times, whose coverage is now being read all around the world - we thank you for your support.

Special Olympics Host Town Programme

The Special Olympics Host Town Committee with volunteers and Csilla Csombor

Nearly 7,000 athletes from 160 countries will be visiting Ireland to compete in the Special Olympics Games next summer. The Host Town Programme takes place prior to the beginning of the Games and aims to invite our international guests to avail of good old-fashioned Irish Hospitality. Donegal Town will be a Host town to the Hungarian Special Olympics Team. Having travelled a long distance they need time to acclimatise and rest before the games begin. The Host town programme invites the entire community to help in this process, through attending the events and community activities designed to welcome the athletes.
The Cleary Centre hosted a training day for 80 volunteers who have already pledged their support to the Host Town programme. They were welcomed by Ms. Csilla Csombor from Hungary who is the representative of the Hungarian delegation.
The Hungarian team will be arriving in Donegal Town on Monday 16th June and will be met by Ardaghey Band and then led to the welcome party on the Diamond. There are already many events planned, including trips on the Waterbus and visits to the Castle and an Art Exhibition. For Further information please contact David Doherty at 073 23270.


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