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March 23rd 2005

Editor’s Note

The death occurred, after an illness, early on Monday 21st March of my mother, Brede. Deeply loved by myself and all her immediate and extended family, this loss will affect all who knew her. A universally respected businesswoman and member of the community, for many years she ran both the Hyland Central Hotel and ‘Forget-me-Not’, the Craft Shop on the Diamond.
I am sure that you, the loyal readers of Donegal Times will understand should any part of this issue seem rushed or abbreviated. A full appreciation will appear in an upcoming issue

The late Brege Hyland

Remains reposing at her residence. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.30am for 11 o’clock Mass in St. Agatha’s Church, Clar, with burial immediately afterwards in the ajoining cemetery.
On the morning of removal (Wednesday) family only please. No flowers - donations if so desired to Donegal Hospice, c/o Bridie Mullins or Cancer Support Group, c/o Sr. Magdalene, Donegal Town.


The great, the good and the grateful converge

Past & Present: New Town Mayor Ciaran Twomey and wife Annamarie with past Mayor Ernan McGettigan and wife Mary

By Margaret Gallagher

The night of Saturday 12th March saw all the beautiful people make their way to Harvey’s Point for the Heritage Ball, beautiful, that is, until dressed down by the special guest for the evening, May McFetridge. The lady had a go at everybody – humorous – but maybe over the top at times.
We were all greeted at the door with a sprig of shamrock and a glass of champagne that got us into the spirit. The host for the night was none other than TV3’s Social, Personal and Royal presenter, Noel Cunningham, or as McFetridge called him - ‘young Dickie Rock’. The ‘Lady and Gentleman of the Ball’ were Ernan and Mary McGettigan who entered carrying a bowl of shamrocks. This was new mayor Ciaran Twomey’s first official engagement and he made a huge impression, visiting all the tables and frequently taking to the floor to show off his boogieing skills. Mr Cunningham had a message for Donegal Town’s First Citizen and wife Annamarie. Referring to the piece in the last issue of Donegal Times on Camilla and Charles, Noel asserted that he should have the first shot at entertaining their Highnesses as he makes his living out of couples like this. So now we wonder if it will be ‘Kitty Kelly’s’ or ‘Abrakebabra’ that will dine and wine the couple! We had an exquisite dinner as usual with Deirdre, Seamus and all the staff doing an excellent job. The band, ‘Bejasus Boys’, were excellent and got the crowd, that included Minister Mary Coughlan, up off their seats and on to the dance floor. Top ticket prize, a holiday for two in Portugal, was won by Manus and Finola Brennan. When the band finished, John Dorrian and his disco got going and the party went on to the wee hours of the morning. Great credit to the Heritage Committee for a well organised and very enjoyable event. (More photos on page 9)

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