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April 25th 2007

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Daniel Gallagher’s surprise 40th in Pier 1 - pictured with his family - Marion,
Niamh, Sharon and mother Dympna


Ivan and the Carrots

Young Ivan McElhinney was in a dilemma! He wanted to go to the pictures in Donegal Town but hadn’t the money. Pacing the garden at his home in Ardnagesson, he pondered on the problem.
Suddenly he had an idea!
Bending down he plucked a bunch of carrots from the soil and headed for town. Straight to Dom Breslin he went and asked the bemused Abbey Hotel boss if he wanted to buy his produce.
“How much do you want”? asked Dom
“The price of the pictures” replied Ivan.
Dom put his hand into his pocket and gave him the necessary.
That was a good few years ago and the now Rev McElhinney, President of the Methodist Churches of Ireland, told the story when he came home recently to preside over a service in Laghey.
The carrot episode was probably an early sign of the resourceful and inventive thinking that eventually led the young lad from Ardnagesson to the highest position in his church in this country.

The Rev McElhinney presents a bunch of carrots to Dom, his long ago benefactor.



The Community Chamber are pleased to announce they have been successful in their application for Donegal Town to host the International Pan Celtic Festival in 2008 and 2009. This festival is held the week following Easter each year.
Celts from the six nations, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Ireland will gather in Donegal Town from 25th to 30th March 2008 to showcase their language and cultures and enjoy the ‘ceol, caint agus craic’.
The Pan Celtic Festival aims to promote and strengthen Celtic languages, culture, music, song, dance and sport and to encourage inter-Celtic tourism, trade and commerce, and exchange of information. Donegal Town, steeped in history, culture and language, is well positioned geographically and serviced with a large range of high quality accommodation, restaurants, and pubs for this high profile event.
Towns such as Killarney, Tralee, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway and Letterkenny have hosted the Pan Celtic Festival since the its origins in 1971. This will be the first time that it will have been hosted by the same county for four years running, having been in Letterkenny in 2006 and 2007.
The economic and social contribution which this event will bring to Donegal Town by attracting overseas visitors to the area cannot be underestimated.
A committee has been set up to organise the festival. This includes members from a wide section of the community to ensure the best Pan Celtic Festival ever.
Donegal Town Community Chamber would like to thank most sincerely Donegal County Council for their support, encouragement and assistance in applying to host this prestigious event.
Pan Celtic Committee members: Patricia Callaghan, Bernadine Canny, Morgan Ferriter, Paul Kennedy, Stephen Bell, Bernard O’Donnell, Tommy Byrne, Sinead McGowan, Catherine Monahan, Bernie Mulhern, Ernan McGettigan, Maura Logue, Jonathon Kennedy.

Committee members, Pan Celtic Festival

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