The countdown is on to the 2018 Letterkenny Reunion, when large crowds are expected to gather for a series of fun local events and many trips down memory lane.
From Sunday August 5th through to Friday 10th, the town will be buzzing with returning emigrants renewing acquaintances with the Letterkenny of their birth and youth – and with those who stayed behind.
Organising committee chairperson, Dessie Kelly said: “It gives an opportunity to those who left the town to come back and see all the changes. The Reunion is held every three years but even in that short space of time, things change.
“We’re hoping for a big contingent coming back from the likes of the United States, Australia and Britain and from all the thirty-two counties.
“But we also appeal to the people living in the town to come out to the various events and support the Reunion,” adds Dessie.
Following the traditional mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral on the Sunday (6.30.p.m.), the opening reception will be hosted in the Mount Errigal Hotel where the Glamorous Granny and Dapper Granda will be chosen.
The re-enactment of the Fair Day – a recent addition to the Reunion and one that has proved hugely popular – will run from 1.p.m. to 5.p.m. at Lower Main Street on Monday.
Street entertainment, family fun, music and dance are promised and craft stalls will add to the occasion. All that is required to make it truly memorable is a kind weather forecast.
Whatever the weather the Delta Boys will be performing in the Orchard Inn on Monday night (11.p.m. to late) – a jazz session that should bring the day to a foot tapping end.
And much more entertainment is lined up for Tuesday when culture takes centre stage at the Regional Cultural Centre from 2.p.m. to 5.p.m.
Here there’ll be music, song and comedy, in an impressive programme while there will also be an exhibition of art works to catch the eye.
And what’s on the bill for Tuesday night? A quiz night at the St Eunan’s G.A.A. clubhouse (8.p.m. to 10.p.m.) followed by a traditional session.
And what Reunion is complete without the mystery bus tour?
A fleet of buses will depart from the Scoil Cholmcille National School at 11.a.m. on Wednesday and there’ll be plenty of music and craic – and that’s before they even get there!
Where “there” is, well, that’s all part of the mystery but suffice to say it’s somewhere in Donegal! Click here for ticket information: www.facebook.com/Letterkenny-Reunion…
The buses will arrive back at various times during late Wednesday and the small hours of Thursday – with plenty of time before for a special walking tour, without the walking!
Local historian, Kieran Kelly, is conducting a virtual walking tour of the town in Dillons Hotel. Commencing at 12 noon, it’s a two hour “walk” – without the effort or the tiredness!
There is, however, a short walk, afterwards, to McGinley’s bar for music from Ted and Pat (3.p.m. to 5.p.m.) and the day will round off with a supper dance and Irish and Country night in the Radisson Hotel with music being provided by Country Sensations (8.p.m. to 11.p.m.).
Before that there is the ever popular skittles competition at, where else, Skittles Alley starting at 7.p.m.
Friday should bring a crowd along to Blake’s Bar where Converse and High Heels will be providing the entertainment (3.p.m.-5.p;m.) while Leckview Park will be the next port of call for the four team mini-tournament that always ensures a pitch full of entertainment.
And on Friday night, the curtain comes down on the 2018 Letterkenny Reunion with the closing dance in the Station House Hotel.
Music will be by the Honky Tonk Heroes – and by the end, the talk will turn to 2021!
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