first_imgAs emigrants the world over return for the Letterkenny Reunion, which starts this weekend, the chairman of Donegal County Council Ciaran Brogan, has spoken of the “significant boost” the event brings to the local economy. “Since it started back in 1991, the Reunion has brought literally thousands of emigrants back to their home town and this has, in turn, helped provide increasing amounts of revenue for local hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, shops, restaurants and bars.“We owe a serious debt of gratitude to the organisers who put a programme together every three years and invite all those people to come back and help provide such a significant boost to the economy. “It presents an opportunity for all those who are away to return at a given time and meet up again.“And there’s the added factor that because Letterkenny has got so big and spread out, the locals hardly get to meet each other from year to year and this gives them an opportunity as well to catch up.”Pointing out that the Reunion reached out to all corners of the globe, the County Mayor referred to the trips organised by the local committee which brought townspeople to various ports abroad including the United States, Scotland and England.“This in a way is a reverse of what will be happening over the coming week and helps to maintain that very important link between those at home and those overseas. “I can remember being on one of those trips to London about fourteen years ago and the huge attendances that turned up in the Grosvenor Rooms for one of the functions.“There were so many there and the staff were so overwhelmed that Charlie Fox, Con McDaid and myself had to go behind the bar to help out.“Those trips give you a chance to meet with the emigrants on their adopted soil and I remember catching up at the time with the likes of Teresa Gallagher, who has done so much for the Irish in London, and with Anthony Devine,” said Cllr. Brogan.The 2015 Letterkenny Reunion will unofficially get underway this Saturday night with a special function in the Station House Hotel featuring the return of the Marine Showband to the stage and run in conjunction with the Coravaddy School Reunion and the Letterkenny Memories get together.Officially the Reunion is launched with the mass in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Sunday at 6.30.p.m. followed by the opening reception in the Clanree Hotel. “The mass is a very special part of it because that’s when most of the returning emigrants and locals meet with each other for the first time for God knows how long,” said the Mayor who confirmed he would be putting his name down for inclusion in the G.A.A. celebrity match which takes place on Tuesday evening at 7.p.m. at O’Donnell Park.Other highlights during a week of many include the Re-Enactment of the Fair Day on Bank Holiday Monday at Lower Main Street – complete with train service! – and the Cultural Afternoon on Tuesday at the Regional Cultural Centre.“Every one of the events brings with them a chance for the sharing of stories from days gone by and the recollections of school days and social events from the past.“On behalf of the people of the town and those coming back for it, I congratulate the Reunion committee for making it all happen,” said the County Mayor. EMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SET TO RETURN HOME FOR LETTERKENNY REUNION was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more