Donagh Development Association:
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 On Left Pat McKenna sings at the Launch of the Stetson Walk. On right Kieran Doyle, Business manager with Gibson Bros. makes a presentation of sponsorship for the Stetson Walk at Emy.
On Sunday, October 7th Donagh Development Association organised the unveiling of a Seat on the shores of Emy Lake in memory of Big Tom McBride. Just a year previously Big Tom had launched the Wheelbarrow Run around Emy Lake for the Donagh Development committee and at that function he told of his many visits as a fisherman to Emy and the great memories he had of his days there. Big Tom also remembered with nostalgia the Late Pat Owen McMahon and his wife Dympna who were so knowledgeable of the lake and its fish and he recalled a number of other fishermen with whom he enjoyed many hours of laughter including Pat Foley, who was present at the launch.  Now a year later, and in his memory, Big Tom’s son, Tommy, with other family members unveiled a Seat at the Lake. The members of Donagh Development committee wanted to recognise Big Tom’s connection with Emy and they have provided a comfortable seat in a beautiful location where people can sit to enjoy the scenery and the wild life of the area. In conjunction with the unveiling, the Committee organised a Stetson Walk in keeping with the Country and Western theme so loved and promoted by Big Tom. Unfortunately the weather was not as favourable as last year but there was still a good turn-out and all enjoyed the walk as the rain cleared for its duration.  The walkers were led by Padraig Hughes on quad, with Barry Bear playing C&W music from the trailer. Three Vintage Cars were used to take some people, who were unable to walk the distance, for a spin round the walkway and they thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated being able to experience the walkway and its scenery.  The proceeds of the walk go to the maintenance of the walkway and further developments planned for the coming year. It was gratifying to see the support for this coming from the groups and individuals who use the facility and as chairman, John Sherry, stated –‘the more people who support our efforts financially the more improvements we can make as this is a totally voluntary effort and depends on the donations of users’.  John, on behalf of the committee, expressed his appreciation and thanks to Gibson Bros; Gabriel McAree; Emyvale District Credit Union; Seamus McKenna Car Sales; Frank McGee; Silver Hill; Jim Murphy; Village Kitchen; Centra Emyvale; McMahons Shop; and all the participants on the day. He also thanked Veronica McKenna for her assistance and use of her electricity. He thanked the musicians who supplied the live music - John, Mickey, Martin, and the two Pats. He thanked the committee members, who worked hard on the organisation and presentation of the day with special mention to Aiden McKenna, Manager of the Walkway, for his work in making sure the walkway is always kept to the highest standards.
Donagh Development Association:
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On Sunday, October 7th Donagh Development Association organised the unveiling of a Seat on the shores of Emy Lake in memory of Big Tom McBride. Just a year previously Big Tom had launched the Wheelbarrow Run around Emy Lake for the Donagh Development committee and at that function he told of his many visits as a fisherman to Emy and the great memories he had of his days there. Big Tom also remembered with nostalgia the Late Pat Owen McMahon and his wife Dympna who were so knowledgeable of the lake and its fish and he recalled a number of other fishermen with whom he enjoyed many hours of laughter including Pat Foley, who was present at the launch.  Now a year later, and in his memory, Big Tom’s son, Tommy, with other family members unveiled a Seat at the Lake. The members of Donagh Development committee wanted to recognise Big Tom’s connection with Emy and they have provided a comfortable seat in a beautiful location where people can sit to enjoy the scenery and the wild life of the area. In conjunction with the unveiling, the Committee organised a Stetson Walk in keeping with the Country and Western theme so loved and promoted by Big Tom. Unfortunately the weather was not as favourable as last year but there was still a good turn-out and all enjoyed the walk as the rain cleared for its duration.  The walkers were led by Padraig Hughes on quad, with Barry Bear playing C&W music from the trailer. Three Vintage Cars were used to take some people, who were unable to walk the distance, for a spin round the walkway and they thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated being able to experience the walkway and its scenery.  The proceeds of the walk go to the maintenance of the walkway and further developments planned for the coming year. It was gratifying to see the support for this coming from the groups and individuals who use the facility and as chairman, John Sherry, stated –‘the more people who support our efforts financially the more improvements we can make as this is a totally voluntary effort and depends on the donations of users’.  John, on behalf of the committee, expressed his appreciation and thanks to Gibson Bros; Gabriel McAree; Emyvale District Credit Union; Seamus McKenna Car Sales; Frank McGee; Silver Hill; Jim Murphy; Village Kitchen; Centra Emyvale; McMahons Shop; and all the participants on the day. He also thanked Veronica McKenna for her assistance and use of her electricity. He thanked the musicians who supplied the live music - John, Mickey, Martin, and the two Pats. He thanked the committee members, who worked hard on the organisation and presentation of the day with special mention to Aiden McKenna, Manager of the Walkway, for his work in making sure the walkway is always kept to the highest standards.