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A night out with the Vintners at their annual Dinner Dance!

The Donegal Publicans and friends hosted their annual VFI Dinner Dance last night in the Finn Suite at Jacksons Hotel Ballybofey with over 260 guests present. 

The National President VFI Ireland Padraig McGrann was in attendance as were County Manager Seamus Neely, Pat the Cope Gallagher and Martin Harley. Many suppliers in the drinks and food industry also attended the event. 

The chosen charities on the night was Cunamh and VFI Benevolent.

Antoinette Coyle and her staff are a credit to the hotel serving up a delicious meal so promptly.

Presentations were made to Martin Gibbon’s ex-Chairman of the Vintners for his contribution to the Donegal Vintners.  Martin’s wife Siobhan also received a presentation of beautiful flowers.  The second presentation was made to David Pearson for long service with Comans and his wife Alma was also was presented with flowers.  

The committee presented Mary McGinley a cheque for €697.00 for the Cunamh Charity Shop in Stranorlar.

The guests danced the night away to the fabulous David Craig Band followed by a disco. 

Well done to the committee, Alice Lynch VFI Donegal Chairperson, Mairead O Connell Vice Chairperson, Martina Barrett secretary and Marie Harkin, Harkins Bar, Brockagh for a great night.

Martin Gibbons who paid tribute to his former bosses Dessie and Paddy Dorrian, Glencar Inn.
Chairperson Alice Lynch with her daugher Maura and hubby Neil.
David Pearson (seated) who was honoured last night for years of service, pictured with his wife Alma and colleagues from Coman’s.
Alice Lynch with her two bodyguards Tommy Gallen and Pat the Cope Gallagher!!
The committee makes a presentation of a cheque to Mary McGinley on behalf of Cunamh of €697.00
The VFI committee makes a presentation to Martin Gibbons for all his years work on the committee.

Chris Wilson from Tennents congratulates Martin Harley on winning a keg of Tennents.
Ciaran Brogan, Michael Naughton and Brian McGinley pictured with Mary Kathleen and Michael O Donnell and Mary McGinley.
Willie and Mary Halpenny enjoying the night.
Big smiles with these lads, Michael Naughton, Pat the Cope, Dessie and Paddy Dorrian.
Mary and Dan Loughrey from the Plough and Harrow, Kerrykeel.
The Clanree gang with GM Michael Naughton supporting the night.
Martin Harley and Martina Barrett all smiles for the camera.
Siobhan Gibbons, Jimmy and Antoinette Murray, Co. Cavan and Martin Gibbons.
Martin Gibbons who was honoured on the night pictured with his wife Siobhan and members of his family.
Mary McGinley looking well with her new hair style and hubby Brian.
Terri and Darren Halpenny enjoying the night.
The team from McKelveys and Barretts Bar in Ballybofey.
Colm Ferry holding as many drinks as he can…… with Des McGettigan from Ripples Restaurant in Kerrykeel.
John Cannon from The Gweedore Bar in Falcarragh with some of his gang.

The crew from The Banjo Tavern in Castlefin.
Representing McBrides Bar & Lounge in Castlefin were Ronnie and Fionnuala, Finola and Ken McBride.
Jackie and Michael with friends from Sharkey’s Bar in Annagry.
Always on duty…… Jimmy McGinty and Christopher Gallen.
Marie and hubby Allan arrive for the big night.

Martina Barrett, Alice Lynch and Antoinette Coyle who looked after us all as always.
Pauric McGann, National President VFI and Chairperson Alice Lynch.










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