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    President of LYIT is the Honoured Guest at the 72nd Donegal Association Ball.

    It was back to London at the weekend for my annual trip to catch up with the Donegal/London gang in the Hilton Hotel in Wembley. Cousin Sinead and I made the trip for the annual Donegal Association London Dinner. This year we decided to fly from Ireland West Airport, Knock instead of Belfast which was just an extra 10 minutes and a change of scenery.

    The committee, headed by the Chairperson Tony McFadden a native of Falcarragh in his 15th year was joined by his wife Phil and their family.  

    Noel Cunningham compered this prestigious event with 500 guests in attendance and extended a warm welcome to Special Guest Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT and his wife Annemarie.

    Shane Wallace from Donegal TV was also present who along with Noel Cunningham interviewing various guests on the night.

    This year’s London Donegal Person of the year was awarded to Paddy Burke from Frosses who accepted a presentation from Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT.

    Brendan Vaughan (Tiny) once again launched his calendar for the 7th year with proceeds going to the Donegal Hospice.

    After the formalities and speeches were over, it was time to get the dancing shoes on to join a packed dance floor where Paul and Mary B entertained the lively crowd.

    Special thanks to Tony McFadden for his hospitality and to his good wife Philomena and to Rachael Nealey for all her help and support as always. Thanks to Colm Ferry who knows how to look after us ladies and brought us to and from airport. Until next time…….

    Honoured Guest Paul Hannigan his wife Annemarie and the Chairperson Tony McFadden.
    Chairperson Tony McFadden with Sinead McGowan and Brendan Tiny Vaughan.
    Micheal Cunningham with the main man Tony.
    The glamorous couple Bill and Isabelle Dunne looking fab as always.
    Paul Hannigan, President LYIT and the honoured guest doing an interview for Donegal TV.
    Cheers…. David and Anna Kennedy (McAlpine) and Manus Kelly from Clipvine.
    Falcarragh all the way…….. Tony Duggan, Frankie Ferry, John Gallagher, Tony McFadden and Cormac McGarvey.
    Noel Cunningham interviews Joe Devenney and Kieran Davis about their Crolly Distillery. Check out their website www.thecrollydistillery.com
    Paul, Phil, Tony, Fiona, Dave and Alan Finan all looking well at the Dinner last night in the Hilton Wembley.
    Owen Diver with the beautiful Dearbhla Walsh and Tony McFadden (Chairperson)
    Shane Wallace, Donegal TV with Noel Cunningham, Compere , Joe Devenney and Kieran Davis from The Crolly Distillery.
    Maurice Carr, Kilcar, Paul O Donnell, Pod-Trak Ltd, Brian Conaghan, Killybegs and Cormac Byrne, Ardmore.
    Will Middleton and Olibhia McGinley enjoying the night.
    Mary B, Cormac and Celine Byrne and Paul Gallagher.

    Seamus Carr, Tommy Gallagher, Tony and Mark Monagle.
    Honoured Guest Paul Hannigan, President LYIT delivering his speech at the Gala Dinner.
    Some boys….. Josie Gallagher, Noel, Tony and Paul Hannigan having the craic!
    The four sponsors for the Tunnel Tigers Memorial, Josie Gallagher, Dermot Kane, Tommy Gallagher and Tony McFadden.
    Brendan Vaughan with his Donegal Hospice calendars again this year.
    Paddy Burke, Frosses who was announced as the Donegal London Person of the year.

    Phil McFadden, Pauline Hunter and myself catching up at the Ball.

    The Falcarragh Duo….. Marie Carton with Tony McFadden.
    All Tim Kelly’s men having a ball as usual…… isn’t that right Stephen Walsh!!
    Stephen Walsh and the boys going well!
    Sinead McGowan and Annemarie Hannigan enjoying the night.
    Phil McFadden with her nephew Alan Finan.
    Looking well at the Ball were Aidan Quinn and Eleanor (McElhinney) Stranorlar.
    Myself with the Frosses men Tim Kelly and Paddy Burke,
    Neighbours Tim Kelly and Paddy Burke who was announced as the Donegal London Person of the year congratulated by Tim.
    Tim Kelly with his right hand men Stephen Walsh and Paul.

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