Millennium Celebrations: 'Leghowney Explodes into New Century'
The Leghowney Millennium Committee, in association with the National Millennium Committee and Donegal CC Millennium Committee, held a three-day celebration in the Community Hall. As well as a large local attendance there were also visitors from New York, Leeds, Birmingham, Coventry and various parts of the country.
On the 30th December, the celebrations got off to a good start with a childrens’ party and disco attended by youngsters from St. Francis’ N.S. and the Glebe N.S. Each child was presented with a Millennium scroll signed by Joyce McMullin. Refreshments and beverages were sponsored by three prominent local businessmen, for which the Committee is thankful. This was followed by a very enjoyable teenage party and disco.
On New Year’s Eve a packed Community Hall celebrated the new Millennium. For this event a large number of senior citizens turned out from the Copany, Leghowney and Clogher areas and danced the night away to many local musicians.
The Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was John Cassidy who performed the countdown at midnight. Pat Ward led the singing of Auld Lang Syne – the immortal song of Robbie Burns. Davy Crawford supervised the fireworks display. The Committee wished to thank him for his sponsorship of that event.
Refreshments were served by a hard-working committee of Hugh Cassidy, Jimmy Scott, Jacqueline Bustard, Mary Crawford, Pauline Givens and Una McMullin, with many willing helpers.
On New Year’s Day the celebrations continued with the unveiling of the Millennium Stone at Leghowney Community Hall. This took place at 2.30pm with representatives of Church and State present. The unveiling was performed by Donegal CC Chairmain, Peter Kennedy, and the stone was blessed by Canon Harry Trimble, Fr. Willie Peoples and Rev. Ian Henderson. Apologies were received from Rev Andrew Watson who was unable to attend. Mary Coughlan TD was present with her family and husband David. The Fine Gael Party was represented by Julie Mundy. Apologies were read for Dinny McGinley and Pat the Cope Gallagher. The stone was supplied by Eammon McGinty of Barnesmore Gravel and crafted by Michael McGroarty, Drumkeelin.
Peter Kennedy also planted two oak trees supplied by the Farm and Forestry Division, Donegal Town and Jimmy Scott of Teagasc. Following the planting, refreshments were served in the hall where Jimmy Scott and Hugh Cassidy returned thanks to all who had helped in any way with this great celebration of the Millennium.
They expressed a special work of thanks to the National Millennium Committee, Donegal County Council, all the sponsors, Donegal Times, NW Radio and their fellow committee members.
Ongoing celebrations are planned for the year ahead in the Leghowney Community area. Notices will appear in local papers and NWR Fm. A great community spirit is in place at the moment and long may it last. We wish the Millennium Committee every success for the year 2000. (Donegal Times, January 2000).