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History of the Letterkenny Reunion

When Johnny Joe McCollum and Jamie Sweeney met for a chat outside the old Downtown Bar little did hey know then that something unique was about to happen which is now known as the Letterkenny Reunion. During their conversation many topics were discussed but they finished up with the idea of attracting old townies back to their roots and how this could be achieved. Many of the names that sprung to mind were of people who emigrated many years ago for one reason or another and if a plan was put in place, this would be an opportunity for them to return home and witness the changes that took place since they left. They added one more name to the organising committee, that of Johnny Gallagher R.I.P. and the first reunion was set for August 1991 to encourage emigrants from Letterkenny to come home to meet and reunite with former friends and family over a few days in August.

This unique festival provides am extended family atmosphere with nostalgic memories, excitement and joy as old friends are recognised and acquaintances renewed. the atmosphere is electric as family members meet at home from many parts of the world. Their memories and renewed friendships are carried with them abroad as the look forward from one reunion to the next. the reunion committee keep this contact alive via local media and websites.

Our reunion friends not only talk about the past to the youth and young at heart but also to familiarise themselves with the new developments and progress in the town of Letterkenny. They participate in our organised events, enjoy local amenities and spend money in local shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs, taxis and B&Bs.

Some stay to enjoy fishing, golf, snooker, gaelic and soccer and sight-seeing trips around the county. When they return to their new homes they are valued ambassadors promoting this area to other emigrants and friends abroad.

Our aim is to promote tourism in the region, while strengthening ties between Letterkenny and surrounding areas with its former residents, relations and friends on a national and international level from a cultural, economical and social aspect.

The Letterkenny Reunion will be celebrating its coming of age in 2009 as that will be their seventh in total to date and the dedicated voluntary committee members will ensure that the celebrations will be as good if not better than the ones that passed on beforehand. In excess of two thousand invitations were forwarded to known emigrants and their families worldwide for the previous reunion and the list has grown substantially since then in preparation for the next event. Post will be delivered to Scotland, England, Wales, the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Brazil, South Africa and to every county in Ireland along with other destinations too numerous to mention before the completion of this year.

The Committee led by Chairman Niall O'Donnell, Margaret Madden, Caroline Mackey, Kathleen O' Doherty, Carol McGarvey, Marette Mackey, Gretta Donnelly, James Friel, Tony Duffy, James McMonagle, Dessie Kelly welcomes everyone from far and near to the 2009 event which takes place from Sunday 2nd to Friday 7th August [inclusive] and that they have a most pleasant stay in the town we all grew up in and widely known as the town we love so well.

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