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first_imgWEST DONEGAL is about to be put firmly in the picture with the news that planning permission has been granted for a new cinema in Gaoth Dobhair.Local businessman Hugh Martin Doherty hopes to build a 250 seater cinema on the site of the Hotel Glenveagh, formerly known as The Dodge.The only cinema in the area, the Astor Cinema in Derrybeg, closed some time in the mid 1980s. There was also cinemas in other local nearby towns including Falcarragh and Dungloe but these all closed down more than 30 years ago as well.Mr Doherty hopes to create up to 20 full-time jobs when the cinema is officially open with plans to have three screens in the complex.The cinema will contain a 110 seat theatre as well as smaller 90 seater and 50 seater theatres.Mr Doherty said he hopes that cinema-goers will be munching popcorn and watching the latest blockbusters in time for Christmas. At present people from West Donegal must travel to the nearest cinema in Letterkenny to see the latest movies.EndsWEST DONEGAL TO GET ITS OWN 250 SEAT CINEMA was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemadonegalpopcornlast_img read more

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first_imgFilm footage shot by the late Fr. Tommy Doherty will provide, literally in some cases, moving images from the past during the forthcoming Letterkenny Reunion.The films have been collated on D.V.D. by the popular priest’s nephew, Tommy Francis, and will be shown during the cultural afternoon on Tuesday August 4th in the Regional Cultural Centre.Reunion chairman Dessie Kelly appealed for a huge turn-out at the event which will see people return to the Cathedral Town from across the globe.“Tommy is particularly interested in having names put to the many faces on the films and we’re hoping that some of the old stagers in the town, such as Dan McTeague, ‘Gouldie’ McGettigan, and Muriel Kelly, whose wedding features on the D.V.D., will come along to help with the task. “There’s a big collection of events and faces incorporated onto the D.V.D. including the blessing of the Burmah houses in 1946, Corpus Christi processions, pilgrimages to Fatima and Lourdes, and many others events from the Letterkenny of old.“Tommy Francis wants to get people to name as many as possible so he can identify all of those featured on the film collection,” said Dessie.The Cultural Afternoon, initiated for the last Reunion in 2012 when it proved a great success, is just one of many events lined up between August 1st and 7th.Another hugely popular event is the mystery bus tour which will see a fleet of coaches, packed with locals and emigrants, departing from the Boys School at Convent Road on Wednesday 5th. Tickets cost 6 euro each but the destination remains a closely guarded secret! The tickets are available at Niall Callaghan’s shop on Upper Main Street and at Paddy Delap’s on Lower Main Street or from any committee member.The re-enactment of the Fair Day, which also made its debut in 2012, represents another stand-out feature of the Reunion and will take place on Monday 3rd from 1.p.m. to 5.p.m.The ever popular quiz night will be held later that evening at 8.30.p.m. in the Orchard Inn.“We have a whole feast of events and activities lined up and I would appeal to as many people living in and around Letterkenny to come out and support those events and the Reunion generally,” said Dessie.“Hundreds of people travel from abroad and all corners of Ireland to come back to the town of their roots and it’s always great that the townspeople are there to welcome them home,” added the chairman.Meanwhile, the Letterkenny Reunion is hosting a special flag day this Friday (July 24th) to help raise funds for the event. Passers-by are asked to give as generously as possible at the various collection points throughout the town. TOMMY’S FILMS TO ROLL BACK THE YEARS AT LETTERKENNY REUNION was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFr Tommy DohertyLetterkenny Reunionlast_img read more

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