Archives for Community Heroes

Finn Valley Centre Community Hero Awards 2018

Finn Valley Centre Community Hero Awards 2018 Photographs courtesy of Cecil Fairman  An evening was held in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar last Friday, the 22nd of June to celebrate the work of this year’s Community Hero nominees. The evening began with and address by Monica Ramsey, Finn Valley Centre Marketing Officer in which she talked about what makes a community hero, citing the qualities that all community heroes possess of determination and tenacity or as she put it “stickability factor” a quality that allows them to endure the many knock backs that they receive and yet continue on even


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Damian McGlynn Community Hero May 2018

Damian McGlynn Community Hero Finn Valley Rugby Club May 2018 Damian McGlynn Community Hero Finn Valley Rugby Club is a native of Curraghamone is the Finn Valley Community Hero for this month. Damian is married to Veronica and the couple have three children, Cliona, Alannah and Grace. He works as a veterinary medicine sales representative for Osmonds for the past 27 years and he also represents a grass seed company called DLF Trifolium which is based in Denmark. His work is very much farm related and this reflects his upbringing on the family farm. Prior to his working life Damian


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Community Heroes Michael Rowan & Gerry Mongan April 2018

Community Heroes Michael Rowan & Gerry Mongan April 2018 Michael Rowan originally from Crossroads and now living in Ballybofey has been involved in the Twin Towns Community Garden since its beginnings in 2011.  The father of a family of seven Michael was introduced to the garden by his eldest daughter Tara who now lives in Australia.  Tara was one of the people behind the original application to set up the community garden which was funded with the help of Cross Border Peace & Reconciliation funding. It was there he met Gerry Mongan originally from Castlefinn, now living in Drumboe, who


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Dean Gillespie Community Hero March 2018

Dean Gillespie Community Hero March 2018 Dean Gillespie grew up in the Crossroads and has lived there all his life until he moved to Kilross three years ago with his partner Imelda and their two children Luci aged 9 and George aged 5. He has always had a strong affinity with his local area and his family are well known in the Crossroads area. As a child he attended Dromore NS and St Columba’s College, Stranorlar before completing a toolmaking apprenticeship in Sligo. He then worked for nine years in Kirchhoff in Letterkenny before moving to Australia and New Zealand


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Martina Flanagan Community Hero February 2018

Martina Flanagan Community Hero Martina Flanagan Finn Valley Centre Community Hero February 2018. Born in Donegal her parents were Ellen McClafferty from Creeslough and James Macken, from Ballintra. She was brought up in Fulham, London but spent her summer holidays each year in Donegal. Martina loved the county and was quicker than most to realise it was the “coolest place on earth” long before it received the accolade, and in 1981 as a single girl she relocated to Donegal as it was always a wish of hers to live here.  After arriving in Donegal she got a position in the


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Mamie Clarke Community Hero January 2018

Mamie Clarke Finn Valley Centre Community Hero January 2018 We kick off 2018 with Mamie Clarke as our Community Hero.  Originally Doherty from Porthall, Lifford, she is one of a family of six siblings, Margaret R.I.P., Johnny, Patrick, Michael and Tommy R.I.P. She now lives in Moyita, Bridge Street Lifford with her husband James. Mamie and James celebrated 51 years of marriage last August and have a family of five, two boys and three girls, Trevor, Kieran, Siobhan, Lorraine and Rosaleen. The couple have grandchildren and great grandchildren which they adore and look forward to them visiting their home. Mamie


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Tery Leyden Finn Valley Centre Community Hero December 2017

Terry Leyden Community Hero December 2017 Our Finn Valley Centre Community Hero for this month is no stranger to the world of soccer in the North West and indeed at a national level. Originally from Old Market Street Sligo, Terry Leyden was working in Sligo General Hospital after having completed a six year stint in the army.  During this time he continued in the Army Reserve and was called up to serve again in 1969 shortly after the troubles began in Northern Ireland.  At the age of 25, Terry was posted to Camp Arrow on the Ramelton Road, Letterkenny and


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John & Sally Butler Finn Valley Centre Community Heroes November 2017

John & Sally Butler Community Heroes Sally Butler nee Anderson was born in Ballybun Castlefinn prior to moving to Drumcannon Crossroads as a child where she grew up. She went to Gleneely School and from there to the Stranorlar Tech before eventually moving to Dublin where she worked in St Lukes Hospital for two years.  She always aspired to be a nurse and went to Croydon for four years where she completed her training.   She met John at a dance evening in Biggin Hill airport held for the air force and the local nursing fraternity.  John was a member


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Fr. John Joe Duffy Finn Valley Centre Community Hero

Fr John Joe Duffy Finn Valley Centre Community Hero Father John Joe Duffy a native of Burtonport and the eldest of a family of eight children has been a stalwart supporter of local issues not only at a local level but on a national and European level where he has fought and continues to fight the cause for many people. He has deservedly been nominated for the Finn Valley Centre Community Hero and indeed we are delighted that he has agreed to take part considering that he is now in his final week here in the Stranorlar parish and is


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Kathleen McGarrigle Community Hero September 2017

Kathleen McGarrigle Community Hero September 2017 We are delighted to have Kathleen McGarrigle as the Finn Valley Centre Community Hero for September 2017. Kathleen, nee Gilmore from Knockagarron, (commonly known as the Broad Road, Convoy) spent her life in the area eventually meeting and marrying Séan McGarrigle from The Glebe Stranorlar where the couple now reside.  They have two children, Sharon, a local primary school teacher and Lee who is currently studying horticulture.  Kathleen completed her second level studies at the Royal & Prior in Raphoe and went on to study Childcare at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Kathleen met her


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