Donegal Spring break 2016

Spring break in Donegal May 2016

The annual Spring break this year was to the lovely county of Donegal
56 of our members – largest number ever – set off for Letterkenny in glorious sunshine  in McGinley’s brand new coach. It was lovely to see Brian was to be our driver/guide for the duration of the trip.
We were based in the very comfortable Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny and for the next three days we spent touring .We visited the very interesting famine village of Doagh Island on the first day  . Next day we went on a guided Bus tour of Derry city , walked the walls and took many lovely pictures . We continued on then to the American Folk Park in Omagh. It was such a lovely  day wandering around in the beautiful sunshine going back in time and comparing the “then and now”
The trip on the Waterbus on Donegal Bay on the third day was a big success. We were entertained with songs and stories , danced, sang and celebrated a birthday party on board for one of our members. A few German visitors were roped in to join in the “craic”!
Our holiday would not be complete without a bit of retail therapy. So off  went the ladies to McIlhinneys of Ballybofey for some serious shopping.  Don’t know where the men went!
It was with great reluctance we had to leave the beauty of Donegal behind us as we headed south for home.  On the way home,we had a welcome break in Sligo folk park in Riverstown where we were given an enjoyable tour. Ice cream , tea and scones were the order of the day
It was agreed by one and all that Brian, our pleasant driver helped in a big way to make this trip so interesting and enjoyable. He was passionate about his county and was familiar with every nook and cranny .He was happy to share the many stories and jokes with us.
We finished up with a lovely dinner  in Roscommon before heading for home tired but happy.
Thanks to Phil, Bridie and the Social committee for all their excellent work.

 Chris O’Flynn

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