Tuesday 20 March 2018

All counties welcome at 'blow-ins' gathering

Locals and ‘non-native’s join forces to launch the ‘Gathering of the Blow-ins’ which takes place in the d Hotel on December 29.
Locals and ‘non-native’s join forces to launch the ‘Gathering of the Blow-ins’ which takes place in the d Hotel on December 29.

Hubert Murphy

IF you come from anywhere outside of the Boyneside and have settled in to life here, there's a welcome for you in the d Hotel on Sunday December 29.

The last 'Gathering' event of 2013 takes place between 3-6 p.m. and it's for those that have made Drogheda their home down the years.

On Thursday, as part of a 'pre-launch', a number of people gathered at the d Hotel, admitting that it wil be good to chat to fellow people who moved to Drogheda in the past.

Ina Lenihan is one. A native of Galway, she moved to Drogheda in 1979 when she began working in Swords.

She has immersed herself in Drogheda life, working on the cross border initiative, amongst other projects.

Bridie McIvor is another woman who has spent many years in town.

'I'm here 44 years on March 16th next,' she said. A native of Dungannon, she ran a pub on a then thriving Narrow West Street for many years with late husband Paddy, called what else, McIvor's.

'I would have to say my kids got a great education in the schools in Drogheda,' she said.

Dave Turner is a familiar face around the town at this stage, working for the rights of older people.

He is 31 years in Drogheda with wife Stephanie and spent 27 years in IFF. He's an Ipswich man but now very much a Drogheda United fan.

A little bit closer to home, Christy Doggett is a man who moved in to Drogheda from Kilmoon some years ago.

'We'd love to see as many people coming as possible to meet and greet others and there will be plenty of entertainment,' co-ordinator Cllr. Frank Godfrey stated.

There will be traditional music by The Village Folk, Irish Dancers from Miriam McCarthy & Lolo Robinson Schools of Dancing and other guest artists, local historian Liam Reilly will give a talk, and MC for the day is DJ Franklin Dee.

There is no charge for this event and there will be a presentation made by Mayor Richie Culhane (a Longford man!) to those who have contributed to Drogheda for more than 20 years with an Honarary Droghedian Certificate.

Further information on the event, contact Frank at (086) 6060261.

Drogheda Independent