The young at heart gathered in St. Colmcille Heritage centre recently for a tea dance and social networking event organised jointly by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC), North Donegal Community Network and Gartan Day Centre.
Food, music, entertainment and dancing were the order of the day for the seventy or more who attended. They arrived from all over Donegal, Kilmacrennan, Milford and Letterkenny .
Fergus Cleary entertained as only Fergus could with stories and yarns and bringing merriment to this lively group who then danced their way throughout the afternoon to tunes from Josie Cannon. The Siege of Venice was a big hit with little space left on the dance floor, putting those half their age to shame with their agility and dancing skill!
All were quick to tell of the benefits of attending this event and how important it is to meet and chat with others such as themselves. Their life stories and experiences and their joy of living life to the full is an example to all of what a group such as this has to offer the communities they live in.
Stephen Barret from DLDC Ltd, one of the organisers on the day thanked everyone for coming and praised the venue and the high quality of food, warmth and welcome everyone received from the hosts Gartan Day Centre at St Colmcille Heritage Centre.
Especially at this time of year it is important to remember all those in the community who have given so much and still have so much knowledge and life lessons to pass on. There are many more social inclusion events such as this one planned in the new year ahead and having spoke with many who attended this event, I have no doubt ,it will be the highlight of their social calendar 2016.
Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) has been contracted to deliver the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) by the Donegal Local Community Development Committee over the years 2015 – 2017. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.