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DONEGAL



                                              By SIOBHÁN BATES



































                                                      Members of the Lynch family with the cheque, proceeds from the Rathmullan Dualathon
                                            was obvious to note that no one else
                                            wished to take on the positions. So,
                                            like many other branches who strive
                                            so hard to keep the local county
                                            branch going, some had to reluctantly
                                            go back to their seated positions. The
                                            following were deemed elected.

                                            Chairperson:       Siobhán Bates
                                            Secretary:            Karen Bradley
                                            Treasurer:            Kieran Murray
                                            PRO:                    George Bates
                                            Board member:   Kieran Murray
        We held our AGM in April at the
        Station House Hotel, Letterkenny and  We would like to take this
        we were delighted to see such a good  opportunity to thank our outgoing
        crowd. As the two year time frame   Secretary, Sharon Gallagher
        was up for branch officers, with some  (Buncrana) for all her help and  Ann Lynch presenting George Bates with a cheque for
        of us having clocked up more than   patience. With Sharon having many   €2,973, proceeds from the Rathmullan Dualathon.
        our two year stints, we were now    family commitments, she felt she    €15,600 has come in with a bit more
        looking forward to bowing out for a  needed the time to commit to them  to follow.
        well-earned break.                  and she has offered Karen, our new    Our Aldi stores in Donegal were
           Being conscious of the reality that,  Secretary, a helping hand whenever  amazing and so accommodating to all
        occasionally, officers can outstay their  needed. Thanks so much Sharon, Neil  of those who collected. And ‘thank
        welcome or, indeed, that members    and Niall for your contribution to the  you’ also to those who were lucky
        may become unhappy hearing the      branch.                             enough to get access to their village
        same voices and/or seeing the same    It was lovely to see you all again  post offices, local shops and churches.
        faces, however, in reality, when there  while I was out on the Donegal roads,  The Rathmullan Dualathon was
        appears to be no one willing to take  delivering the merchandise for Organ  organised by the Lynch family and a
        on these roles – it is difficult for  Donor Awareness Week and Church   total of €2,973 was raised in aid of
        branches to keep going. It is       gate collections. ODAW was a great  the IKA’s Renal Support Centre, in
        recognised and acknowledged that    success and ‘thank you’ to all our  Beaumont Hospital. We thank the
        new blood on board can greatly help.   volunteers. You go beyond the call of  Lynch family and everyone who took
           Our current officers all stepped  duty. We need all volunteers and turn  part on the day, those who gave
        down, but as the meeting went on it  no one down. So far a total of     donations and helped in any way with
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