1968 A View of Life in Clonmany the year of the First Festival

The goings on in Clonmany all those years ago were well documented in 'The Clonmany Catholic". On that summer of the first Festival, the Annual Sports were held on the 14th of July with over 1,000 people attending.

Betty McErlean from Binnion won the girls 100 yards under 12. Tony Doherty won the Cycle Race. Phil Kelly from Tullagh won the One Mile Race. Mary B. Harkin and Brid Boyce won the 3 legged race.

Up in Cleagh, Connie Doherty (Con) and Patricia had opened a self-service shop. Jim Clafferty was on an extended holiday in Leicester.

Crossconnell School was up for sale. Up by Altahalla. Kathleen Devlin (T) had bought a new Monis Minor. AIH 3.

Up in Annauggh Edith McConnelogue had bought herself a donkey. John McGeoghan and Maura Doherty had got married on lst August.

Out in Urris Hugh Francis Doherty had won "Sportsman of the Year at Carn Tech." Janet Coyle was winning dancing competitions right, left and centre.

Down at the Ballyliffin Golf Club, Clement Sweeney, Captain, signed for the purchase of 377 acres for a new 18 hole course on the 7th October. 1968. Charlie Farren was building his new house in Ballyiffin. The first Show and Sheep Dog Trials were held on the 24th July.

In all the events held that summer, the one feature all the time was the glorious weather. Let's hope for some of the same this year. These were just a small selection of items recorded in the "Clonmany Catholic". It jogged a few memories. It is fascinating looking through all the years of the "Clonmany Catholic". It is a wonderful record of life in our parish down through the years. To the editors and reporters, we say "Thanks for the Memories".

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