The Parish of Urney and Castlefinn
St. Brigid’s Night
The Urney & Castlefinn Parish Pastoral Council organised a St. Brigid’s Night, which took place in Doneyloop Community, Centre, on Wednesday, 1st February. A large crowd gathered to celebrate the life of St. Brigid, through the making and blessing of crosses and the enactment of her life through drama, performed by pupils from St. Columba’s Primary School, Clady.
Well known actor and comedian, Aussie Bryson, opened the proceedings by welcoming, Fr. Michael Porter and Fr. Oliver Crilly and all present. St. Brigid (Marie Devlin) was welcomed by Fr. Crilly. Her cloak was blessed and Holy Water from the local St. Brigid’s well was distributed.
A great night of traditional cross making followed and pupils from St. Safan’s N.S., Drumdoit; St Mary's N.S., Castlefin and St. Columba’s Primary School, Clady, provided great music, song, recitation and dance to the delight of the packed Centre
Thanks also to the Coleman Family who provided traditional music and Paul Brennan who sang and played country and western music. Dancing to “Paddy’s Country” concluded a most enjoyable night.
Prizes, for the Cross Making, were sponsored by Fr. Porter's sister, Lucy, of Veritas in Derry, for winners in the following categories: Novice, Primary School, Post Primary, Adult, Traditional and Most Creative.
Refreshments were provided by local voluntary donations together with Maguire’s Food Store and Gallagher’s Bakery also donating on the night.
Sincere thanks to all who donated the food and to the efficient and hardworking ladies, in the kitchen, who ensured that everything ran smoothly and to Bríd McGrenra and the Organising Committee, who set up the hall for the event and ensured that everyone was in place for all the activities.
A special word of thanks was extended to Mack McLaughlin for his long and dedicated running of this beautiful tradition of Cross Making, in our Parish, who also judged the crosses on the night, ably assisted by Dermot Patton of Stranorlar.
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