Reflections on a Village Alive

Last week was a busy one in terms of community events, and we feel that we want to acknowledge and recognise the efforts that have gone into building up to and organising these events.

We saw the launch of the Churches’ Forum preliminary report on Tuesday evening, which represents a positive and encouraging future for the cooperation and communication between our churches and our community. The guest speaker was the Revd Harold Good who was an inspirational speaker who left us with a lot to think about and reflect upon. We would ask for your continued support in this important work.

Wednesday saw a Cookery Demonstration by the well-known Neven Maguire. The event was a fundraising event organised by Botha Parish and was a very well planned and well supported event.

Derrygonnelly Primary School hosted a very successful coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care Support on Friday morning which by all accounts again was very well supported by both sides of the community and raised a substantial amount of money for a worthy cause.

FEARmanagh took place on Saturday for the fourth year running, and the sun was shining on the athletes taking part in the endurance race. We saw more locals than ever both competing in the event as well as supporting it in voluntary roles such as planning, marshalling and catering. We are so very proud to be able to host this event each year, and we feel it is such a great platform to showcase the beauty of our surroundings, and not least the ‘can-do’ attitude of the people in our community.

And to top the week off, yesterday Derrygonnelly Harps U16s and the Senior Team both won their Championship finals against Enniskillen and Erne Gaels respectively, and brought their trophies home with pride. Congratulations to both teams on two hard-fought games and deserved wins.

There are so many positive things happening across our community at the moment and we at the Partnership are proud and encouraged by the efforts made to make these things happen. The driving force of any community event and achievement is its volunteers –  be it by planning the event, baking the scones, selling the tickets, serving the tea or cheering on the side-lines spurring your team on. The key to a successful event is volunteering and we congratulate you all on a very busy week of successful events across our community.

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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