Dunkerrin Community Centre would like to thank everyone for taking part in celebrating the 40th anniversary of its opening and refurbishment.
On Saturday December 7th last proceedings began with the celebration of Mass by Rev Joseph Kennedy, PP, in St Mary’s Church. This was followed by a meal and a concert in the hall that was packed to full capacity.
Presentations were then made to the original committee members. Some of these members, who are no longer with us, were represented by a family member. For those members this recognition was a very moving, inspiring, and sentimental moment. The following deceased members were represented as follows – Joe Douglas by his wife, Mary Douglas; Jimmy Fitzpatrick by his cousin, Joe Fitzpatrick; Paddy Byrne by his wife, Monica Byrne; Willie Carroll by his grandson, Liam Carroll; Teresa Doyle by her husband, Michael Doyle, Castleroan; Violet ‘Babs’ Maher by her son, Dudley Maher; Willie Comerford by his son, Peter Comerford; and Josie Maher by her son, Jimmy Maher. The founding committee of 1973 were Fr Michael Greene, CC, President; Sean Sheedy, Chairman; Joe Douglas, Vice ChairmanMichael Doyle, Rathnavogue, Secretary; Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Assistant Secretary; Paddy Byrne and Anna Delaney, Joint Treasurers; Willie Carroll; John Tierney; Noel Whyte; Mick Keeshan; Eddie Whyte; Teresa Doyle; Peg Carroll; Violet ‘Babs’ Maher; Willie Comerford; Patsy Hoolan; Mick Tuohy; and Josie Maher. The present day committee - who organised this special event - are Phil Sheedy, Chairman; Roddy Teehan, Secretary; Pat Hogan, Treasurer; Eddie Whyte; Anne Shelly; Pat Coonan; Michael Doyle,Rathnavogue; John Bolger; Jer Moten; Michael Keeshan; John Sutton; Jer Hogan; Willie John Carroll; Kevin McCormack; Paddy Byrne; Philip O’Meara; Michelle Moten, and John Meagher. To mark the occasion a special souvenir booklet has been produced, with well illustrated articles and colour prints.