Dublin Donegal Association

Dublin Donegal Association
Dublin Donegal Association

The Donegal Association has over 75 years of uninterrupted history which saw the Association going through good and bad times.  It all started on the 9th November 1935 when 20 people from Arranmore Island were travelling home from the potato fields of Scotland and 19 drowned. Only one, Paddy Gallagher survived.

Immediately Donegal people in Dublin came together to offer whatever help they could and the first meeting took place on the 15th November 1935 in the Gresham Hotel at the behest of the Most Reverend Dr. William Mc Neely, Bishop of Raphoe. Twenty four people attended this meeting and on the 24th November a concert was held in the Gaiety Theatre to raise funds for the families of the victims.

This was the birth of Cumann Thír Chonaill, Baile Átha Cliath. Gradually membership began to improve, funds became more available and new people with new ideas joined the Committee. This Association is expanding and changing with the times, a Cumann that is available to ALL the People of County Donegal We now boast of 400 members and 19 Committee members from all over the county. The main purpose of the Association was and is to organize events for the Donegal Diaspora here in the capital.

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