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Living Jazz Legend helps celebrates launch of Donegal's Bealtaine 2017 Programme

Living Jazz Legend helps celebrates launch of Donegal's Bealtaine 2017 Programme

Left to Right:  Rita Chapman, Grainne Hynes, Chair Active Retirement Ireland, Cllr Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Frances Crampsie, Donegal Library at the launch of Bealtaine 2017.

 

 

Bealtaine 2017 got off to a great start when it was launched on Tue 2 May by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The audience was treated to a special concert by living Jazz legend Guy McIntyre accompanied by John Trotter and Roan Armstrong.  

 

 Gay McIntyre

 

Speaking at the launch Shaun Hannigan outlined a small number of the 160+ events taking place in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017 from Plein Air painting workshops to the Lad from Laghey showing in a number of venues throughout Donegal to the Then there was Light event which will remember the Rural Electrification Scheme to tips on keeping your Brian healthy at a dedicated event in the Central Library in Letterkenny.  Many of these events are free to attend with excellent concessions available for paid events.

 

"A lot of work has gone into putting together this extensive programme which will see over 160 events taking place in Donegal to celebrate creativity and art among older people and we are hoping that as many people as possible will come along and join us in celebrating Bealtaine.  Events are taking place in libraries, arts and community venues and day care centres throughout the county" says Shaun Hannigan. 

 

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Grainne Hines from Active Retirement Ireland also spoke at the launch and highlighted the valuable work being done by older people in Donegal and how this work contributes to our positive mental health and wellbeing.  Ms. Hines referred to the many challenges that older people continue to face from poverty, to access to health care, to transport needs and referred specifically to the positive role played by the Older People's Council in Donegal which has a key role in informing policy and services as well as providing information to older people.  

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In his official launch of the 2017 Bealtaine programme in Donegal, Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey encouraged older people across the county to participate in and attend the many events taking place, urging people to tell their own stories, share their own experiences and enjoy the many events taking place as part of this year's festival. 

 

Further information on what's on in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017 can be found here.

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