Stranorlar Schools – Strictly Come Dancing Charity Event

A unique social event bringing together three Stranorlar schools will take place in December under the mistletoe and Christmas decorations.

Saint Columba’s College, Saint Mary’s National School Stranorlar and Finn Valley College will each host a Strictly Come Dancing Night in the Villa Rose Hotel on the 2ND,9TH and 16TH of December 2011.

But what promises to be an amazing start to the New Year begins with a final night on January 6th 2012 at the same venue.

Dancers will receive full free professional training for the big occasion with a number of names alreay being mooted around the Twin Towns.

Anybody oterested in training to become a dancer Ishould leave names at their chosen school

Rumours that several teachers incluidng Paddy McDaid and Frank Dooley are alreafy attending private ballroom dancing classes could not be confirmed at the rime fo going to press!!.

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Railway restoration show in Stranorlar

Apart from the major effort and expense of laying track on the old Donegal Railway trackbed, one of the few ways left to keep the old railways in the minds of local people and to attract outside interest is a model railway show.

Local enthusiasts County Donegal Railway Restoration Ltd who operate out of the restored old station building in Donegal Town have just such a show at Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar this weekend starting tomorrow, Friday 9 and Saturday, September 10 from 11am to 5pm each day. There will be working small scale layouts of original Donegal railway stations – Letterkenny and Donegal Town, plus a similar scale model of Schull Station on the old Schull and Skibbereen line in Cork. There will be other working models including Hornby tinplate and Meccano, plus big garden railway size models of the Donegal rolling stock.

At the last show, in August, the digital displays of local railway photos on a computer screen caused a lot of interest, so this time there will be more emphasis on this and bigger screens, plus the facility to ask to see photos of a given part of the railway, and possibly, where copyright permits, to order prints of these.

This is a real opportunity for locals to research and remind themselves of their old railway and for visitors to get to know the importance of the railways in the development of Donegal and to get a taste of their days of operation.

Entry is only €5 for adults and €4 for concessions and children. More information from County Donegal Railway Restoration on (074) 9722655

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