Still going strong: Bannagh celebrates 30th anniversary

A NIGHT of celebrations was held recently as Bannagh Community Project marked its 30th anniversary. 
The group, based at Bannagh Hall, near Kesh, celebrated its 30th anniversary in Mahon’s Hotel as over 50 members and friends attended the dinner dance. A birthday cake was ceremonially cut by three members of the original 1979 committee, Gerry Kerrigan, Lany McAnerin, and Tommy Gallagher.
A special commemorative wall hanging was presented to Bannagh Community, for display in the hall, by patchwork tutors Georgina Hamilton and Claire Walsh fittingly as the patchwork group has met in the hall continuously for the 30 years.
James Gallagher read a poem he had composed specially for the occasion, about his memories and experiences of Bannagh Hall. 
Throughout the evening 16 paintings by local artists were on display in the hall and guests were able to vote for their favourite. 
The Bannagh Art Group has also run continuously throughout the 30 years, and is a big part of the community.
Throughout the 30 years, the hall has always been run on an entirely voluntary basis by a team of dedicated committee members, and many thousands of pounds has been raised for deserving charities. 
Much of this has been organised by local “community champion” Lany McAnerin. 
The hall is thriving with classes ongoing continuously including a Women’s Group, yoga, cookery, jiving, flower arranging, upholstery, craft classes, parties, concerts and social occasions of all types.  
The dinner dance concluded with entertainment from local band “The Highwaymen” and thanks was given to all who brought photographs and memorabilia for fun and reminiscences, and to FODC for funding the dance music, and Peace 1V for supporting the art challenge.

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