Mohill’s most senior resident, 103-year-old, Eileen Kelly, was on hand to officially launch the Canon Donohoe Hall Centenary book at a special function last Friday night.
The event which included the launch of an exhibition of oil paintings by a local carers support group and images taken by the Mohill Photography Club, saw local residents, past and present, joined by community representatives, politicians and other dignitaries to mark the beginning of the centenary celebrations.
Speaking on behalf of her grandmother at the event, Edel Palmer, said that Mrs Kelly was delighted to have the honour of launching the centennial book on a hall that played such a huge part in her life.
From performances in the hall as a young child and memories of playing tennis at the courts to the rear of the hall, Mrs Kelly noted that the Canon Donohoe Hall had played a central role for not just herself and her family but the community as well.
She recalled how her own mother, Catherine, had played the piano in the hall for the many dances staged during the early part of last century and noted her many fond memories of these occasions.
Of course, Eileen Kelly’s association with the hall continued well into the later part of the 1900s with her husband, the late JJ Kelly, playing a pivotal role in drama performances in the hall and acting as secretary of the hall committee.
Indeed one of her proudest moments came when her husband’s play won an award at a drama festival staged in the hall.
“I would like to wish Canon Donohoe Hall continued success for the future and hopefully it will continue (to serve the community) for another 100 years to come,” she concluded.
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