Orchestras, dance bands, Christmas plays, concerts, fancy dress costumes, cinema programmes – this series of images documents the wide variety of activities which took place in the Colgan Hall since its construction over a century ago.
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A notice for the 1914 Carndonagh Bazaar.
An early orchestra in the Colgan Hall. Included in the photograph are : Florence O'Donnell, Eddie O'Donnell, Rose O'Donnell, Susie Doherty (Oregon), Packie O'Donnell, Maggie Callaghan (Jerry), Mary O'Donnell, Tommy McElhinney, John Kelly, John Joe Doherty (Oregon), John Callaghan, Sonny Doherty (Jack), and Joe Doherty (Arthur).
The Badminton club in the Colgan Hall.
The Badminton Club in the Colgan Hall.
The Boy's Brass Band, March 17th, 1967.
A photo of the Christmas Play in the Colgan Hall, 1965.
A view of the Colgan Hall and the Church from the river.
News of a cross-community Leap Year Ball in the Colgan Hall, 1916, reported in the Derry Journal.
Impression of the Colgan Hall by architect W. J. Doherty, 1914.
The first committee of the Colgan Hall who organised the voluntary labour at the building of the hall. Back Row L-R: PH Doherty, Daniel of Direen, Micky Bill, Paddy Urris, Paddy Curley; Middle L-R: Harry Castle Doagh, Eddie McDonald, Neil J. Coiner, Aeneas McDonald, David the Moss; Front L-R: Neil the Moss, Unkown, Unkown, Unkown.
A notice inviting tenders for the Colgan Hall, 1914.
A concert in the colgan Hall, late 1970s.
The Donagh Dance Band in the doorway of the Colgan Hall. Front L-R: Charlie Cauley, Eddie Doherty (Dinny), Victor Gillespie; Back: Peter Clarke, Jimmy Clingain, Cecil Porter.
Children gathered for a fancy dress competition in the Colgan Hall, 1950s.
George Clingan, parochial caretaker.
Young people going to the pictures at the Colgan Hall, late 1940s.
A view of the Colgan Hall and the old church, which was demolished in 1945 after the construction of the new church.
Students from Carndonagh Technical School in 1947.
The Michael Galbraith Orchestra in the Colgan Hall, late 1960s, featuring Barry Kearney, John Merricks, Michael Doherty (Cutter), Ginger Doherty (Buncrana), Michael Galbraith, and Paddy Mc Crossan.
A programme of upcoming films at the Colgan Hall, 1945.