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      Ramelton (Rathmelton)
one of Irelands Heritage Towns, is a charming little town of the 17th century, situated in the Heart of Donegal at the mouth of the River Lennon to the
Lough Swilly.

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    Ramelton (Rathmelton), eines von Irlands denkmalgeschützten Orten, ist ein reizendes kleines Städtchen aus dem 17. Jh, gelegen im Herzen Donegals an der Mündung des River Lennon in den Lough Swilly.

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Table Quizzes

There will be a table quiz in Carr’s of the Diamond every Wednesday during lent beginning on 21st Feb. All proceeds in aid of the Ballyare Community Defibrillator and Tully Graveyard Maintenance Fund.
St Paul’s Church Ramelton are holding a table quiz in the Robertson School, on Fri., 16th Feb. at 8.15pm. Cost is €5 p.p. to include a light supper.
The Irwin family, Ramelton are holding a ‘Table Quiz’ in aid of the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny University Hospital in Durkan’s Bar, Ramelton on Friday 23rd Feb. at 9.30p.m. All welcome.....read more

25 years Tirconaill Tribune

Community First Responders

An information evening will be held in Milford Fire Station on Wednesday 28th February at 8.00pm to focus on setting up a Community First Responders group for Milford, Ramelton and surrounding area.
A presentation will be given by Mr Mark Callanan Community Engagement Officer with the National Ambulance Service. Should you require any further information please contact, Gary Ryan 0860714988,
Dave McSpadden 0879507137 or
Nana McFadden, 087 2142753....read more

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Ramelton Panto 2018 Its more than sixty years since the Ramelton Panto crew first set sail on their first adventure and on March 1st the town’s 55th production opens in the Town Hall.
By John McAteer
This year is one of many changes: new faces coming along and a couple of the great characters from the past taking a back seat.
The 2018 show is ‘Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and with 14 different scenes, the variety and colour is dazzling: it is an amazing mix of the town’s legendary talents combining to ensure that from blast off until the final curtain, the props, the scenery changes and the cast are on cue… no mean achievement for Donegal’s most enduring pantomime society. It is indeed a very intricate labour of love… but they love entertaining us and it’s always been that way in Ramelton.
 Imagine what it must have been like back in 1956 when Robin Hood was produced by Frank Mooney. And the men’s costumes,  including Long Johns (according to Thomas Harte) were dyed in beetroot juice to make them look a bit more theatrical, as if there was any need for that sort of carryon in Ramelton!
 And so began the legend that has now carved a very special place in the life of the town.
It was the year when Elvis Presley topped the Billboard charts with “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Don’t be so Cruel” and over its life span the Ramelton show has featured a number of his biggest hits.
There have been many changes in the productions: many of the memorable names are long since gone but again there are living links as if to create a bridge between the different generations.
The first thing you notice this year are the new names on the list of Principals.
 Snow White is played by Eimear Haughey while the Principal Girl (Prince Florian) is being played by Rhianna Bolton who was also in the Milford Community School Musical, ‘Thank you for the Music’.
That show also featured the Irish dancing champion Eoghan Boyce and now he’s back on stage after returning from America to play ‘Rudi’ the Royal Dancing Master. Amelia Patterson takes the stage to play the role of Hugo while Thomas O’Brien is another newcomer and Cathy McGowan returns after a number of years to play ‘Queen Morgana’ the stepmother of ‘Snow White’.
But the old stalwarts are back with Mickey McHugh and Martin Duffy as ‘Bernardo’ and ‘Otto’ the most unlikely of villains. And of course Tony Wilkinson returns to play the ‘Dame with Noel Patterson as ‘Lord Chambairlain’. Johnny Coonan returns to play ‘A Guard’ and his singing voice will also brighten the evening’s entertainment.
And of course ‘Snow White’ is renowned for the Seven Dwarfs and this year’s group is trained by former lead singer, Damien Duffy
As always there are the wonderful children’s scene: three groups this year in a fitting finale the first half as the stage is transformed to the Land of Fairy Tales; aka Leinster House minus the Healy Raes and Marc McSharry engaged in a shouting match and Pat the Cope pulling down the shutters for a much needed break.
And the settings and scenery across the fourteen scenes are right out of a fairytale storybook with John Harkin adding his own special magic to create the Mountain Road. The Forest Glade: a room at the Palace, the Dungeons and of course the sheer magic of the cottage wherein the seven dwarfs reside.
John Harkin has been the unsung hero of the Ramelton pantomime because his work is admired by so many people but he’s never seen…even to take a bow on final night. Before the first curtain rises John’s work is completed for another year and he goes home knowing that his brushwork skills and vision have created their own part of the legend.
And all ends well as the Prince kisses Snow White back to life and the scene is set for a grand wedding.
This year’s panto is running two weeks later than in previous years but you can rest assured that it will be well worth the wait. Panto is as popular as ever and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a legendary tale that has been cast on stages across the globe.
Ramelton retains the traditional character of the old panto stories and Jean Winston who is the main producer says that it is part of their own history. The town has a rich vein of talent and musical ability and a great capacity to entertain. That is why the crowds will pack the place for the nine nights run from March 1st and nobody will leave disappointed.
The Ramelton Pantomime will open to the public on Thursday night, March 1st and will conclude on Saturday March 10th running nightly from eight o’clock. There is no show on Sunday March 4th.
‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ was first staged in Ramelton back in 1979 by the much loved Renee McCrea and it was again staged in 1990 and 2002. Jean Winston has played a role in all 55 shows and this is her 29th year on the production team.
This season’s show will feature a number of new faces and a brand new chorus line to add to the gaiety of the evening. Ronan Doherty, the musical director has chosen a varied mix of music titles that will be a sure fire hit in the town hall.
Right now the scenes are being painted: the props…well propped in preparation and soon the spotlight will shine on the first night: Thursday, March 1st. There are nine nights this year and you are advised to book early… when the booking office opens on Monday February 19th.
The booking office is going to be open daily from midday until 2.00pm and from 4.00 until 6.30 each evening.
And there is more good news: Tickets for all shows are priced at €12 for adults and €6 for children.
 Snow White is a great story: a beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as “the fairest in the land,” and Snow White’s beauty surpasses her own.
The dwarfs grow to love their unexpected visitor, who cleans their house and cooks their meals. But one day while the dwarfs are away (to creating Ireland’s new hard border) the Queen arrives at the cottage disguised as an old woman and persuades Snow White to bite an apple (as one does when money is scarce. On their return, the dwarfs are devastated to find the stricken Snow White… apparently frozen or even dead!
The Prince, who has fallen in love with Snow White, happens to be around the place and he uses his magic spell and awakens her from the wicked Queen’s deathlike spell with “love’s first kiss”.
And they all live happily ever after
Can you just imagine the excitement, the emotion and the color of it all? But if you can’t then please come along and join in the spirit of Donegal’s best loved pantomime in Ram Elton…. It’s an experience that you will enjoy.
The panto booking office opens on Monday next (February 26th at midday and the best way to get the best seats in town is to drop over and hand over your money. You can also phone the booking office  in 086 1261381

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