Greenbank and Drung combine for 150th anniversary of church

Greenbank Church. (2106Sl70)
Greenbank Church. (2106Sl70)

The communities within Quigley’s Point will join together this weekend as the Greenbank and Drung combine to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of Inishowen’s most famous churches.

Sitting in a picturesque location just outside the village of Quigley’s Point, the Greenbank Church has had it’s fair share of trouble over the years, but the committee are putting that behind them and concentrating on the positive.

As well as celebrating 150 years, the committee of nearby Drung Chapel will be holding a sponsored walk at 11.30am on Saturday from the chapel to Greenbank Church to raise money for Aspergillosis Research and for their own Church repairs

Kathleen Steele, whose son Trevor died as a result of Aspergillosis, a lung condition, in April this year, said it was “very kind” of the Drung community to offer to hold the walk in Trevor’s memory.

“Our son died very suddenly in November; we always knew he had the condition but we weren’t expecting him to die. He was widely known in the area and ran his own welding business around here so we think this is a nice way to mark his memory.

“They didn’t know about the 150 year anniversary, it was just a nice coincidence, but it will be nice to link the two communities together and everyone will be invited into to our Vintage Coffee Morning on Saturday in the Hall, which is running from 10am until 1pm.”

As well as the walk on Saturday, the Drung group are holding the George Faulkner Memorial Cycle on Sunday, the proceeds from the cycle will also be divided between the two worthy causes.

With registration from 9am-10am in Callaghans Bar Quigleys Point, organiser, Marilyn is hoping for a big turnout.

“Trevor was a well known local man, and the whole community was devastated when he died so we just wanted to do a bit for him as well as raising money for the roof repair. The money from both the walk and the cycle will be divided equally between Aspergillosis research and the Church roof fund, so hopefully we will get a big turnout,” said Marilyn.

In addition to the fundraising activities the committee of Greenbank have a comprehensive programme of events to suit the whole family.

“On Saturday we have the Vintage Coffee Morning in aid of Muff’s Warrenview Manor, followed by a family fun day from 4-6pm, then at 6pm we’re having a BBQ in the grounds of Church and the hall. On Sunday at 12pm we’re having a special children’s service looking back at the past 150 years of the Church. In the evening we are having a Thanksgiving Anniversary Service and blessing with the new moderator, the Rev. Dr. Roy Patton.”

Kathleen and the rest of the committee are hoping for a good turn out to mark the anniversary.

“We researched back and got a lot of the history and old photographs. We’ve been working more or less since the beginning of the year on it, and we’re looking forward now to the celebrations at the weekend.

“It is an important part of our community and a lot of special efforts have gone into rebuilding the Hall after the fire a number of years ago, but the whole area helped us rebuild and now we can run a variety of community events for everyone.”