Inishowen potato gatherers raise €11000

Dvd commitee members,from Left David Gallagher, Jim Devenney, Joan Mc Gee, Philip Boyce, Josephine Boyce, Kathleen Grant, Seamus Boyce, Neil Gallagher
Dvd commitee members,from Left David Gallagher, Jim Devenney, Joan Mc Gee, Philip Boyce, Josephine Boyce, Kathleen Grant, Seamus Boyce, Neil Gallagher

A group of Inishowen friends have succeeded in raising over €11,000 for three charities “close to their hearts” through the making of a unique DVD.

The Donegal Potato Gathering DVD raised a total of € 11,100 euro since it went on sale around Inishowen and online last year.

The money raised was then divided into 3700 euro each and donated to three vital local charities - the Buncrana Nursing Unit, Down Syndrome Donegal and the Letterkenny Oncology Unit Patients Fund.

Yesterday, organisers behind the DVD, told the ‘Journal’ they were “over the moon with the amount of money the DVD sales raised.

Burt woman and committee member Josephine Boyce said the committee, made of people from Buncrana, Burt, Carrigans and Newtowncunningham, had great craic making the DVD.

“We were so surprised that the DVD sold so well. We had it on sell across different shops in Donegal and we set up a website about it too, but we were all shocked when we realised how much it had earned.”

Josephine said the committee of volunteers involved in making the DVD chose the three charities as the were all “close to their hearts”.

“One of the committee members, Seamus Boyce, had friends who suffered from cancer and went to the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny. They got a lot of comfort from the Patients Fund so this is why we wanted to support them. Similarly David Gallagher and his family have a big involvement with the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, and then we all have relatives and loved ones in the Buncrana Nursing Unit so that was a charity of huge importance to us all.”

She added: “All the charities are delighted with the money they have received.”

Josephine says although making the DVD was “hard work” they had a great time.

“It was hard work, but everyone pulled together to get the DVD made. Filming lasted five months in total and we used old authentic machinery, it was great craic at times and we had plenty of nights out.

“We’d like to thank everyone who supported us and bought the DVD,” concluded Josephine.