More than 200 remember Hughie in Carndonagh

Some of the cyclists who took part in the Hugh Simpson Memorial Cycle on Sunday morning in aid of Craigtown National School in Carndonagh, pictured passing a very scenic and summery Glentogher. 0811JM51
Some of the cyclists who took part in the Hugh Simpson Memorial Cycle on Sunday morning in aid of Craigtown National School in Carndonagh, pictured passing a very scenic and summery Glentogher. 0811JM51

On Sunday more than 200 people throughout Inishowen gathered in Carndonagh in their bid to raise money for a local school whilst remembering one of their young pupils.

Hugh Simpson Callaghan, aged 8, a second class pupil at Craigtown N.S died tragically in January last year after suffering from a asthma attack.

Secretary of the Parents Association, Kathleen Gallagher said she was delighted with the turnout in memory of the 8-year-old Gleneely boy.

“We had wanted to do something and the children were very much in favour of marking and remembering young Hughie who was in second class at Craigtown when he died.

“We had been talking about it for some time so in September we organised the walk and cycle. Hughie’s family are very much involved in the school as he has brothers and sisters who still attend the school.”

Kathleen and the rest of the committee were happy that people of all ages joined in the charity walk/cycle on Sunday.

“It was a great day, and the weather was on our side thankfully. It was great to see the large turnout and we had been off all ages from babies in pushchairs to grandparents on bikes.”

“We haven’t a clue how much we have raised yet, but it will all go towards Craigtown National School and it is all greatly appreciated. When finished the walkers and bikers met at the GAA ground in Carndonagh where they were kind enough to put a spread of tea and goodies on for us.”