Dooniver Women’s Group
(Buíonn Mná Dhún Ibhir.)
Formation of Dooniver Women’s Group:
The inaugural meeting of Dooniver Women’s Group was held in Bullsmouth School on Wednesday 26th October 1994.The meeting was held at 6.30 p.m. The following women were present at the meeting.
Sheila McHugh, Bríd Doran, Catherine Doran, Angela McGreal, Maureen Grealis, Mary McHugh, Elizabeth Masterson, Jacinta Conway, Nora McGreal, Mary Anne Lavelle, Nora Gallagher, Nora Cafferkey, Annie McGreal, Kathleen Conway, Kathleen Gallagher, Veronica Fallon, Susan Calvey, Hilda Calvey, Nova Murray, Katie McHugh, Nora Jeremiassen, Helen Grealis, Mary B. Lavelle, Nora McHugh and Bernie Maher.
At the outset, Sheila McHugh talked about the idea of a women’s group in the village, She hoped that the group could work in close co-operation with the Coiste Forbartha. Various courses could be held in the school in the evenings. Several ideas were put forward as to what the group could be involved in. Some of the suggestions were:
- Art and Craft Classes;
- Flower Arrangement;
- Keep Fit Classes
- Various health issues;
- Teaching of card games etc;
- Shopping trips to various town e .g Galway, Dublin etc
- The organising of a Christmas Tree at the school.
- Christmas Party for the children.
Officers were then selected and they were as follows:
Chairperson : Sheila McHugh,
Secretary: Jacinta Conway.
Joint Treasurers: Catherine Doran and Elizabeth Masterson.
The Committee was made up of :
Mary Grealis, Maureen Grealis, Helen Grealis, Mary B. Lavelle, Veronica Fallon and Brid Doran.
It was agreed that on the following week “Get Fit Classes” would begin in the school. It was agreed that a “Get Fit Tape” would be purchased.
A number of those present expressed an interest in going on the "Terry Fox walk for Carncer " on the following Sunday. It was agreed that all who were interested would meet at the school at 1.45 p.m.
It was decided that each member would pay £2 as a membership fee. Date and time was agreed for the next meeting and thus ended the very first meeting of Dooniver Women’s Group.
Since then the Dooniver Women’s Group has gone from strength to strength. They are a very active group and they go away for long week ends and on shopping trips every year. They have worked in close co-operation with Coiste Forbartha Dhún Ibhir down the years and have been instrumental in getting many facilities for the Seomra Pobail which has been built since then.
The current officers of the Women’s Group are:
Chairperson: Jacinta Gallagher:
Vice Chairperson: Bernie Maher.
Secretary: Karen Conway.
Assistant Secretary: Elizabeth Kilbane.
Joint Treasurers: Catherine Doran and Olivia Calvey.
For photos of some of the womens group outings and activities,
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