Burgers, sausages, sunshine, music and very good humour.
In no particular order those were the key ingredients for a wee party that turned into a very big party at the stunningly beautiful Mall Park and Handball Alley in Ballyshannon on Monday evening.
Hosted by Mayor of the town, John Meehan, on what was his final night as first citizen, the good idea and the good weather combined to see a much bigger crowd than was anticipated, arriving down to see what was going on.
Apart from the food, expertly cooked by Cllr Billy Grimes and his wife Mags, there were bouncy castles and more, and there was the music in the summer sunshine, provided by the excellent Rockhill Ramblers.
Up in the newly refurbished alley a champion player, Joel Smith, was holding court, literally, while some of the veterans of that great amphitheatre of their youth, turned back the clock as they pummelled and pounced. Stun shots, kill shots, and an odd old fashioned swing, all dug out one more time from the repertoire of alley shots that were mastered over the decades by Messrs. Gallagher, Reilly, Lawne, McGuinness, Boyle, Downey - just some of the kings of the Mall court.
The handball activities were part of the ongoing 75th anniversary of the Handball Alley, which was restored this year by Ballyshannon Town Council.
It was a joyous evening. Simple. Children ran, skipped, laughed and learned. Octogenarian Kathleen Gillespie watched her grandson David, one of the many younger men around the town who have been taken by the handball bug, show his skills.
There was all sorts of life here and there was something really good about it all. They say Ballyshannon Town Council will soon be no more.
Sure what they did ever do?
If you had stood in the alley last Monday night and looked down at the magnificent Mall Park and the new outdoor gym, the first of its kind in the county, you might have got your answer.
Like all things, we will only miss them when they are gone.
As for John Meehan, his term ended on a high note. Literally.
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