On the beautiful evening of August 6, at the Dunking Stool Quay in Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Her Excellency Priscilla Jana, Ambassador from S. Africa to Ireland officially Launched the BOY OF HOPE Lough Erne 2009 Challenge. The Belturbet Town Council was present to welcome the Ambassador and support the BOY OF HOPE project. Many other dignitaries attended, several of which delivered speeches of encouragement.
Local Garda were present as a guard of honor, out of respect for Her Excellency.
Long serving Belturbet Counselor, Anthoney Vesey, organized a wonderful reception for the Ambassador which included a reception at the 7 Horseshoes Hotel featuring live traditional music. The Wine Cellar of Dublin, Importers of fine wines, furnished excellent S.African Wine for the reception. Belturbet Counsel furnished the finger food and Francis Cahill, owner of the Seven Horseshoes supplied the venue and music.
One of the highlights of the event were songs by the Ambassador’s beautiful and talented daughter, Tina. These included her passionate rendition of the South African National Anthem.
Her Excellency, Priscilla Jana and Donnacha
Martin Denany, of Waterways Ireland, giving words of encouragement.
Rowan Hand, Television and Radio prsenter and journalist, who filmed the Nationwide BOY OF HOPE documentary on the left and Dr. Michael Casey, one of only four Post Doctoral Fellows of Ireland. Dr. Casey did much of the organizing work for the event.
Jack Donovan, who co-crewed the the benchmark record establishing 2007 Shannon Challenge fundraiser, is in the background adjusting the boat’s trailer.
Tina Jana, daughter of the Ambassador, Her Excellency Priscilla Jana, Donnacha and Cllr. Anthoney Vesey who did a magnificent job of organizing Belturbet’s reception of the Ambassador and other dignataries.