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Raphoe says: ‘Welcome home Catherine’

Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron is greeted by family members as she arrived back in Raphoe on Friday night.

Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron is greeted by family members as she arrived back in Raphoe on Friday night.

HUNDREDS of well-wishers turned out in Raphoe on Friday night to welcome home the 2013 Donegal Rose, Catherine McCarron.

The 26-year old was back in her hometown for the first time since representing Donegal at the 2013 Rose of Tralee last week and was taken aback by the reception she received.

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“It was just so overwhelming to see so many people,” she said.

Catherine, who sang Destination Donegal in Tralee, said it had been ‘the best two weeks of my life’. “I had such an amazing time and made so many new friends,” she said.

A daughter of John and Margaret McCarron, she was met by Donegal piper Christy Murray and paraded to a marquee reception at St Eunan’s Terrace. Music was provided by Eugene McGinley, Tony Quinn and Austin Quinn. Fr Denis McGettigan also treated the crowd to a song while local resident Charlie O’Kane recited a poem he wrote for the occasion.

Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron dancing with her nieces Hannah and Ella at the special homecoming in her honour in Raphoe on Friday night.

Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron dancing with her nieces Hannah and Ella at the special homecoming in her honour in Raphoe on Friday night.

Annette Cunningham who taught Catherine at Deele College came along on Friday night to join the celebrations at the homecoming.

Annette Cunningham who taught Catherine at Deele College came along on Friday night to join the celebrations at the homecoming.

The Donegal Piper Christy Murray pictured with Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron at the homecoming in Raphoe on Friday night. Christy had led the parade as Catherine was brought through the town to St Eunan’s Terrace.

The Donegal Piper Christy Murray pictured with Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron at the homecoming in Raphoe on Friday night. Christy had led the parade as Catherine was brought through the town to St Eunan’s Terrace.

Catherine McCarron the Donegal Rose being driven through the town at a special homecoming held in her honour on Friday night.

Catherine McCarron the Donegal Rose being driven through the town at a special homecoming held in her honour on Friday night.

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Huge applause as Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron is led into the marquee in St Eunan’s Terrace by her father John on Friday night.

Huge applause as Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron is led into the marquee in St Eunan’s Terrace by her father John on Friday night.

 

 

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