Meteorologists may have been predicting all manner of disruption this weekend but Hurricane Gert swerved northern Inishowen on Saturday afternoon for the Moville Group of Parishes’ Musical Open Garden event at Shroove, near Greencastle.
Remarkably, in the years since Mrs Margot Caldwell began hosting the annual event in her home overlooking White Bay beach, the weather has always held fair. And, while early afternoon gusts of wind occasionally tested the guy ropes securing the marquee to the ground, the weather improved noticeably as the day progressed.
The local Rector, Reverend Suzanne Cousins, welcomed all-comers, telling them that proceeds would go towards the parishes' Spire Fund. Among those in attendance were the local Methodist minister, Rev Alison Gallagher.
Foxrock Garden – which looks across Lough Foyle to Benevenagh – has taken around 40 years to develop. It has been developed on three levels, extending over three-quarters of an acre, and is one of the 24 gardens featured on the Donegal Garden Trail.
Entertainment at the event was led by the locally-based Northern Lights Choir, and the special guest was Stewart Buchanan. The Encore Contemporary Choir performed a rousing set of modern numbers, and there was entertainment too from Leo McCauley, Martin Moir, Michael Cavanagh, Katie Turner, Katie McKinley, The Teraways, Seamus Noone and children from the local parishes.