Council awarded almost €1.25m funding for Community Involvement Schemes in Donegal

Donegal County Council has received word that they have been allocated almost €1.25million as a grant towards assisting communities to repair and improve roads within the county under the 2014 community involvement scheme.

The Community Involvement Scheme, which was successfully piloted in 2013, promotes a joint approach between Donegal County Council and local communities and is aimed at improving the quality of local roads and giving locals the chance to repair roads that they feel need to be addressed

The scheme which was so successful in it’s first year has been extended with several more projects envisaged for the future. Last year projects such as the Mamore Gap Scheme received national media coverage as a unique joint venture between the Council and the local community.  This scheme cost approximately €55,000 with the local input of machinery and labour estimated at €30,000. The works involved widening two sharp corners and providing around 6 or 7 lay-bys to allow large buses and cars to pass through the notoriously narrow road.

This particular project was aimed at improving access to the area to promote tourism, however the Community Involvement Scheme is also an excellent opportunity for local people who are living on small local roads to carry out some works themselves and thereby attract funding to repair and resurface roads which would otherwise not receive funding due to current limited budgets.

 

Work underway at Mamore Gap to improve access for tourists in scenic Inishowen

Work underway at Mamore Gap to improve access for tourists in scenic Inishowen

 

There has been an increase in interest in these schemes from local communities and community groups who are interested in doing something for themselves to improve their local road network.

Alan Boyd Chairman of the Gweedore GAA Club commented on the scheme saying he has noticed a ‘huge difference’ on the road at Magheragallon, Gweedore, which was officially opened by Minister for State Dinny McGinley T.D. last week.  This was one of the largest projects in Donegal funded under the Community Involvement Scheme in 2013 and involved the construction of 400m of road, the relaying of Eircom and water mains, diverting overhead ESB cables underground and founding a base and levels for a new road and drainage.

Alan added: “I think the Community Involvement Scheme is very beneficial to any community. In our case it had a threefold benefit- it enhanced the safety for the public and spectators at our grounds, it provided space for us to upgrade our facilities, and helped to provide part of a better road leading to Magheragallon and the surrounding areas.”

Eunan O’Donnell Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council commended the Community Involvement Scheme as win win for both the Council and communities in that work, which would have taken years to get funded, gets done.

“The Community Involvement Schemes constructed in 2013 have been very beneficial to both Donegal County Council and the local communities involved. The projects that were done in 2013 would otherwise have had to wait several years to get funded. The communities involved have increased their pride in their area, and have developed a good relationship with the Donegal County Council staff involved.”

David McElwaine, Executive Engineer in the Letterkenny Electoral area and who coordinated a similar project in Rathmullan with Rathmullan Enterprise Group agrees with these sentiments saying “this scheme allows the skills of the local group to be utilised and there is also good team work between Donegal County Council and the group ensuring that works are carried out to the highest standards.”

Donegal County Council was this week allocated a further €1.25m for another 42 projects in 2014.

 

Mamore Gap community involvement Scheme received national media coverage

Mamore Gap community involvement Scheme received national media coverage

 

 

Facts:

Funding of €367,220 allocated under Community Involvement Scheme in 2013 and 8 schemes completed.

Funding of €1,249,863 allocated in 2014 and 42 schemes approved for completion

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Celebrating Over a Century of Local Government

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Caroline Carr the Assistant Curator of Donegal County Museum

 

With the local elections fast approaching, reflections have turned to the town councils, which were a cornerstone of local government for over a century. Like most Town Councils around the country Letterkenny and Bundoran are taking times to reflect on their contribution to their areas over the last 100 years.

Caroline Carr the Assistant Curator of Donegal County Museum, Cultural Services Division, Donegal County Council, talks about the commemorative and fascinating exhibition ‘The Greatest of Legacies’ Letterkenny Town Council 1899 – 2014 which portrays the last 115 years of local politics.

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“If anyone ever wondered just what the council does for the town, then this exhibition will answer that. Put it simply, Letterkenny would not be the town it is today without the town council and before it the Urban Council,” she said.

“Initially we planned to include 14 panels of information on the history of the council but we ended up with 23. We have gone through the minutes of meetings from all down the years and some of the issues that came up were fascinating. In some cases, they were talking about things like traffic problems and parking, that are still on the agenda at meetings today.”

Caroline highlights the important role the town councils played in making Letterkenny a vibrant and energetic place to live and visit.

“Letterkenny Town Council and previously the Urban District Council, has played an important role in the development of Letterkenny since its inception in 1899. Over the decades its responsibilities have expanded to include areas as diverse as traffic control and town parks as well as water, sewerage and housing, which in turn helped Letterkenny strive into the town it is today.”

Letterkenny Town Council has been at the heart of the development of cultural and sporting facilities for the people of Letterkenny including An Grianan Theatre, the County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre and the Aura Leisure Centre. The Town Council has always worked closely with all its communities for the improvement of the urban area witnessed by the provision of the town parks and green areas and by the support provided by the Council to community groups throughout Letterkenny.

Celebrating Bundoran Town Council

To commemorate and to mark the dissolution of the council, Bundoran Community Library in conjunction with Discover Bundoran and Magh Ene Historical Society and supported by Bundoran Town Council also produced an exhibition, “100 Years of Democracy”.

The exhibition looks back at the formation of the council in 1914, Bundoran during the Civil War, Bundoran’s Fire Service, Lifeguarding of the beach, Bundoran’s membership of the Douzelage town twinning programme and lots more.  Physical exhibits include old newspapers, original byelaws, an address written by the council in 1926 and the original Merryweather Fire Pump purchased by the Urban District Council in the late 1920s.

The exhibitions are a fascinating and interesting tribute to a local authority that withstood the test of time and unlike most things in life might only be appreciated once it’s gone.

Town Council Facts

In 1974 325,000 gallons of water was used per day in Letterkenny and by 1975 this had increased to 500,000 gallons per day.

The first Town Gardener, David Donnelly was appointed in 1992. Over the next four years 260 trees had been planted in Letterkenny and in 1996 36,000 bedding plants were planted for the Summer Season.

As part of the Bundoran Town Council Exhibition and keeping with the democracy theme they are creating a Time Capsule, this will be sealed in Bundoran Library during Heritage Week on Saturday 23rd August and kept there for 25 years.

In January 1924 Letterkenny Town Council agreed to locate a site for a Motor washstand at the Market Square behind the Town Clock. Then in May 1924 a resolution was passed prohibiting the washing of motorcars at any place other than the Public Wash Stand.

 

 

Election Results 2014

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Council host Donegal / Massachussets Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar

“Promote our greatness – everyone wants to live in Donegal”

Finola Cunningham Head of Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy, Ann Burke from the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council, Jon Mahoney from the Boston Irish Business Association; Dawn Creighton Western MA Regional Director for Associated Industries, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Manager, Minister Dinny McGinley T.D., Tim Murray from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michael O'hEanaigh, Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Brian Boyle, Donegal County Council

Finola Cunningham, Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy; Ann Burke, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council; Jon Mahoney, Boston Irish Business Association; Dawn Creighton Western MA Regional Director for Associated Industries; Seamus Neely, Donegal County Manager; Minister Dinny McGinley T.D., Tim Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce; Michael O’hEanaigh, Donegal County Council; Michael Tunney, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Brian Boyle, Donegal County Council


 

“We need to promote what we are great at and everyone I know wants to live in Donegal” says Jon Mahoney of the Boston Irish Business Association.  Jon was one of four delegates from Massachusetts visiting Donegal last week and who participated in the Donegal / Massachusetts Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar on Thursday morning last.

This seminar was hosted by Donegal County Council and was spearheaded by Director of Service Michael O h’Éanaigh who has been to the fore in nurturing meaningful linkages between Donegal and our Diaspora and in particular with Massachusetts and the New England region.

Stressing the importance of fostering good global connections, Michael O’hÉanaigh talks about the benefits of this seminar, the potential of Donegal Diaspora project and of the Councils role in continuing to build these global relationships.

 

Michael O hEanaigh, Donegal County Council

Michael O hEanaigh, Donegal County Council

 

“This seminar was held as part of the Donegal Diaspora project which is all about developing links with people all over the world. We have been involved in a range of initiatives over the past number of years in terms of people going out to Boston and New England to make initial contacts and discuss areas of potential collaboration. The other side of that is bringing people over here, such as the four people that we brought last week. They are experts in their field and have a lot of knowledge and experience, and a lot of networks which they are willing to share with us.”

The seminar which took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology was attended by a number of business owners from Donegal as well as representatives from relevant agencies and organisations.  The seminar heard from Tim Murray from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and former Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Jon Mahoney from the Boston Irish Business Association; Ann Burke from the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; Dawn Creighton Western MA Regional Director for Associated Industries and Finola Cunningham Head of Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy.

Michael believes that this seminar provided a number of businesses in Donegal with a much needed introduction to the US market and bearing in mind that Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts has more start-ups that anywhere else on the planet, this is certainly a great opportunity for any Donegal business.

“The most important benefits to come out of today’s seminar are that all of us can benefit and learn from what we are hearing from our friends in Massachusetts. They have been very generous with us in sharing their information and experience.

Entrepreneurs and business owners have left the seminar and realised that expanding their business globally isn’t as daunting as they first thought and that’s what this is all about. Donegal businesses now know how to avail of partnerships and joint ventures with the US which is what we set out to do.

Some of the attendees networking at the Donegal Massachusetts Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar

Some of the attendees networking at the Donegal Massachusetts Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar

Jon Mahoney from the Boston Irish Business Association addressing the audience at the Donegal Massachusetts Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar with Finola Cunningham Head of Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy in the background

Jon Mahoney from the Boston Irish Business Association addressing the audience at the Donegal Massachusetts Economic & Enterprise Development Seminar with Finola Cunningham Head of Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy in the background

 

Check out more photos from the event

 

 

Facts

  • Donegal Diaspora Project was launched by Tim Murray the then Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2011.
  • Boston is the Irish capital of North America
  • 24.1% – The percentage of the Boston metropolitan area that claims Irish ancestry.
  • US Companies employ 100,000 people in their operations in Ireland.  Some of the most significant employers include: Intel, Boston Scientific, Dell, Pfizer, IBM, CITI, Medtronic, Hewlett Packard, Abbott, Google, Johnson and Johnson, Facebook, Covidien, BNY Mellon and State Street.
  • In 2010 Ireland was ranked first in Forbes magazine as one of the best countries for business.
  • There are over 600 US companies in Ireland.

 

Bealtaine Festival – Now One of Irelands Biggest Art Events

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Frances Crampsie

 

Frances Crampsie has worked in Donegal County Council for the past 17 years, she explains what the Bealtaine festival is and how heavily invested Donegal County Council has been in what is now known as one of Ireland’s biggest events.

“I have been involved with the Bealtaine Festival for the past seven years; it’s a great festival that really brings the older community together.

Bealtaine is a national festival that’s now in its 19th Year, we here in Donegal Cultural Services have been involved in Bealtaine for 17 years, so the cultural services have been involved with it a long time.It’s coordinated by Age & Opportunity and throughout Ireland the festival covers all art forms. It really is quite impressive as it offers over 1,500 events countrywide, said Frances.”

Highlighting the importance of community and culture coming together in these events, Frances thinks it’s a great way of bringing young and old talent together.

“Bealtaine is aimed at the over 55’s but many of the events include the younger generation such as  transition year student helping with computer classes, intergenerational story time and cross-generational reminiscence sessions.”

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The theme for this year’s festival is ‘And catch the heart off guard‘, a phase from Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript and this theme has been intertwined into many of the events that are have on offer this year.

“There is a growing appreciation of the contribution that cultural activity can bring to a community’s quality of life’  and ‘Donegal County Council aims to enrich the lives and increase social and cultural opportunities for every member of society. To accomplish these goals we believe it’s important to support and develop programmes like the Bealtaine Festival as it provides the opportunity for the older generation to mix with the younger generation and to pass on their many talents and traditions.  The festival gives vitality to the communities in which the events are held.”

Frances urges people to attend the festival saying the lists of events are endless, adding that the majority of them are free.

“There are so many excellent events it is hard to pick out one or two. We have art classes, storytelling, computer classes and dancing classes as well as reminiscence sessions with objects from the Archives & Museum. High Society starring Grace Kelly will be shown in the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and Central Library Letterkenny is hosting lunch time with Ted Ponsonby and friends so come along, you will be glad you did.”

 

Fun Festival Facts

  • An estimated 120,000 people now take part in the Bealtaine festival, making it one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals.
  • Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists.
  • The Bealtaine Festival in Donegal has one of the most extensive programmes in the country. It features over 80 events in libraries / taobh tíre centre’s, arts and community venues, community hospitals and day care centre’s throughout the county.
  • One of the highlights of the festival for many years was the Dawn Chorus which started in Donegal in 2009 and has been run nationwide since then, this year it’s going stateside to New York City.
  • It is organised by the Regional Cultural Centre and Donegal County Library, in association with a wide range of partner organisations.
  • All the events in the Exhibitions and Day by Day sections of the brochure are open to the public and the vast majority are free of charge.
  • Bealtaine festival brochures are now available in all libraries countywide.
  • For more information on the Bealtaine festival and for a list of events go to – www.donegallibrary.ie