Heritage Week – a celebration of our history, culture and nature

A number of local events are being planned in Donegal this month as we get ready for National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is a celebration of our history, culture and nature, while promoting the need to preserve our local heritage.

Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer for Donegal County Council, talks about the need to celebrate our heritage and the huge selection of events going on for Heritage Week, which kicks off from August 23.

Launch of the County Donegal 'Heritage Week' Event Guide in the Donegal County Museum. From left to right Dinny McGinley T.D, Joseph Gallagher and Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey.

Launch of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide in the County Museum, Letterkenny. From left to right, Joseph Gallagher, Joe McHugh T.D. and Cllr. John Campbell.

“People should come along to ‘Heritage Week’ events to enjoy and celebrate our cultural, built and natural heritage!  There are almost 100 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal including family open days, guided walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, photographic competitions, children’s activities, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations, and much much more” said Joseph

There’s something for everyone!

“Whatever your age, interests and ability, there are heritage events to interest, inspire and engage you.  In fact, this year’s National Heritage Week theme of ‘Generations Exploring Heritage Together’ was chosen to coincide with the United Nations’ 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family.  National Heritage Week provides a wonderful platform for families to get together and to rediscover and engage with their local heritage.”

Our heritage contributes to our national recovery by engendering pride, reinforcing our sense of identity, supporting jobs, providing training and educational opportunities and attracting tourists.

Joseph explains what Heritage Week is and how the relatively small initiative grew into the huge festival it is today.

“Heritage Week is a week-long national festival to raise awareness of our cultural, built and natural heritage, to encourage its preservation and to foster pride in our shared heritage.

Heritage Week is very much a collaborative effort.  from The County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council provide advice, information, coordination and support to people who are organising events.  The County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide produced by the County Donegal Heritage Office and the countrywide guide produced by The Heritage Council helps to publicise the events taking place around the county and across the country.  Heritage Week continues to go from strength to strength from 20 events taking place in County Donegal in 2004 rising to about 100 events in 2014.  Much of the success of Heritage Week lies with the many heritage organisations, museums, heritage centres, community groups and individuals who organise events every year.”

So why not come along to Heritage Week and discover a little bit of history that should be celebrated and rediscover the heritage on your doorstep.

This year, National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 23 until Sunday, August 31.  National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.

County Donegal Heritage Week 2014

County Donegal Heritage Week 2014

 

Facts about Heritage Week

  • National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe.
  • There are over 1,600 events taking place for National Heritage Week across Ireland and most of them are free.
  • Over 400,000 people nationwide are expected to attend Heritage Week events this year.
  • Outside of Dublin and Cork, County Donegal has the most ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place of any county in the country.
  • Over 25 of the events taking place for ‘Heritage Week’ in County Donegal are organised by, or hosted by, Cultural Services of Donegal County Council.
  • In 2012, National Heritage Week created 10,000 bed nights worth over €1.4 million to local economies nationwide. 
  • Copies of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide are available free-of-charge from your local library, tourist office, public services centre, museum or heritage centre.
  • For information on events go to heritageweek.ie

Donegal Sports Star Awards June Review

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Mark English and Philip Deignan hit the headlines again in the June review of sporting successes. And the pair will now be expected to figure prominently among the nominees for the Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of the year. Others who starred in June included the Boyle cousins Declan and Brian who became only the second crew from the county to win the Donegal International Rally, the golfer Brendan McCarroll who won a Spanish title and jockey Martin Harley who made a welcome return from serious injury by saddling 13 winners in June.

At the beginning of the month Mark English ran a season’s best of  1:46:22 for the 800m, inside the qualification time for the European Championships, to finish fourth at an international race meeting in Holland. A week later the Letterkenny man ran a season’s best of 1:45:03 to take second place behind Kenyan world record holder David Rudisha at a Diamond League meeting in New York. And near the end of June English won again this time crossing the line first in an 800 metres at the European Team Championships in Tailum, Estonia in a time of 1.47.63.

On the first day of the month Letterkenny cyclist Philip Deignan finished 43rd overall at the end of the three week Giro d’Italia. The highlight of the tough tour for Deignan was his third place finish in a very difficult 170km, 18th stage. Deignan then came agonisingly close to winning the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. In the end the Letterkenny man had to settle for second place.

Brendan McCarroll kept his dreams of joining the elite golfing world on track by winning the Alps Tour Peugeot Trophy in Madrid while two time winner of Donegal Sports Star awards Martin Harley returned from a long serious injury lay-off to ride 13 winners during the month of June. Declan and Brian became the first Donegal crew since Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan to win the Donegal International Rally. Inishowen man Sean McCarter skippered the Derry/Londonderry Yacht to a fantastic victory in the New York to Derry leg of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. The result put McCarter’s team fourth overall with two stages of the race remaining.

Another big news story during June was that Seamus Coleman signed a new five-year deal reportedly worth 75,000 euro annually which will see the Killybegs man stay at Everton until 2019. Also excelling last month was Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney who took a silver medal in the Walled City Marathon in Derry. Brendan Boyce finished fourth overall at the British & Irish Race Walking Championships in York and was the second Irish man home. Lifford AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn was fourth in the 3000m at the European Team Championships in Estonia.

Staying with athletics there was success for Tirconaill AC’s Daniel Gallagher who won Gold in the 3000m Steeplechase at the Ulster Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast while his club mate Kelly McGrory was third in the 400m Hurdles. The same championships were also good for Finn Valley with James Kelly lifting Gold three times in the Boys Javelin, Shot and Discus and Sommer Lecky took double gold in the U15 Long Jump and High Jump

FV’s Mark McElhinney had Gold in the U14 Hammer and Silver in the Shot; Aaron McGlynn had double Silver in the U15 Boys 800m and 200m; Amy Boyle Carr brought home Silver in the U-14 200m; Sinead Doherty took Bronze in both the Hammer and Discus; her sister Niamh Doherty got Silver in the U14 Discus and Oisin McElhinney was a Bronze medalist in the U14 Javelin.

There were also medals for Lifford AC with Mark Doherty taking Silver in the Senior Shot and it was the same for Karen Gallagher in the U18 800m; bronze for Conor McKinney in the U18 Triple Jump; double Gold for Niall Quinn in the U14 80m and 800m’s; Gold for Stephen McCallion in the U15 Triple Jump; Claudia Cuskelly Gold in the 2000m Walk; double Silver for Shane O’Donnell in the U14 Discus and Hammer; Tom Mullen Silver in the U15 250m Hurdles and Bronze in the Shot Putt; Conor Breslin Silver in the U15 Hammer and Bronze in the 80m Hurdles and Conor McGinley Bronze in the U14 800m

It was a good month for Lifford AC who also took three Gold, six Silver and three Bronze at the Ulster Track & Field Championships at the Antrim Forum. Brendan O’Donnell took Gold in the U16 Hammer, Silver in both the Discus and Shot. Alan McGinley and Brandon Connolly took Gold and Silver respectively in the U16 250m Hurdles.

Brendan O’Donnell also did Lifford proud by taking gold with a Hammer throw of 56.17m at the Tailteann Games Inter-provincial competition at the Billy Morton Stadium.

Cranford AC’s Claragh Giles took gold in the Shot Putt and Silver in the Javelin at the Ulster Finals at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast while Christopher Murray was second in the U-20 800m in the same finals and the Tirconaill AC Senior Men’s team qualified for the National League Final.

At the European Team Championships in Tailum, Estonia the Finn Valley pair of Tori Pena was fourth in the Pole Vault while Dempsey McGuigan was eighth in the Hammer.

The boxing star of the month was undoubtedly Labhaoise Clarke from Carndonagh BC who won her fifth Irish title at the National Stadium in the Women’s Senior Cadet Championships on the last Sunday of June. She defeated Clonard’s Sophie Tierney in the final on an unanimous verdict in the Bantam Weight Division. Clarke was subsequently named on Irish squad for the European Women’s Youth Championships. Dungloe native Shaun McShane lost out narrowly to John Green in a professional boxing contest in Motherwell.

In cycling there was success for Errigal CC’s Michael McBride who won the ‘Best Young Rider’ category at the Donegal Ras. Errigal also had a good weekend at the North Down GP in Donaghadee with Donal Walsh and Odhran Doogan first and second in the U-12 race while Conor Halvey and P.J. Doogan were the winner and runner-up respectively in the U-14 event.

On the first Sunday of June the Termon ladies won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the fifth successive year with a 4-15 to 2-10 win over Clonbur in the final in Moycullen. Also in Moycullen, Kilcar won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the sixth time with a 3-14 to 0-13 victory over Michael Breathnach in the final. The McHugh cousins Ryan and Eoin scored a combined 3-7 in the decider.

Michael Murphy picked up the GAA/GPA May Player of the Month for his superb performance in Donegal’s win over Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Celtic Park. And for his display in the same game the 2012 Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner Karl Lacey received the Ulster GAA Writers Association May Player of the Month award.

A little of bit of history was created by Aaron Bradley who became the first member of the Letterkenny Gaels Club to play in an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Inter-County game when he lined out for London who lost to Limerick in a qualifier tie at Gaelic Grounds. Donegal booked their place in a fourth successive Ulster Final following 3-19 to 0-10 win over Antrim in Clones. And the Minors made it a double for the county with a 2-19 to 1-10.

In gymnastics Letterkenny girl Maria Gallagher won the Northern Ireland All Round Gymnastics Championships at Level 8 taking gold for her floor, vault and team routines and bronze on the bars.

And the Finesse Gymnastics Display Team took silver at the Dublin Fleadh. Buncrana defeated St. Eunan’s in the U14 A Donegal Hurling Championship Final in Convoy while for the first time in the club’s history Dungloe took the U-14 Division 2 county title by defeating Letterkenny Gaels

The Donegal ‘B’ pool team were beaten in the All-Ireland Championship Final in Ennis by Tyrone. In snooker John Connors took the David Hanna Donegal Snooker Championship title for the fifth time with a 5-0 win over Anthony Bonner in the final.

On the international soccer front there was disappointment for Ramelton’s Kyle Callan-McFadden as the Republic of Ireland U-19 side’s hopes of reaching the Elite UEFA Finals were ended after losing 3-1 to Serbia in a final group qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. McFadden was captain for one game and played in all three group fixtures in Dublin over the week with the Irish winning 2-1 against Iceland before losing 2-1 to Turkey.

Letterkenny’s Ciara Grant came off the bench as a late sub for the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s team who got an injury-time winner to defeat Croatia in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. The Irish followed that up with an excellent draw in Russia. Meanwhile, Shane Duffy, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland senior team in a friendly 1-1 draw against Costa Rica in Philadelphia.

Cockhill Celtic’s gallant effort for a shock win over Premier Division outfit Drogheda Utd came up just short as Donal O’Brien’s side ended up losing 4-2 after leading 2-1 going into the final 20 minutes of the FAI Ford Senior Cup second round tie a the Co. Louth venue. On the same Finn Harps advanced to the third round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup with a hard earned 1-0 win over non-league Belgrove/Home Farm in Dublin thanks to an eighth minute Pat McCann goal but the hosts had played most of the game with just ten men.

In the league it was a mixed month for Ollie Hogan’s side as late goal saw Harps slump to their fifth league defeat of the season losing 1-0 to Longford Town in Ballybofey. However, on the last Friday of June the Donegal outfit recorded only their second home win of the campaign when a Ruairi Keating goal gave his side a 1-0 victory over Waterford Utd.

Ramelton’s Barry McNamee, the current Donegal Sports Star Soccer title holer, scored the first goal in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance for Derry City in a 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers in the second round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup at St. Colman’s Park. Former Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City player Cillian Morrison completed his transfer from UCD to Cork City signing a two-and-a-half year professional contract with the Leesiders.

The Donegal Women’s U-14s side finished third at the Gaynor Cup in Limerick with an Amy Boyle-Carr giving the side managed by Brid McGinty and Johnny Baird a 1-0 win in the final. St. Catherine’s defeated Bonagee Utd 4-2 to win the Donegal Schoolboys U-14 Champions League Final at Finn Park. Ballyshannon man Matthew McGarrigle won the Metalman Swimming series at Rosses Point in Co. Sligo while Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon member Aidan Callaghan finished second at the ‘Hell of the West’ Olympic distance event in Kilkee, Co. Clare. In Primary School’s sport ssKilmacrennan NS won their fourth piece of silverware of the year by taking the county Cummann na mBunscoil Roinn 2 county title. The success came after also winning the Donegal and Ulster indoor GAA titles and the boys County FAIS soccer final.

 

Donegal Youth Council set for Romania in “Democracy Builders” project

Donegal group, travel to Bacau in Romania

Donegal group, travel to Bacau in Romania

Donegal Youth Council will travel to Romania shortly as part of a newly funded European Youth Democracy project. The Youth Council, along with regional partners Letterkenny YIC, have partnered with the “Romanian Youth Movement for Democracy” (RYMD) and “A Smile” Organization from the Bacau Region in Eastern Romania, to develop their “Democracy Builders” project, which will be financed by the European Commission through the Youth in Action Program.

The “Democracy Builders” project will see the Donegal group travel to Bacau in Romania from 16th-24th July for a “Democracy Boot Camp” – a week long workshop in which 24 participants will learn and experience the concepts and methods related to activism and e–democracy through non-formal methods such as Forum Theater and digital storytelling.

The project aims to raise awareness of young people in Bacau and Donegal on participatory democracy tools and to evaluate methods of youth participation. As part of the project each group will undertake research at regional level in order to identify how connected and able young people are to participate in democracy in their region.

Following the Romania trip the partners involved will then work together to create “Tools & Skills for Participatory Democracy ” – a support material for young people who want to make their voice heard in public authorities and other forums.

The project will also lead to the development of a “Participatory Democracy Hub” – a network of youth NGOs, which will provide a space for organisations who are open to the development of new projects on participatory democracy and the sharing of best practice between them.

This project is funded with support from the European Commission. Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county.

For more information on the Donegal Youth Council, you can contact Council Co-ordinator Marty Keeney on 087-6806676 or email youthcouncil@donegalyouthservice.ie.

 

 

Tip O’Neill’s Legacy Lives On

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Thomas P. O’Neill III talks about his father and what the Irish Diaspora Award means to him

Thomas P. O’Neill III a truly humble and sincere man talks about his father the celebrated Tip O’Neill and about what the Irish Diaspora award named after his father really means to him and his family.

The O’Neill roots run deep here in Donegal and all over Ireland, with generations of friends and family and it is really no surprise that Thomas feels so at home when he comes back to visit.

“My links to Donegal and Ireland are very family orientated, I have friends in Ireland who I’ve known for decades and my family and I go back and fourth a few times a year. I love visiting Donegal, every time I come here I feel like I’m coming home.”

Donegal County Council have been involved in a range of initiatives over the past number of years making initial contacts and discussing areas of potential collaboration and highlighting the importance of keeping the Irish Diaspora on the frontline. The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora award is a prestigious award that recognizes achievements of members of the Irish Diaspora and the global impact of Irish people everywhere.

Thomas talks about poignant memories of Donegal and taking long walks along the waterfront with his father.

“I have great memories of Donegal and my father walking with me by the lake at the parkway in Buncrana ands it’s just great to see how far Ireland and the North of Ireland have come since then.”

The recipient of the third annual 2014 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award has been announced as senator Therese Murray President of the Massachusetts State Senate.

Talking about this year’s recipient of the award, Thomas says that the award couldn’t have gone to a better person who’s doing great things for Donegal and Massachusetts links.

“She comes from a very similar background as the O’Neills and it’s great to see her recognised for her Irish links. She has done wonderful things for Massachusetts and Ireland in terms of making links with the Irish Diaspora.

It’s a great achievement not only for her but for all Irish Americans, giving her this award was definitely the right thing to do.”

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(Plaque dedicated to Thomas’s father the late Tip O’Neil)

Thomas the oldest son of the late U.S. Speaker Tip O’Neill, began in politics by running his father’s campaigns and later on his own.

With family history and big shoes to fill Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in public administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. Following his father down the rabbit hole of politics in 1972 he ran for a seat in the legislature, the same district his father had once represented, but only stayed for one term.

Today Thomas P. O’Neill III is the founder and chief executive officer of O’Neill and Associates, New England’s leading public relations and government affairs consulting firm. O’Neill and Associates integrates federal, state and local government relations with strategic communications, media relations and marketing to provide custom public affairs campaigns to clients in a diverse range of industries.

Tip O’ Neill was renowned for helping to change Ireland with his influence and wisdom, and while most remember him as an influential politician, Thomas remembers him just simply as Dad.

 

Calling the Council – Who Answers Your Call?

Eileen Kelly has been working in Donegal County Council for the last 13 years and in the Council’s Contact Centre since it was set up in 2012. She is one of a team of people who are the first point of contact when you call the Council and Eileen tells us more about herself and her job and helps us put a face to the person who answers our calls.

The customer contact centre was born out of a desire to ensure that customers have an excellent experience when they contact Donegal County Council.   In order to do this and coinciding with the amalgamation of the Milford and Letterkenny Electoral Areas, it was decided to centralise telephone calls to one location and Milford was chosen as that location and the centre has been striving ever since.

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Eileen Kelly looking cheerful as she takes a call

Eileen talks about the success of the contact centre and how they are striving everyday to make every call a priority.

“We aim to get to 50% of our callers within 20 seconds and secondly we aim to provide a first call resolution in that we can provide the caller with the information that they require without referral to another staff member or section of Donegal County Council.

“If a caller requires a particular member of staff, we will try to get them in touch with that staff member directly.   If we are unable to get the staff member, a message will be sent to them to get in touch with the caller.   Any queries we are unable to deal with and unable to get another staff member to deal with at a particular time, we will also refer on.  We keep a record of our calls and update any referrals then once staff let us know the matter has been dealt with.

“Since starting, I feel the customer experience has improved for our callers.  Initially when we began, we had a few teething problems but with the recent introduction of a new telephone system, all our calls are queued and once an operator is free, they take up the next caller.”

Looking to the future, plans are in place to expand the communications the contact centre deals with to include e-mails sent to Donegal County Council and reports made through the Councils on-line reporting system.

Eileen talks about the most frequent calls the centre receives and how she was once memorably dubbed (a respectful of course) ‘call girl’.

“Topics for frequent calls can vary with the seasons, in springtime lots of calls about hedges needing to be cut or on a slippery winter morning, callers may want their roads gritted.  Typically though at present, we are dealing with a lot of housing queries.  Many people are experiencing difficulties and looking for advice and help in relation to what help is available from the housing authority or help with grants to assist in times of difficulty with medical problems.

“We were dubbed call girls at a stage would you believe,” laughed Eileen. “However, I do think it was an innocent mistake as it was an all female team but since then we have got a man on board the team and this has balanced things out.”

 

Facts about the contact centre

  • The contact centre is located in Milford Public Service Centre and is the first point of contact for anyone calling Donegal County Council.
  • The Customer Contact Centre deals with approximately 400 calls on a daily basis.
  • A single staff member could on a busy day take in excess of 100 calls.
  • We are continually striving to provide excellent customer service to the people of Donegal.
  • Call 074 91 53900 for all your Council services.

 

 

Official opening of N56 Cloghbolie to Boyoughter Road Scheme

A major improvement to the National Road network in Donegal, the N56 Cloghbolie to Boyoughter Road Scheme will be officially opened on Tuesday 21st January 2014, by the Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Ian McGarvey.

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The new 3.3 kilometre carriageway eliminates one of the most sub-standard sections of the N56 and in particular the infamous “Meenacarn Bends” between Dungloe and Glenties just north of the village of Leitirmacaward’ and significantly improves travel times for motorists travelling on the N56.

The Cloghbolie to Boyoughter Road Scheme which is just now completed, is the first section of the broader N56 Dungloe to Glenties (Kilraine) Road Scheme to be constructed. The overall scheme is a 26km long pilot Type 3 Single Carriageway project. It starts at the southern end of Dungloe at the Little Bridge and continues generally in a southerly direction passing through the village of Leitirmacaward and through Glenties Town to terminate at the R262 Regional Road junction at Kilraine, south of Glenties. A combined cycleway/footway has been included over the full length of the scheme (excluding Glenties Town).

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said:.. “This new carriageway will reduce journey times for road users and improve access to West Donegal. It will also introduce a dedicated cycleway and footpath to the benefit of other road users. Congratulations to the NRA and Donegal County Council for completing this upgrade of the Cloghbolie to Boyoughter section of the N56.”

Councillor Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Donegal stated…. “It is a tremendous privilege and honour for me to have the opportunity to officially open the N56 Cloghbolie to Boyoughter Road Scheme. This project represents an important step in improving the accessibility of West Donegal and is to be welcomed wholeheartedly. The inclusion of the cycleway provides an excellent facility for local people and visitors alike. Improvement of the county’s roads infrastructure is critical and I welcome the continuing support of the NRA for the project. I look forward to further improvements on this and other routes in the county in the coming years.”

Fred Barry CEO, National Roads Authority stated, “The N56 between Cloghbolie to Boyoughter is one important step towards improved safety for all road users; pedestrians, cyclists and motorist. We remain focused on completing the entire upgrade between Dungloe and Glenties, as funding becomes available. I would like to thank Donegal County Council, our NRA team and the residents for their collective efforts on delivering this important addition to the N56.”

“Again, this scheme is an example of what the National Roads Authority is trying to achieve throughout the county, on its national secondary low volume network, that combines access for all road users utilising the existing road that fulfils a local need in a timely manner.” said, Fred Barry CEO, National Roads Authority

Background

The scheme has been developed based on the design philosophy which is to focus in the first instance on online widening resorting to fully offline works only where online widening is not feasible.

The T3SC is a new design standard for low volume single carriageway roads and has been introduced by the National Roads Authority to provide an alternative option for improvements to these routes that takes into account both the low traffic volumes and the receiving environment.

The Preliminary Design for the Scheme and the Statutory Processes were carried out by the National Roads Office in Donegal Town. Fox Building & Engineering Ltd from Omagh were the successful contractor for the Cloghbolie to Boyoughter section and they completed the works in June 2013.

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The existing road is mainly a bog rampart road and features such as hard strips, shoulders or verges are rarely present. This forces large vehicles to keep speeds very low to reduce the risk of toppling off the road edge. Ground conditions tend to be bedrock (mostly granite) overlain with thin layers of glacial deposits overlain with blanket bog. In many instances peat deposits are too deep to make excavation a viable option, further adding to the complexity and costs of improvement works.

Overall the scheme will address the narrow cross-section and poor alignment of the existing N56. The provision of designed overtaking sections within the scheme will lead to an increased level of service and reduced journey times which will be of benefit to the general economic development of West Donegal.

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The provision of a combined Cycleway/Footway along the scheme is compatible with the Government’s smartertravel policy and the National Cycling Policy Framework. It will encourage a shift to more sustainable transport modes and provide a valuable recreation/tourist amenity.

The scheme will enhance the accessibility of West Donegal, which is recognised as rural disadvantaged area under the Government’s CLÁR programme. Also the scheme will provide improved access to the West Donegal Gaeltacht region and Donegal Airport.

Any queries or requests for further information should be referred to the Council’s National Roads Office in Donegal Town;

National Roads Office
Public Services Centre
Drumlonagher
Donegal Town
Tel 074-9724500
e-mail design@dnrdo.ie

Invitation to Launch of Hands of History Archives Decade of Change, 1912-1923 Document Study Pack

Please find below invitation to the launch of the Donegal County Archives Document Study Pack – A Decade of Change: Donegal and Ireland 1912-1923 which is being held in The Old Courthouse, Lifford on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 3pm.  Please RSVP to 074-9172490 or archivist@doneglacoco.ie