Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said the closure of Mace in Ballyshannon is further evidence of the serious threat facing local retailers and small businesses.
According to Senator Mac Sharry, Main Streets in towns and villages across the North West region are under threat as retailers grapple with unacceptably high operating costs in an extremely difficult business climate.
“The closure of Mace has come as a major shock not just to the staff and their families, but to the entire community of Ballyshannon. The store has had an extremely loyal staff and customer base over the years and people feel that its closure is the loss of yet another local community service,” Senator Mac Sharry said.
A 22-year-old Man who assaulted his girlfriend in Bundoran last October was described by a judge as an “extremely violent” man.
The Court was told that Jason McDonagh attacked his girlfriend in his caravan in Bundoran.
His girlfriend 21-year-old Angela Ward,was forced to flee through a broken window.
The judge said at Ballyshannon District Court that McDonagh came from a violent background. He added he was satisfied he was an extremely violent man and was capable of inflicting extreme injury and maybe worse.
Thirty five years on, one of the original investigating gardai involved in the disappearance of six year old Mary Boyle near Ballyshannon is convinced there are people who know what happened.
“There are people out there who know what happened to Mary Boyle. And I would ask them at this late stage, after 35 years, to come forward with that bit of information. And I believe that the day Mary disappeared, she never left Cashelard alive,” retired Garda Sergeant Martin Colins told the local newspaper, the Donegal Democrat.
The mother of Mary Boyle who disappeared on a country lane at Cashelard, Ballyshannon on March 18th, 1978, says she is certain “someone knows exactly where it happened”.
Ann Boyle said: “I am sure somebody knows exactly where it happened to Mary that day. I am hoping that even at this late stage they will come forward. If anyone would have said to me on the 18th of March 1977 that I wouldn’t have a clue what happened to my little girl 35 years later, I would not believe them.”
In a new development, a senior ranking Monaghan-based Detective Superintendent is leading a team of investigators, who are completing a ‘cold-case’ type review of the circumstances of her sudden vanishing.
Singer Margo O’Donnel also believes that Mary remains will be found this year.
She added: “Somebody knows where they put Mary.”
In making the appeal to a person or persons who hold the key to the mystery she said that they could phone and ”withhold their number”, send her an anonymous note, leave a note under a stone, or even “tie it to a cow’s ear and tell me what cow it is on.
“ All I want to do, with her twin sister (Ann) and she is equally, as deeply involved in this as I am, if not more – all we want to do is bring Mary home.”
The Aodh Ruadh CLG Ballyshannon AGM took place last Saturday 8th January in Colaiste Cholmcille. There was an attendance of 53 present for what was a constructive and positive AGM. One of the main highlights was the address of the club president, Jim ‘The Natch’ Gallagher, which received a spontaneous and deserved round of applause. Read more
Ballyshannon job losses under discussion
A Public Meeting to discuss the recent Jobs losses in Ballyshannon and to address ways forward for the town that was due to take place on Tuesday 5th October at Dorrian’s Hotel has been rescheduled to take place one week later.
Donegal County Councillor Barry O’Neill who is facilitating the organising of the meeting said that “a number of key agencies who are required to attend and address the meeting were unable to do so on the 5th October and its in the best interest of the Public meeting to reschedule the meeting back to Tuesday 12th October”. Read more
The Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon where guitar legend Rory Gallagher was born is one of two Donegal hospitals under threat
The HSE has today issued a statement on the future of Rock Welfare Home and the Sheil hospital, in order to clarify matters, but the language only seems to have added more speculation, as to the future of both facilities.
It will be of little comfort to the people of Ballyshannon and south Donegal, the former location being the birtghplace of Blues guitar legend Rory Gallagher.
In a statement issued to IrishDigest.com, they said: Read more
Cllr Rosaleen Branley
Ballyshannon Sinn Féin Councillor Rosaleen Branley has welcomed the ongoing refurbishment of the footpath at the Rock, Ballyshannon.
Cllr Branley said: “Having spoken to a number of residents in Ballyshannon who were concerned for the safety of pedestrians at the Rock, I gave a commitment to lobby the Council for the upgrade of the footpath from Saimer Childcare to the Holy Family School.
“Thankfully the Council’s Engineer has taken this proposal on board and the refurbishment of footpath in the area is ongoing. I hope that this will go some way to protecting schoolchildren and pedestrians who regularly walk along this road.”
More Ballyshannon job losses
The loss of 20 jobs at BWG Foods in Ballyshannon has been described as another body blow for employment in south Donegal.
Fine Gael Donegal South West TD Dinny McGinley said:
“BWG Foods has announced that it will cease trading from October 1st, with the loss of 20 jobs. This announcement is a major loss to the area, and particularly to all those losing their livelihoods who now face significant hardship. Read more
Johannesburg airport, where Mr Gallagher died
A well known Ballyshannon businessman has died suddenly at Johannesburg Airport while on a business trip to South Africa.
Pat Gallagher, in his early 50s, from Doobally, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was said by relatives to have taken suddenly ill while waiting for his luggage in the arrivals terminal after exiting a flight yesterday.
Mr Gallagher, who owned an equestrian centre at Ballyshannon, has widespread business interests and was an industrial pipe-fabricator by profession. Read more