New footbridge for Clonmnay

I'M FIRST!. . . .Clonmany NS pupil, 6 years-old Mark Devlin celebrates being the first from his school across the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon. 0304JM19

I'M FIRST!. . . .Clonmany NS pupil, 6 years-old Mark Devlin celebrates being the first from his school across the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon. 0304JM19

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A swanky footbridge has been officially opened in Clonmany to the delight of residents in the town.

The footbridge was opened on Friday afternoon by one of its main benefactors, developer Martin McGonigle.

BIRD'S EYE VIEW!. . . .Getting a bird's eye view from the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon, are, from left, Patrick Gallen, John Friel, Joe Joyce, Councillor Martin Farren, Councillor Rena Donaghy, Councillor Mickey Doherty, Charlie McConalogue, TD, Councillor Bernard McGuinness and Packie Farren. 0304JM20

BIRD'S EYE VIEW!. . . .Getting a bird's eye view from the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon, are, from left, Patrick Gallen, John Friel, Joe Joyce, Councillor Martin Farren, Councillor Rena Donaghy, Councillor Mickey Doherty, Charlie McConalogue, TD, Councillor Bernard McGuinness and Packie Farren. 0304JM20

John Friel, chairman of the Clonmany Town Renewal Committee, who pushed for the works to be completed told the Journal the group are thrilled the bridge has been erected.

Mr Friel said: “We are delighted the bridge has been completed on time and it is great we have a safe crossing across the river for the pedestrians.”

He attributed thanks to both Donegal County Council - who completed the project - along with FAS workers in the town who built the stone wall.

He said the new footbridge gives people ‘peace of mind’ knowing they can cross the bridge safely. He said it was too dangerous for people to cross the bridge previously because the road is a blind spot for drivers.

FIRST ACCROSS. . . .Martin and Sonya McGonagle pictured with John Friel, chairman, Clonmany Town Renewal Committee, make their way accross the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon. 0304JM16

FIRST ACCROSS. . . .Martin and Sonya McGonagle pictured with John Friel, chairman, Clonmany Town Renewal Committee, make their way accross the new Clonmany Footbridge on Friday afternoon. 0304JM16

Echoing his comments, Riverside Park resident Martin Roddy said the road was previously a ‘death trap’ for pedestrians.

He said: “Being a resident who would cross this bridge on foot quiet frequently, I am delighted the footbridge has been erected. Before it was installed, the road over the bridge was a death trap for pedestrians because it’s a blind spot for drivers.

“The footbridge has dramatically improved the safety for pedestrians and it also improves the linkage between the village and the Riverside Park estate and adds something extra to Clonmany’s overall appearance.

“It was also a nice touch that they salvaged the old British milestone, which is around 200 years old. It has been integrated into the new structure and adds a bit of history and interest to the new structure.”

The project was the last of four projects the Clonmnay Town Renewal Committee have completed recently. They’ve helped rejuvenate the town over the last number of years by removing all the telephone poles and lines - getting them put under ground - creating Diffley’s Garden in the area and breathing new life in to the Market Square by putting in footpaths, lights and a green area with seats.

Mr Friel said the group are now hoping to raise some funds to put lights on the bridge.