The opening of a number of new businesses in Dungiven heralds “exciting times” for the town, a local meeting has heard.
The comments were made at the inaugural Autumn Talk in St Canice’s GAA Club, organised by Aidan Farren, Editor of the Winding Roe Magazine.
Compere Mairead McCormack, Manager of Glenshane Community Development Limited spoke of the revitalisation of Main Street in Dungiven and identified new businesses which have opened including two new cafes, the new Dental Practice, the relocation of an Accounting firm and the opening of a new newsagents, crafts and coffee shop in the former Post Office as well as existing businesses renovating and redecorating their premises.
The evening also included Washington State University’s Professor and Chair of the English Department, Prof. Mary Wack who travelled to Ireland to share the platform with the Secretary of Carntogher Community Association, Niall O’Kane.
Guest speaker Niall O’Kane delivered a talk entitled “A Holistic Approach to Community Regeneration”, which recounted the umbrella approach which the Carntogher community had adopted in the regeneration of its community. Professor Wack’s talk was entitled “Dungiven: Economic Challenges & Opportunities – 1835 & 2015” which was a contrast and comparison of the issues facing the Greater Dungiven area in 1835 and in 2015. Prof. Wack reported that even in 1835, Dungiven’s location was both it’s strength & weakness. In 1835, the issues affecting Dungiven were the cessation of the linen industry and the demise of the bleach greens in Dungiven, she said, adding with statistics recently released from the new Super Councils regarding tourism and stated that all cultural tourism must be interconnected and sustainable.
Ms. McCormack directed anyone with any ideas or opinions to contact Glenshane Community Development Limited which is starting the development of an Action Plan for the town “in order that there will be cohesive development and which everyone can get involved in”. Contact 02877742494 for information.