From the archive: Go n-éirí an THAW leat! - December 1967

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Thaw re-opens North West

A steady thaw yesterday cleared most of the heavy week-end snowfall and traffic which was severely disrupted throughout tthe North West since Friday last gradually returned to normal.

Routes from Derry and Donegal, amongst the hardest hit by the conditions over the week-end, were all open yesterday, and a spokesman for the Derry and Lough Swilly Co. reported that all services were running on schedule.

But conditions were still tricky in several remote areas in Co. Derry and Ulsterbus reported that a number of school services were again cancelled yesterday because of packed snow and ice.

Derry won’t budge on Moville

Derry Port and Harbour Commissioners have refused to meet representatives of Donegal County Council to discuss the Co. Council’s request for the handing over of Carrickatory Pier, Moville.

The commissioners have told the Council that in “view of all the difficulties involved, the Commissioners could not agree to hand over the piers at Moville to the Co. Council.”

At yesterday’s meeting of the Co. Council Mr. Harry Blaney (chairman) told the members that there had been a resolution at their last General Purposes Committee to make a compulsory purchase order in respect of Carrickatory Pier.

City no longer ‘poor relations’

The year 1967 may, in future times, be regarded as the renaissance of the G.A.A. in Derry City.

This is what he describes as the “somewhat optimistic” assertion made by Mr. M. McColgan, secretary of the Derry City Board in the report he will present to the Board’s Annual Convention on Sunday next.

Mr. McColgan gives two reasons for confidence in the coming years. The first is the determined effort which has been made and is being sustained to uplift the image of Celtic Park, the Association’s headquarters. The second is the emergence of the city from the position of ‘poor relations’ in Gaelic sport.