Inishowen’s ‘rich heritage’ could be a tourism treasure trove - says MacLochlain

Buncrana mayor Padraig MacLochlainn has called on the Heritage Manager for Donegal County Council to meet with local councillors to discuss key issues on the future of the heritage.

At their electoral area meeting in November councillors expressed their concerns about the development of An Grianan of Aileach and Burt Castle as key heritage sites in Inishowen, and requested the Heritage officer, Joe Gallagher circulate a progress report to them.

Despite this Sinn Fein councillor MacLochlainn has requested that manager, Mr Joe Gallagher meet with the local representatives at their next meeting in March.

“I believe there are a few issues outstanding, and I think it would be necessary for Mr Gallagher to come and meet with us.

“I believe there are huge opportunities throughout Inishowen, in particular An Grianan of Aileach and the castles in Burt and Greencastle. These are owned by the office of public works and they slot directly into the tourism industry.”

Colr MacLochlainn maintains analysis has proven the main reason people visit Inishowen is for it’s cultural and tourism attractions.

“We are lucky to have immense resources in Inishowen, they are far too important to leave behind, so we have to make the most of it.”

Culdaff councillor Bernard McGuinness seconded his motion to have a full and frank meeting with the heritage manager, and thinks he should comply a report on the number of heritage sites across the peninsula.

“I think it is hugely important to complete the original signage in Inishowen, and to keep the old traditional names of town lands as it not just important for tourism but also genealogy. I think it would be helpful if he made a list of heritage and development sites to get the locals engaged and involved with us, in particular Malin Head and An Grianan need to be developed.”

Moville Councillor Martin Farren added Moville and Greencastle is rich in history which can easily be developed.“Cooley cross immediately stands out for me.”