Sod turned for women’s refuge

Carolyn Farrar

Reporter:

Carolyn Farrar

- New refuge will be the first of its kind in a three-county area

- New refuge will be the first of its kind in a three-county area

The first sod was turned yesterday (Monday) for the new Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service (DWDVS) refuge, 21 years after the murder of a Donegal woman led to the establishment of the Donegal service.

Alanna Gallagher, whose mother, Gloria McCole, was killed in May 1991 by her husband, turned the first sod. Alanna’s brother, Joseph, Gloria’s mother, Mary McCole, and Gloria’s sister, Anne Boyle, and brother, Michael McCole, also attended.

“If there was something like this in mammy’s day, she might still be with us,” Alanna said.

Speaking later, Alanna, age 27, said, “This is a great day for Donegal and the northwest. So many women have suffered and are suffering, that this service is very important.”

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.