New businesses are managing to buck the trend

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

A number of entrepreneurs in Donegal are bucking the current trend of economic doom and gloom by showing their confidence in the county and investing in its future by opening new businesses.

A number of entrepreneurs in Donegal are bucking the current trend of economic doom and gloom by showing their confidence in the county and investing in its future by opening new businesses.

Several businesses are opening or expanding in Mountcharles, German supermarket Aldi will start trading at its new store in store in Donegal Town next week, Ballybofey is home to a new gym and a new florist, while Letterkenny boasts a new Eason’s and a new pub.

Cllr. John Campbell warmly welcomes these “sparks of economic life” in the small, scenic village of Mountcharles. He says: “Times are still very challenging but it’s extremely encouraging to see people having the confidence to invest in the local economy.

“There is a real buzz about Mountcharles at the moment, as previously derelict or vacant buildings are renovated and filled with activity.”

Local architect Willie Donaghue has renovated the formerly derelict Dunlevy’s premises, which will now host a number of businesses.

He told the Donegal Democrat: “It was a significant investment but we wanted to restore the building, which was built in 1898, to its former glory. We’ve even kept the original staircase and used Mountcharles sandstone for the shop signs.”

Joe Britton Chemist and Linda Robinson’s Little Angels Montessori will occupy the ground floor, while the rest of the building will house offices - Willie’s architectural practice, Peter McFarland Quantity Surveyor and Dearbhail Mulhern, Solicitor.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat.