A spokesperson for Ballyshannon Business Chamber says the traffic diversions in the town as a result of damage to the iconic town clock “don’t help” local business and has expressed the hope that the problem can be resolved as quickly as possible.
“Ballyshannon is very much open for business and that message needs to go out loud and clear,” Donagh Keon told the Donegal Democrat but he added “we need a speedy resolution to this problem”.
Mr Keon agreed that the restrictions “don’t help” businesses in the town, but he said it is important that the message goes out that the town is still very much open and trading.
The restrictions and road closure are in situe from 5pm yesterday, almost 24 hours, when the problem with the clock was first discovered.
As reported earlier a specialist team who have been engaged by the owner of the property, are awaited.
Ballyshannon Town council stated on their website: “The Fire Service and Gardaí attended the scene following reports of damage to the face of the clock ad the area was cordoned off as a public safety precaution and remains cordoned off .
“The owner of the building is following up with specialists to try and resolve the problem as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, local historian Anthony Begleyknows the clock’s history well. In his blog, Ballyshannon Musings, he writes:
“The town clock has an interesting history and is probably the most distinctive and recogniseable building in Ballyshannon, for the countless thousands who pass through or visit the town.
“Perched at the top of a most impressive Scottish style baronial building built in 1878, the tall two-storey clock and bell tower with crow-steeped gables was built for the Belfast Bank, who had commenced business in the town in 1869.
“The history of the clock tower recalls an agreement reached between the Belfast Bank and the planning authorities of the day. In return for giving the bank permission to build the bank outwards towards the road, the bank agreed to provide the town with a clock. The date of the erection of the clock, 1878, can be seen in the stonework just below the recently damaged clock face.