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Ballyshannon clock slips further as safety cordon is stepped up

The south face of Gallogely's clock in Ballyshannon which has split in two.

The south face of Gallogely's clock in Ballyshannon which has split in two.

The south face of Ballyshannon’s landmark town clock has slipped further this evening and there are fears that a strong gust of wind could bring the timber face crashing to the streets below.

Emergency Service crews were called to the scene at 5.15pm and cordoned off the area below Gallogley’s Clock on Main Street. A passer by had noticed that the clock face on the south side had split in two.

The clock in the tower is now being held from falling approximately 200 feet to the ground by the hour and second hands of the clock (see photo) and there are fears that the wooden face could cause considerable damage to property or worse if it fell to the ground.

Emergency Services are understood to have asked for a Hydraulic Platform to be sent from Letterkenny to allow them make the clock face safe but as we write no decision on this has yet been made.

It’s understood a Council Engineer is making an assessment of the situation.

The local fire tenders at the scene do not have ladders long enough to reach the damaged clock face.

The Emergency Services have cordoned off the entire area and all traffic flowing in both directions has now been directed away from Main Street.

 
 
 

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