Bundoran’s 100 Years of Democracy exhibition opens tonight

A pollling station in Bundoran in 1950.

A pollling station in Bundoran in 1950.

As the final days of Bundoran Town Council draw closer, so too does the launch of the 100 Years of Democracy exhibition which will mark the centenary of the council and highlight its history and achievements.

The project, which is a joint effort between Bundoran Community Library, The Magh Ene Historical Society, Discover Bundoran and supported by Bundoran Town Council, will be located in the lobby area of the civic offices at Station Road.

The exhibition will be formally launched tonight, Monday, March 31, and open to the public during council office opening hours from tomorrow.

A variety of speakers feature at the launch, including Dr. Arlene Crampsie who will talk about the establishment of Urban District Councils in Ireland with particular reference to Bundoran. RTE’s Northwest correspondent Eileen Magnier will officially open the exhibition.

The exhibition is looks back over a centenary of the council and celebrate its achievements over that time including the formation of the council in 1914, the fire service, the lifeguarding of the beach, Bundoran’s membership of the Douzelage town twinning programme and lots more. Artefacts include old newspapers, original byelaws, an address written by the council in 1926, as well as the original Merryweather Fire Pump purchased by the Urban District Council in the late 1920s.

One of the Exhibition directors, Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth said “We are delighted with the level of interest in the exhibition. So much archive material has come to light since we started working on it. I would like to thank all of those who have contributed in any way, your efforts are appreciated.’

As part of the exhibition, a time capsule will be put together and more details of that will be released in the near future.




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