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Road closed as specialist team awaited to make damaged Ballyshannon clock safe

Ballyshannon fire service crew members cordon off the area close to the damaged town clock in Ballyshannon. Photo Thomas Gallagher

Ballyshannon fire service crew members cordon off the area close to the damaged town clock in Ballyshannon. Photo Thomas Gallagher

The centre of Ballyshannon will remain closed to traffic with local diversions in place since 5pm on Thursday evening and these will continue on Friday as a specialist team is awaited to make a local clock, which has sustained damage, safe.

On Thursday evening a passer by alerted the emergency services to damage to the southern face of what is locally referred to as ‘Gallogley’s clock’ on Main Street.

The southern face of the clock has been split, possibly as a result of a lightening strike and there remains a danger that large, heavy pieces of the clock face could fall onto the streets below.

It would appear that the only thing retaining parts of the clock face from falling downwards are the two hands of the clock.

Locals say the clock face has slipped further since the damage was first noticed on Thursday afternoon

Local fire crews didn’t have ladders long enough to reach the damaged clock face.

Gardaí and the emergency services have cordoned off the area to render it as safe as possible from a health and safety point of view overnight with the road blocked and traffic diverted away from the potential danger area.

 
 
 

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