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Road reopened as damaged Ballyshannon town clock is made safe

John F. McGee and John Branley after taking a section of the face from the town clock in Ballyshannonon Sunday morning.

John F. McGee and John Branley after taking a section of the face from the town clock in Ballyshannonon Sunday morning.

Damage to the iconic town clock in Ballyshannon, believed to have been caused by a lightening strike, has now been made safe.

One hour short of three days, the town’s Main Street was re-opened to traffic on Sunday afternoon, having been closed since Thursday last at 5.30pm when the damage to the town’s landmark clock was first noticed.

The entire south face of the clock has now been removed and what remains is a rather toothless edifice that many locals are keen to see restored to its former glory.

Once weather conditions were deemed safe, the operation to remove the damaged metal face of the clock begun at 8am on Sunday. Local contractor John F. McGee and his work colleagues made a series of high rise trip in a Quinn Hire crane hoisted cage to the clock face and by lunchtime most of the damaged metal face of the clock was at ground level.

A steady stream of onlookers came and went as the operation to bring all the parts of the jigsaw to safety in bright sunshine on what was a bitterly cold day.

In a statement the council thanked traders and locals for their patience with the Main Street reopening at 4.30pm on Sunday.

 
 
 

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