Cathaoirleach deems royal visit a huge success

The day the county pulled together

Michelle NicPháidineditorial@donegaldemocrat.com@ldgldemocrat

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, has commended everyone who “pulled together” and made the recent royal visit the success it was.

On reflection, he said that the day was one when “the entire county wore the Donegal jersey and pulled together”.

He commended the public service workers, the media, the gardaí and all those involved in the event which took place last Wednesday.

Cllr. Brogan believes that the visit can only be positive for the county.

He said that the moment that made the event special for him was when they went outside of Donegal Castle and heard the people of Donegal applaud the royal couple.

“When we came out onto the street and you could hear the applause from the people of Donegal, that was just brilliant.

“You could feel the welcome that was there from the people themselves. We can do our civic duty but it was the people of Donegal themselves that gave the greatest welcome. They were genuinely excited to meet them,” he said.

The Letterkenny-based representative believes that the visit sends out a message to people across the globe which deems Donegal “open for business.”

“The people we met from the British Embassy ahead of the visit, were from trade and employment and the British government would have seen that meeting as a business engagement,” he said.

He said that during the last number of days, he has been talking to people who have been working across the country and county and that they have had nothing but good reports in relation to the visit.

On Friday night, the Cathaoirleach was in Knock and there he met people from Sligo and Galway who said that Donegal was very lucky to have had the royal couple visit.

“They were blown away by the royal visit and kept saying that we were so lucky to have got it,” he said.

He said that the royal visit exemplified the county for what it can achieve.

“We showed ourselves as a county that can pull together during a huge event,” he said.

He described the event as being “very, very enjoyable and relaxed.”

He also alluded to the fact that Donegal County Council is working with the City of Derry and Strabane in relation to a number of projects.

“We have a joint document which we are working on together. This was acknowledged during the last sitting of Stormont. Five million euro was allocated to Derry and Donegal from both governments as a result of this. The teams are working very well together,” he said, adding that the Prince of Wales referred to the relationship during his speech at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

“This event has been great for everyone involved and is a credit to the county,” he said.