Elected representatives and local residents marked the end of long-running works on the Glen Road in Loughanure last week.
They gathered at the crossroads last Wednesday, as Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Terence Slowey; Glenties Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher; and local campaigner Eugene Greene cut a ceremonial ribbon.
Earlier in the day Canon Micheal Herrity blessed the road, surrounded by Loughanure NS staff and pupils.
“It was a grand day now, it really was,” Mr Greene said. He said the work was something the community was very pleased with, “and always will be pleased with”. It was six years ago that Mr Greene had called a meeting to discuss the state of the road with concerned residents and local politicians.
The Glen Road links Annagry and Loughanure and is an important strategic road, used by people travelling between the south of the county and Donegal Airport.
The work was carried out over several years, with Glenties Municipal District councillors keeping the project on the list of local priorities and funding a section each year.
Cllr. Gallagher said, “We’re delighted to get it to this stage.” Council spent more than €500,000 on the work.
She credited local people who she said, “met regularly to ensure that the project was kept on the agenda.
”It’s a success story and shows how when local communities come together and work with councillors in the area that things can be done,” she said. “And it’s a job that will last for many many years.”
Among those at the ribbon-cutting were Cllr. Enda Bonner, Pat "the Cope" Gallagher, TD, and former councillor David Alcorn.