Racers risking lives at Inch Lake
by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent
SO-CALLED boy racers are putting lives at risk near
one of Inishowen’s most scenic and protected beauty
spots, it has been claimed.
The young drivers have been witnessed performing
various dangerous stunts such as ‘doughnuts’ and
‘handbrake turns’ in a carpark at the Farland, on
the shores of Inch Lake, a special area of
A concerned local resident, who contacted the
Inishowen Independent this week fears that someone
could be seriously injured or killed.
“The carpark is used everyday by local walkers and
often attracts young families with children.
Motorists turn into it fairly blind and it is such a
confined space that I’m concerned that someone could
be badly hurt or worse,” she said.
“I think local drivers must be involved in the
activity because the carpark is out of the way; you
would need to know it was there before you drove
down. Something needs to be done before it is too
late,” she added.
The tranquillity of Inch Lake which
locals say is being destroyed by the dangerous
antics of so-called boy racers..
Local County Councillor
for the area, Paul Canning said the so-called boy
racers are causing a danger to themselves and
“They are breaking the law by performing these
outrageous car activities on public roads causing a
danger to themselves and other members of the
community. They are also causing a noise nuisance at
all the wrong times and venues,” he said.
Cllr. Canning warned that the young motorists must
be educated in a bid to prevent future road
“Judge John O’Hagan spoke out against young Donegal
drivers as a reckless disease and unfortunately he
has merit in his words. I think it is time that we
as a community started to work with the young
drivers through proper education and facilities,” he
“I was fortunate enough to witness the Smoke Signals
Diffing that took place in Newtowncunningham during
The Donegal Rally weekend, a true entertaining
spectacle. I witnessed some of the best skilled and
controlled driving by young motorists in a
controlled environment and not on a public road.”
“I am also aware of the work that Daniel Rodgers and
his team are doing at the DDT Raceway in Sallybrook,
Manorcunningham in providing a facility to try to
help these young drivers. I think that the young
people need to take note of the statistics and as
much as they live for their sport and their vehicle,
they need to live first!” Cllr. Canning added.