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Portaleen Viewing Point opening 05.07.22

THE enhanced Portaleen Viewing Point at Glengad was officially opened by Cllr Martin McDermott, Leas-Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council on Wednesday, 22nd June 2022. The project received €50,000 funding under the CLAR (Ceantair Laga Árd Riachtanais) programme.
Members of the Glengad Community Development Association, Vinny Kelly, Gerard Lafferty, Davey McDermott, Shane Byrne and Kevin McGonigle pictured with Cllr Martin McDermott, Leas Chathaoirleach, Donegal County Council at the official opening of Portaleen Viewing Point, Glengad, Malin.
The event celebrated the provision of a safe viewing point with vehicle parking, bi-lingual information/orientation panels, a newly constructed natural stone boundary wall, new enhanced fencing, landscaping, accessible picnic benches and seating.
This type of infrastructure provides a setting for local people and visitors to appreciate the landscape and cultural links to the land and sea.

The addition of bi-lingual information panels at the viewing point is the latest development of an ongoing project to enhance visitor experience on the coastal touring route of the Wild Atlantic Way. Portaleen Viewing Point is a place where the community and tourists can now come together with unobstructed views across the coastal landscape, working pier and the Atlantic Ocean.
Family members of local story teller, the Late Packie Collins seated in the sunshine and enjoying the view at the spot where Packie often visited at Portaleen.
Leas-Chathaoirleach, Councillor Martin McDermott explained: “This is an example of how the local authority can work with local communities to energise very special places like Glengad and share them with the world”.

Shane Byrne, Manager of the Glengad Community centre acted as MC for the event. Keynote speakers, included Cllr Martin McDermott, Rev Father Peter Devlin, Malin Parish and Kevin McGonigle from the Glengad Community Development Association.
With members of the local community in attendance alongside key stakeholders including Inishowen elected members, representatives of Donegal County Council, the Glengad Community Association and teachers and pupils from the local primary Scoil Cholmcille, it made for an inspiring event.
John McLaughlin, landowner, Cllr Martin McDermott, Leas Chathaoirleach and Declan McLaughlin, Henry Plant, pictured having a rest at one of the picnic benches.
The outcome of the project is an enhanced outdoor recreation amenity. Land owners Eileen and John McLaughlin who played a generous role in the development were publicly thanked.
Donegal County Council acknowledged that everyone worked hard to deliver this project on schedule including the contractor Henry Plant.

Kevin McGonigle, Treasurer of Glengad Community Development Association concluded: “These types of developments show the wider commitment of all stakeholders in working to develop a resilient Glengad for the 21st Century.”
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