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September 25th 2002

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Donegal Town Fashion Capital of the North West

No. 11, Main Street, which formerly housed the restaurant run by the two Marys, is set to become a boutique, as is Ray Charles old Proper Price premises on Quay Street. With Source just opened on the Diamond and Michelle’s in the Millcourt Mews, along with existing shops, Feminine Touch on Quay Street, Sleek on Main Street, Verve at Euro House, not forgetting Magees, Thompson, Kearneys, Classic Casuals and San Sad, Donegal must now be the most desirable town in the county for the fashion conscious female.

Valuable Quay Street Property for Sale

Hugh Dillon’s property beside the Central has come on the market this week. It’s hard to see hotelier Jim White being able to overlook this property, but with a long-term sitting tenant in barber Denis Gorman - whoever agrees to buy will have to ensure that a mutually agreeable arrangement is put in place to satisfy both parties.

Bennetts ‘disappointed’ at Bord Pleanala Refusal

Our reporter, Margaret Gallagher, buttonholed Paul McGee, a director of Bennett Construction, at the Mayor’s Ball. He declared the company ‘very disappointed’ at the refusal of the Dunnes Stores element of the scheme. “We were surprised” said Paul “as we felt the oral hearing had gone in our favour”. He said the only definite tenants presently certain at Drumlonagher are the Council Offices and Fire Station. As for Dunnes “we have to go back to the drawing board and start again - this will take some time”.

When asked by our reporter if Bennetts would be objecting to elements of the Keeney Construction project at Revlin, Paul would not comment but said his company would be keeping a close eye and watching the outcome with interest.

Mayor's Ball Great Success

Refugees from Linda’s Krusty Kitchen at the Mayor’s Ball in the Central on Friday night
Laurence McCarroll, Colm Harvey, Keith Anderson and Alrick Thompson.

All roads led to the Central on Friday night when Mayor Alex Reid hosted his first mayoral ball. Over 300 guests turned up to enjoy an evening which commenced with a drinks reception in the bar and foyer area. This was followed by a sumptuous five course meal washed down by lashings of wine. M.C. for the night was Deputy Mayor, Ernan McGettigan who said in his speech that Alex was going to be a hard act to follow such is his popularity and dedication to the town and area.

Alex, speaking first in Irish, welcomed everyone and said how proud he was to be present in the capacity of mayor surrounded by family and friends. He introduced all the tables and apologised for the absence of Town Enterprise Officer Sian Breslin, who could not be present for family reasons.

Among those gracing the event were Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Coughlan, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister of State for the Environment.; also Cllrs John Boyle, Thomas Pringle and Sean Campbell. Minister Mary was particularly pleased at how well the cabinet meeting at Glenveagh had gone and revealed her next assignment as the Ploughing Championships in Laois - from high heels to wellies.

Music was by Mary B and her band and indeed our first citizen Alex proved no slouch on the dance floor - leading one female admirer watching his nifty footwork to call him ‘the John Travolta of Donegal’.

Credit is due to all the businesses of town who were not found wanting when it came to spot prizes - but the biggest cheer was for Gerry Duke and Hugo McGlynn who raised €100 by agreeing to sing if this notable event was put out to auction. This was done and the highest bidder was Grainne Oates, wife of new TSB manager, Cormac.

Birthday boy on the night was Solicitor Eunan Gallagher, which prompted a huge rendition of Happy Birthday from the crowd, but despite my best efforts, the legal eagle would not divulge his age.

The night, run in aid of the Alheizems Association and Autism Special Class at Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala, raised the magnificent sum of €6,000 for these two worthy causes.

All in all, a great night and much credit to management and staff of the Central, led by Manager Michael Naughton. The only problem - with the deadline for the paper looming, two very tired Times staff had to report to work early Saturday morning.

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