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November 23rd 2005

Site at Doonan sells
for €4.6 million

The crowded ballroom in the Mill Park Hotel at 2.30 on Thursday, 17th November, waited expectantly for the eagerly anticipated main event. This was the auction of the late Barney McGroary’s estate, consisting of 17.5 acres of land, including a dwelling house and outbuildings, zoned residential, and situated approx 1.4 kms from town. Auctioneers were Donegal Properties fronted by Nuala Timony and aided by Angela McGettigan.
Bidding started at €1.7 million and climbed steadily in €100,000 tranches. Soon it had crossed the €3m mark, then €4 million. At €3.6 million, Ms Timony declared the property ‘on the market’. Up to then there seemed to be up to six people bidding but this became two as, more slowly, the bids climbed to €4.1m, €4.2m, €4.3m, €4.4m, €4.5m, and €4.6m. There it stood and, despite the auctioneer’s best efforts, no further bids were forthcoming. The thing that was noted by the cognoscinti watching every move from the sideline, was that the man standing at the back of the room who made the final offer was advancing his first bid of the afternoon. The reason for this became clear later.
The successful bidder was Peter McDaid of McDaid Developments, Derry and Letterkenny. Interviewed afterwards, he revealed that a lady up at the front of the room had made the initial bids for him, with the agreement that he would take over when the price reached €4.5m. Thus he had only one bid to make. Asked if he had expected to pay more, he used an expression that he said he was well known for ‘I’m happy with that’. He told me that his nearest development to town up to now was the ‘Blue Cedars’ housing estate in Ballybofey.
Talking to a relative of the late Mr McGroary after the auction, he revealed that Barney.......CONTINUED IN PRINT EDITION OF DONEGAL TIMES.

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Rededication of the Church of the Sacred Heart

Bishop Philip Boyce blesses the congregation at the rededication of The Church of the Sacred Heart assisted by Fr Martin Collum, CC, Mountcharles; Fr Seamus Gallagher CC, Ardaghey; Fr John McLoone, Frosses and PP of Parish of Inver; Fr Paddy Dunne, St Eunans College. Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Last Sunday, the congregation of the newly refurbished Church of the Sacred Heart, Mountcharles, gathered to celebrate the completion of a major €900,000 renovation project involving both their Parochial House and Church. Bishop Philip Boyce was the chief celebrant at a special afternoon rededication Mass and was joined by a large number of priests from neighbouring areas and parishes.
“You are to be congratulated for this splendid achievement”, he told the packed church and went to praise the “enthusiasm and vision of everyone involved”.
Fr Martin Collum said that “This is a day of celebration for the whole community”, and again thanked the “collective voluntary effort” of his congregation. He went to express “solidarity and support” with the neighbouring Church of Ireland and Methodist Churches. Coincidentally, the Church of Ireland Bishop Ken Good was also in the parish on Sunday, to mark the installation of two newly donated stained glass windows in their own newly refurbished church.
Before Mass began, Paul O’Sullivan, on behalf of the organising committee, welcomed everyone. Putting things in perspective, he said “108 years ago when this church was first built, someone else stood here to welcome a different generation, to worship the same God, in the same faith. Fourteen priests have since served in Mountcharles and they all, at different stages, lived through momentous events in history”.
The “Chapel” in Mountcharles was the last of the four Catholic churches to be built in the Parish of Inver (Frosses, Drimarone and Ardaghey). It was completed in 1897 and it took just under 13 months to build........CONTINUED IN PRINT EDITION OF DONEGAL TIMES.

New Town Officer appointed

The new Donegal Town Development officer is Carmel Weir, daughter of Joe and Evelyn Weir, Brookfield, Donegal Town. Carmel, who resides in Letterfad, Letterbarrow, is a qualified chartered accountant. Having attended the Nuala Convent and the AVS she went on to study in North London University where she graduated with a BA in accounting and finance.
Carmel afterwards worked in banking and securities in London but her heart was in Donegal and, after spending fourteen years across the water, she decided to return home in 2003. For the past two years she has worked with Ecopure Environmental Ltd as an accountant.
Some weeks ago she saw an advert in a local newspaper for a new town enterprise officer and decided to apply. As was announced on Monday, she was the successful candidate.
The chamber chairman told me that Carmel stood out in interview and assesment “She seemed to have the professionalism required and was eager for the challenge” Ernan McGettigan said. Collette Ryle, Vice-Charperson, commented that they see Carmel as a returned local professional with a passion for the enhancement of Donegal, possessing the added attribute of an outside point of view.
Carmel sees the town as having a lot of potential. When she returned from London she noticed a lot of changes such as the Diamond, Millcourt Mews, Duncans Shopping Arcade, Mill Park Hotel - and even though some shops have closed down since, there are new businesses opening. “It’s all about supporting the local economy, local jobs, local produce, local people and identifying, understanding and helping the opportunities now growing in our community” she said.
Carmel will be employed by the Community Chamber and has signed a one year contract. Prime among the new development officer’s tasks will be to increase........CONTINUED IN PRINT EDITION OF DONEGAL TIMES.

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