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Buncrana’s Swan Park re-opens 27.07.22

SWAN Park was officially re-opened, last Thursday, by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development. The park also received an ecumenical blessing from representatives of local churches on what was a joyful day for Buncrana and the wider Inishowen Peninsula.
The minister was joined on the day by a large crowd including local political representatives, community groups, local contractors, designers and staff from Donegal County Council.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD pictured with students from Scoil Mhuire and Crana College and Ryan Stewart.
Swan Park was extensively damaged in the devastating floods that occurred throughout the Inishowen peninsula in 2017. The project to redevelop the park was awarded €1.7m through the Rural Regeneration Fund in 2018 and €500,000 in co-funding was provided by Donegal County Council.
The redevelopment was overseen by a steering group which encompassed many local stakeholders such as Buncrana Tidy Towns Committee and Buncrana Anglers Association. The West Inishowen Historical Society, Art Link, Wild Inishowen and transition year students from Scoil Mhuire and Crana College also contributed to this community driven project.
The newly restored Swan Park in Buncrana
The design team for the park included local architects, engineers and surveyors who went to great lengths with the steering group to ensure that the park was accessible for persons of all abilities. A number of fishing stands have been developed for wheelchair users and other elements have been incorporated for those that may be visually impaired.
The redeveloped park also includes an additional area of 3.5 hectares that increases the opportunity for the park to be used for a wide variety of community events and activities. Works on the park were led by Donegal County Council’s local parks and roads teams with assistance from a variety of local contractors.
The newly restored Swan Park in Buncrana
Swan Park is named after Harry Percival Swan who was born in Buncrana in 1879. Harry was a founding member of the County Donegal Historical Society and a keen promoter of local history. He was a prolific author who in 1938 published his first book, the 'Book of Inishowen', which was later followed by nine other publications including 'Twixt Foyle and Swilly' and 'Romantic Inishowen'. A bust of Harry Swan has been erected in the park in his memory to acknowledge his contribution to Buncrana and the Inishowen peninsula.
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