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08/05/18 New Tadhg Culbert car park in Letterkenny officially opened


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Pictured at the official opening of the Tadgh Culbert Car Park on Friday, L-R, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, John McLaughlin, Director of Service Donegal County Council, Hilda Culbert, Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach Letterkenny MD, Lisa Culbert, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Andrew Culbert.


The sun was shining in Letterkenny on Friday afternoon as the new Tadhg Culbert car park was officially opened by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh.


The new pay and display car park is situated next to the Donegal County Museum on the site of the former Fire Station on the High Road in Letterkenny.  It provides for 39 new car parking spaces including 5 disabled parking spaces in what is a vibrant part of the town with nearby premises including the Credit Union, the Revenue Offices and the recently opened Courthouse.


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Council staff pictured with the Culbert family at the opening of the Tadgh Culbert Car Park which was officially opened by Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach Letterkenny MD.


The construction of the car park cost in the region of €200,000 and works were completed by the Councils own Roads Staff.  Works included appropriate surveys, demolition and removal of the Former Fire Station and Tower, construction of new retaining structure, surfacing works by local company Churchill Quarries, public lighting designed and supplied by Airtricity and works also included staff parking at the back of the County Museum.


The new ‘Fire Engine Red’ pedestrian barrier and handrails are a nod to the former tenants, the Fire Service, and were manufactured by local firm Coyle Welding based in Bonagee in Letterkenny with bespoke signage being supplied by Castit Signs based in Waterford.


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The cutting of the tape at the official opening of the Tadgh Culbert Car Park in Letterkenny.


Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle welcomed the opening of this much needed car parking facility saying “this new car park is a welcome addition to the infrastructure of Letterkenny.  I would like to congratulate our own Council team of workers who were involved in the construction of this car park and I would especially like to say that I am delighted that this car park has been named in memory of one of our own colleagues the late Cllr. Tadhg Culbert.”


Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh also welcomed the opening of this car park and acknowledged the importance of this facility to the town of Letterkenny and said “I think it is very fitting to have the car park named in memory of the late Cllr. Tadhg Culbert.  Tadhg was a native of Tipperary but he had a great love for Letterkenny, for its people and was passionate in his promotion of the town.  To have this car park named in his memory is a fitting tribute to this adopted son of Letterkenny and will serve as a lasting memorial for his family, his friends and for the future generations of this town.”


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Members of the Culbert family with Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach Letterkenny MD.



Director of Roads and Transportation John McLaughlin also spoke at the official opening and acknowledged the excellent work done by the team of Council staff involved in this project.  He also paid tribute to the elected members of the Letterkenny MD for their commitment to this project which is an invaluable resource for the town and in particular for those businesses and services operating in the Port Road, Main Street and High Road areas of the town.



The official opening concluded with a touching address from Lisa Culbert, daughter of the late Tadhg Culbert who spoke on behalf of the family.  Lisa said that the family were touched with such a fitting tribute to her father describing how her father walked down the High Road every day to his work in the Post Office and how he always had a big smile and a chat for everyone he met and to have his name remembered in this way is such a fitting tribute.


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