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03/04/19 - Ballyshannon Design Guide to be launched


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Ballyshannon Design Guide to be launched


A new Design Guide for Ballyshannon will be launched on Tuesday 9 April in Dorrians Hotel, Ballyshannon by Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District Cllr. Michael Naughton. This guide which has been developed by Donegal County Council working alongside the Ballyshannon Town & Village Renewal Group aims to help guide the maintenance, repair and restoration of historic buildings in Ballyshannon as well as inform how new buildings can best fit the streetscape. 



Well known conservation architect Duncan McClaren will also attend the launch providing a presentation on the night.



Ballyshannon is a one of five designated Heritage Towns in Donegal and lays claim to the title “the oldest town in Ireland” and was created a Borough by Royal Charter on March 23, 1613.  The town was a prosperous trading centre or merchant town during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when its main industries were flour and saw milling, tobacco manufacture, soap making, tanning, distilling and brewing. It was during the nineteenth century that many of the most significant buildings that characterise the town were built.



Speaking this week Cllr. Naughton said that “this Guide is the culmination of extensive work undertaken by the Council working closely with the Town and Village Renewal group in Ballyshannon and will assist in guiding the maintenance, repair and restoration of existing historic buildings, while also informing proposals for new buildings and infill gaps in the streetscape.”



Copies of the Ballyshannon Design Guide will be available on and hard copies will be available on the evening.



The launch will take place on Tuesday 9 April at 7pm in Dorrians Hotel, Ballyshannon. Admission is free and everyone is welcome but booking is recommended by emailing [email protected] .

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