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03/05/19 Dungloe Walkability Audit one of the biggest Walkability Audits in Ireland.

Walkability Cathaoirleach

Cllr Maire Therese Gallagher, Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O’Donnell and volunteers from different groupswho took part in the Walkability Audit of Dungloe.


Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O’Donnell welcomed 97 people, and one guide dog, to the Public Service Centre in Dungloe on Wednesday (1 May) who had gathered to take part in a Walkability audit of Dungloe. The audit was one of the biggest Walkability audits in Ireland with people as young as 1 year old to 94 years old taking part.


The Cathaoirleach addressed to the group  and explained what the Age Friendly Programme was all about and the importance of getting involved in this audit to identify the good and not so good elements of Dungloe from a walking view point. 


Volunteers included participants from The Older Persons Council, An Garda Siochana, Scoil ChróineNational School, Rosses Community School, The Angle Centre, Active Retirement, Widow’s Group, Mens Shed, Worklink, Wheel Chair Association, Lettermacaward Group, mothers, toddlers and individuals from the local area.


Derek Whyte, Planning Consultant explained to everyone what to look out for. He asked everyone to take their time and enjoy the walk as well as observing everything around them.


Walkability schoolkids

Pupils from Scoil Chróine experiencing what its like for wheelchair users in Dungloe during the Walkability Audit of Dungloe.


The 97 people broke into smaller groups and walked 5 different routes. School children and teenagers took turns in wheel chairs and were amazed to experience what it’s like for wheel chair users to get around Dungloe. Visually impaired people were aided around the routes and came up with some wonderful simple ideas that would help them also.


The groups observed, discussed and recorded lots of things that would help to help make Dungloe an Age Friendly Town. The walk finished with refreshments served in the Public Service Centre.


A report will be compiled from the findings identified on all routes and the groups will be invited back to view the Walkability audit report at a later date.


Walkability wheelchairs

Volunteers making the most of their walking trip.


Mairead Cranley, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council said “It was a fantastic day enjoyed by everyone. Suzie Boyle from Cloughglas, Burtonport aged 94 was the oldest member that took part in the walk and she loved the social aspect of the day asking if we were organising it again next week. Donegal Age Friendly Alliance would like to thank all 97 participants for taking part in the Walkability Audit in Dungloe.


Next week we move on to Donegal Town for the next walkability audit and ask that volunteers in the Donegal Town area to take part in this wonderful fun initiative.

Again we need people of all ages and abilities, young people, older persons, people with disabilities, pregnant women, parents with toddlers and buggies, wheelchair users and visually impaired persons to help shape Donegal Town to be Age-Friendly.” 


The next Walkability audit will take place on Thursday 9 May at 1.45pm, meeting at the Abbey Hotel.


For further details and registration please contact Mairead Cranley 074 9153900, email [email protected]



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