first_imgOrganisers of the Donegal Shore Festival featuring Daniel O’Donnell are up in arms after the county council blocked one of the main roads into the village where it is taking place.More than 2,000 fans of the singing sensation are expected to flock to Kincasslagh for the event next week.The festival will feature a gala concert by the star and he will also lead a charity walk in the area. But Donegal County Council have now thrown a spanner in the works by starting road works on the local R259 road which will last for six weeks.Organisers and local businesses are fuming at the move which they say could not have come at a worse time.Festival director, Celia Gallagher, said she does not think the county council appreciate what Daniel O’Donnell does for the area.“Daniel O’Donnell gives up his free time and is doing so much for the area and yet it does not seem like the council appreciate all he does. “We will have buses form all over Ireland and England full of tourists and now they will have to go on diversions during the time they are here.“We are talking about English bus drivers who do not know the area and they will have to contend with this.“The timing simply could not have been worse,” she said.Businesses are also up in arms at the roadworks.Bartley Brennan, of Leo’s Tavern in Crolly, a brother of multi-millionare singer Enya, told Shaun Doherty of Highland Radio that he got absolutely no warning about the road closure. “The first I heard about the road closure was when a customer came into the bar and mentioned it to me. That was the notice I got.“Don’t get me wrong, I was one of the people who lobbied for the upgrade of the road but the timing is all wrong.“We have a very short tourist season compared to operators down south and we have to make the most of it. If they put this work off until later in September then that would be a lot better.“People are saying it is only a diversion but the reality is that the other roads cannot take such volumes of traffic including all the buses that will be here next week,” he said. A spokesman for Donegal County Council said the work had been penciled in as it was weather–dependent.EndsORGANISERS OF ‘DANIEL’ FESTIVAL UP IN ARMS AFTER ROAD CLOSURE was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o’donnelldiversiondonegalShore Festivallast_img

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