NEW ‘essential’ safety signage on tidal movements will soon be installed in Clonmany, along the Wild Atlantic Way route, the ‘Inishowen Independent’ can reveal.
Donegal County Council have announced that new and increased safety signage will be erected on a number of approaches to the Casan (Causeway) and Carrickatemple at Dunaff, Clonmany.
Inishowen councillor Albert Doherty has welcomed the announcement, saying that it is important as the safety signage will highlight the danger of tidal patterns to visitors.
The move comes following the drowning of local woman, Chris Plummer, near the area in July last year after, it is understood, she got stranded on an island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is accessible at low tide. However, it is believed that tragedy struck after Ms. Plummer got caught by the rapidly rising tide.
Signage will also be erected information sharing with visitors on the natural bird life and fauna at Dunaff.
Councillor Doherty had raised the issue with the Council after a large number of locals highlighted different safety concerns they had about the area with him.
He praised “local families”, who have played their part in sharing information with the Council about the bird life, fauna and tidal movements.
The Sinn Féin councillor said the locals in particular stressed the need for visitors “to be fully aware” and to respect and adhere to “advice on tidal patterns” while crossing and returning via the Casan.
He said local knowledge and visitors’ attention to this local knowledge is essential, especially as there have been an increased number of visitors to the area since it was included on the Wild Atlantic Way route.
“The welcome increased number of visitors to the area and the exploration by many of the picturesque area while travelling on their Wild Atlantic Way has necessitated the provision of extra safety and caution signs by the Council,” said Cllr. Doherty.
“All entrances and approaches ought to have adequate information and advice provided for visitors. Additional ring buoys will also be provided and I welcome all the increased safety at sea measures for the area,” he added.
Cllr. Doherty also thanked the Council staff for the “prompt response and attention” to the matters raised by himself and the local people in the Clonmany parish.