The symbolic first sod was officially turned at Cockhill Bridge last Wednesday morning by Minister of State Joe McHugh and Cllr Rena Donaghey, chair of the Inishowen Municipal District. Some 60 people gathered at the car park opposite Cockhill church for the early morning ceremony by the bridge. “The new bridge promises to be a great piece of infrastructure that will form an important part of a outer relief road plan for Buncrana,” Cllr Donaghey told the gathering. “While the bridge is important to all of Inishowen, it’s particularly important here in Cockhill which is such a vibrant community. “We have the parish church, a large school, a pre-school, the youth club and the football club, all of which need a good and safe bridge.” Cllr Donaghey also thanked the landholders for working with the council, and the council staff and engineers for their preparatory work. “One person that I simply must mention today is [the late] Charlie O’Donnell,” Cllr Donaghey said.
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