Boston expats donate $40,000 to Inishowen flood relief

A GROUP of Donegal people living in Boston have transferred $40,000 to the Buncrana branch of the Red Cross to help flood victims in Inishowen.

Oran McGonagle

The Homes of Donegal fundraiser attracted attention of Irish expatriates in Boston to help people in Inishowen whose homes were devastated by the floods of August 22.

Last Tuesday the first instalment of $40,000 (some €34,000) was transferred to the Red Cross to directly help flood victims in Inishowen.

And following another major fundraising event this Sunday, the organisers hope to be able to transfer another $40,000 to the flood relief fund.

Moville man, Oran McGonagle, who has been involved in the fundraising for the flood victims from the beginning along with Malin man Declan Houton, said Inishowen will always be considered home to so many people living in Boston.

“We just want to let everyone know that although we may not live there it’s still our home and we’re still part of the community wherever we live.

“Donegal people over here are amazing – it’s unreal the effort that people have given towards this fundraiser,” Oran said.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.