Lisfannon beach to be closed
DONEGAL County Council
is making every effort to keep as many beaches,
parks and walking trails open to the public.
However, Lisfannon beach between Fahan and Buncrana
will be closed.
The issue of large
crowds congregating in public places such as
beaches, parks, walking trails and indeed queuing at
take-away food outlets has been well highlighted
over the past few days. The Taoiseach in announcing
new measures yesterday for the control of the spread
of COVID-19 commented on this aspect of our social
gathering and the need for proper physical
distancing and limiting social gatherings outdoors
to four persons. He went on to indicate that the
Gardai will increase interventions where groups of
people are not complying.
It is also acknowledged that people need to have an
opportunity to get outdoors for exercise and their
general well being. Access to beaches, parks and
walking trails helps to meet this need for many and
it is for this reason that at this time the Council
will be making every effort to keep as many of these
facilities open for the public. This must be done in
a sensible and managed way.
Lisfannon beach to be closed.
beach between Fahan and Buncrana will be completely
closed to the public. The existing access barrier that has been
closed for some time due to erosion and access
issues will be reinforced.
The Council requests that people stay at home as
much as possible but when visiting the local public
amenities that are open to obey the fundamental
rules at this time including:
• Everyone to stay at least 2m apart;
• Groups to be no greater than 4 persons;
• Do not congregate at entrance points – when you
arrive, move on as quick as you can;
• Bring your own water and snacks and avoid ice
cream vans and the like where big crowds tend to
gather with no means of observing the proper
• If you arrive at an amenity that is already
crowded, move on and find somewhere else or come
back when the crowd has cleared;
• Follow any directions given on signage or by
people in charge; and,
• Take personal responsibility and understand the
relevant government protocols which are in wide
The Council has been liaising with the Gardai who
have confirmed that they will be patrolling beaches
and public amenities and other locations where
crowds gather. They will be taking steps to ensure
that social/physical distancing is being observed
and will disperse crowds of more than four persons.
Particular emphasis will be placed on locations that
have already experienced crowds who have already
flouted the government’s guidance.
The Council acknowledges the huge steps taken by the
general public over a short number of weeks. It is
something that none of us could have imagined would
be needed in such a short space of time. People have
had to make huge adjustments and sacrifices in many
aspects of their daily lives from family, jobs,
businesses and financially.
At this time we are seeking the help and
co-operation of everyone to take another step and
make one more push against COVID-19 to keep each
other safe in our public areas and amenities.