Reeling in Bundoran – 2014

Bundoran 2014 was the year of fireworks, commemoration and our first car show! As usual we remind you that this is not a comprehensive retrospect of everything that happened – just a few memories which we hope you enjoy.

Panto Time!

The year started off with a panto at the Great Northern Hotel courtesy of Dark Daughter Productions…oh yes it did!!Lots of familiar faces took part!

On the 10th of January our brand new Discover Bundoran brochure was launched – the first in quite a while. The launch took place at the Holyrood Hotel.

Cllr Michael McMahon, Joe Smyth, Cllr Denise Connolly and John Campbell at the launch of the new Bundoran Brochure
Marie Smyth, Collie McFadden and Samantha Webber
With the new Discover Bundoran brochure at the launch in the Holyrood
Cllr Sean McEniff
Brochure Cover 2014

In January 2014, we took our first trip to Holiday World to promote Bundoran at the exhibition.

25/01/14_Discover Bundoran: Shane Smyth, Niamh Hammill pictured with Maureen Ledwith(Director of the Holiday World Show) and TD Michael Ring(Minister for Tourism and Sport). Collins Photo:Michael Donnelly.

A Rude Awakening…

On the 1st of February 2014 a storm battered Bundoran causing some damage along the sea front including to the Lifeboat Station and the West End Car Park.

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The storm rages at the Boat Quay at 07:30am on February 1st – pic Daimon Fergus
Some of the damage caused to the West End Car Park – pics Daimon Fergus

Cara Run

The 4th annual Cara Run took place on March 1st with even more competitors taking part.

Council abolished

2014 was to be the final year of Bundoran Town Council which was abolished under the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Activities were held to commemorate the fact the Bundoran Town Council (formerly Bundoran Urban District Council) was also 100 years old that year. The old fire tender was taken out of storage, cleaned up and placed on display in the civic offices.

Pictured below, the staff of Bundoran Town Council with Town Manager Garry Martin (March 4th 2014)

St Patrick’s Day 2014

Judging the parade – Sean Gallagher, Denise Connolly, Mary Gallagher and Jackie Gallagher

The parade was also covered by RTE News

Celebrating democracy

As part of the commemorations of 100 years of the Town Council, an exhibition was created called “100 Years of Democracy” following the history of Bundoran Urban District Council/Bundoran Town Council over the century of its existence. The exhibition was officially launched on March 31st 2014 by RTE’s Eileen Magnier.

L-R Cllr Sean McEniff, Cllr Micheal McMahon, Rory Gallagher (Library Services), Joe Mc Nulty (Town Clerk), Eileen Magnier (RTE), Cllr Denise Connolly, Shane Smyth (Tourism Officer)
The final council – (back row) – Diarmaid Doherty, Sean Carty, Micheal McMahon, Eamon Barrett, Sean McEniff, Philip McGlynn. (front row) Florence Doherty, Denise Connolly, Elizabeth McIntyre.

On 18th April 2014 (Good Friday) our new angling brochure was launched at the Boat Quay. You can download a copy of it here!

On 20th May 2014, The West End Playground was renamed Peter Brady Park in memory of the late Bundoran man who lived just across the street.

L-R Josh Brady, Marie Brady and Cllr Denise Connolly.

The Soapbox Race attracted another massive crowd

Sean Tolan driving for TurfNSurf Lodge – pic Linburn Photography
Marcus Mundy driving the Roscor Rocket on Sunday – pic Linburn Photography
And they’re off – Ward Automation v OK Cabs in the final race – pic Linburn Photography

A 12 x millionaire is made!!

A lottery ticket worth €12,155,282 was sold at American House in Bundoran on 4th June! Read more from this Irish Times article

Blue Flag

On 5th of June, the Blue Flag was once again awarded to Bundoran. Collecting it from Minister Phil Hogan was Shane Smyth, Bundoran Tourism Officer and Suzanne Bogan of Donegal County Council.  Read more here

On 12th June the country wagon rolled into town in the shape of Nathan Carter who was filming his new video “Good Time Girls”. Check out the final product below!

Sea Sessions

Ireland’s biggest beach party was back for year 6 on Main Beach and this time welcomed Kelis and The Dandy Warhols!

Carnival Time

In July we were preparing for a carnival and fireworks!

A lot of fun was had all over town

However the fireworks display was to be the centrepiece, and it didn’t disappoint. Nathan Carter came along to press the button for us!

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Nathan Carter kicks off the fireworks display at Main Beach.
The fireworks display provided us with this iconic image of the town. So good in fact that we decided to use it on the 2015 brochure cover!

Celebrating Victory

County Footballer Jamie Brennan brought the Anglo Celt cup to the GAA Cúl Camps on July 24th.

pic – Michael O’Donnell

Cars galore

Before moving to its current annual home of the West End Car Park, the first Vintage and Classic Car Show took place at the Great Northern Hotel.

Driving by Bayview Terrace – pic Pat Mullan
En Route to the Great Northern – pic Pat Mullan
Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads…. pic – Pat Mullan

Sealing it up.

As part of the 100 years of Democracy exhibition, a time capsule was sealed on August 23rd 2014 to be opened 25 years later in 2039. It contained lots of items from the day including newspapers and pricelists and remains on display in Bundoran Community Library – you can read more about it here

Pumpkin Carving

More pumpkins were carved and paraded as the new annual tradition continued into its second year at the Apartotel.



Christmas Day wouldn’t be Christmas Day!

A small but committed showing for the annual Christmas Day swim!

Check out the rest of our decades blogs here:

Reeling in Bundoran 2010

Reeling in Bundoran 2011

Reeling in Bundoran 2012

Reeling in Bundoran 2013

Reeling in Bundoran 2015

Reeling in Bundoran 2016

Reeling in Bundoran 2017

Reeling in Bundoran 2018

Reeling in Bundoran 2019

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