Picture Special: ‘Trucking for Creeslough’ a major success

AN organiser of ‘Trucking for Creeslough’ has said the fundraiser was a “major success”.

A convoy of lorries took off from Donegal Road in Ballybofey on Saturday at 1pm, travelling through the Twin Towns and on to Letterkenny.

They convoy travelled through Termon and onto Creeslough, where participants stopped to lay a wreath at the site of the explosion. The trucks then travelled to the Silver Tassie Hotel, where there was an auction and a dance.


Ten people lost their lives in an explosion at Applegreen Service Station in Creeslough on October 7 of last year.

Gardaí have concluded their forensic examination of the scene of the explosion in Creeslough, but an investigation into the cause of the explosion continues.

‘Trucking for Creeslough’ was organised by Colin Kilpatrick, Dean McLaughlin and Patrick Long. Speaking to the Donegal News yesterday, Colin Kilpatrick described the event as “emotional”, and said the turnout and support was “incredible”.

“The turnout was incredible, it was unreal. It was a very emotional event, it was very overwhelming for everyone.

“Families of the victims were there and at the dance afterwards in the Silver Tasise. It was a very emotional day and evening.”
Mr Kilpatrick said the final amount raised was not yet known as donations were still being counted.

“All proceeds will be donated to the families of the victims of the tragedy,” he said.

Meanwhile, ‘The people of Creeslough’ have been announced as Donegal Person of the Year 2022.


The Donegal Association in Dublin say Creeslough, the courage and community spirit of its people will be honoured at a Gala Ball event on April 15th.


Chairperson of the Donegal Association in Dublin, Kevin McFadden said the courage shown by the people of Creeslough in the wake of the tragedy was “an example to us all”

He said: “We hope to honour the village, its people, its history and its future on the 15th of April in Dublin.”

The event will take place on Saturday, April 15 in the Bonnington Hotel, Dublin. See for more information.

Abbie and Mark Griffin, with the Golden Griffin R730 truck.

Spectators having a look around at the impressive line up of trucks before the Trucking for Creeslough event.

Darren and Liam McGee.

A spectator getting a bird’s-eye view of the Trucking for Creeslough line up.

Adam and Michael Boyle at the Trucking for Creeslough fundraiser.

Some of the Daytona Heavy Haulage staff and families at the fundraiser.

Letterkenny Concrete driver setting off at the Trucking for Creeslough event.

Kyle Anderson, Anderson Commercials.

Liam McShea, Killybegs Seafood, Adrian Smyth, McDevitt Transport and Patrick Farrell, CJ Farrell Transport.

Killian Diver with his son Killian and Sean and Sophia Ward, Sean Ward Transport.

Ready to roll…trucks lined up in Ballybofey before setting off for Creeslough.

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