Revealed: Major road lay-out changes proposed for busy Letterkenny road 

By Diarmaid Doherty

DONEGAL County Council is proposing to carry out major changes to the road lay-out along Convent Road in Letterkenny with plans in place to narrow the road as well as the introduction of new pedestrian and cycle lanes.

The changes on what’s an extremely busy road are certain to generate much debate locally.


The road – which is also known as the Back Road – links the bottom of the town to a number of local schools. Traffic is often at its busiest at school time, both at morning and evening time.

MAIN PIC: The bottom of Convent Road in Letterkenny 

The changes also include the introduction of a new signalized pedestrian crossing close to Scoil Colmcille National School.

A site notice indicating Donegal County Council’s plans for the new roads project has been erected on Convent Road.

It says the proposed works will affect the area from the bottom of Convent Road (at the junction of Ballymacool/Slate Row) up as far as south of the junction of College Row/Cathedral Road.

The work will involve narrowing the existing Convent Road carriageway to 6m generally.

They plan to reduce existing junction radii at side roads and provide uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.


The council plan to provide a shared pedestrian and cycle facility along the western side of the road (on the left side, going up Convent Road). 

There are changes proposed for the area close to Scoil Cholmcille NS

A pedestrian footpath will be provided along the eastern side of the road.

On-street parking is to be provided along the west side of Convent Road, generally opposite St. Eunan’s Court and St. Eunan’s Terrace.

The council plan to remove the existing on-street parking facility on the opposite side of the road, between St. Eunan’s Court and St. Eunan’s Terrace.

Further up the road at Scoil Cholmcille National School, there are plans for the provision of bus/car parking lay-bys, footways and a signalized pedestrian/cycle (toucan) crossing.

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