Local artist and good friend of Paul Diddler Dillon, John Baird, has donated two of his stunning paintings featuring the Lough Swilly rail and bus company to Kernans Newtowncunningham.
The paintings will be put to auction, with all proceeds going to Paul, to help him battle and adjust to live with a debilitating disease which will affect the way he lives.
John Baird pictured in Kernans Newtowncunningham
The Lough Swilly's fleet of trains and the buses which replaced them were an instantly recognisable part of the local landscape, and right up to the end were viewed as a vital life-line connecting Derry and Letterkenny with isolated rural communities across Inishowen and west Donegal.
The first Painting is off the famous Lough Swilly bus, stopped outside Coyle's pub in Newtowncunningham from a number of decades ago, which was a central feature of life in Newtowncunningham as it passed on its route from Letterkenny to Derry.
John and Jason From Kernans Butchers examine the Paintings
The second painting is off an old steam engine on the tracks passing by Newtowncunningham many years ago. The railway station opened in Newtowncunningham on 3 June 1883 when the Derry and Lough Swilly Railway built their line from Derry Graving Dock to Letterkenny. It closed for passengers on 3 June 1940 but it remained open for freight until 10 August 1953.
If you would like to place a bid for any one of these paintings or if you would like to bid for them collectively please contact Kernans Newtowncunningham by Phone: 074 91 56110, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/kernans/.
The action is now live and all bids must be in by 12 midnight on Sunday the 17th of February.