Permanent memorial to Ballinagar man ‘unlikely’

A PERMANENT memorial to Ballinagar man, Donal Bolton, who lost his life following a tragic accident two years in Australia, looks unlikely to be erected.

A PERMANENT memorial to Ballinagar man, Donal Bolton, who lost his life following a tragic accident two years in Australia, looks unlikely to be erected.

The Bolton family are currently attempting to negotiate with the Australian authorities to erect a permanent memorial in Cairns as the 23 year old’s second anniversary passed on January 5 last.

Donal was killed in a freak accident when he was hit by a car on January 5, 2010 as he sat on a bench enjoying some sunshine at City Place, Cairns with his girlfriend, Justine Walsh. Having spent 11 months in Melbourne previously, the couple had only been in Cairns for a short time when the accident happened.

Recently, family and friends from Ireland of Donal gathered in Cairns to remember, Donal and to mark his second anniversary.

It is understood that flowers left near the scene in City Place were the only indication that a tragedy had happened after a plaque, which was installed by the Bolton family, went missing.

A Council spokesperson told a local Australian newspaper that the Bolton family were advised that approval of a permanent memorial at City Place was unlikely, as redevelopment of the area was already planned.

The spokesperson continued that the Council did offer the family to arrange for a memorial to be placed at a more suitable location.

It is understood that the Bolton family had asked Cairns Regional Council for a plaque but they wouldn’t agree so the family went ahead and put a memorial up themselves in the Queensland city.

However, the memorial is believed to have only been en suite for a fortnight before it was removed and the Ballinagar family have now been trying to the get the council to put up another one since as the family is thought to be travelling to the city in March.

Meanwhile, no charges have been laid over Donal’s death as the driver of the car, which stuck him, was suffering a medical condition at the time of the accident.