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To mark the 60th anniversary of the word record-breaking Tunnel Tigers, Joseph Gallagher donates each member £1000.

“... the last surviving members of the record-breaking team are presented with a gift of £1,000 each by former ‘Tunnel Tiger’ and the Joseph Gallagher Group’s chairman, Joseph Gallagher....”
11.11.2015
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To mark the 60th anniversary of the Lednock Tunnel Tigers, who dug and blasted their way through 557 feet of rock in one week, setting a world record for tunnelling, SSE organised a ceremony to reveal a commemorative plaque at the tunnels entrance in the hills of St Fillans, Perthshire.

The men worked tirelessly to build the dams and tunnels to bring renewable generation to Scotland, which was often dangerous and difficult and sometimes resulting in men losing their lives or suffering life changing injuries.

The Lednock ‘Tunnel Tigers’ consisted of 14 men working 8 hour shifts clearing the 557 feet of rock in just 7 days to create the tunnel system that would eventually provide water to St Fillians Power Station and 60 years on the tunnels are still being used today!

JOSEPH GALLAGHER’S GENEROSITY

Urgh Mcbride and Colm Gallagher of Dungloe, the last surviving members of the record-breaking team are presented with a gift of £1,000 each by former ‘Tunnel Tiger’ and the Joseph Gallagher Group’s chairman, Joseph Gallagher, at the commemorative plaque ceremony, to show his appreciation.

Josie’s gesture was to show the people how someone like himself aspired to be like these people back in the day. “When I started out as a young man I tried to emulate these great men who achieved this world tunnelling record that undoubtedly will never be broken”

Lawrence Gallagher presented the surviving Tunnel Tigers their cheques at the unveiling of the tribute last month, which drew hundreds of people.