Cllr. Pat Ka­vanagh

WICK­LOW

Bray People - - COMMENT -

CLLR PAT Ka­vanagh has had a life long in­ter­est in the en­vi­ron­ment. She is a long-stand­ing mem­ber of ‘Friends of the Mur­rough’ who are work­ing to pre­serve the Mur­rough wet­lands and cliff walks around Wick­low Head. The Group sub­mit­ted a 17-page vi­sion­ary blue­print to the Dept of En­vi­ron­ment to pro­mote eco­tourism, and Pat her­self was re­spon­si­ble for the wild flower dis­play along the Mur­rough in 2012.

Cllr Ka­vanagh's in­ter­est in her­itage and con­ser­va­tion is re­flected in her 8-year com­mit­ment to the restora­tion of the Parochial Hall. The hall is now a state-of-the-art youth and com­mu­nity cen­tre. “The Parochial Hall is one of only 6 pre-Pe­nal Ref­or­ma­tion Churches left in the coun­try. But for the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the Com­mit­tee, we could have lost this na­tional trea­sure.’

The only Coun­cil­lor to sub­mit 9 rec­om­men­da­tions of lo­cal her­itage in­ter­ests for in­clu­sion on the Reg­is­ter of Pro­tected Struc­tures to the new Wick­low and En­vi­rons De­vel­op­ment plan, Pat has been an ac­tive cam­paigner against pro­pos­als to al­ter Fitzwilliam Square and suc­cess­fully led a cam­paign to save the trees on Bach­e­lors Walk. She added “The people of Wick­low take great pride in their her­itage and we need to pre­serve the unique char­ac­ter of Wick­low’s towns and vil­lages for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions”. www.patka­vanagh.net

Cllr. Pat Ka­vanagh.

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