A WELL-KNOWN community activist, Cllr Pat Kavanagh became involved in the restoration of the Parochial Hall Community Centre and Youth Café 8 years ago. After much legal wrangling and fundraising, Pat and the Committee re-established public ownership of the hall and the restoration was completed in 2012.
Responding to a plea by young people for a skatepark for Wicklow, Pat was the only Councillor on the committee that brought about the recently built state-of-the-art Skatepark and Outdoor Gym. Pat also ensured that provision was made for accessible play equipment for children with disabilities in the plan for the new playground on the Murrough.
Concerned about the effects of the recession on the community, Pat was instrumental in setting up Wicklow Men’s Shed, which is now open 5 days a week. “Social isolation has a devastating effect, particularly on men’s mental health. The Men’s Shed gives men a purpose in life, to use and share their skills and to learn new things”
Cllr Pat Kavanagh is also a founder of Wicklow Film Club, now in its 6th year. She produced 2 videos for YouTube, ‘Happy Christmas From Wicklow’, which reached over 11,000 Wicklow emigrants . www.patkavanagh.net