Pat Ka­vanagh

Bray People - - LOCAL ELECTIONS -

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

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