Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns look for­ward on high note

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

ABBEYFEALE’S stun­ning Town Park was awarded se­cond place in Lim­er­ick’s Go­ing for Gold com­pe­ti­tion last week in mas­sive recog­ni­tion for the work of the com­mit­tee be­hind its de­vel­op­ment.

The mem­bers were thrilled when the Town Park was an­nounced as the se­cond place win­ner in Lim­er­ick’s Go­ing for Gold com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brat­ing civic ef­forts across the county. That they came in se­cond to the tourist Mecca of Adare speaks vol­umes about the qual­ity of the town park ex­pe­ri­ence - one en­hanced by the in­stal­la­tion of a fan­tas­tic new ‘zip-line’ for chil­dren by Alisha Scan­nell in mem­ory of her beloved daugh­ter Zoe.

“At the start of the year, the town park be­came part of the new and vi­brant com­mu­nity coun­cil. Work be­gan in earnest with the ponds be­ing cleaned out and the funds came from the ef­forts of the lo­cal Strictly Come Danc­ing group helped on by Coun­cil­lor Sea­mus Browne,” Geral­dine O’Brien of the group said.

“Next the town park got a very big boost when the lo­cal Re­mem­ber­ing Zoe group gen­er­ously do­nated funds for a new zip wire and a sen­sory gar­den to help with autism needs. Shortly af­ter this, the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, headed by chair­per­son Mau­rice O’Con­nell, se­cured fund­ing to help re­pairs path­ways with new tar­ma­cadam,” Geral­dine added, ex­tend­ing a spe­cial thanks to James Har­nett, Norma Healy, Claire Sheehy, John O’Con­nor, Jim Lane, Dympna Wat­son, all the CE work­ers in­volved as well as the com­mit­tee mem­bers and vol­un­teers.”

Three dearly de­parted mem­bers of the town park com­mit­tee were re­mem­bered at a spe­cial event in the amenity mark­ing Her­itage Day, mean­while: “A group of nearly one hun­dred were en­thralled by a num­ber of talks given at his­toric points of the town. Af­ter the talks the group re­turned to the Town Park where three very spe­cial de­ceased mem­bers of the Town Park com­mit­tee were hon­oured. They were Dan Mur­phy, Ger­ard O’Brien and Mary O’Con­nor. Though this was tinged with sad­ness the three fam­i­lies joined the main group where sto­ries were ex­changed and a sense of pride in the project was on ev­ery­one’s lips.” Geral­dine said.

Those three were prom­i­nent in the minds of all at the Go­ing for Gold awards night in the city last week. Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns mean­while won a prize of €1,000 at the com­pe­ti­tion for their hard work over the year mak­ing the en­tire town look its best – much to the pride of ev­ery­one in the town.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one who gen­er­ously do­nated time and money to this won­der­ful and ex­cit­ing project,” Geral­dine said.

Mem­bers of the Abbeyfeale Town Park com­mit­tee with their prize for €7,000 in the Lim­er­ick Go­ing for Gold com­pe­ti­tion awarded last week and at which Abbeyfeale came in se­cond place to the tourist jewel of Adare.

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