EX­CITE­MENT AS STATUE UN­VEILED IN RATH­DRUM

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THERE was great ex­cite­ment in Rath­drum on Wed­nes­day as the Mar­ket Square’s new bronze sculp­ture was of­fi­cially un­veiled.

‘The farmer and his dog’ statue, which was com­mis­sioned by Wicklow County Coun­cil and cre­ated by lo­cal artist El­lie McNa­mara, is al­ready a wel­come ad­di­tion to the town cen­tre but all those in­volved, in­clud­ing the lo­cal school­child­ren who con­trib­uted to the de­sign con­cept, en­joyed tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to for­mally cel­e­brate its pres­ence.

Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Tommy An­nes­ley had the hon­our of for­mally un­veil­ing the art­work and paid trib­ute to ev­ery­one who brought it to fruition. He also out­lined that the fund­ing was granted un­der the Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme.

Speak­ing at the un­veil­ing, Cllr Pat Kennedy thanked Ms McNa­mara and the school­child­ren for their won­der­ful work and also Wicklow County Coun­cil and Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict staff who sup­ported the project. He said that the ad­di­tion marks a the start of a new beginning for Rath­drum.

‘I want to thank all of the or­gani- sa­tions within the town for their en­cour­age­ment and sup­port when we were ap­ply­ing for this fund­ing. This sculp­ture marks the beginning of what will hope­fully be a new breath of life into our town while pre­serv­ing the mem­o­ries and her­itage of that which came be­fore. Our town of the past and our town of the fu­ture will be dif­fer­ent towns. The sculp­ture will sit at the en­trance to what will be a re­ju­ve­nated cen­tre of Rath­drum,’ he said. He also said that the fu­ture is bright for the com­mu­nity.

‘Morgan’s pub be­hind me is to be re­de­vel­oped as a new home for the Credit Union. The new Pri­mary Care Cen­tre will also be built be­hind us to pro­vide a sin­gle point of con­tact to the health­care sys­tem with ac­cess to GPs, Pub­lic Health Nurses and a range of other ser­vices, all catered for by a new car park with pro­vi­sion for 70 car park­ing spa­ces. While this all her­alds a new beginning for Rath­drum, this sculp­ture will stand as a tes­ta­ment to Rath­drum’s past and a re­minder to all of us of our his­tory as a mar­ket town and a cen­tre of com­merce,’ he said. Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, the chil­dren were de­lighted to be treated to an ice cream, served fresh from the Le Creme van in the newly adorned Mar­ket Square.

Cllr Pat Kennedy, Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley, cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, sculp­tor El­lie McNa­mara, mem­bers of Wicklow County Coun­cil, lo­cal school­child­ren and res­i­dents at the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of the ‘Farmer and his Dog’ sculp­ture in...

Nora Byrne and her dog Hank had the best seat in the house as the sculp­ture was of­fi­cially un­veiled by (from left) Cllr Pat Kennedy, Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley and sculp­tor El­lie McNa­mara.

Roisin Kearns was first in line as Alex from the La Creme Ice Cream van handed out ice creams to lo­cal school­child­ren.

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