Press Release Friday 14 September 2018.
Council Turns Sod At Min Ryan Park
Construction of Wexford’s much-anticipated neighbourhood park is under way following the recent sod-turning ceremony on the 18-acre Min Ryan Park at Killeens, Wexford by Mayor of Wexford, Councillor Tony Dempsey.
Adjacent to the new Loreto post-primary school, Min Ryan Park is Wexford’s newest flagship amenity with a host of facilities including surfaced walkways, parkland, playground, civic spaces, water features and a Great War Memorial, to name just a few. The modern public park will be accessible to users of all ages and levels of mobility and will public toilet facilities which will incorporate a Changing Places room.
It is intended that future improvements will include a skateboard park and children’s road cycling training facility.
Councillor Dempsey congratulated all involved in reaching today’s sod-turning milestone, saying the new public park would be a welcome and significant addition to the amenities of Wexford Town and District.
“I am delighted to be here to officiate at the commencement of construction of Wexford’s new neighbourhood park for the enjoyment of the people of Wexford and the surrounding area” said Councillor Dempsey. “The public has a legitimate expectation of availability of wide-ranging and high quality public facilities. With this in mind, Wexford County Council operates a programme of investment in a range of appropriately located public amenities, ensuring these are developed and expanded to keep pace with the growing needs of the community, with Min Ryan Park as the most recent example in that programme of public amenity development”.
Cllr. Dempsey also paid tribute to Mr. Richard Mulcahy and the Mulcahy Family for their philanthropic donation of €200,000 towards development of the park in honour of Richard’s late grandmother, local woman Min Ryan (1885-1977). Min Ryan hailed from Tomcoole, Barntown, just a few miles from the park location in Killeens and together with her siblings and extended family played a hugely significant role during Ireland’s revolutionary years.
Richard Mulcahy, who now lives in North Wexford also attended the sod-turning ceremony together with members of his family. Richard spoke fondly of his late grandmother’s strong Wexford connections and illustrious history, saying his family was immensely honoured to be associated with the development of such a fantastic public amenity for Wexford.
“On behalf of the Mulcahy family and in particular on behalf of my late grandmother Min Ryan I want to say how appreciative we are to have had the opportunity to be associated with this wonderful project. I cannot think of a more appropriate and enduring recognition of my grandmother’s illustrious contribution to Irish history and I know Min herself would be very proud and honoured to be recognised and remembered in this way.
I am particularly delighted that Min’s daughter Elizabeth is with us here today to be part of this wonderful event.
Wexford County Council, Chief Executive, Tom Enright described Min Ryan Park as an excellent example of a public amenity acting as a strong focal point in the development of the surrounding community, saying the decision to locate the large-scale amenity at Killeens was a strategic one, providing an important balance to the relatively high housing density in the area.
“Wexford is rapidly acquiring a deserved reputation as a wonderful location in which to work and do business. As we attract increasing numbers of investors and workers to our county we must ensure Wexford is also a highly attractive place in which to live, to rear families and to enjoy life” said Mr. Enright.
He added “County Wexford boasts an enviable range of high-quality attractions and amenities which are essential elements in the social and cultural lives of its citizens. Min Ryan Park is a welcome extension of those amenities, helping to ensure that the people of County Wexford, those from the county and those who choose to make their lives here, can fully enjoy all that Wexford has to offer as a great place to work, to live and to visit.
I want to join with the Cathaoirleach in thanking Richard and the Mulcahy family for their most generous contribution. I can assure them that their gift will be put to good use in helping to create this very fine public amenity for the people of Wexford, while at the same creating a lasting and fitting tribute to one of the most remarkable and influential people in County Wexford’s proud history” concluded Mr. Enright.
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