€38,000 to be spent on Lady's Island car park
The car park of Our Lady's Island pilgrimage site is to be repaired and resurfaced at a cost of €38,000.
Parish Priest Fr Brendan Nolan said the county council scheme was part of a larger project for the Norman Way Walk.
'They are granting us an upgrade to that area of tarmac and a few other adjustments,' said Fr Nolan, adding that it would be an improvement for all of the village, not just people using the car park.
'In the winter the hardcore area that is currently used for parking there serves the village and the church and in season for major days,' he said.
'Lady's Island, which has one of the most ancient sites in Christendom, will feature in the new Norman Way, so this is definitely an upgrade,' he said.
The county council said the improvements were 'much needed'.
The irregular rough gravel area opposite the church adjacent to the Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area is to be properly re-aligned and given a smooth macadam surface. 'The parking spaces will be lined with provision for the disabled. The car park will be enclosed with demountable period bollards to allow control and protection of the vulnerable green area in front of the lake during wet times, whilst also allowing controlled access and additional parking during the Pilgrimage season,' said a council spokesperson.
He said the car park will also improve the safety aspect through the village by reducing on-street parking.
'It is also expected that the car park will be used extensively by visitors to the Norman Trail and Ireland's Ancient East which includes the medieval ruins and monuments in Our Ladys Island.' Public lighting using period lamps will light the car park at night. The final design followed much discussion and advice from the local Lady's Island Finance Committee. The works are expected to be finished early in the New Year at a cost of €38,000. 'The entire local committee and residents are delighted with the outcome which will significantly improve this beautiful location,' said the council spokesman. Mayor Ger Carthy, who hails from Lady's Island, thanked the various Wexford County Council Departments 'for co-operating to put the funding in place with the Tourism Section (Norman Way)', The Environment Section (Protection & Control of SAC and SPA) and the Roads Sections all contributed to the effort.