Green peace at Grantstown
The new Peace Garden at Grantstown Day Care Centre is a breath of fresh air for the many members of the community who avail of the centre's facilities.
Over 60 people joined together in the sunshine to welcome the new garden at a special ceremony last week. Together with the many local residents who attend the centre, Fr John Hennebry OSA and Fr Aidan O' Leary cut the ribbon to officially mark its opening.
The Peace Garden holds great significance to the members of Grantstown, both past and present. It contains several plaques which feature the names of the resident priests in Grantstown since the early 1700S. There are also benches in memory of some more recent members of Grantstown including Toddy Bohanna, a popular member of staff who passed away in 2013.
Other features include a gazebo and a stone angel, as well as a walkway which is already proving popular.
'There's a railing which allows everyone to use it,' said secretary Catriona Smyth. 'Outdoor activity is great for elderly people and everyone loves it so far.'
A mass was also held in honour of the opening, followed by speeches from Grantstown Manager Lesley Jones, Fr John Hennebry and Nicola Howlin from the Board of Management.