Bishopswater Roundabout's new name unveiled
BISHOPSWATER roundabout has been re-named the Fr. Harry Sinnott roundabout, in memory of the popular priest who founded St. Joseph's Club.
The unveiling took place on Sunday night (June 29) by Cllr. George Lawlor in one of his last acts as the town's mayor.
'While this ceremony is indeed a simple one and the workload involved in making this change quite minimal it is a significant action by the Borough District of Wexford in immortalising the memory of a man whose commitment to the people of this area, and young people in particular, was unstinting and unapologetic,' Cllr. Lawlor said the unveiling.
'Father Harry Sinnott was the iconic leader of a group of local people who not only talked the talk but indeed walked the walk at a time when the young people of this area needed leaders to drive an agenda that had their well-being at its core. An agenda that would continue to benefit this community decades later,' he said. Members of the Sinnott family, members and supporters of St. Joseph's, management and officials of all the various groups within the club joined the mayor and Minister Brendan Howlin at the unveiling.
'In 1959 when Father Harry acquired the piece of land behind us his vision was to provide recreational facilities for young people in this area and so began the pipedream that was to become St. Joseph's club. Of course for anyone who lived in the area like myself, as I was born and reared just a few yards from this spot, the building had only one name. It was called nothing else but "Father Sinnott's".'
He said Father Sinnott's would go on to provide generations of people with an outlet to relax and enjoy many and varied recreational activities from handball to the famous boxing club that has provided a number of Irish internationals and the current Irish National coach Billy Walsh and current light welter weight champion Dean Walsh, to the famous black and white shirts of the St. Josephs football team who have provided many players to the various County teams of Wexford.
Other included the Able-Disabled club which was founded at St Josephs, Wexford Model Railway, youth clubs and those watching out for the snowball at the weekly bingo.
'Today Father Sinnotts is a hub and hive of activity in an area where community spirit is at an all time high and Father Harry Sinnott, if he was with us this evening, would be rightly proud to see the impact his vision has had on this area.'