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Monday 23 October 2017

BUNCLODY LOVELY HISTORIC TOWN RETAINS A PLEASANT URBAN FORM

WHILE THE Tidy Towns adjudicators are quick to advise conservation of the many historic features of Co Wexford, they are not adverse to new features on the landscape either, if they are deemed suitable.

More than coming up to the mark in this year's judging process was Declan Breen's 'Harmony of Leaves' at The Mall in Bunclody, while the new library's neon sign was deemed a novelty.

This year's report noted that Bunclody is 'a lovely historic town that has retained a nice urban form, which was laid out with care initially'.

' The knitting together of these buildings that have survived so well is an important part of your heritage,' said the adjudicators, who were 'quite surprised' to learn that Bunclody only has five protected structures.

However, they were nonetheless full of praise for Wexford County Council and the artist Declan Breen for ' the most imaginative and stunning piece of public art'.

'What an added feature to your town! And one the 21st century contributes!' enthused the adjudicators.

' The public library occupies a space in the new development and we do not think we ever before saw a Library with a neon sign! However, we did like the modern clean-lined Library sign on the roadside,' the report stated.

Among the older Bunclody buildings to impress was the Post Office which was considered ' an absolute treasure of a building', which retains all its original features externally. Lennon's is ' an equally charming and important building for all the same reasons'.

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