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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Work continues on local amenities

Ongoing work at the new Min Ryan Park
Ongoing work at the new Min Ryan Park

Pádraig Byrne

Work is progressing well on two new amenities which are sure to provide huge benefits for the people of Wexford.

Work is coming towards completion on the new and improved walking trails at the rocks, while it is still hoped that the €2.5 million Min Ryan Park may open before the year's end.

The project in The Rocks is the result of quite a bit of work from the Southend Family Resource Centre and St Mary's of Maudlintown GAA Club. Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor has taken a strong interest in the project and has liaised with Colm O'Muirí, Barry Kinsella and Gary Morris to get it to where it is today. Dr Yvonne Byrne was also thanked for her vital input in securing funding.

'The paths are laid now and basically we're just waiting on the gravel to be compacted and to carry out some additional work such as the planting of grasses etc on the sides of the trails,' Cllr Lawlor said. 'I have secured some of my discretionary funding to aid with this. It's going to be a tremendous addition to the town and a huge attraction for people. The trails offer some stunning vistas over the town and it will completely transform the rocks, making it accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, and a place that everyone can enjoy.'

Meanwhile, Cllr Lawlor also paid a visit to the Min Ryan Park and the Project Engineer Leo Leonard.

'I requested a viewing and things are going very well,' he said. 'There's a lot of civil engineering work taking place and it's creating a really top class environment for the people of Wexford to enjoy, and a fitting tribute to Min Ryan. It will offer areas like a dog park, hopefully down the line a skate park, walkways, wetlands and it will be an all round civic amenity for the people.'

'It's a €2.5 million project and every cent has been well spent,' he concluded.

'It's hoped that it will be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.'

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