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Saturday 19 April 2014

Oak Park launch was one of Minister Mcentee's last jobs

John Horgan, Teagasc; Cllr. Rody Kelly; the late Minister Shane McEntee; Cllr. Des Hurley; Deputy Pat Deering TD; Cllr. Michael Abbey and Cllr. Eileen Brophy.

WALKWAYS around Oak Park should now be mosquito free thanks to upgraded works that were officially launched along with a universally accessible playground and adult fitness facility.

Days before his sudden death Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Shane McEntee visited Carlow to officially launch the work carried out over the past number of years at the park along with the help of Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Michael Abbey.

Thanks to a NeighbourWood grant worth €127,698 from the Department of Agriculture and €500,000 worth of development money from Carlow County Council the two facilities and upgraded work came about.

' This is a wonderful facility on the doorstep of Carlow town and not just the town but a marvelous facility for the entire county,' said Cathaoirleach Michael Abbey.

'The beauty of it also is a deal between the Council and Teagasc that was done a number of years ago when the Council were given a long lease on Oak Park.'

A lot of drainage work was carried out in the area to prevent mosquitoes from creating a breathing grounds and old and fallen trees were removed.

School children from around Carlow including St Lasarians and clients from the Delta Centre were on hand also thanks to their help and input with the universally accessible playground.

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