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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Councillors show their true political colours

David Medcalf

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:30

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WILL Enniscorthy athletes be running on blue or on browny orange? That was just one of the issues considered as councillors discussed the prospects for an eight-lane running track close to the Ross Road.

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Will Enniscorthy athletes be running on blue or on browny orange? That was just one of the issues considered as councillors discussed the prospects for an eight-lane running track close to the Ross Road.

Officials told the elected members of Enniscorthy TC that work is about to commence on installing the Cherryorchard facility which will put the town on the national sporting map.

Fingers were crossed that winter temperatures will be high as the polymer used demands a temperature of 10 degrees centigrade minimum before it may be poured into place. Given favourable conditions, Town Manger Tony Larkin was optimistic that the runners will be under starter's order at the Cherryorchard track by Easter 2014.

Councillors learned that it has not yet been decided what colour should be used, with the choice usually lying between blue and terracotta. Sinn Féin's Johnny Mythen wondered aloud whether it would be possible to go for green, though Fine Gael's Paddy Kavanagh thought the blue would be good and James Browne suggested that Labour's Frank O'Connor might prefer red.

Officials declined to be drawn into the debate about colour. Instead they looked forward to days when the local economy will be boosted by the attendance at athletics meets.

No changing rooms or toilets are included in the phase of construction about to commence, with the next door rugby club expected to open its doors to the runners.

'This will be one of the best things to happen to Enniscorthy in a long time,' predicted Cllr. Jackser Owens. He and his colleagues were informed that the grass pitch in the centre of the artificial track will not be ready until some time the following year.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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