Clonroche to get new park on six acres of land
Clonroche is set to have a major park after the local development association acquired a six-acre spread close to the heart of the village.
The land is currently under gorse and grass but Clonroche Development Association chairman Lorcan Dunne and his team have a vision of a place where children may play safely and joggers train cross-country.
The site between the Slí an Uisce housing estate and the main road, close to the community centre, also offers potential for sports pitches. However, it is not intended that the park will duplicate facilities already provided by the parish soccer and GAA clubs.
Cloughbawn AFC considered taking over the 6.23 acres but in the end the county council-owned property has been taken up instead by the development association. Residents of Clonroche are keen to develop amenities which will allow them somewhere safe for recreation away from the busy N30 road which carries 5,000 vehicles a day though the village.
'It will be a place where older people can take a stroll, a place where young people can meet and chat and where children can make daisy chains,' said Lorcan Dunne. 'It is hoped the entire community will recognise the value and opportunity of this development and will support it in bringing it to fruition'