Locals out in force for their town park

Published 28/08/2013 | 05:36

Kelsey Gallecher putting the final touches to Tori Smith's new countenance at the fun-day

THOUSANDS of euro will be pumped back into the upkeep and maintenance of Abbeyfeale Town Park thanks to a hugely successful family fun day on Sunday.

The annual fundraiser had to be postponed from its usual date in June because of bad weather, but the change of date didn't deter the crowds from coming out in support of the event and to enjoy one last family day out before schools resume.

The event is run by a number of park directors, one of whom is James Harnett who explained that the local park is owned entirely by the community, who are also responsible for financing its upkeep. "Because the park is owned by the community and is free for everyone to use 365 days a year, we have no real way of making money so we hold this fundraiser once a year," Mr Harnett explained. "We have to pay for the plants, the mowers and even the petrol for the mowers so this fundraiser is extremely important to us."

On the day, hundreds of local families gathered at the park for what was a great day out, with entertainment from face painting and bouncy castles to a wheel of fortune and a soccer tournament in the park's all weather pitch. A huge attraction on the day was a wood carver extradordinare, who wowed the crowds with his ability to carve perfect sculptures with a chainsaw.

"It was a great day and we managed to raise a couple of thousand euro," Mr Harnett said.


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