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Wednesday 16 April 2014

CE Scheme workers give town park a much-needed facelift

n Risteard MacLiam of Dingle Tidy Towns in Dingle town park with CE workers Jason Courtney and Billy Noonan. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

DINGLE Town Park is looking fabulous lately thanks to the efforts of local Community Employment (CE) Scheme workers.

Over the past 18 months workers have dedicated countless hours in transforming the town park into a clean, safe and fun environment for all.

The Town Park, also known locally as the Orchard (derived from the term 'Aarchard' referring to the battlements of the old town wall around Dingle) was donated in the 1940s by the McKenna Brothers, who operated a business at Holyground. It was subsequently as a facility for the town by Kerry County Council.

According to Risteard Mac Liam of the Dingle Tidy Town's group, the future of the town park is bright thanks to the efforts of the CE workers.

"It was neglected and it has been transformed into a fine facility," he said. "It can now accommodate tennis, basketball and soccer. There is also a beautifully maintained playground area and a lovely path with shrubs all around it with picnic seats and the local traffic warden monitors it regularly."

According to Risteard, the impetus for rejuvenating the town park came from CE worker Brendan O'Connor and, over the past two years, a number of workers have - and continue - to dedicate their time to the project.

Risteard said that talks about opening an entrance to the town park from Orchard Lane on Main Street have also taken place with Kerry County Council. "It is something we would love to see happen, the town park looks great and an entrance onto Main Street would really open it up to locals and visitors alike," he said.

"It really is looking fantastic at the minute thanks to the efforts of the CE Scheme workers and we hope local people enjoy making use of it."

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