Fundraising on for Tony Golden Park
The committee in Mayo behind the quest to fundraise to create a park near Garda Tony Golden's hometown of Ballina are continuing their efforts during the summer and have announced a sponsored bike ride from Mizen to Malin in the autumn.
A committee of six people, who went to school with the officer, who was murdered in Omeath in 2015, have appealed to the people of Louth for help to realise the dream of construction of an all-weather pitch and a community hub in memory of Garda Golden.
His school friend, and fellow Garda, Fiona Farrell, told the Argus about the project. She said: 'I was at national school with Anthony and so were the people on the committee that we set up to fundraise for this park in his memory.
'When Anthony and the rest of us were growing up here, at Culleens, just outside Ballina, it was a rural area, but over the years, it has become much more built up, with industrial and housing estates but no facilities for the local community.
'So, we would like to develop the community park and centre, which are badly needed. There would be an astro turf pitch, hurling wall and a community centre which can facilitate all aged and will be for the whole community to use. The land we require, at Knockduff, Killala Road, is in trust and we have to raise €90,000 in order to buy it before the end of the year, as required.
'It's a big undertaking, but the community in Mayo has responded really well. We feel that it would be a good tribute to him and his family are supportive of it too'.
There have been a number of fundraising efforts in the past few months, but the committee is seeking help from the wider community and from Louth, where Gda. Golden was stationed and where he lived with his wife, Nicola, and children.
In October, Gardai in Mayo, along with a number of others in the community, are to undertake a challenging fundraising cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head in October and are seeking sponsorship. In addition, a special Go Fund Me page has been set up at www.gofundme.com/anthony-golden-community-park-trust.
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