Friday 27 April 2018

Heritage branding plan launched in Dromiskin

Margaret Roddy

There were great celebrations in Dromiskin on Sunday when the local Tidy Towns Committee launched the heritage branding project for the village.

The project consists of the installation of four heritage style lighting standards incorporating specially designed decorative banners, heritage style fingerpost signage, a beautifully designed and prominently located village map, seven new flagpoles now proudly flying the new Dromiskin Flag and heritage themed name signs for a number of estates.

The blusterly weather saw the flags fluttering as a large crowd gathered for the launch which was attended by sponsors and local councillors.

Costing approximately €30,000 to complete, the design is the work of Michelle McMahon from Vision Design and the overall cost was 75% grant assisted by Louth Leader Partnership under the Rural Development Programme.

Pat Mulligan, Chairman of Dromiskin Tidy Towns paid tribute to all involved with the project including Louth Leader Partnership and lead local sponsor, Dromiskin native Willie Reilly, who travelled home specially from London for the occasion.

Chairman of Louth County Council, Cllr Declan Breathnach paid tribute to Dromiskin Tidy Towns and the many other tidy towns groups throughout the county whose active citizenship is delivering such positive results and improving the quality of life for residents in the county.

Both Willie Reilly and Frank O'Brien from Louth Leader Partnership, who jointly supplied the funding for the project, expressed satisfaction at being able to fund such a worthwhile and high impact project.

Significant EU funding was required to complete the project so it was very fitting that local MEP Mairead McGuinness was the keynote speaker and also raised the European Flag on one of the flagpoles to denote that support. She paid tribute to the local community, saying that as a regular visitor to Dromiskin over the last couple of years, she has also become very aware of the many improvements to the amenities of the village which have been provided with the assistance of European funding.

The formalities concluded with the raising of flags on the new flagpoles in the village centre, the central European Flag by Mairead McGuinness and the four village flags by Cllr. Declan Breathnach, Willie Reilly Lead Sponsor, founder member of Dromiskin Tidy Towns Seamus McArdle and Kian O'Brien representing the Green School Committee.

A specially carved piece of bog oak was presented to Willie Reilly by Seamus McArdle as a symbol of the community's appreciation for his support for the project.

The impressive village map was unveiled by Frank O'Brien, Chairman of Louth Leader Partnership and the presence of young Vikings, a Viking boat kindly loaned by Annagassan Viking Festival Committee for the day and local musicians added enormously to the spectacle on what was a very special day for the community.

The Argus