Thursday 22 August 2019

Fun in the summer sun in Knocknagree village


Sheila Fitzgerald

Sunshine, great music, dancing and chat were the ingredients that made for a great evening at the social gathering in Knocknagree last Sunday.

The outdoor event which was hosted by the Knocknagree Tidy Towns Committee celebrated the trojan work that has been done over the past months to enhance the Village and surrounding areas.

In particular the renowned Fairfield area at the heart of the Village, which is now a lovely green oasis where locals can sit and enjoy the sunshine during the summer months.

"Our aim is to keep Knocknagree clean and looking good, thereby enabling all residents to enjoy living and working here," said a committee spokesperson.  

Tributes were also paid to the people of the parish for their continued work and support, which was rewarded by their strong showing in the Cork County Council Anti-Litter Challenge. 

In addition, organisers thanked the council for their ongoing assistance and in particular Stephen O' Sullivan. The new 'Lord Mayor' of Knocknagree, Laurence Hickey, said events like this highlighted the wealth of culture, tradition and history in Knocknagree.

"It's great that all generations can share in this and I hope that there will be many more nights like this," he said. 

Laurence was elected to his new office under the auspices of the 2019 Lord Mayor of Knocknagree Festival, part of a fundingraisng drive by the local GAA club for the extension and improvement of their dressing rooms and pitch development. He beat off challengers Kathlynn O'Keeffe and Patrick Doyle for the title, reviously held by Noreen McSweeney

"While it's a great honour to be Mayor of the village, I have to acknowledge the brilliant work done by Kathlynn and Pa in the previous three months. Throughout April, May and June a series of disco nights, card drives, auctions and competitions were organised in a bid to make money for the club. This shows the grá we have for Knocknagree GAA, which is central to our community. We want our sporting facilities to be as good as possible for the current and future generations," said Laurence. 

"All the fundraising would not have been possible without the help of our campaign teams, who share our affection and dedication to the club. I want to acknowledge those who contributed in any way to the Lord Mayor Fundraiser. People are being asked time and again to give to Knocknagree GAA. Very soon they are going to see the results of all of their efforts. Everyone in the club would like to thank them most sincerely" Laurence added.

Laurence also acknowledged the great work being done in the upkeep of Knocknagree village and surrounding areas. 

"Great credit is due to the Knocknagree Tidy Towns Committee. The village is looking absolutely fantastic," he said.