Tuesday 11 December 2018

Little piece of heaven opens in heart of town

Augustinian garden will be a place of true reflection

Hubert Murphy

It might have only opened officially on Sunday but the new Garden of Remembrance at the side of the Augustinian Church is a hit already.

Speaking at the opening, Mayor Frank Godfrey said it was a 'heavenly place in the heart of Drogheda' and he commended the Augustinian community for the great work they had done in the town over the last 700 years.

Fr Colm O'Mahony said the garden was 18 months in the planning and he was delighted that the Provincial, Fr John Hennebry OSA was there to open it.

He said the garden was a real celebration of a community effort and thanked everyone who had played a part - no matter big or small.

'The garden will be a focal point for people to gather,' he added.

The garden was designed by the very gifted Aideen Morrissey who also spoke on the day, explaining the idea behind it.

Florence Shields was the overseer while the likes of the Men's Shed provided benches.

The remarkable mural at the rear of Benny Dowd's was done by Ciaran Dunlevy.

Art pieces came from the Applied Leaving Cert class in Greenhills and the Presentation Sisters donated a beautiful statue of Our Lady.

There were many more in involved and each played a part in the success story.

The garden will be open at certain times, especially around mass times.

Gerry Simpson and the Gospel Choir provided the music on the day and were as brilliant as ever.

Drogheda Independent