Monday 19 August 2019

A big three cheers for volunteers

Brian and Phillip Jordan at the Bannow-Rathangan Show
Brian and Phillip Jordan at the Bannow-Rathangan Show

IN RECENT weeks, Co Wexford has basked in continuous sunshine, unknown to so many of our young children. It was great to see so many families on our beautiful beaches, at sports pitches and engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities.

These activities are so important for our children in building social skills and healthy minds and keeping obesity at bay. None of this could happen without the great support and hard work of all our local volunteers.

Our county's volunteers are also having an impact on our local environment. The Rosslare Harbour-Kilrane Environmental Group has recently undertaken a huge garden development project at the old dump in Rosslare Harbour.

The group recently acquired the use of the Apparatus House from the Office of Public Works. This building, which is steeped in local history, will now become their new base.

I would also like to acknowledge the role that Wexford County Council and other State agencies play in working with local groups to make our county a better place to live in.

Shows like the Bannow-Rathangan Show could not work without the huge effort and time of so many. I am lucky enough to get to see the odd under-12s game at St Mary's GAA, where I overhear the mutterings that Colm is biased to the home team!

The GAA and other organisations provide an invaluable output for our young people. These groups would crumple without the hard work and commitment of volunteers, who do so much behind the scene to the benefit of our local communities.

And if the sun is shining on Sunday, August 4, maybe you can fit in the Tagoat Steam rally on the way to or back from the beach. Either way, you will be very welcome on the day.

So a big three cheers to all the volunteers in Wexford, where the glass is always half full when it comes to supporting our young people.

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