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Outdoor chess tables installed in Greystones


One of the new chess tables in Burnaby Park.

One of the new chess tables in Burnaby Park.

One of the new chess tables in Burnaby Park.


New chess tables have been installed at Burnaby Park in Greystones.

The new tables are made from metal and have movable seats to make them wheelchair accessible.

Cllr Lourda Scott, Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District said: "I am delighted to see the much anticipated outdoor chess tables installed in Burnaby Park this week.

"They are a very welcome addition to the town. I am particularly pleased that they are accessible to all of the community. With our rapdly growing population I am sure that these will be used a lot by young and old. A big thanks must go to the local chess community who have being lobbying the Council to install these for a long time. “

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Local chess player and former Greystones Mayor Stephen Stokes said: “They are high quality tables. In fairness to Wicklow County Council, they took on board a lot of key suggestions from chess players in County Wicklow. There are still some ways to enhance the chess tables further. But overall, they have done an excellent job. We look forward to further engaging with the Wicklow County Council Team. They deserve credit for their hard work”.

There was a lot of discussion between Wicklow County Council, Bray-Greystones Chess Club and other stakeholders, particularly about the location before the installation of the tables. 

Local chess enthusiast Bernadette Stokes stated: “The Burnaby Park southwest corner is ideal. It is a quiet area, and it is shielded from a lot of wind. The location is also easily accessible for walking, cycling and car parking. Thankfully, the white squares are in the bottom right-hand corners. That is important for chess boards”.

Funding was allocated from the Community Enhancement Programme, with other chess tables set to be installed across the Garden County.