Wexford’s much anticipated neighbourhood park has moved forward with an impressive sod-turning creemony at the 18-acre Min Ryan Park at Killeens, Wexford, by Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey.
Mayor Dempsey said; “I am delighted to be here to officiate at the commencement of construction of Wexford’s new neighbourhood park for the enjoyment of the people of Wexford and the surrounding area. The public has a legitimate expectation availability of wide-ranging and high quality public facilities.”
Mayor Dempsey also paid tribute to Mr. Richard Mulcahy and the Mulcahy Family for their philanthropic donation of €200,000 towards development of the park in honour of Richard’s late grandmother, local woman Min Ryan (1885-1977).
Min Ryan hailed from Tomcoole, Barntown, just a few miles from the park location in Killeens and together with her siblings and extended family played a hugely significant role during Ireland’s revolutionary years.
Richard Mulcahy, who now lives in North Wexford also attended the sod-turning ceremony together with members of his family. Richard spoke fondly of his late grandmother’s strong Wexford connections and illustrious history, saying his family was immensely honoured to be associated with the development of such a fantastic public amenity for Wexford.
Wexford County Council Chief Executive, Tom Enright, described Min Ryan Park as an excellent example of a public amenity acting as a strong focal point in the development of the surrounding community, saying the decision to locate the large-scale amenity at Killeens was a strategic one, providing an important balance to the relatively high housing density in the area.
“Wexford is rapidly acquiring a deserved reputation as a wonderful location in which to work and do business. As we attract increasing numbers of investors and workers to our county we must ensure Wexford is also a highly attractive place in which to live, to rear families and to enjoy life” said Mr. Enright.
Adjacent to the new Loreto post-primary school, Min Ryan Park is Wexford’s newest flagship amenity with a host of facilities including surfaced walkways, parkland, playground, civic spaces, water features and a Great War Memorial, to name just a few.
The modern public park will be accessible to users of all ages and levels of mobility and will public toilet facilities which will incorporate a Changing Places room. It is intended that future improvements will include a skateboard park and children’s road cycling training facility.