DAN WALSH REPORTING FROM BREE
Minister Paul Kehoe was comfortable on his own patch this evening when he paid tributes to many hardworking volunteers and performed the official opening of the Bree Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Minister Kehoe said that Bree had received €100,000 for its Town and Village Renewal Scheme and he added that the neighbouring curacy is also in receipt of €100,000 for Galbally Community Centre.
“Bree is a template to be used that shows what we can achieve by working together,” he concluded.
Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Vice-Chair of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council spoke of Bree as “a truly inspiring community” and went on to describe it was “a wonderful showcase, not just at county level, but a great example of community initiative and drive at national level.”
Bridie Galavan, Chairperson of Bree Community Development Group, said that the Group was formed about 15 years ago with the aim of “identifying and progressing projects that enhance the community.”
She said that in total €100,000 was received for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and €33,000 from Wexford County and expressed sincere gratitude to a large number involved in the project, including the Department of Rural and Community Development, Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Coillte, Sport Ireland, private landowners who gave permission to develop trails across their lands, and many others, including the members of Bree Community Development Group Ltd committee and their families, “who dedicated their time over the past two years, working tirelessly to make this project a reality.”
Achievements being celebrated included building an IT and Training Hub attached to Bree Community Centre (which first opened 50 years ago in 1969), providing Hot Desking in Hub, IT and Costume Design Equipment, a children’s playground, development of Walking Trails on Bree Hill, stage lighting in Bree Community Centre, developing a website and other marketing materials, and the installation of CCTV in Bree Community Centre.
An ecumenical prayer service was jointly conducted by Very Rev. Michael Byrne, P.P., and Rev. Nicola Halford, Rector of the Enniscorthy Union of Parishes, including St. John’s Church, Clonmore.
Clare Doyle acted as master of ceremonies and Katie Tyrrell read a poem specially commissioned through Bree National School.
The attendance included Cllr Keith Doyle, Chairman of Wexford County Council, James Browne T.D., Cllrs Paddy Kavanagh and Johnny Mythen, Ger Mackey, Community Development Officer, Wexford County Council, Liz Hore, Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager and Dr Yvonne Byrne, specialist adviser to the project.
Bree Community Development Group Ltd consists of Bridie Galavan (Chairperson), Clare Doyle (Secretary), Eddie Dunne (Treasurer), Josephine Byrne, Breda Cahill, Teresa Dixon, Syl Doyle, Betty Kelly, Martin Humphrey, Kay McKelvie, Sheila Moriarty, Paud Moriarty, Mike Nolan, Sinead Whelan and Billy Whelan.
ADDITIONAL AUDIO; Minister Paul Kehoe delivering his address at Bree.