Bloomin’ good day at Castleconnell Tidy Towns garden fete

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

CASTLECONNELL has been nominated by Limerick County Council to compete in the Pride of Place competition and that pride was showcased on Sunday.

CASTLECONNELL has been nominated by Limerick County Council to compete in the Pride of Place competition and that pride was showcased on Sunday.

Castleconnell Tidy Towns combined the official opening of a new garden beside the parish hall with a community event.

Old style games like a slow bicycle race, barman’s race, milk the cow along with stands and stalls attracted crowds of over 500 throughout the day.

Chairman of Castleconnell Tidy Towns, Vincent Warfield, said they were harking back to events that used to happen in the village.

The fun and games started after parish priest, Fr Brendan Kyne, officially cut the ribbon to open the garden at 3pm.

“We completely replanted it. We put in a seat and the idea is people could go in there, sit down and have a chat,” said Mr Warfield.

This is just one of four gardens that the Tidy Towns committee have been working on.

“There is one in Castle Street, which was quite a big one. It was planted in the late 70s or 80s and that had become completely overgrown. We got a digger to dig that out and we replanted it.

“There was another small one in Stradbally North and opposite Charco’s pub. We got a grant from Ballyhoura, that was a great help,” said Mr Warfield.

Many hands make light work and the committee of around 15 were backed up the local FAS scheme and members of the community.

“For example we did a lot of work up around St Flannan’s Terrace. People who live around the area came out to give us a hand. We have three litter picking days on the verges of the feeder roads in to Castleconnell and we get a great turnout for that,” said Mr Warfield.

Young and old descended on the village and there was something for everyone as there was a kiddies disco in the parish hall from 4.30pm.

The event coincided with Castleconnell Boat Club’s regatta so visitors to the village had a range of events they could go to.

Mr Warfield wished to thank Ballyhoura, FAS, Fr Kyne, St John’s Brass and Reed band and everyone involved in the day.

Due to its success they plan to organise another event next year, which will surely mark a big jump in their Tidy Town rankings.