The parish of Murroe-Boher made Mayo man, Minister Michael Ring feel at home on his visit to their state-of-the-art recreational facility Picture: Willie Carey
IN 2016 JP McManus turned the sod on the site of Murroe Wood Park.
The local community council bought the six acre field with JP’s help for €130,000. Fast forward two years and their 4G all-weather playing pitch is open, a walking track under construction and future plans for a skatepark and multi-use building.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring paid a visit recently and was welcomed by board members of Murroe Wood Park CLG.
Richard Walsh, chairman, said: “This is a further indication of the excellent support we have received from both local authority leaders and elected representatives as we strive to provide first class community recreational facilities for the people of Murroe and Boher.”
They successfully bid for funding from Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Healthy Ireland, Sports Capital Grants and Ballyhoura.
In October 2017, Murroe received €99,339 from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, said Senator Maria Byrne. She said the project is “of huge benefit” to the area and its residents.
“The Town and Village Renewal scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance and develop rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.
"Minister Ring placed a particular emphasis on projects which have the capacity to support the economic development of rural town and villages as well as their neighbouring townlands. The scheme supports improvements to public amenities in town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live and work and to visit,” said Senator Byrne.
In 2017, County Limerick received €1,087,943 under the scheme.
"The economic crash which occurred after years of Fianna Fáil led government really left its mark on small towns and villages across rural Ireland. We have seen the evidence of it here in Limerick. Thankfully the economic recovery is underway, but many towns and villages in Limerick are still feeling the after effects of the recession,” said Senator Byrne.
Senator Kieran O’Donnell said Minister Ring was able to see first-hand the fantastic work that has already been carried out.
“This rapid progress is down to the incredible hard working Murroe Community Council and park committee members. To date they have received various grants which they have put to great use for the people of Murroe-Boher. I am delighted to have worked with them in securing funds under Sports Capital Grants of €67,500 and Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding of €99,339,” said Senator O’Donnell.