Emma Harding and Claire Jordan, Ballyhoura Development GLC cut the ribbon
AT MARY Harty’s funeral four years ago, Fr Pat Burns said: “Motor neurone disease may have taken Mary Harty’s speech, mobility and tragically her life, but it never took her spirit.”
That spirit lives on as a plaque to the former councillor was unveiled at the opening of Pallasgreen’s playground on a Saturday morning recently.
Mary worked tirelessly throughout her political career for extra amenities in east Limerick. Her brother, Eamonn, thanked the Pallasgreen-Templebraden Community Council for honouring his sister’s memory. He said it was a “proud day” for the Harty family.
After many years of fundraising, including Limerick’s Fittest Superstars event, the ribbon was cut by Emma Harding and Clare Jordan, of Ballyhoura, a major contributor. Emma, aged 10, wanted a playground so badly that she made all the craft items using her knitting and sewing skills for a Christmas bazaar.
Emma raised €130 for the fund.
The committee felt it was such a magnificent effort for one so young that they decided to have her and Clare officially open the playground.
Despite the inclement weather a large crowd turned up for the ceremony. Afterwards, they departed to the community centre for a reception.
Michael Ryan, chairperson of Pallasgreen-Templebraden Community Council, thanked everyone involved in making it a special day for the community.
The don’t hang about in Pallas as he spoke at length about their next project – restoration of the community centre which “is essential for all aspects of community”.
A fundraising concert takes place this Friday, October 5.