The people of Butlersbridge can be proud of their working in developing a new playground,’ stated Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley who attended the official opening on Sunday last, 10th March 2019.
Despite snow showers, the sun escaped the clouds for the few speeches and subsequent blessing by Fr. Brian McElhinney before the first children officially used the playground. Snows showers, wind and cold did not keep a good crowd of local children and adults from attending this special event.
‘I was delighted to have the chance to work with the local community and the Community and Enterprise Section of Cavan County Council in preparing an application under the CLÁR Programme in 2018 to secure € 50,000 which together with local funds from Butlersbridge GAA Club and the Parents Association of Butlersbridge National School put this fantastic facility in place.’
The playground is located within the grounds of Pairc Emmet provided by the GAA Club.
‘The Butlersbridge GAA Club are to be commended on making a corner of their grounds available for the playground. It is an ideal, safe, secure location. The GAA grounds offer something for everyone in the community from the playing pitches, the walking track, meeting rooms and gym.’
Concluding, Councillor Feeley acknowledged the many projects undertaken by the local community in recent times.
‘Late last year the community with the help of LEADER funding administered through Breifni Integrated completed a new carpark and hard-surface play area to serve the local school but also to provide parking for the GAA grounds and local cemetery as needed. This is a busy community and the volunteers who make so much happen are to be commended, their new playground is a credit to the local community.’
Marking Seachtain na Gaeilge, children from the local school preformed the Hacka as Gaeilge.
Left to Right Tara Kaldanis, Cllr. John Paul Feeley, Sonia McEntee, Tommy Owens, Caoimhin O’Reilly, Fr. Brian McElhinney