€151k to build Portlaoise 1916 memorial garden

Community County Hall's front garden gets a 1916 revamp

€151k to build Portlaoise 1916 memorial garden
By Lynda Kiernan lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Construction is well underway for Portlaoise’s 1916 memorial garden, which is going in front of Laois County council’s offices.

The formal concrete paved area is to cost a total of €150,818, and is scheduled to be officially opened on May 12.

It features raised flower beds featuring boxed oak trees, limestone paving, a bicycle rack, and wooden and limestone benches, architecturally designed by Wicklow company Austen Associates.

The contract to excavate the existing driveways and flowerbeds was won by Mountmellick company Dunne Brothers Ltd.

“Following competitive tendering process for 1916 commemorative garden I wish to advise you that €150,818.81 is the cost of the provision of the commemorative garden,” the Director of Services Kieran Kehoe told the Leinster Express last week.

He added that the funding for the garden came partly from the council’s own funds, as well as was from three government bodies, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Irish Public Bodies (IPB) and Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Last December when the garden plans were revealed, county councillors were concerned to see that it meant the removal of parking spaces at the front of county hall, but were told other spaces were to be added elsewhere.

County Hall has allocated over €50,000 in community grants to other 1916 projects and events all around Laois.