Clonaslee Tidy Towns Committee gathered with the people of Clonaslee, last Sunday to officially open their new bridge over the Clodiagh River.
The bridge has been completely reconstructed with local Clonaslee stone thanks to grant assistance from Laois Partnership. The new design is in keeping with the original humpback bridge which once occupied the spot and the stone walls are an attractive replacement to the old steel railings.
Laois Partnership Chairman, Michael Bergin, congratulated the committee. “I am delighted to see this project come to fruition”, he said. “Clonaslee Tidy Towns Committee is a very dedicated and hard-working group and their work is evident throughout this attractive, award-winning village”.
Clonaslee Tidy Towns Committee treasurer, Chris Horan, outlined the goals of the committee. “The bridge upgrade was identified as one of our key tasks in our three year management plan which was produced by Tidy Towns specialist Frank Donaldson in 2010. It was part of the committee’s plan to upgrade the bridges over the Clodiagh River in the village centre, the Gorragh River at the old VEC and the Barrow River in Tinnahinch. All three bridges have now been upgraded thanks to Laois Partnership, FAS and Laois County Council”, he said.
The committee has a strong track record in the Tidy Towns competitions. They previously attained overall second place in the national competition and won first prize in the Laois Community Forum Awards in 2010.
As well as utilising local Clonaslee stone, the group also hired local contractors Carroll O’Keefe to carry this beautiful upgrade for the village.