Possible statue moving in Rathdowney

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Possible statue moving in Rathdowney

The statue is currently in the middle of the car park

Possible statue moving in Rathdowney

A statue of Our Lady could possibly be moved if plans to expand the old church site in Main Street, Rathdowney go ahead.

If plans to rearrange and expand the car park go ahead, a number of trees would have to be removed and the statue of Our Lady, which is currently placed in the centre of the car park, could be moved to the end wall. 

Cllr John King has said that it would be ideal to make the space into an amenity where people could come and sit and enjoy the surroundings.

In 2018, the old church site in Rathdowney will celebrate it's 200th anniversary.

Independent Cllr James Kelly supported the development.

"You will need the extra parking spaces as there are going to be more people coming here if we have a moving statue," he joked. 

Cllr King asked Laois County Council to provide advice and support through the Sport and Leisure Office/Horticulture and Area Engineer in the development of the open space on the old church site.