Rathdowney children took a big step closer to having their own playground this week when Laois County Council agreed to hand over E30,000 towards construction, matching the funds raised locally.
The scheme will include not just a playground, catering for children aged from one to twelve, but also a walking track and a multi-use pitch, with lighting. It will cost E250,000 in total, the bulk of which will be met with a grant, yet to be applied for, from Laois Partnership Company. It will be sited beside St Fergal’s College, on what is currently a playing pitch, covering .75 acres. Cllr John King who is chairman of the playground committee, welcomed the move at last Monday’s monthly meeting.
“We have no playground facilities for a catchment area of over 4,000 people, between Rathdowney, Errill, Killadooley and the surrounding areas. This has taken a lot of deals, a lot of talking with Ann O’Keeffe (CEO of Laois VEC) and the principal Aíne O’Neill who was a great help, and the hardworking committee in Rathdowney, whose share of the funding is almost complete. This will be a major improvement for Rathdowney,” he said, also thanking Director of Services Ian McCormack.
Council Chairman John Bonham congratulated Laois VEC on their cooperation.
“This is long overdue for Rathdowney,” he added.