The official opening of the Graiguecullen Water Supply Scheme took place at the new water treatment plant in Derrymoyle, Graiguecullen, recently.
The scheme was officially opened by Acting Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Moran, M.C.C.
The scheme, which was fully funded by Laois County Council has cost €2.18 million to date. Operation and maintenance costs are estimated at €110,000. Previously, water to the Graigue area was supplied by Carlow County Council and Laois County Council were billed for the same. The Derrymoyle plant currently supplies 1080 cubic meters per day of high quality water to the people of Graigue.
The ceremonies began with a lively performance by pupils from the local St. Fiacc’s National School, conducted by Ms Karen Kavanagh and accompanied by Justin Kelly on guitar. The pupils sang and performed a number of modern songs and got the day off to an uplifting start. All the speakers were effusive in their praise of the excellent performance of the school band.
Acting Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Moran, M.C.C. welcomed everyone to the opening and expressed his delight at the provision of such a modern plant with up to date technology in his own electoral area. He commented on the long standing association and very good relationship between both Laois and Carlow Councils and thanked Carlow County Council for their co-operation and assistance during the construction of the plant. He stated that Laois and Carlow will continue to work together on many other services and projects, particularly through the cross border joint area committee, to provide quality services to the people living in and visiting the Graigue area.
County Manager, Mr. Peter Carey, said he was very proud of the Council staff and their role in delivering this excellent project. He said it was testament to their hard work and commitment to providing a top quality water supply for the people of Graigue and the surrounding area. He also thanked all involved in the project and made particular mention of landowner Mr. Seamus Martin and his cooperation with the Council, he thanked the pupils of St. Fiacc’s school and commented that there were future contestants for ‘The Voice of Ireland’ in their midst.
Also in attendance at the opening were the other local representatives, Councillors James Daly, Ben Brennan and Padraig Fleming. Councillor Wayne Fennell, Carlow County Council and members of Laois County Council staff.