A public walkway alongside the Owenass River in Mountmellick long overgrown, has been transformed this week after a grant was obtained local groups.
Mountmellick Tidy Towns and Mountmellick Angling Club worked together for the past 18 months to try to secure the grant to clear the walkway beside the MDA, to provide a new amenity for the town.
The grant of €12,000 was awarded by Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Barbara Lalor is from the Tidy Towns group.
“The walk will go from the stone style beside Irishtown Bridge, down to the palisade fencing at Baker's field. The footpath will be wide enough for wheelchairs and buggys to use,” she said.
A fence has been built beside the path, which will be accessible through a gate, all installed using the grant money.
Hinch Plant Hire have the contract to complete the work, and it should be finished this week, Barbara said.
“People can now walk safely to the banks, we are hoping to get a seat donated, and we will be planting more trees there. It is a nice spot just to sit and reflect,” she said.
The Tidy Towns group is getting busy again for the summer, with work starting on approach roads.
Maura explained their plans.
“On the Portlaoise road we will be tidying up the area around the bridge at Derrycloney. Closer to the town we will be revamping the amenity area at the road to Derryguile, and we plan to plant apple trees, for anybody to enjoy, and to encourage pollinators and wildlife. We are very grateful to Ger O'Mahony and the CE workers for their help. We also thank the residents of Irishtown who came out last week and tidied up their area,” she said.
Another area at Garoon on the road to Rosenallis is also a focus for the volunteers.
The students at the ETB Further Education centre, are coming on board this year, with plans to create a wildlife meadow and beautify their building. Last week catering students there held a cakesale and donated the €290 to the Tidy Towns.
“We are very grateful and we look forward to working with the students, we are asking everyone to get out and do their bit in Mountmellick,” said Barbara.
To volunteer, call Barbara at 086 6629446, or Maura Reddin at 087 9717192.