CONTRACTS have recently been signed with Grangemore Plants, a renowned landscaping company for the O’Regan Park Development in Newmarket-on-Fergus, a process that is set to kickstart the ambitious redevelopment project in the coming weeks.

This was a milestone in the work of the O’Regan Park Development Committee, which was formed last year with the aim of creating a recreation park for both young and old within the Newmarket-on-Fergus village.

The “turning of the sod” on the development will take place early February, the delay of a few weeks  being due to the current weather conditions. “We are absolutely thrilled!” a spokesperson for O’Regan Park Development told The Clare People, “and we can’t wait to see the work start.”

The project has its genesis in a plea that was launched by local community organisation Obair last March, calling on volunteers to play their part in upgrading and developing the local park that commemorates Shannon Airport and Shannon Development pioneer, the late Dr Brendan O’Regan. From this a committee was formed last April under the aegis of Obair, the community organisation of which Dr O’Regan was a founder member in 1993. Obair then applied to Clare County Council for planning permission for the development of a community play area, five-a-side pitch, cycle tracks and active elderly equipped area with associated boundary and equipment to existing open space in O’Regan Park and received the green light for this development last August.

Asked what the building works will mean to the village, the spokesperson for O’Regan Park Development said, “The two entrances to the park will be closed off for safety purposes. Grangemore will go up and down the paths with heavy machinery and we need to ensure that nobody gets endangered. We hope, that people will understand this as it will be only a temporary measure.

“Inclusiveness is very important for us. We hope that this space will become a meeting point for everybody in the parish to enjoy company and relax. Natural, safe spaces for young and old have become scarce and modern gardens being quite small, this park hopefully will make up for that,” the spokesperson added.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on [email protected]

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