Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, officially opened the Castlewarren group water scheme on Friday (January 27), with the words “Fr Larry O’Keefe said I’m the best person to pull the strings around here.”
The Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Paul Cuddihy, paid tribute to the people of Castlewarren who have been pushing to get the scheme up and running since it was first mooted in the 1970’s
The Cathaoirleach said that the late Pierce Comerford who had campaigned tirelessly to have the Castlewarren Group Water Scheme upgraded would be smiling down on them from heaven. Pierce Comerford’s son Ian was present to see the group scheme officially opened.
“Sometimes there is an awful lot of talk about something and nothing ever happens, but here we’ve had actions and something has happened. I hope the water will flow sweet here,” said Cllr Cuddihy.
The new scheme will secure the supply of drinking water in Castlewarren into the future. It will provide 220 cubic metres of water daily and has over 20km of pipe networks and 170 connections, including the home of Kilkenny Manager County, Joe Crockett.
Special mention for work put in on delivering the Castlewarren scheme went to The Group Scheme Board of Directors, the Chairman Mattie Corr, Redmond Bergin, Aidan Stanton, Ger Murphy, John Joe Costigan, John Treacy, Martin Butler, Joe Treacy, Edward Gormley, Ian Comerford and Pat Treacy,.
“Today is the fruition of a number of years of hard work by the committee, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make it happen,” said Mr Treacy.
The Castlewarren group water scheme was built and will be operated under the South Leinster Design Build Operate Programme. Other group schemes being operated in South Leinster include Castleinch, Cuffesgrange, Ballycallan and Clifden.
The group scheme was blessed by both Rev Ian Coulter and Fr Larry O’Keefe. Rev Coulter said that there were 772 mentions of water in the bible, but he cited just one from the book of Genesis, before joining Fr O’Keefe in the prayer for the blessing of a water supply.