GRAIGNAMANAGH is set for a major boost with the disclosure that a new outdoor pursuit centre is to be developed there. It will include a thrill-seeking ride across the River Barrow as well as much needed all weather pitches for local schools and sports organisations.
In what has been described as one of the most important pieces of infrastructure for the town in years, local Labour councillor Tommy Prendergast said hopes are high that it will also become an outdoor tourism hub for the town and its vicinity but for Co Carlow as well.
“It is exciting and it will be a huge asset if and when it gets planning and is constructed,” he said.
The site of the old pitch and putt course in the town, right beside the River Barrow has been earmarked for the development. The plan for the picturesque plot, adjacent to Duiske College, is expected to be submitted for planning to Kilkenny County council shortly by the Leader.
It will include an all purpose pitch suitable for all sports and other sports related activities as well as a walk with lighting for those looking to get dome exercise in the evening.
Cllr Prendergast said it was an exciting initiative but predicated his comments by emphasising that the co-operation of Carlow County Council and of individual landowners would be required and that planning would have to be obtained for the ride across the Barrow from the neighbouring local authority at a point close to local landmark, Butler’s Castle.
“We will be working with all stakeholders to ensure that this project is of benefit to the people of Graignamanagh and Tinnahinch and that the community id the winner in all of this,” Cllr Prendergast said.
To progress the project a company limited by guarantee has been established; this company will be known as The Barrow Valley Community Development Company. All related drawings and outlines will be available for viewing at the town’s library. It is anticipated that the proposed development will recieve support from asll sections of the community. Further information is available from any of the following, Pat Murphy at 086 3541044. Tommy Prendergast at 087 6404580 or Philip Byrne at 086 845 2329.