Ballyragget takes step toward long sought-after playground

The town of Ballyragget has taken another step towards its long sought-after playground, having secured extra funding from two local businesses.

The town of Ballyragget has taken another step towards its long sought-after playground, having secured extra funding from two local businesses.

A cheque for €1,600 was generously donated by Kilkenny company Uisce Technology, while Super Valu Ballyragget presented the Ballyragget Playground Committee with a cheque for €2,000 following a bag-packing fundraiser held last year.

The Ballyragget Playground Committee has already secured planning permission for the facility, and are now waiting for Kilkenny County Council to decide on grant ratification. In total now, they have raised over €6,500 for the cause.

The playground is expected to cost around €100,000 in total to complete. A portion of this has already been allocated from Leader. It is hoped that the local authorities will contribute half of the monies, with the playground committee to make up the remaining €10,000.

“We have been trying to develop a community playground for a while, said committee member Catherine Kelly.

“The need for it is absolutely huge. A new estate has opened and a lot of people can’t get to Castlecomer or mightn’t have access. We need the amenity in the centre of the town.”

The committee has been fundraising since last October, having held a fancy dress disco night.

There will be a raffle on June 9, featuring some great prizes from local businesses. There will also be a Fun Day on the Green on June 24, with bric-a-brac sales, food stalls, marquees and games. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the festivities.