Steering group set up to assist Woodstock Gardens

A steering committee has been set up to deal specifically with issues pertaining to Woodstock Garden and its future.

Cllr Michael Doyle said he had been speaking to Brian Tyrell about the matter and he was eager to start progress.

The Inistioge councillor had previously called for the setting up of such a group at the December meeting of Kilkenny City Municipal District, following a presentation from Claire Goodwin of Woodstock Gardens.

"I have been in contact with a few people interested [in getting involved] as well," he said.

"I would be grateful if anyone has an interest."

The following councillors were proposed and agreed: Michael Doyle, Peter Cleere, David Kennedy, and Malcolm Noonan.

The picturesque gardens, in Inistioge, attract around 32,000 people every year through the gates. However, staffing levels are low and the amenity faces a number of different challenges and obstacles.

Cllr Doyle has also welcomed the €53,000 allocation for repairs to the bridge in Inistioge.

"It gets a lot of hardship with HGVs, and then was battered in the flooding," he said.