New Projects in Upperchurch Officially Opened by Minister Simon Coveney

Upperchurch Drombane community Development Association invited Simon Coveney to officially open 3 new projects in Upperchurch. The Chairman Michael Greene extended a Cead Mile Failte to the minister, Deirdre Clune European candidate, Mr. Noel Coonan T.D. and their team. He also extended our appreciation to Leader N.T.L.P. for their contribution and work with our development committee over the years. The minister cut the tape on the Visitor Information Centre/ Homestead package (tracing your roots) this renovation of the old dispensary funded by leader is wheelchair accessible/toilet and baby changing facility. Eugene Shortt and his brother Frankie well known genealogists will head up the homestead programme in the tourist office. The office will be opened from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Monday to Friday. Scoil Iosagain band gave a arousing welcome to the visitors

Indoor Climbing /Bouldering Wall

The chairman of this sub-committee Mr. Jim Ryan welcomed the minister to this terrific new facility (first in Tipperary) suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. A group of trained supervisors will harness climbers to insure safety at all times. A great fun activity and with bouldering wall very suitable for children and a great venue for birthday parties etc. Again this project was funded by leader and we take this opportunity to thank Mr. Patrick Killeen and the leader team in Nenagh for their continuous support for our parish. Without Leader small rural communities could not survive and the voluntary community workers could not achieve what has been done. Rural Ireland needs this hands on support and we  look forward to working together for the future.

Bog Walk

The hillwalking chairman Cllr. Billy Clancy welcomed the minister to this very attractive level safe walk around the bog which is now very popular with all ages walking and running. The bog walk was jointly opened by our esteemed villager Mr. Phil Bourke well known sculptor. Phil promoted this project and was joined by the elegant octogenarian Mrs. Maura Armstrong. Gurthahoola whose known for her marathons and social dancing. Together with the minister all 3 cut the tape. We are fortunate to have such active parishners. Upperchurch is now a ‘’centre of excellence ‘for outdoor  persuits. We have plans to put seating and lights on ‘’bog walk’’. We take this opportunity to thank Mr. Joe Brennan and staff of Solas (Fas) Mr. Michael Carey and Tus Team and Mary O Dwyer and R.S.S. staff for their tremendous support without the support of these groups and the voluntary imput so much could not be achieved

Hill-walks

We have three superior ‘’way marked’’ looped walks which are now in use all year round. Upperchurch is now recognised as a leisure’’ hub’’ with all queries dealt with from the tourist office. Over the years Upperchurch suffered from much emigration and migration and this still continues today.  We are encouraging our people to come back to visit and stay with us.   We hope 2013 ‘’gathering’’ will continue for many years. Other speakers on the night included Mr. Jim Finn Chairman N.T.L.P. Board who with Mr.  John G O Dwyer has had a great interest in our area. They have supported and mentored our parish for many years together with Ms Isobel Cambie  and former Leader Manager Mr John Devane Boherlahan.  Without their encouragement we could not have progressed to achieve so much. Our worthy Chairman Michael Greene master of ceremonies payed tribute to all the community for their loyalty. Our own Margaret Bourke Ryan presented the Minister with a Tipperary bowl and inscribed stand in appreciation. Our tireless President Pat Buckley presented  our Local Historical books to the minister and proposed a vote of thanks to him for coming to Upperchurch This was seconded by Treasurer  Willie Gleeson    on behalf of the  20 strong voluntary committee who put in endless hours of meetings and work to bring these developments to fruition. Our treasurer Paddy Bourke presented Maura with flowers. Our Secretary Niamh Kinnane  presented Phil with a hipflask.Our chairman in conclusion acknowledged  the work of our own Con Ryan Gleann former R.R.O. who did Trojan work for our walks He is capably replaced by Mr John Egan new R.R.O. for Tipperary. Fr. Joe Walsh C.C. Upperchurch blessed the three projects . The chairman acknowledged the wonderful work of our fantastic crèche and thanked all the staff working in the parish for their contribution.Once more Scoil Iosagain band Teachers and Parents enhanced  this event despite the inclement weather. Thank you Noirin O Dwyer local entrepreneur for the fabulous display of her artisan foods.  Formalities of the evening concluded with a ‘’Cupan Tae’’ in our community centre.

 

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