New ‘fairy trail’ for Templemore

By Eoin Kelleher

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By Eoin Kelleher

Templemore Park is set to have a little magic dust sprinkled over it by a local artist, heard this month’s Council meeting.

Templemore Park is set to have a little magic dust sprinkled over it by a local artist, heard this month’s Council meeting.

Local artist Aisling Hassett has plans to create a ‘fairy trail’ for children in the Park, with little doors and windows tucked away in hard-to-find nooks and crannies for little people to explore and wander through. The idea is to challenge young and old alike to find the clues leading onto the next fairy den. Schoolgroups, children’s parties, and even adults who are still young at heart, will be able to download trail maps from a website to guide them. Very few similar sites exist in Ireland, said the Town Clerk Tom McGrath. Cllr Mick Connell said Aisling, and fellow artist Georgina Sweeney, are “very talented” ladies. The idea would only cost about E1,400 to set up, but could generate huge income for the town. Cllr Martin Fogarty said the park was ideally suited, having previously been used by orienteering groups. “I’ve worked with Aisling. She’s a great artist, and excellent at anything she turns her hand to,” said Cllr Valerie Young. Cllr Maura Byrne said there should be signage on the main roads to advertise the trail.