On e of the final acts of Thurles Town Council before being disolved, was to give the green light for an ambitious multi-million Euro Town Park which has been described as a “fitting legacy” of the local authority in The Cathedral Town.
The last meeting of the council after 154 years , held on Friday evening last, was an emotional rollercoaster for members , some of whom are seeking re-election, some of whom are not, but all of whom expressed regret that the august body will be no more. However, despite the mixed emotions and the sense of impending loss, the council, under the stewardship of Mayor Michael Grogan signed off on the proposed Thurles Town Park to be situated under the shadow of Thurles Leisure Centre and The Source on land formerly owned by St Patrick’s College. It will be a project to transform this very central area and will give a new lease of life to anyone seeking leisure pursuits with a whole range of facilities planned for the park including playground, skateboard park, cycle track, green areas and a bridge over the River Suir to link up with Thomand Road.
Thurles Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt explained that all submissions had been viewed and taken into accountwith the Part 8 of the Planning procedure now having been completed. A detailed design will now be drawn up before contract documents are issued for tender - it is hoped to go to tender in July with work to commence before the end of the year.
Mayor Michael Grogan did question whether the park would be closed at night time and felt that this is necessary in order to ensure that there will be no anti -social behaviour. He was assured of this.
Councillor David Doran described the giving of the green light as being “one of the finest legacies this council could give the people of Thurles” and it was fitting that it should happen on such an historic night.
Members joined with staff, management, former management, staff and public representatives to celebrate the life of the council later on in the Anner Hotel as 154 years drew to a close .