Parents, children and local dignitaries flocked to Nenagh Childcare Centre community creche on the Limerick Road to take part in the opening celebrations of their new afterschool facility and wild garden.
Celebrated Nenagh Author Donal Ryan opened the new garden which has trees and flowers donated by parents and local businesses.
The garden is a meadow full of wild flowers and as the children wander through it they come across surprising discoveries; barrels and water run, tyres filled with stones and gravel, a mud kitchen and play house.
The garden also contains a fire pit for children to toast marshmallows and tell stories.
Chairman Donal Purcell explained that children today sometimes were not able to have the same opportunities to play freely as older generations and their parents did, but with the creation of this garden they will now be able to have some of those experiences.
They can pick flowers, make cubbies, swing from trees and get dirty, he said.
After formally opening the garden, the children were treated to a story read by Donal Ryan in the new afterschool facility.
Nenagh Lions club very generously raised the funding to give the childcare centre a much needed afterschool facility. This building caters for 15 children who attend daily. They can do homework, art activities, and sports activities, use the computer and relax afterschool in their own space.
Nenagh Lions President Brian Duggan officially opened the building by cutting a ribbon along with the children.
Manager Noreen Chaplin said that the centre was progressing all the time and the garden and new afterschool meant so much to the children.
“We are so grateful to Nenagh Lions Club for giving us this fine building and to the parents and businesses who contributed to the wonderful garden,” said Ms Chaplin.