Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee visits Knockanrawley & Canon Hayes centres in Co. Tipperary

Tipperary Star reporter

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Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee visits  Knockanrawley & Canon Hayes centres in Co. Tipperary

Martin Quinn Chairman Canon Hayes, Garret Ahearn, Minister Helen McEntee with Munster Basketball Team.

Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee visited Tipperary town recently at the invitation of FG General Election Candidate Garret Ahearn.

Mr. Ahearn brought the Minister to Fethard to visit Coolmore Stud. Minister Mcentee said: “visiting Coolmore Stud was an ideal opportunity to discuss at first hand the challenges and obstacles facing the equine industry in Ireland as a result of Brexit”.

Afterwards they went to the newly opened Fethard Horse Country Experience where manager Shannon Forrest provided the Minister and Garret Ahearn with a tour to have the opportunity to discover the rich culture, heritage and history of the region. As part of Ireland’s Ancient East, this interactive experience examines the relationship between the people, the land and the horse revealing how they are all inextricably linked. In 10 months of being open it has already welcomed over 5000 visitors.

In the afternoon Garret Ahearn brought Minister McEntee to Tipperary Town. They first visited Knockanrawley Resource Centre and met with Centre manager Emer Leahy and the board. Mrs Leahy explained to the Minister how the centre encourages, fosters and empowers people, groups and the community of Tipperary town as a whole to identify and make changes that enhance their lives. “It is vital that government is aware and appreciates the extensive community services delivered by Centre’s such as KRC and the challenges we continue to face without any core funding” Centre manager Emer Leahy said.

Also in Tipperary town Garret Ahearn brought Minister McEntee to visit the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre. Here the Minister along with Garret Ahearn met with Martin Quinn Chairman of Canon Hayes Recreation Centre and local activists Josephine Carroll, Padraig Culbert and Anne Marie Ryan. A wide range of topics were raised including unemployment, the N24 and traffic issues, Road surfacing of the main street, Closure of shops, Deis Schools and extra funding for the Recreation Centre.

Leaving Tipperary town the Minister said she “learned of the challenges facing the town but also heard of the very positive work that is being done to support individuals and families in difficulty circumstances”.