IN what turned out to be the best garden party Nenagh has ever hosted, President Michael D Higgins opened the town’s first Community Garden. The garden at Cudville will see community groups plant and sow the one-third acre site donated by local resident Maureen Meagher.
Under blue skies, President Higgins was welcomed to the garden by Mayor O’Dowd and Mr Coffey, before going on to greet the Irish Red Cross, and cut the official ribbon held by Amy Coffey and Emily Morrissey.
He then went on to meet the members of each group involved in the garden, as well as inspecting a guard of honour by Nenagh Irish Army veterans, including Sean O Fodhlu, who presented him with a copy of his book, No White Feather.
Obviously enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, President Higgins told the gathering that the group’s mission statement to “enhance the quality of life for those taking part, to promote a healthier lifestyle and to provide participants with opportunities for social and personal development”, were “worthy goals”.
He cited this in the context of the past decade, and said: “When historians come to write about this decade it will be in the abstract and not very real. No one has ever seen a hedge fund flower.”
The President said that the benefits of developing a community garden were “very real from the physical and mental gains that come from with exercise outdoors, to educating people on how and why to grow their own food, to encouraging the production of more food locally”.
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