New wheelchair-accessible garden officially opened in Firhouse

by Padraig Conlon
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CRC Firhouse Day Centre officially opened a wheelchair-accessible garden on ground beside the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last Friday 15th November.

Over a year in planning and construction, and working with South Dublin County Council, the project grew from an idea that came about on a sunny day last summer.

Sitting outside, a group from the centre realised that a small garden that both they and the wider Firhouse community could benefit from would be a worthwhile addition to the area.

After looking at an overgrown and neglected plot of local land, the group got together and drafted a plan to develop the small plot.

Local Councillor Brian Lawlor was then brought on board to get the project moving.

SDCC were supportive of the Accessible Garden initiative, and with low maintenance and full wheelchair accessibility among the main requirements, specially shaped raised planters were developed to enable wheelchair-users to tend to the garden during the year.

Following discussions with the group from CRC Firhouse, plants were chosen that were tactile and scented so that those with a visual impairment could enjoy the garden too.

The garden is also intended to be enjoyed equally by the whole Firhouse Community.

The official opening event was attended by a number of local community members and representatives including Sean Crowe TD, Councillors Alan Edge, Deirdre O’Donovan and Charlie O’Connor and Brian Lawlor (who was asked to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony) local businessman John Regan and Catherine Stuart and Alison McCallion representing CRC’s management.

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