New Boules court for locals

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Nutgrove Boules Court

Councillor Lettie McCarthy, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council officially launched the new Boules playing area at Loretto Park, Nutgrove, Rathfarnham which was developed by Loretto Men’s Shed with the co-operation of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Nutgrove Shopping Centre.

Nutgrove Shopping Centre manager, Steven Stocks, praised the efforts of the group in “shaping how Nutgrove Shopping Centre looks and feels”.

Nutgrove Boules Court
Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Cllr Lettie McCarthy officially launched the new Boules playing area at Loreto Park Photo: Peter Cavanagh

In the interest of giving back to the community, Nutgrove Shopping Centre has announced its  sponsorship of a new community boules pitch in its neighbouring Loreto Park, in addition to new polo shirts for the ten members of the men’s shed who began playing in 2020 as a solution to pandemic restrictions.

Mr Stocks continued: “Nutgrove Shopping Centre has again linked up with the Men’s Shed and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to provide a boules court in Loreto Park. The boules court will provide a space for the community to come together, meet, chat, laugh and have fun in a safe open-air environment.”

John Cahill, organiser of the Loretto men’s shed, told the Dublin Gazette that playing boules proved “a great idea to be able to keep mixing outdoors and to keep the shed going”. 

“Although the pitch is being established through the men’s shed, it will be a community pitch for us all to play on and enjoy and we might even consider putting on some friendly tournaments in the future, as we improve”, he added.

Photos: Peter Cavanagh

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