St Cuthbert’s Park all set for first ever fete

by Sylvia Pownall
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THE first ever fete to be held at St Cuthbert’s Park takes place this Saturday as locals bid to reclaim the green space as an amenity for the community.
The Bawnogue park has become a haunt for joyriders and anti-social behaviour and the local residents want to see it put to good use once again.
The community fete, which runs from 12 noon to 6pm, is being organised by the Friends of St Cuthbert’s Park which hopes to make it an annual event.
Activities include live music, a kids’ soccer tournament, dog show, equine display, fitness bootcamp, emergency services display and food stalls.
There will also be face painting and kids’ activities and children can get their photo taken with two St Bernard dogs from 12.45pm to 1.30pm.
Organiser George Graham told The Gazette: “For the most part people in the area are delighted. A few are sceptical and that’s understandable.
“I’m 40 years in Clondalkin and the kids just think it’s a field now.
“They don’t know it as a park, there’s nothing in it. We want to let them see that it can be a park for us to utilise.”
A task force was set up last year to try and tackle anti-social behaviour and provide a green space amenity that residents of neighbouring Lealand, Lindisfarne, Melrose and Deansrath estates can enjoy.
South Dublin County Council recently revealed that a replacement perimeter wall would cost up to €600,000 after the boundary was damaged by joyriders who typically gain access via planks and leave burnt out cars in their wake.
George said: “The council do their best to be fair and the amount of rubbish they take out of there is unbelievable. But if they don’t agree to build a stronger wall around it then they might as well just build on it.
“We have 1,000 houses being built in Kilcarberry and another 11,000 in Clonburris/Adamstown so that leaves us with no other green area apart from the park here.
“Long term we need swings and benches and a playground but this is a first step in getting the community on board and showing the council we want to do our bit.
“This local input will help to transform the park into a positive and well used area within the community.
“We hope to have around 200 people at the fete and hope its success will allow us to grow it into an annual event.
“We see this as a stepping stone to rejuvenating the community spirit with local residents to allow them to revisit their past, when local community weeks were a massive tradition in the area.
“All we need now is the weather. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”

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