Hopes high for 1916 memorial garden

by Ian Begley

Plans for a 1916 commemorative garden at Newlands, Clondalkin, are at an advanced stage with hopes that it will officially be opened by April 30.
The garden will include seven native Irish Yew trees, one for each of the signatories of the Proclamation of Independence and two large granite stones containing an Irish and English inscribed copy of the proclamation.
It will be a permanent feature by Clondalkin Tidy Towns and will be placed in Newlands Cross, opposite the Maldron Hotel.
The funding for this project comes from South Dublin County Council as part of its 1916 Commemoration grants initiative.
Community projects and sport’s clubs from around Dublin Mid-West benefited from nearly €34,000 altogether from this scheme.
Clondalkin received a total of €10,000 for 11 community groups that are planning to celebrate a range of centenary events.
Along with their plans at Newlands, Clondalkin Tidy Towns have also developed plans for a biodiversity garden at river Camac next to the civic offices.
Works are due to commence in early April. Although the garden will not be opened to the public, it is expected to enhance the area visibly and will significantly promote biodiversity at this section of the river.
Meanwhile, the community group will return to Clondalkin park and leisure centre this year for national spring clean 2016.
Taking place on Saturday, April 14, at 10am, Clondalkin Tidy Towns are asking for local community groups to join them on the day.
National spring clean is Ireland’s most popular, well-recognized and successful anti-litter initiative.
Taking place during the whole month of April and now in its 17th year, the campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean ups in their own local environment.
Commenting, Ronan Connolly of Clondalkin Tidy Towns said: “Our work is not possible without the amazing help from our volunteers who give up countless hours every week.
“We also cannot plan and complete some of our projects such as those mentioned above and also our summer flower barrels without fundraising.
“If you would like to help us financially please contact us by email.
“All donations are greatly appreciated and every penny (cent) goes back into making Clondalkin the great place it is to live and work in.”
For more information on their work and how to volunteer, visit the Clondalkin Tidy Towns Facebook page.

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