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Anniversary Mass as Newbridge’sDara Park marks 40th milestone

Fiona O'Loughlin, Mayor of County Kildare, unveiling the plaque at the mass.  Photo: Jimmy Fullam.

Fiona O'Loughlin, Mayor of County Kildare, unveiling the plaque at the mass. Photo: Jimmy Fullam.

There was a great turn out for Dara Park 40th anniversary recently which was celebrated with a mass on the green.

The Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin unveiled a new stone bearing the estates name for the occasion and there were many songs from the children’s choir. A tree was also be planted for deceased residents of the estate.

“It was a lovely evening,” said Mayor O’Loughlin. “People came from abroad, from other parts of the county and other estates in Newbridge to celebrate with their friends and neighbours. There is a very strong sense of community in Dara Park. The residents support one another all the time, in their challenges and in their successes. The children in the choir sang beautifully and were a credit to their families and the community. I had the honour of unveiling stone plaque which was sponsored by Kildare County Council.”

The plaque highlights the sense of community in Dara Park which has been dogged by problems of sewage and flooding for years.

However the long awaited sewage works for Dara Park began last week and are due to be completed by the end of the summer. According to the council, tenders have also been received for foul water drainage improvement works in the Willow Grove area of Dara Park.  A task force, set up in 2012 to tackle sewage, flooding, and anti-social problems that have plagued the council estate for 39 years, will meet again on September 17 with Kildare County Council.

“I have been chairing that group on a quarterly basis with the residents,“ added the Mayor. “We are pleased with the progress made and will meet again in September. The occasion also reflected on the tremendous work carried out by the Family Resource Centre.”

 

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