Residents of all ages enjoy family day at transformed Cooleens Close green

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

The inaugural community day at the green area at Cooleens Close in Clonmel proved a resounding success on Sunday afternoon.

Young and old alike came out in force to enjoy a great day at the green, which has been transformed in recent months.

“It was absolutely brilliant, a fantastic day. People couldn’t get over the transformation in the place”, said local resident and one of the organisers of the event, Mary Lawlor.

A wild and overgrown area that was littered with rubbish has been cleared for the benefit of the residents, who are now enjoying the well-maintained open green space.

Boundary walls were painted, an allotment was dug and a flower bed planted in front of a memorial wall that lists the names of departed residents.

The Mayor, Cllr. Billy Shoer called to the area on Sunday as children and youths enjoyed activities including races, penalty competitions and a 5-a-side soccer match against the Gardai, which the local youths won 5-4.

Games of skittles for different age groups also went down a treat as did the refreshments, which included cakes and buns baked by the residents; and a large bouncy castle. And apart from one heavy shower the day stayed mostly fine.

Children had their faces painted and every child that participated in an event was presented with a medal.

The residents are now hoping to organise an event to celebrate Halloween.

They are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of last Sunday including TJ Lyons, The Crescent, Superquinn, Michael O’Connor, Crunch, Dunnes Stores, Glenpatrick Spring Water, Fieldmaster, Alan Maher (Londis), Johnstones, Bob Fitzgerald’s, Paddy Millea’s, Bridget Lynch (who put the bunting together), Gerry Prout and The Wilderness Rovers soccer club for the use of their goalposts and kits; Margaret Fitzgerald, Mary Dillon, Tara Keane and Tricia Hannigan who baked the cakes and buns; the Gardai for donating medals and participating in the soccer match; and the Mayor, Cllr. Billy Shoer, who donated medals and trophies and turned up at the event.