By Damien Ahern


We were delighted to welcome Mary Ellen Tierney and Tom Abbott, the new Mr & Mrs Abbott (left)  to the River Walk on Wednesday afternoon, the first newly married couple to walk under the Arch! Many thanks to the happy couple for visiting us and choosing to take some photographs at this amenity site. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together.

The high temperatures of the past week has resulted in a busy spell for our volunteers to keep flowers and shrubs watered. The heat has also encouraged the flowers to increase their blooms, bringing lots of colour and cheer to the street.

Huge thanks to the FÁS workers, RSS Workers and TUS Workers who have been extremely busy all last week cutting grass, weeding and sweeping the roadsides. Huge credit is also due to previous community activists who had the vision to plant trees, build stone walls etc which will all have the benefit of enjoying today.

Artist Jim Dunn continues to make progress on the Heritage Mural at the top of the street, with a new character added in recent days. How lucky we are to have such talent living in our community.

We are delighted to report that dumping at the bottle bank has not been an issue in recent weeks thanks to the installation of a camera at the site. Thanks to everyone for their continued cooperation.

It is heartening to see another vacant building for sale on Colbert Street – Mullane’s Shop. The site where the Mural is housed is also for sale separately. This wonderful building deserves a new lease of life, which in time would add to the local population, contribute to the local economy, and reduce the number of vacant units in our village.