Thurles Town is to get its long awaited Town Park.
This welcome news was announced at last night’s Thurles Town Council monthly meeting, much to the delight of all Councillors in attendance.
Local Council representatives were strong in their praise for the efforts of Mr Matt Short (Town Manager) and Mr Michael Ryan (Town Clerk), both major negotiators in this property purchase.
The land, which consists of some 8 acres, was purchased from St Patrick’s College  here in Thurles and is understood to include a further 2 acres, purchased at the rear of the College, for the construction of possible relief road. The latter property links from Erin foods across onto the Mill road and if the relief road envisaged can be funded, same would greatly assist the town’s presently congested traffic flow through the town’s centre.
The next stage of this operation is for a design team to be put in place and for planning permission to be sought, with the hope that the park will be fully ready in the next few years for all people to take pride in and to enjoy the substantial benefits that this town enhancement will now offer.
Speaking to Thurles Mayor Mr Michael Cleary this morning, who welcomed this news, the Mayor stated; “I would like to thank all parties involved in the negotiations surrounding this project & the various Councils both past & present who over the years put aside money for this important project. The emergence of this Town Park, positioned beside the present Swimming Pool and the Source Arts Centre, will hugely complement the present town centre.”
Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has also welcomed the purchase of the eight acres at St Patrick’s College, Thurles, stating, “This Town Park will in time prove to be a brilliant amenity for the people of Thurles and its environs. It is great news that a modern recreational facility will finally be made available to Thurles. I know it is very much welcomed by everyone living in the Cathedral Town and I look forward to helping with the development of the park and I very much look forward to construction commencing,“concluded Deputy Coonan.
St Patrick’s College have been extremely accommodating in the past, with the gifting, some years ago, of town centre land, latter which presently is occupied by our excellent Swimming Pool and the Source Arts Centre.