"Progression of the Village"
Clonroche Development Association Ltd Working for the Community March 2010 Volume 1, Issue 27 Community General Meeting: • Discuss future needs of the area. • Venue: Clonroche Community Centre. • To facilitate and exchange views and ideas. • 8:00, Monday 22nd March 2010. Progression of the Village Major Improvements Clonroche Development Association Ltd, Managing the FAS Community Scheme Clonroche Development Association re-entered founded in 1999, are instigators of in the village, the Development group the village in the National Tidy Towns Contest in many facilities in the village. were responsible for securing its 1999. That year Clonroche was marked twenty- presence in Clonroche. Other areas, twenty-six- second worst village in the twenty-six-counties of The Millennium Park project was much smaller villages, had upward of Ireland. Ireland This was an indictment of the completed in 2000. Having purchased eighteen people on schemes but the site from the Dier family, with the community, the local authority, and others Clonroche had no representation. responsible for the presentation of the village. help of many people in the community who gave their time and physical effort, Lobbying by Clonroche Development the park became a flagship of village Association resulted in the village In the intervening years, with continued lobbying development by a community group acquiring two FAS workers under the and organisation by Clonroche Development auspices of the Adamstown Scheme. Association and the support of the community, One of the biggest events on the Within the first year, in the continuance Clonroche was transformed. The vast amount of Clonroche Calendar, Clonroche Vintage of stronger representation, Clonroche trophies, citations and awards displayed in & Steam Rally, was inaugurated in May Development Association became a 2000. Bringing people to the village as Clonroche Community Centre is evident the founder member of ANCCR, forging a far apart as Belfast and Kerry, even strong link with our neighbouring enormous progress made over the past decade. from the UK, the Vintage Rally is one of villages of Adamstown, Camross, the biggest attractions of the year. Its Looking back, the approach road at Glanbia Mill Newbawn & Raheen. was a mud flat, footpaths were in terrible fame has spread throughout Ireland and is on most Vintage enthusiast calendar Through this organisation links were condition or non-existent in the village. forged with Partnership, which opened Footpaths extended no further than The Villas. Festive Street Lighting and The an office in Clonroche Community Street lighting was confined to the centre of the Christmas Bazaar are also the Centre, Wexford Organisation for Rural responsibility of Clonroche Development village on poles erected in the 1950’s Development and Wexford Community Association. This lifts the community at Forum, wherein Clonroche Development Dedicated members and the wider community this festive time of year and is one of Association was represented at the very few villages in the country to built the Millennium Park, secured footpaths and highest level lighting on the Spout Road, instigated the John’s embark on such a venture. Lane project and brought the Old Well project to In 2000 Clonroche Development fruition. Association Ltd set up the Thrift Bank, which collects on Saturday evenings Footpaths & Street lighting were upgraded and throughout the year. The Association are extended to the Glanbia Mill. Footpaths & also sponsors of ‘Meals on Wheels”. Lighting were further extended on the Spout Clonroche Development Association Road and the Mud Flat at the Mill was surfaced instigated the first community computer in Clonroche Community Centre at the beginning of the computer age. They were also sponsors of facility training, through ANCCR, of many people in the area now very conversant with computers. The Association were the promoter of the modern Kitchen In this issue: facilities in Clonroche Community Centre. Clonroche, Co Wexford Progression 1 Major Improvements 1 Where Now? 2 Clonroche Development Association Ltd A Playing Field for the Village International Recognition The biggest disappointment site. This did not proceed with On the 2nd December 2001 representatives of Clonro- must be the lack of an open the speed required and a che Development Association Ltd were presented with space or Playing Field for the change of Management in the the Silver Award by the prestigious International Nations in Bloom Organisation in a competition held in village. Playing Fields are a fea- Local Authority and the on- Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. ture of practically every village slaught of a Building Boom in the UK. Clonroche Develop- resulted in the offer being re- Representing the community the late Dr Ann Behan, ment Association produced scinded. More must be done on Lorcan Dunne and David fFrench made the thirty five- minute presentations to an international judging panel several papers on this aspect of this project followed by a lengthy series of questions from the rural and urban shortcomings. judges. Tom McDonald was script writing for the team at A playing field was granted to home and Mary Howlett & Mairead fFrench were sup- Clonroche Development Asso- porting the team in China . ciation by Wexford County Launched in 1997, Nations in Bloom was the world's Council some years ago leading awards/competition scheme based on manage- for a sum of €5,000. ment of the environment At a meeting of Clonroche The main objective of Nations in Bloom was the en- Development Association, hancement of the quality of life through the improvement Cloughbawn Soccer Club of the environment and the creation of viable liveable requests they should be communities. A further objective is the exchange of knowledge and best practice across cultural and na- allowed to develop the tional borders. A Panel of International Judges, having assessed sub- missions from communities around the world invited the Clonroche team to take part in the Finals of Nations in Bloom 2001. Looking Forward What now for Clonroche? How will Clonroche progress into the future? Is it to To attract consultation & discussion on the be a dormer village for Enniscorthy, New future needs of the area, Clonroche Ross & Wexford or should it Development Association Ltd are facilitating develop its own employment a General Meeting of the community in structures? What is required in the Clonroche Community Centre on Monday village to further the social, cultural & economic discipline? 22nd March @ 8:00 p.m What role will education play and how? Please attend if at all Should we be more involved with possible and put forward Enterprise Ireland, IDA and the your thoughts and views County Enterprise Board to explore on the present and the possibilities for the future? Are future needs of our the children of the area destined community and move to move away or, perhaps forward together to emigrate? What do we require to prepare our area for the mitigate against this event? challenges that lie How can the social & cultural ahead areas be advanced? What are the needs of a rural community in the early decades of the twenty-first millennium?