Funding for Barrack Hill gardener

Courtney Gallagher, Craigtown National School celebrates the opening of the new park in Carndonagh, surrounded by classmates. At back are Laura Duncan, parent, Mrs. Brigid McGonigle, teacher and Demi Baker, classroom assistant. DER1115MC122
Courtney Gallagher, Craigtown National School celebrates the opening of the new park in Carndonagh, surrounded by classmates. At back are Laura Duncan, parent, Mrs. Brigid McGonigle, teacher and Demi Baker, classroom assistant. DER1115MC122

A funding provision for 50,000 euro per year has been allocated for the maintenance of Barrack Hill Town Park in Carndonagh.

The news was confirmed by Seamus Hopkins, area roads engineer at Tuesday’s meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District Council.

Mr Hopkins said the funding was “very, very welcome” and that arrangements would be made to maintain the park using the money this year, with long-term arrangements then implemented going forward.

The funding announcement was given a warm welcome by Inishowen’s county councillors who had previosuly expressed their concern and frustration that no funding for the employment of a gardener had been allocated for the maintenance of the park, which was offically opened last year.

Councillor Bernard McGuinness said he was “delighted” that a gardener would now be put in place.

Councillor Martin McDermott said the funding and the allocation of a gardener would not only be beneficial to Barrack Hill town park but also for other local groups across Inishowen.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Councillor McDermott said the gardener would hopefully be able to assist other groups such as Tidy Towns.

He said: “This is very positive news and something I’ve been working on for quite a while. It was vital that we got a gardener for Barrack Hill as it is such an asset to the local community.”