Marie Devitt, Pat Cummins and Gerry Quinlan at the site of Rosegreen Community Development Plan.
A €860,000 development supported by a County Tipperary community really got its wheels in motion in recent weeks.
The Rosegreen Community Development Plan 2016 - 2020 will transform Rosegreen’s Nijinsky Park, with new grass pitches with lighted walkway around them, an all-weather astro turf surface, a playground and a new car park the highlights of an exciting new dawn for the community.
The project is being spearheaded by local residents, who gathered at Rosegreen Community Hall back in January 2016 to pool ideas for the €860,000 development. “We are trying to develop a good facility for residents where there can be matches in various sporting codes, and it will have a lot of facilities for the community and the children in the area,” Rosegreen Development Association’s secretary, Marie Devitt, tells The Nationalist.
“A facilities committee was set-up and they formulated the list of ideas generated at the community meeting into a plan and sat down with engineer Eddie Kennedy night after night to get these ideas into one comprehensive facilities development plan. We went back to the community members that initially gathered at the meeting in Rosegreen Community Hall, asked them what they thought of the draft facilities plan, and we tweaked bits and pieces. After that we went to planning application and while we waited for that to go through we had a very strong fundraising committee who came up with some very successful fundraising events. They applied and were approved for various grant funding for the multi-purpose community development. The chairperson of the Rosegreen Community Development Plan, Michael Quinlan, is absolutely superb in driving the whole plan,” Marie continues.
After a treacherous winter, work began over Easter on Rosegreen Community Hall’s entrance, lowering the level of the car park, putting in disability parking, new tarmacadam and raising the level of the path going into the hall. In addition to grants and a generous €200,000 donation from The Magnier Foundation, door-to-door fundraising has helped move the first phase of the plan forward, with contractors PST Sport now focusing their efforts on resurfacing the pitch and putting the walkway in place by July.
Rosegreen Development Association chairperson, Pat Cummins, praises the “brilliant and very positive” community reaction to the project. “Nearly every household in the community has contributed in some way. It’s hard when you have to go out to houses looking for money but it was wonderful that the work had started on the field because when you go out looking for money people might be wondering when the fruits of it will come on board,” Pat says.
The final phase will focus on developing a playground for the children of Rosegreen and surrounding areas, but €300,000 needs to be raised to see out the project. Rosegreen Development Association committee member, Gerry Quinlan, is confident that the shortfall will be made up. “The development will be of phenomenal benefit to the people of Rosegreen and the communities around us, from an eight month old to a 90-year-old. It will be here for the generations to come. The walkway is particularly needed - it will be a community walkway where people get to meet and have a chat with each other. It will be a congregation area, right beside the school and in the middle of the village.
“We have some brilliant people here in the village and the brilliant community spirit has been central to getting this project started and going well. From fundraising door-to-door, we are seeing huge positivity from everyone for this project and it will be fantastic when it’s fully complete,” Gerry adds.