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Committee plans €50k upgrade to playground

March 31st, 2018 10:50 AM

By Jackie Keogh

At the launch of the Dunmanway Playground Development Fund were Cllr Paul Hayes (SF), Mayor Declan Hurly (Ind), Catherine Crowley, Sarah Cahalane, Helen O'Reilly, Valerie Hurley, Deirdre Kelly, Judy Kelleher, Deirdre O'Dwyer, Mariead Mawe, Morrin Curtis, Kevin Crowley and John Forde.

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A target of €50,000 has been set by a committee that is looking to upgrade Dunmanway playground.

The committee is particularly interested in providing amenities for children with disabilities but this equipment – even with the help and support of Cork County Council – comes at a cost.

‘We have set a target of €50,000 with a view to installing equipment that can be easily accessed by all,’ said Deirdre Kelly, who is the chairperson of the Dunmanway Playground Redevelopment Committee.

Deirdre said they are liaising with Cork County Council to have the playground adjoining the town’s state-of-the-art swimming pool upgraded by the end of the year.

Deirdre confirmed that they have already raised almost €3,500 through personal donations and a ‘Red Day’, which involved local children wearing red to school on St Valentine’s Day and making a donation to this worthwhile project.

According to Deirdre, there are many more events in the pipeline including a combined coffee morning and Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1st, which will take place in the grounds surrounding the pool and the playground.

Another event – ‘A Girls Just Wanna Have Gin’ – night out on Friday, April 20th will be for a much older audience. The event will be sponsored by local gin producers in West Cork and all the proceeds will go directly the playground fundraising drive.

Throughout the year, the committee will also be holding a raffle, a flag day, a tractor run, a soccer event, a duathlon, a yoga morning and much more.

They have even set up a dedicated Facebook page: Dunmanway Playground and a Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/575m6mw so give what you can.

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