Roscrea Enhancement Plan Gets the Green Light
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The much anticipated launch of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan took place in the majestic surrounds of the Roscrea Castle Complex, Roscrea on Friday last.
The much anticipated launch of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan took place in the majestic surrounds of the Roscrea Castle Complex, Roscrea on Friday last. After eighteen testing months the Chairman of the group, Brian King welcomed everyone to the launch. He thanked everyone for their attendance on what he hoped in time will be remembered in time as a very special day for Roscrea.
Mayor Michael O’Meara was in attendance to help officially launch the plan. The Mayor complimented everyone associated with the plan and thanked Brian king for helping get the plan completed as planned. The Mayor wished the town every success with the plan and he said that North Tipperary County Council were fully committed to helping the town to deliver on the plan.
Brian King, Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Group invites Mayor Of North Tipperary, Michael O’Meara to formally launch the Roscrea Enhancement Plan.
Back Row L/R:
Cllr Michael Smith, Cllr John Hogan, Karl Cashen, Liam Phelan, martin Carroll, Mary Conroy, Dick Conroy, Brendan O’Meara, Nicholas Moroney, and Cllr Denis Ryan.
Front Row L/R
Nuala O’Connell, Brendan Keeshan, Kate Moloney, James Hennessy, Mai Phelan, Cllr Pauline Coonan, Joe McGrath (County Manager), Mayor Michael O’Meara, Brian King (Chairman, Roscrea Enhancement Group), Noel Coonan TD, Eileen Doherty, & Jacinta Rigney
Joe McGrath (County Manager) said that the launch of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan was of huge significance for Roscrea. Joe praised the County Council staff and in particular Marion Carey who unfortunately could not be in attendance. The County Manager also praised the steering group and said that Brian king went above and beyond he’s duty as Chairman of the Enhancement Plan and had shown great commitment and dedication to help bring the plan to fruition and putting in place structures that will allow the committee deliver on the objectives of the plan.
Brian King then spoke about all the work that went into the plan and the dedication that was needed to bring the plan to fruition.
In a change with tradition the first people thanked were the media. Brian King said that without the support of the media the plan would not have received the unprecedented support that it has. In particular Brian thanked a great Roscrea supporter, Ann Keegan and he wished Ann every success with her new life in Canada. Brian also thanked Eoin Kelleher from the Tipperary Star for the great coverage that the plan has received to date and he was also very complimentary towards Darren Keegan and Garry Cotter for their support. Brian King also thanked Mary Pyne and PJ Wright for their great help and thanked all the Councillors present and said that while Councillors often received a lot of criticism in this instance he had nothing but praise for their support of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan.
The Chairman then thanked all the Enhancement Plan Committee and in particular he thanked Joe McGrath the County Manager for his phenomenal support to the Enhancement Committee and Roscrea in general. Brian also thanked Heritage officer Marion Carey who was such a great support over the past eighteen months. Brian who is Manager of Roscrea Credit Union also thanked representatives of the Credit Union that were present and said that as long as he was in Roscrea he would be fully committed to both the Credit Union and the town and people of Roscrea.
Speaking to the Star this week Brian king reminded us that at the launch of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan process he said that the Roscrea Town Enhancement Plan will be “owned by the people of Roscrea, it will be driven by the people of Roscrea and it’s success or failure will ultimately depend upon the people of Roscrea”.
In the intervening months the Chairman said that the “Stakeholder Committee” has done everything it can to help ensure that the first part of this ideology is achieved. Brian King informed us about the many meetings have taken place with clubs, organsiations, local businesses and most importantly the general public to help ensure that this plan is truly owned by the people of Roscrea. The Chairman said that now that we have our plan in place the process of change and implementing the objectives of the plan can commence. Brian King said that this process will be a great challenge but one that the people of Roscrea will rise too as evidenced by the great community spirit that prevails through the many wonderful clubs and organsiations that make up the fabric of our town. The Chairman said he had campaigned hard with the committee for a project officer to help deliver on key aspects of the plan. Brian king said he was disappointed that no formal announcement could be made yet on this particular role but that he had every confidence in the people that had assured him that this person would be made available in the not too distant future.
Brian King said that the Enhancement Plan would not have got to this stage without the help of many people. Brian spoke about The Heritage Council of Ireland through Alison Harvey and their financial support and was very complimentary once again of Joe McGrath as County Manager who he reminded us has always showed tremendous support for Roscrea and is fully committed to helping Roscrea to deliver on it’s Enhancement Plan. Brian King thanked the consultants for the drafting of the plan, The Paul Hogarth Company, and said that in particular James Hennessey and Gavin Shivers deserve the committee’s gratitude. The Chairman said that the consultants have challenged and have been challenged throughout the planning process and after countless meetings and workshops they have helped deliver a plan that should excite the people of Roscrea and herald a new era of growth and development for our town.
The Roscrea Town Enhancement Plan Stakeholder Group was a large group representative of many organsiations that all want to see Roscrea prosper. Brian King said that the committee showed great heart and determination throughout the process and deserve lots of credit for their endeavours. Brian said that in particular he would like to acknowledge the role of the project co-ordinator Marion Carey. Brian said that Marion’s commitment to the plan can not be overstated.
In conclusion Brian King said that despite the economy, the cutbacks on public spending and all the doom, the Enhancement Plan process was a wonderful opportunity for the people of the town to come together and put in place a plan that will revitalise Roscrea, bring vitality back to our streets and hopefully usher in the dawn of a new era of prosperity for our town. The Chairman said that “A wise man once said that the best successes in life come after disappointments”. Brian King told us that Roscrea has had enough plans that have disappointed and failed to deliver. He said that the onus is now on us all to make sure that this time things will be different and that we will all get to share in the success of delivering on the objectives of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan, the peoples plan.”
As part of the launch the OPW kindly offered free tours throughout the day of the Castle Complex. Brian king thanked the OPW for their support and said that their co-operation was very much appreciated.
Throughout the day a number of the stakeholders involved in the plan gathered in the Castle to show their support for the plan. All were extremely complimentary in their praise for the Chairman of the Enhancement Group and the Committee whose tireless efforts to help deliver the plan did not go unnoticed.
As reported in this paper three weeks ago work on delivering the many objectives that form part of the plan has already commenced. The plan in its entirety is availa