A well attended meeting took place in Tydavnet Community Centre on Tuesday 23rd January to outline details on 2 planned projects in the village and to explore ideas for fundraising to cover the residual cost. The projects include the removal and replacement of the cut stone wall along the graveyard lane (this project started in early January and is being carried out by Pat Denning, Asphalt & Civil work Contractors), and the provision of a new car and bus park to the rear of Tydavnet chapel, with provision for exit onto the public road by way of the existing “Graveyard Lane”. The project applications were made by Tydavnet Tidy Towns group in response to a lack of adequate off road parking, especially for Masses, funerals, school drop offs, and events in the village. The new car park will enhance road safety for Mass goers, for people going to and from St Dympna’s N.S. and Acorn Montessori in the village, and larger vehicles driving through the village. The project will also include the provision of wheelchair accessible ramps and disability parking. There was unanimous enthusiasm and support for both projects.

The meeting included a PowerPoint slideshow of aerial drone footage showing the lack of parking at a recent Church event, and provided evidence of the difficulty that would be posed if there was a need for emergency vehicle access or departure. Tydavnet Tidy Towns has been actively working on this project since 2006, but due to delays in getting plans, planning permission and leases of the potential development property, it is only now that the process is coming together. The project will also involve eTenders, and the selection of the lowest viable tender to carry out the work.

Although both projects will be supported by grant funding, there will be a significant shortfall, perhaps in the region of €55k – 60k, which will have to be contributed by the local community, and various ideas were put forward at the meeting as to how this money could be made in the shortest possible time. However, there was agreement that it was very achievable, and that it would be a very worthwhile amenity for the village.

Tydavnet Tidy Towns is a registered charity, and they would welcome any financial support to get this very valuable amenity to fruition. Anyone with Tydavnet “roots” from within or outside the area who wishes to sponsor a car parking space or to contribute financially (however small or large) is very welcome to get in touch with the committee. This will be a great asset to the community – be part of it! Your support is much appreciated.

Graveyard wall to be demolished, relocated and rebuilt