There has been a huge welcome and enthusiasm for a fundraising drive for two Tidy Town upgrade works in Tydavnet village. Despite both projects being set to receive grant funding from CLÁR and Leader, a shortfall of €55,000 is envisaged, and this will have to be provided by the community.  Work has already commenced on removing and resiting the cut stone wall and wrought iron gates on the “Graveyard lane” which will result in wider entry/exit access to the cemetery and the proposed new car park to the rear of the Church. This car park will provide marked out spaces for over 90 cars, a mass concrete retaining wall, with a number of disability spaces and an access ramp also included.

The provision of a car park has been on the wishlist of the community for many years, and anyone who drives through the village at school drop off/pick up times or at Mass times will be familiar with the congestion in the area, and the risk to road safety. Schools are busy areas, where there are often lots of children—who do not always understand the danger of roads and vehicles. There is limited car parking at the Chapel and at the school, but during funerals especially, car owners are forced to park along the roadside, and often as far away as Tydavnet Community Centre. This often results in a difficulty for passing traffic, especially lorries and agricultural vehicles, to get through the village safely.

It is expected that the projects could cost in the region of €250,000, but up to 75% of that could be funded, leaving the community to come up with a ballpark figure of €55,000. The projects were outlined and costings explained at a well attended public meeting on Tuesday 23rd January 2018, and there was immediate enthusiasm for the projects. Indeed, one of the organisations represented on the night, Tydavnet Drama Troupe immediately pledged a donation from their upcoming drama production “Moll”. This committee has been a consistent supporter of local charities down the years, and their generosity was lauded by all in attendance.

A subcommittee has been appointed to the project and members include Seamus McCarvill, Peter Cavanagh, Fr Stephen Joyce, Damien Eanetta, Ben McCrudden, Martin Connolly, Adrienne Kearns, Emma Traynor, and Paul McElvaney. Anyone else who wishes to join the committee will be most welcome. A bank account has been opened for anyone who wishes to make donations to assist the work, and any help with fundraising initiatives will be much appreciated.

The car park will be a fantastic amenity for the whole community – it will facilitate off road drop offs for school and preschool children, and it will also facilitate parking for all church and village functions, and cemetery visits. So c’mon everybody – we’ve raised money for the community before, we’ll do it again! This is a great project for the whole community to get behind, join the fundraising “drive”.