Parent’s, please take note! Concern has been raised in Ballinode this week about young teens abusing the equipment in the children’s playground “Spraoi na hAbhann”. While it’s lovely to see all the young people from Ballinode and neighbouring areas out and about in our village, some of them have been congregating round the children’s play area, and to be perfectly frank, abusing the equipment within it. It is also very intimidating for parents of young children who come along to use the facility for recreation for their little ones. The play equipment is intended for children under seven, and over the weekend there have been cases of up to 3 teenagers on a child swing and another pushing them for all he is worth, while others were up “dancing” on the little roundabout nearby. Some of the teens have been verbally abusive to a person who called on them not to abuse the equipment. We ask that the young people would consider using the sports court area for football and basketball, and leave the play equipment for the wee ones it’s intended for. Thank you.