In pictures: Unlimited fun at the brand new Laois Playground in Ballinakill – Photo 1 of 12

On Friday March 11, 2022, the Páirc na Coille playground, located in the Ballinakill Amenity Park, was officially opened.

The name, Páirc na Coille was chosen by Leah Dunphy and Róisín Kearney of Ballinakill NS and Graham Carr of Knock NS and echoes the Irish for Ballinakill – “Baille na Coille”, or Town of the Woods.

As the day started off wet and windy, there was a perfectly timed break in time for the opening and the sun shone on the happy faces of the many children who had gathered there, eagerly awaiting the opening. doors.

Speaking at the opening, Liz Kennedy, President of the Ballinakill Community Development Association, welcomed the large crowd. Praising the entire community, Liz said there were “no boundaries, age profiles or gender differences among everyone who was part of this wonderful facility” and thanked the Ballinakill community for “their encouragement, support, praise and practical help”.

The event was also attended by Laois Councilors and representatives of Laois County Council and the Chief of Laois. Cathaoirleach Conor Bergin welcomed the crowd and paid tribute to all who have been involved in advancing the playground, including the parish who generously provided the pitch. Noting that he had no doubt that “the playground will be used day after day”, he wished all the children who use the playground “happy and fun days”.

Donal Brennan, Director of Services, spoke on behalf of Laois County Council and Michael Cobb on behalf of Laois Leader. Both congratulated the community of Ballinakill and the Ballinakill Community Development Association, who through planning and fundraising have worked tirelessly to achieve this important milestone.

After Fr. Conlon and Canon Harvey blessed the playground and wished all who visit it safe and happy times, the ribbon was cut and the Páirc na Coille gates were officially opened. Within seconds, the playground was flooded with excited children who wasted no time trying out the many attractions.

The play area, located next to the Ballinakill Outdoor Pool, is a safe and accessible space for everyone and is a great place to bring the children to play. It will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with later opening during the summer months.

The Ballinakill Community Development Association would like to thank everyone involved in making the playground and everyone who helped with the opening. They would also like to remind readers that they are looking for volunteers in any capacity and would welcome contacts from any interested party.

Harold B. McConnell