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Ashbury Residents Unveil 1916 Monument

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ashbury Residents Unveil 1916 Monument thumbnailMembers of Ashbury 1916 Garden Committee pictured with Tess Maloney, local clergy, local Councillors and supporters at official unveiling ceremony last weekend

THE RESIDENTS of Ashbury in Roscrea held an official unveiling ceremony last weekend for a commemorative bench which was constructed to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

Held in crisp winter sunshine last Saturday, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the Roscrea Tidy Towns group, local Clergy, members of the Municipal Council for Roscrea, the Roscrea People and many members of the small and very hard working Ashbury Residents Association.

Ashbury has had more than its fair share of problems in the last few years, mostly stemming from anti-social behaviour related to the now renovated, but once abandoned and very badly vandalised, Ros na Cronan estate.

The area also shoulders the burden of accommodating one of Roscrea's largest closed down industrial plants, which once housed Offray, but has now fallen into very serious disrepair and become an eyesore and source of many problems for neighbouring residents.

However, thanks to the hard work of the residents committee, things are changing and the future looks much brighter, now that Ros na Cronan is speedily reaching full renovation and almost ready to accommodate new families.

Recent additions of murals decorating walls in the area by local children and now the resplendent new 1916 monument are major improvements and evidence of what can be achieved by a hard working residents committee with good ideas.

The footpath leading from the Kinnitty Road to Ashbury was completed earlier this year and has made travelling for pedestrians much safer and more comfortable, while a complete rebuild of the periphery wall and footpath of Roscrea GAA Club has transformed the area visually.

Unveiling the 1916 monument last weekend was the icing on the cake for 2016 in Ashbury and the monument, which is a welcoming bench surrounded by a small, but very carefully put together, garden is a very welcome addition to the area.

Chairman of the residents committee, Tommy Murphy, who has fought hard for his area at public meetings and often challenged public representatives to do better for his area, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and said the residents are very happy to unveil their monument.

'This is a seat for everyone,' Mr Murphy said and explained that the residents planned to place a time capsule in the garden which they hope the residents of Ashbury in 2116 can open and add to, before burying again for future generations.

Mr Murphy thanked Michael Donovan in particular for 'bending over backwards to make sure that this was all possible' and thanked the local Roscrea Sinn Fein Cumann for donating an Irish tricolour for the unveiling ceremony.

Mr Murphy also thanked Sandra Smith from North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Kinsella Stone, Roscrea Tidy Towns, Roscrea GAA Club, SuperValu Roscrea, Roscrea Credit Union, Neville Steel and Noel Delaney for all participating in creating the monument.

Fr Tom Corbett and Rev. Jane Galbraith from Roscrea performed an Irish blessing when unveiling the bench and garden and recited a passage from the Book of Genesis titled 'A Garden Made of Earth.'

'This is a very proud moment for all the people from Ashbury and people with connections to this lovely place as we remember those who gave their lives in 1916,' Fr Corbett said as Tess Maloney performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and officially declared the bench and garden open.

Ms Maloney raised the Irish flag to full mast in the beautiful sunshine and the Chairman of the Ashbury Residents Committee invited everyone in attendance to the GAA Centre for tea and coffee after the ceremony.

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