Family time in the sun at Min Ryan Park

By Dan Walsh

Soaring temperatures into the low 20’s prevailed across Wexford today and where better to soak up the sunshine than the new Min Ryan Park at Killeens, on the outskirts of Wexford town.

Covid 19 restrictions are in operation at the park, however, many families are enjoying the facility to return to some kind of normality after months of lockdown.

The park on 18 acres cost in the region of €4 million and was due to be officially opened on April 11th to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Min Ryan’s death, but the Covid-19 outbreak put paid to those plans.

It is planned to hold an official opening ceremony at a future date.

The park covers 18 acres incorporating an array of attractive features, including a playground, picnic area, dog park, memorial garden, walking track, water features, multi-use events area, play spaces, wildflower meadows and art/sculpture displays. 

The Park will also include a series of rich, bio-diverse eco-systems such as a wetland area, wild flower meadows and native woodland habitats.

Construction of Wexford’s ‘neighbourhood park’ got under way with sod-turning ceremony by Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey in September 2018.

Cllr. Dempsey paid tribute to Mr. Richard Mulcahy and the Mulcahy family for their philanthropic donation of €200,000 towards development of the park in honour of Richard’s late grandmother, local woman Min Ryan (1885-1977), who hailed from Tomcoole, Barntown, just a few miles from the park location in Killeens.

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