By Dan Walsh
A stop-go system is in operation near Bellevue Heights leading to Ballyhogue village this week to facilitate the creation of a new footpath that will complement other improvements in the village including the installation of a defibrillator attached to the local school.
The work is being spearheaded by the Ballyhogue Residents’ Association, formed 18 months ago, with the co-operation of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council through local representative Cllr Cathal Byrne.
Ballyhogue, famous for its champion football teams, was once served by Macmine Junction railway station and had its own forge in the village, they are long gone, but in recent times there is no business happening in the local shop and the post office has disappeared. However, in recent decades a growing number of housing estates and other houses have emerged and the village now has an approximate population of 300 and is staging a strong community comeback.
“We are making good progress,” said John V Carr, secretary of the residents’ association, who added; “We are getting the footpath, we need some traffic calming around the school, we hope to provide a play area for the children of Ballyhogue, the crossroads have been resurfaced, so we are doing well!”
Cllr Cathal Byrne said it was a privilege to represent his native townland and village on the council. He is also conscious that Ballyhogue remains one of the options on the M11 Oylegate to Rosslare route and locals have concerns about that.
Currently, there is a campaign to raise funds of €1,500 for a community Defibrillator and there is a call out for donations through a gofundme website. It is getting strong support, but a little push is needed to complete that aspect of improving life for the people of Ballyhogue.