By Dan Walsh
Although the magnificent outdoor facilities at Killeens, Wexford, are being enjoyed and open to the public for more than a year now, the official opening of the €4 million Min Ryan Park was performed last weekend by Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Gary Laffan. It had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Laffan announced future plans to develop the park even further, including a skate park, and he told the invited gathering “the park is a huge asset not just for the town but for but also the entire county and its people.”
Elisabet Berney, the 100 years old daughter of Min Ryan, was a special guest, and she spoke about her mother who was born in 1884 and grew up in Tomcoole, not too far from the park that commemorates her memory and serves as a reminder that she played an important role in the 1916 Rising.
Ms Berney unveiled the Min Ryan Park plaque and cut the ceremonial ribbon in the company of Richard Mulcahy, the Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, and other public representatives and invited guests.
CEO Wexford County Council, Tom Enright outlined the amount of work that went into developing the public park and stressed its importance for the town and county as a public amenity.