By Dan Walsh at Courtown
The official opening of the Courtown Plaza and Pier Enhancement today (Sunday) is recognised as the first step to bring Courtown back to its former glory and there are promises of future funding and revitalisation for the popular north Wexford seaside resort and village.
Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, who unveiled a plaque, described the occasion as “the first step to bring Courtown back to its former glory.” “We are not finished by a long shot and I am committed to what Courtown needs to bring it back to where it should be and where it can be with the help of all the local people and with Wexford County Council!
He spoke of “a beautiful white beach that is no longer here” but he felt there are plans that will address that and it is for the future -it is not forgotten – and he is hoping for some positive news next year! Cllr Breen paid special tribute to Liz Stanley, Senior Staff Officer Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, who spearheaded the project at local level.
Minister James Browne thanked everybody associated with the project including members of the Local Authority and the Courtown Community Council. “Projects being done in communities is not about the people here today; it is about the oncoming generations; it is about the environment. We need to protect our communities. We need to protect the environment and biodiversity.”
Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council said it was great to be here on “a positive day for Courtown. What you see today is a small step in the future of Courtown It is time to revive it as a vibrant tourist destination and a place where people want to live.
Mr Enright said it was time to revitalise the community. He thanked Minister James Browne and the Government for the funding and outlined several projects taking place in north Wexford. “We are working with the Office of Public Works for a major project so there are lots happening, and the councillors are hugely committed to the revival of this wonderful village.
Linda Sinnott, Chair Courtown Community Council welcomed “this pier enhancement as a springboard to the revitalisation of Courtown. It’s an important milestone for our village and harbour so that it’s at least as beautiful as the one we grew up with.
“We have a unique opportunity to reinvent our village for future generations. This depends on bringing all the stakeholders together to find a way of working towards this common goal. Courtown needs more investment and development to survive. However, we must avoid the mistakes of the past, we need to learn from them. We need to do better,” concluded Ms. Sinnott who, on behalf of the community, acknowledged the hard-working staff of Wexford County Council for bringing these vital works to fruition and kickstarting a process of revitalisation.”
Ms. Sinnott thanked Cllr Pip Breen for his presence and is looking forward to working more closely with him and his colleagues at Wexford County Council to ensure that Courtown is no longer left behind.
Apologies were acknowledged on behalf of Paul Kehoe TD and the Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.