By Dan Walsh in Ferns
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, officially opened a number of rural projects across County Wexford yesterday (Thursday) which have received funding of over €6 million and all of the projects were funded under the Government’s ambitious rural development policy, Our Rural Future.
Her visit to Wexford began at St Aidan’s GAA Centre in Ferns, where the Minister officially opened a community gym and walking track lights.
Minister Humphreys was welcomed by Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, to “historic Ferns, once capital of the Kingdom of Leinster” and there was a loud cheer from the invited attendance when he proclaimed; “It has been a very historic year for Ferns who, after a mere 135 years, won their first county senior hurling championship.”
The Minister added her congratulations to the famous victory, said she was delighted to be in Ferns, outlined her department’s contribution and was excited at cutting the ribbon and officially opening up the new facilities the Minister thought the gym was a fine example of a community working together to achieve something of benefit to all.
Eoin Gethings, Chairman St. Aidan’s GAA Club, welcomed the Minister, thanked her and her officials for their support that brought about the wonderful facilities that will be of great benefit to the club members and to the wider community.
Brian Kehoe, Chief Executive of LEADER, also addressed the gathering.
The attendance included Cllr Cathal Byrne, Leas-Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllrs Jackser Owens, John O’Rourke, Barbara-Anne Murphy and Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Minister James Browne, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Johnny Mythen, Tom Enright, CEO, Wexford County Council, Ger Mackey, District Manager, Mary Dunphy, LEADER, and J.P. Mulhern, Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Rural and Community Development.