Is nothing sacred in the Peace Park?

Scene from the Orchard Peace Park at Enniscorthy; the nun’s graveyard to the left, Vinegar Hill to the right.

By Dan Walsh

Anti-social behaviour in the Orchard Peace Park at Enniscorthy was again on the minds of members at last Monday’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council where Cllr Jackser Owens described the “disgraceful and mindless vandalism” at the nun’s graveyard.

Cllr Owens said that eight headstones had been damaged in recent weeks. They have been taken away for repairs and a lock has been placed on the entrance gate.

The foundation stone for the Presentation Sisters convent was laid on April 16th, 1839; the sisters moved in on July 1st 1840; the chapel in the Gothic style was blessed and opened in 1859; the sisters were given a civic reception by Enniscorthy Urban District Council when they left in 2001; the property, including the care of the nun’s final resting place, was taken over by Wexford County Council.

Cllr Owens called on the council to concrete the walkways in the Orchard Peace Park to facilitate wheelchair users and those pushing buggies.

Cllr Owens also said that private property was being interfered with and residents on Irish Street have made complaints. There were also calls for the presence of CCTV cameras and garda patrols were recently observed in the park.

Anyone with information about the vandalism in the park or at the enclosed cemetery is asked to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station in confidence on 053 9242580.

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