Tinahely Community Projects is a group of local volunteers, with an elected committee, assembled to oversee various projects in the area. The committee work with local and national agencies including Wicklow County Council and Wicklow County Partnerships, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism, and a number of subcommittees are in place to run individual projects such as Tidy Towns.
Examples of successful community projects include the Railway Walk, which was opened in September 2007. It runs along part of the original train track from Woodenbridge to Shillelagh, alongside the Derry River and through pretty farmland. At 2.3km in length, the walk is now a wonderful amenity enjoyed by locals and visitors. Another success has been the Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, which was launched in April 2010 by Minister Mary Hanafin. The inaugural event drew over six hundred people who enjoyed our new looped walks and family activities.
Current and upcoming projects include:
Tidy Towns – The national Tidy Towns competition is an annual competition organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with the support of the main sponsor SuperValu and many other agencies.
Community Recycling Centre – A new community based and managed Recycling Centre is open at Fitzgeralds Kitchens, Lugduff. This purpose build unit will cater for the Tinahely, Carnew and Shillelagh areas and replaces the once monthly mobile collection. The Recycling Centre is open on Thursdays, Fridays and a half day on Saturday. The Centre takes all the usual recyclables i.e. plastics, cardboard, metals, glass, etc. We must support this local initiative and adhere to the opening times. Dumping in this area will be closely monitored by CCTV cameras and full prosecutions will be issued for any transgressions.
Children’s Playground -Following a successful fundraising effort from the local community, Tinahely’s long awaited playground opened on Sunday 29th September at 3pm. At a cost of €120,000, this new resource offers all of Tinahely’s children a safe and dynamic space to play and grow. Positioned beside the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) that was built over three years ago by Wicklow County Council, it will provide a much needed amenity for younger children.
There are many other projects on our ‘to do’ list and we are actively seeking new members to be co-opted onto our various sub-committees. Please contact the Secretary or any other member of the Committee.
Tinahely Community Projects is the new name for the Tinahely Area Development Committee which was formed over seventeen years ago and has had a core dedicated committee in the foreground or background ever since. We are proud of the achievements of every member who has served, and we always welcome new faces.