Editorial 2005

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Athenry Journal.

As we move towards the end of a better than average summer we would like to offer a special ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ to all those who are visiting the area and those who have made Athenry their home in recent times.

Both the town and the parish have begun to take on a very different shape over the past decade. What was once quiet and rural has become busy and a new home for thousands of people from all corners of Ireland and beyond. For those who yearn for the past times of less traffic, of knowing everyone you met on the street, it is sometimes forgotten that there was a downside to the quietness. Generations of young people left the area year after year in a relentless tide of emigration leaving behind a lot of sadness and a feeling that as a country, we had somehow failed our youth. People still leave but without that feeling that it’s inevitable or there is no coming back.

So, we now have new estates and new businesses to cater for them. The new Raheen Woods Hotel is a sign of the new Athenry. Two local businessmen coming together to provide the area with a wonderful new facility is a vote of confidence in the future of the town. We wish the venture every success.

The Athenry Development plan is in the middle of its review and one very welcome aspect of the proposal is the zoning of a large block of land at Prospect as amenity open space. This is the area where the Agricultural show has been held for many years. This land will hopefully become available and accessible to the public and will provide a much-needed open green area for the town. The plan itself should be finalized in the late autumn and will be the blueprint for the future of the town.

The new Playground is proving to be a tremendous success and congratulations and thanks must go to all those involved. It is an example of how the local authority, the community and dedicated volunteers can come together to great effect. Not only has it provided a play area for children but it is allowing the parents and grandparents of the children get to know each other in a relaxed environment.

We at the Journal, hope you enjoy this edition and welcome any ideas, articles and photos for future publications. Please drop them into the A.D.C. office.

Best Wishes for the remainder of 2005 and hopefully we will have the next Journal in the shops for Christmas.

Design and Typesetting: Martin Burke

Printing: A&T Print

Special thanks to Paul Mitchell Digital Photography

Advertising: Contact the A.D.C. Office, Station Road, Athenry. Tel: 091 845422 Email: infg@athenryadc.com

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About this record

Written by Athenry ADC Office

Published here 02 Jan 2024

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