The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Joe Mellett, cutting the ribbon to officially open Bóthar na Céibhe, Mayo Council Council’s six-unit housing scheme at Tóin Re Gaoth, Achill.
Housing estate to bring life back to community
THE new council estate of Bothár na Céibhe in Tonragee promises spectacular views of Ballycroy and Inishbiggle across the water and while the descended mist spoilt those views on the day of its official opening last week, it did not dampen the celebrations among the residents.
The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Joe Mellett, was on hand to perform the official opening of the €1 million development which consists of six houses located near the pier in Tonragee in Achill. Cllr Mellett felt this development would set a trend for other rural communities and he wished the tenants the very best in their new homes.
“I’m delighted Mayo County Council are still granting planning permission in areas like this. It will be a trend worth following and an example of how the community and council can work together in providing a cluster development, which fits in lovely with this area and at the same time keeps the local community vibrant,” he said.
The development was constructed by Vincent Naughton Construction from Geesala and was blessed by the Achill Parish Priest, Fr Michael Gormally. Local councillor Micheál McNamara thanked the staff of the council in providing the houses.
“The houses here are very significant for an area like Tonragee and significant for the community, schools, shops and services,” he said. Cllr McNamara also urged the community to organise a committee so they can work with the council in drawing down supports and resources to maintain the estate.
The land for the estate was provided to the council by the Tonragee Development Company under the land-bank initative in 1999 and its Director, Pat Kilbane said they were delighted to see the estate built.
“This is a vote of confidence by the councillors and the council in this area. I wish the tenants well in the future, this is your place and take pride of place in it. As we look out at the majestic view, the beneficiaries in the long term will be you, your children and the communities,” he said.
Cllr Gerry Coyle paid tribute to the staff of the housing department of Mayo County Council and said that these developments allowed young people to live in the community and stressed they are the future. Cllr Michael Holmes told the gathering that he sprayed the rushes on the field where the estate is now located 30 years ago and was delighted to see children running around.
“This is a wonderful occasion and great for the families who live here and those type of communities are what we want. If you go into any parish and you want to know how that community is going on, the first port of call is the local national school. If there isn’t kids going to school, the community isn’t thriving,” he said.