Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:39
I WAS fortunate enough, after weeks of good intentions, to finally get to walk the new path around Lough Lannagh last Friday week. The sun was shining, the day was warm and there were families and young people relaxing and enjoying themselves beside the lake.
The experience even had the desired calming effect on my six-week-old daughter who stopped crying and drifted off to sleep as I pushed her buggy around the path.
We have a sometimes unfortunate tendency in this country, especially in more difficult times, to seek out someone else to blame for the failings in this world and increasingly so in recent years we have all been inclined to look towards authority, sometimes justifiably so, to point this finger of blame.
However we are much less inclined to dish out praise for something done well and to acknowledge it as such.
The Lough Lannagh project in Castlebar is something that has been talked about for decades and has been in development in various guises for years. There is a curious irony that works such as this seem to have gained much more currency and progressed more successfully in these recessionary times than it could ever have hope for during the Celtic tiger era.
It is a worthy credit to Castlebar Town Council and all those involved in bringing this project to its current stage that we finally have a public town park and a lakeside amenity that Castlebar can be truly proud of. It is a free facility that anyone who wishes to can avail of, and for those who haven’t yet, I heartily recommend it, especially on a day like last Friday week.
The only blot on this otherwise admirable project and uplifting experience is that it is also unfortunately availed of by those that don’t necessarily appreciate the wonderful amenity that it is, as evidenced by the discarded and broken drinks bottles abandoned at intervals along the walk.
However, this unfortunate aspect should serve as a reflection on those responsible rather on the positive efforts of the council.
So to Castlebar Town Council and all those involved, a sincere well done on this project and I look forward to future stages, building on its success which will hopefully see the amenity further enhanced as well as linked up with the western greenway so that those further afield can also easily access and appreciate it.