Final Phase of Lisheen Road Commences.
This project started out in July 2000, as a Millennium Heritage Project, organised by the Lawrencetown Community Enterprise Company. To get the work done a
A Community Employment Scheme was organised by Galway County Council and FAS with Mr. Michael Broderick, father of the great Galway hurler, Kevin Broderick, acting as Supervisor. The land for the project was generously donated by three local land-owners, Jim Brien, John Walsh and Marty Naughton, three exceptional members of our Community to whom we are most grateful. The Architect who did the design for the project, Mr. Dónal Burke of Kilaltanagh, Banagher, also gave his services free.
The work includes the following: A new access roadway of 500 Metres to the Lisheen Cemetery; two stone bridges over the local Lawrencetown River; restoration of the old village well; preservation of the stone ring where the local Blacksmith brought his wheels to be shod with iron rims long ago; provision of a picnic area and a paddling pool for little children by the river; roadside hedgerows of beech, whitethorn and holly; stone walls, piers and new gates and turnstiles.
The cost of the project is being borne mostly by FAS and the County Council and to a lesser extent by ourselves. We expect to have the project fully finished by early summer of next year. By then we should have easy access to an area of great Heritage, Environmental, Historical, Wildlife and Farmlife interest.
The idea for this project was first mooted at a meeting some years ago in Lawrencetown Hall which was organised by Bill Dervan. Among the attendance were his late brother Joe Dervan, R.I.P., Very Rev. Christy O'Byrne P.P., Jim Brien, William Egan and James Joyce N.T.