Volunteers and staff of the Red Door Project with Councillors yesterday at the wonderful mural that has totally transformed the Dale from what it was (see photo below).
Because it is off the beaten track, the Dale area of Drogheda has in the past been forgotten about and allowed to deteriorate but, thanks to the hard work of a group of people who know what it means to be marginalised, the Dale has been transformed into an oasis of calm in the bustling town.
Thanks to the civic spirit of the participants of The Red Door Project on the Dublin Road which helps individuals, families and others affected by drug and/or alcohol addiction, new life has been breathed into the area.
Former mayor of Drogheda, Cllr Pio Smith, who works at the Red Door said "The participants in the Red Door adopted the Dale area as part of Louth County Council's strategy to prepare the town for the Fleadh.
“We have people who have excellent skills in painting, gardening and horticulture and it was decided to put these skills to good use for the benefit of the town and the results can be seen by all.
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“Unfortunately we can't get to the upper Dale as it is infested with Japanese Knotweed and I have requested the council to inject the plant and kill it. When this is done we will finish the whole area.
“However, the guys have done a fantastic job and they have great pride in their town. Also, a special word of thanks to Elias Mlimba from LCC who provided all flowers for the area"
Louise Mahony, manager of the Red Door said "This has been a great project to be involved in because it creates great civic pride in our wonderful town when you can see how an area can be transformed and made into an amenity where young and old can enjoy".
Joanne O Dwyer, a supervisor with the Red Door said "The participants and staff have worked every day for the past five weeks weeding, planting, hedge cutting and painting. The mural around the steps looks fantastic and great credit must also go to our resident artist Gary McGuire who worked with the lads to create a beautiful piece of work. The mural represents the Boyne, the salmon of knowledge, Millmount, and Irish Folklore."
The chair of Drogheda Tidy Towns, Cllr Kevin Callan, said he was delighted with the work and that the Tidy Towns was happy to contribute funding for the mural which reflects the town’s heritage and unique history.
“This is a great success and this along with the work done by voluntary groups around the town will significantly contribute to Drogheda being Fleadh ready by Aug 12th" he said.
“We would also like to commend all the Community Groups and Residents Associations in Drogheda who have worked tirelessly to make our town look its best which will no doubt impress the huge number of visitors expected in the coming weeks”.