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Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Red Door and Tidy Towns transforming the Dale

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Staff and volunteers from the Red Door Project and Drogheda Tidy Towns at the Dale this morning where a memorial garden for local people who have succumbed to COPD was unveiled.

New COPD memorial garden a welcome addition, plans for tourist trail and plaza area

Volunteers from The Red Door Project and Tidy Towns are gradually transforming the historic Dale area of Drogheda. Today they launched a COPD memorial garden and they also plan to create a tourist trail and special plaza area.

These creative and hard working people are mostly volunteers from the Red Door Project and the Drogheda Tidy Towns group and since they “adopted” the area last year they have been quietly getting on with the job of turning the once overlooked and shabby area into a haven of urban tranquillity.

They have painted beautiful murals on the walls that were once blighted by graffiti, they have planted gardens and installed wonderful planters which are made in the Red Door’s own carpentry workshop.

Today there was a special little ceremony to launch their latest creation – a memorial garden to the many people of the town who have succumbed to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) over the years.

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This gesture came about after Pauline O’Neill, who suffers from COPD herself and has been spearheading the campaign for improved facilities in Drogheda, approached Councillor Pio Smith with the idea of a memorial garden.

Pio works in the Red Door and he put Pauline’s idea to the volunteers and they were all up for it.

Pauline told Drogheda Life this morning that she was delighted with the newly planted garden which she said will be a lovely memory to all the local people who have died of COPD.

Tommy McDonagh and Martin McDonnell went straight back to work after this morning's ceremony at the Dale.

She said that it was fitting that the garden is in The Dale as her cousin Monica Greenwood, nee Gerrard, lived there for many years before she died of COPD two years ago.

Councillor Pio Smith said that there were some big plans in the offing at The Dale in addition to the work already carried out. These include a rose garden and a special biodiversity area which will be panted with pollinator plants to encourage bees and other insects.

They are hoping to get the go-ahead soon on a project to uncover a 50 metre section of the old town walls and they also hope to attract Leader funding for a project that will include a tourist trail and the creation of a ten metre square plaza area depicting both the history and the flora and fauna of the area.

Meanwhile, The Red Door has recently been awarded a community enhancement grant from Louth County Council to the tune of €4.165 which will be used to replace their fire alarm system.

Louise Mahony and Pio Smith of the Red Door Project receive the cheque from Gerard Judge of Louth County Council.

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