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Monday, 11th June 2018

Ship Street celebrates a new lease of life

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The future of Ship Street is secure, so declared Cllr Frank Godfrey at a Community Celebration yesterday which saw people with connections to the street, past and present, to celebrate in style and in bright sunshine to boot.

As you might expect from a party organised by Cllr. Frank Godfrey this was a colourful affair with music and song, tea and sandwiches, horses and carts, old time waltzing and some very colourful characters.

Sitting on a bench enjoying the spectacle and the sunshine we met a gentle lady called Marie Mac Sweeney who is an award winning author whose short stories and poems have won several top prizes including the Francis MacManus award (2001) and the Books Ireland Short Story Competition in 2017.

Marie was born in Dublin of Kerry parents but has lived in Five Oaks in Drogheda for many years.

“Ship Street is looking great after several months of work by volunteers, they have brought the street back to life. And by doing so, have given hope for the future of this historic part of Drogheda,” said Cllr Godfrey.

“The residents are taking great pride in their estate, and are here to stay” he told Drogheda Life. “They are very active and are committed to making this project happen.

“I’m calling on Louth County Council to maintain the roadway, footpaths and sewage system in Ship Street. And I would like to find out what exactly is the status of the floating marina for the Boyne, which would be located in the water at the end of Ship Street?”

“I would like to commend all of the residents of Ship Street for their vision. It’s a real multi-cultural street, with Irish-born residents, those from Eastern Europe and further afield. This is the residents’ contribution to beautifying the town ahead of the Fleadh Cheoil in August.’

In recent months the residents have carried out a major clean-up of the street and the green where fishermen once stretched their nets to repair them and launched their boats on the Boyne to fish, or women hung out their clothes.

A new bench was installed and flowers and 12 trees were planted. The residents are keen to maintain the green area, and have purchased a lawn mower, thanks to a grant from Louth County Council.

Part of Drogheda’s old stone walls were discovered during cleaning up operations, which has drawn a lot of interest.

“This clean-up was carried out responsibly, with all due regard to wildlife and heritage,” said Cllr. Godfrey, who thanked all the volunteers who gave up their time for the project.

Sponsors include Donal Black of Black’s Nurseries, Murtagh’s paint, Malachy Sullivan for groundworks, Cement Roadstone for chippings, Flowers at the Gate for plants, sign writers Liam Wilson and Paschal Carter and all others who supported us in any way.’

Commenting on the stunning views of the viaduct and Boyne River from Ship Street green, Cllr Godfrey said the magnificent Boyne Viaduct is the backdrop to Ship Street green. “It’s like Drogheda’s own Sydney Harbour!” he said.

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