I was utterly disgusted to find the destruction of the southern line of conifers in Millstreet Town Park now complete. A number of years ago the line sheltering the car park was cut down. Last year another dozen or more were cut down to make way for another football pitch…and now the carnage is complete. (Or is it???) I can think of no good reason why these perfectly healthy trees should have been cut down. They provided shelter from the southern gales and a brief but pleasant escape from the concrete and metal jungle that we have surrounded ourselves with in our daily lives. No More.. Now we have the inglorious view of the gable end of the National School complete with 40ft steel container, more floodlights and a huge floodlit metal cage (see picture above).
The lovely sycamore which adorned the entrance to the hare escape, which I believe was planted by the late Joe Buckley, was also hacked down. (The pale stump being left to remind us of the beautiful colours of the leaves it would be displaying this autumn.) That was pure malicious. The hare escape (a nice euphemism
for torture chamber for our endangered native species of hare) itself is a depressing sight with dilapidated telephone kiosks, chopped tops of cars, rolls of wire strewn about, construction fences (apparently loaned from Chadwicks??), barbed wire and to literally top it all.. a fishing net suspended over the whole shebang. Lovely. And such a good cause. Worth every penny of your Local Lottery money. Now … lets cut down some more ugly trees.
Last year I submitted a petition to the Millstreet town park committee, signed by 52 people who enjoy a walk in the park and who objected to the park being closed for 6-7 weeks over the winter (..for the purposes of hare coursing). The reply I received back made no reference to the petition submitted . I submitted it again. No reply. Such is the contempt that Millstreet Town Park committee has for the people of Millstreet. That is why I write this publicly. Millstreet Park was set up to provide the grounds for every type of recreation for the people of Millstreet. The selected committee was supposed to represent a wide range of clubs and societies from the town, as laid out in the ‘Rule Book’, and hence the activities in the park would reflect this.
This is certainly not the case now ..and hasn’t been for quiet a while. The committee is basically a GAA club in all but name. The increasing amount of infrastructure associated with the GAA has virtually turned it into a GAA park. The floodlights (with recently upgraded bulbs) now mean that games are played day and night, summer and winter. Meanwhile most of the orange street lights installed to facilitate walkers and joggers have been blown for 12 months or more. Last year an elderly neighbour tripped over tyres on the path in the dark. The simple activity of walking around the perimeter during a game is not a pleasant experience and so nobody does. A dozen signs shout at dog owners to clean up after the dog and not to let the dog off the lead..spouting the usual health and safety line. I’ve seen 3 young men carried of the park in stretchers in the last 12 months. None were attacked by dogs. The only savaging that goes on by dogs is that which happens during the coursing.
Meanwhile the pitch and putt course is left go to wreck and ruin. The greens have scarcely 50% coverage of grass for the last 2 years, no flags in place, and weekly vandalism at the clubhouse left go unchecked. (see pictures). John Sing must be turning in his grave. A swath of ground in the beautiful area under trees at the top of the pitch and putt course was cut out to re-sod the GAA pitch. That sums up the attitude of the committee perfectly. Meanwhile the GAA pitch is in splendid condition.
And I believe further plans are afoot to encroach into that beautiful wooded area in the pitch and putt and erect a HURLING WALL!! The only hurling I can think of when I think of this is to vomit. It really is time the GAA found a separate grounds so that they can run the show as they like and return the park to the people of Millstreet .
Today they are back again with the chainsaws … I’m afraid to go down the lawn for fear of what they’ve done.
I don’t know if anybody else cares about this.. if you do write to Millstreet Town Park committee. PRO <***removed***>. Don’t expect a reply though.
And stop buying local lotto tickets..
Matt Murphy, West End , Millstreet