After four years of campaigning by the Clondalkin Equine Club the new equine facility in the environs of Ballyowen Park off the Fonthill Road is finally opening this Thursday 2nd February . The new facility which was financed by the Department of Agriculture and South Dublin County Council will officially be opened by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in the presence of the Mayor Gus O’ Connell.
PBP TD Gino Kenny a founding member of the club said, ” This is truly a great day not only for the Clondalkin Equine Club but for the community as a whole. Individual members of the club went above and well beyond in making this a reality. It will give young horse owners a place of their own to stable and mind their horses in a safe and local environment. This project will be pro-social and a good equine story for a change”.
“It also promotes good equine educational practise not only in theory but in practise. The multi agency involvement in this project has been its key to its success. The input by South Dublin County Council in terms of resources and commitment has been significant over the past number of years. I would also like to mention the role of Michelle Kearns a community worker based in Bawnogue for the Dolcan Project. Michelle’s absolute dedication and guidance was immeasurable over the past four years to the club.”
“Like the club I have dedicated an enormous amount of time over the past eight years in trying to make this a reality. This has meant more than just the building today but a deep personal desire on many members of the club and the community in getting this facility. Through lobbying the council and championing the cause of responsible urban horse ownership a social horse project in Clondalkin has now been realised. This is the end of a lifetime fulfilment but the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment for many people”