REDFORD PARK RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION : THE IMPORTANCE OF RATHDOWN ST. CRISPIN'S TO OUR COMMUNITY

Community enjoying heritage day, 2019
Image by Marie Burbridge
Heritage talk by Brian White and Colin Love, Austin Pryor organising sound.
Image by Frank Coyne
Pearse Troy on Uilleann Pipes.
Image by Dave O'Reilly
David Mc Ilreavy with artefact, being recorded by volunteer cameraman Lesley Burbridge.
Image by Frank Coyne
Organised paths with vandal-proof seating.
Image by Marie Burbridge
Interpretive signage at Cell, with timber-slat plant box, and plants courtesy of local community.
Image by J. Harrington.

Rathdown Heritage Park Interpretive Signage 09.03.15 (1)

The original area was a total mess and fully overgrown. Simon Harris was our local councillor at the time, and he instigated many clean-ups. This started a general project, by us, to have the area more habitable for everyone.

The transformation has been amazing.

The path

The path has been the greatest and most useful asset for the locals in Redford Park and the wider community.

The seating

The seats (sourced by myself and the tidy towns liason committee and financed by WMC) are an absolute godsend and enjoyed by all who use them.

Heritage week

Heritage week has been a great success for the past few years. We’ve had choirs, uileann pipes, guitar, bodhran, community singing and of course historical talks. The video was recorded by Leslie Burbridge.

The dig

We had a very successful dig in 2018, run by David Mc Ilreavy. Various artefacts were found and once again the video was done by Leslie Burbridge, with our grateful thanks.

Maintenance

With regard to maintenance, we have a wonderful gentleman called Ed Melbourne, who cuts a beautiful path circling the field. This makes for a very pleasant walk all year round. He also keeps the grass beautifully cut surrounding St. Crispin’s Cell.

Signage

There is an informative sign installed in both English and Irish, explaining the history of the area with dates and wonderful wording.

We hope that everyone who visits this heritage site will enjoy the knowledge, peace and serenity of this beautiful area.

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