Minister Moran announces the re-opening of newly refurbished Kilkenny Castle Park Playground

9 July 19

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today announced the re-opening of the children’s playground at Kilkenny Castle after a €100K refurbishment. The Playground will re-open to the public from Tuesday 9th July at 2.00pm.

The upgraded facility includes a new wheelchair accessible roundabout and a sensory wall specifically designed for children with special needs. This new equipment is part of a redevelopment to make the playground more accessible for all children and also includes an extensive new wet pour EDPM safety surface.

Minister Moran said “The Playground at Kilkenny Castle Park is very popular with locals and visitors alike and I am delighted to be able to make an investment of this scale at this park. The Playground was opened almost 11 years ago and in that time many hundreds of thousands of children have played here. The current upgrade will ensure that all children can now access these facilities and play in a safe and comfortable environment. The OPW is committed to installing a wheelchair accessible swing to complement the newly installed wheelchair accessible roundabout and we are actively examing the feasibility of this now with a view to installation in late 2019.”

The OPW would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while the works were completed. We hope that the playground will prove to be a welcoming and more inclusive place of enjoyment for many years to come.

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For further information, please contact OPW Client Services & Communications Unit at opwcsc@opw.ie or 087 9475552.

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Notes to Editor

2019 is the 50th year that Kilkenny Castle has been in the care of the OPW. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see the house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tearoom and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.