Captain Tim Madigan Community Park in Shanagolden re-opens

Saturday next, October 7th, at 4pm, there will be a double celebration in the village, as a commemorative plaque will be unveiled at the Madigan residence, West End, while the community park will be officially reopened. The plaque will honour the birthplace of Captain Tim Madigan who was born at the West End in 1897 and died during the War of Independence in Clashganniff, in December, 1920. This is also an opportunity to reflect on the wisdom, vision and leadership provided by Shanagolden Community Council in the 1970s. The committee back then, led by Chairman Michael Kenneally, successfully acquired ten acres from Limerick County Council to develop playing pitches opposite the local parish hall. We must state also that Tom Madigan, nephew of Captain Tim Madigan, played a major role in putting the entrance to the original park in 1976. When the park was first opened in June 1977, it was J.P. Robinson, Secretary of Limerick County Council, who had the honour of cutting the tape.
The people of Shanagolden and local sports organisations are very fortunate to have such a facility in close proximity to the village. In more recent times the Community Council has embarked on a major revamp and upgrade of the Captain Tim Madigan Park. Over the last five years, major work has been undertaken. A sports complex was built, a walkway was added to the perimeter, and the playing area was drained and levelled. The Community Council is also currently seeking planning permission for a playground and an upgrade of the car park.
Financial support from West Limerick Resources, the Capital Sports Authority and Limerick County Council, helped enormously towards the costs of these projects. We must also acknowledge the financial assistance from the general public, business people and local sports organisations. On the social front, the weekly bingo, lottery and card games in the parish hall are also very important for the financial viability of the Community Council.
All are welcome on Saturday at 4pm to join in these historic celebrations. Mayor of Limerick City and County Council Cllr. Stephen Keary will unveil the plaque at the Madigan residence, while Minister of State Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD will cut the ribbon to officially reopen the Captain Tim Madigan Community Park.

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan TD will launch the Tim Donovan book on the life of Captain Tim Madigan at The Old Stand at 5.30pm on Saturday next. All welcome.