Mayor of South Dublin County councillor Paul Gogarty officially opened the Round Tower Interpretive Centre in Clondalkin on Tuesday.
He was joined by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD and South Dublin County Council CEO Daniel McLoughlin at the event which featured entertainment from local community groups at the iconic Round Tower site.
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Minister Fitzgerald gave a speech during which she highlighted the Round Tower Heritage Group as well as the influential work of Mr McLoughlin in bringing the new attraction to the community.
She said: “I would like to thank Danny for his dedication to this project. From day one he understood the need to protect this monument for future generations, the potential it held to lift Clondalkin Village and give it the recognition it deserved. I would also like to thank him for putting up with my regular enquiries on the matter. I also wish to thank his staff, especially the Community Section who continue to be a vital support to this Centre.”
Popular café The Happy Pear, run by brothers Stephen and David Flynn, is located in the Visitor’s Centre and has proven to be a huge draw for locals.
They said: “We’re so honoured and privileged to be part of this really great centre in the heart of Clondalkin. The interpretive centre is amazing and truly celebrates Clondalkin’s rich heritage and the history of Ireland’s Round Towers. It’s such a fantastic spot with gorgeous, herbaceous gardens and the impressive Round Tower as a backdrop.”
Minister Fitzgerald thanked the café owners for “becoming involved in local life in Clondalkin” and for driving employment in the area.
Speaking about the success of the official opening Minister Fitzgerald said: “The biggest congratulations of the day must go to the community groups – under the umbrella of Round Tower Heritage Group for their passion and commitment to the preservation of the tower, and many have now taken on the role as tour guides.”
The Round Tower Visitor Centre, which features an interpretative centre, exhibition space, café, gardens, terrace dining and craft shop, is now officially open to the public.