Tuesday, 3 April 2018

In June 1917 Major Willie Redmond took a bullet at the Battle of Messines in Belgium. He dies from his injuries. The following year his brother John Edward Redmond MP died.

A just released book, 'Judging Redmond & Carson' by Prof Alvin Jackson, compares the approach of John Redmond with that of Unionist leader Edward Carson. According to Jackson Redmond was so committed to securing Home Rule that he was prepared to sacrifice his own self-dignity in his dealings with the government of the day. Carson, on the other hand, was more bullish in his dealings and gave as good as he got.

One wonders how it would have been for Redmond, and Ireland, had he stared Lloyd George down, and, in the process, upstaged the Republicans, by playing the dissent and rebellion wild card? Even the threat of it might have gotten Home Rule over the line before the War offered the government an opportunity to further fudge the issue. So much for speculation and supposition. 1916 happened and, thenceforth, everything that Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party stood for was deemed irrelevant. With the passing of time the contribution of the Redmonds has been reappraised. While the Easter Rising, or rather the way in which the main protagonists were dispatched, was the catalyst for what followed, John Redmond and the IPP played their part.

The re-scheduled ceremony of remembrance and wreathlaying to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of John Edward Redmond MP takes place at John's Street Graveyard on Sun, 15th April at 3pm.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

We are absolutely delighted that Wexford County Council has just announced work will begin on Redmond Park in September 2018.
This follows representations we have had over the past couple of years with the Council. Working together, Love Redmond Park and the Council commissioned an architect to draw up plans for how the park might be improved in such a way as to preserve its special town park appeal and in recognising the fact that it is primarily a children's park. The Council liked the look of the plans and are now happy to push the project along.
The Council has budgeted €250k for the project. This will cover a substantial part of the submitted proposal which, in recognition of the possibility of budgetary constraints, had been prepared in modules so as to allow work to progress in phases.
We look forward to working with the Council in bringing about the biggest changes the park will have seen since it opened in 1933.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time for one last Summer Hurrah at Picnic in the Park!

The annual Picnic in the Park at Redmond Park scheduled for Sun, Sept 3 has been postponed due to the wet conditions. The event, organised by Love Redmond Park, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Redmond 100

This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Messines and the death in that battle of Major Willie Redmond. A number of events have taken place in Wexford looking at the life, times and legacy of Willie and at the political contribution of the Redmond family generally. These included an ecumenical ceremony of remembrance and wreath-laying at Redmond Park on June 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Major William Redmond MP. This was attended by descendants of the man himself. There was also a Major Willie Redmond exhibition along with a very well attended commemorative lecture by Jarlath Glynn at Wexford Library earlier the same week.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Autumn in the Park

I Shall Not Pass This Way Again
Through this toilsome world, alas,
Once and only once I pass,
If a good deed I may do,
If a kindness I may show
To a suffering fellow man,
Let me do it while I can,
No delay for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again.
Stephen Grellet (1773-1855)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Open-Gate Policy

Any regular visitor to Redmond Park will have noticed that the gates are now open around the clock. The decision to go with the open-all-hours policy was taken last month by the Council. We expressed our strongest reservations at the decision. 
One of the main reasons Love Redmond Park was set up was to ensure the park fulfilled the remit of the trust by which it was established: to be for the enjoyment of the children of Wexford. 
We are gratified to see that the number of people visiting Redmond Park in recent years has been on the up and up. Visitors comment on how well the park looks, how little rubbish there is and, in general, how wonderful it is to see it once again been appreciated for the valuable community resource that it is. This has been achieved by the community coming together and working with the local authority for the common good.
It goes without saying that we do not want the park to go back to the way it was in the past when many families were reluctant to go there at all. For this reason it is now more important than ever that the community actively embraces, and takes ownership of, the park. It is a community resource which will only survive through careful nurturing and through being appreciated as a vital part of the fabric of that community. 
We had reports of a boisterous bunch there last night. While they kept some of those living closest to the park from getting an early night's sleep they did not cause any damage. There was some litter, not too much. 
While we cannot stop people going into the park at any time - as in we do not have the power to do so (nor do we want it!) - the only thing we can do on such occasions is contact the Gardai and let the Council know every time it happens. 
The 24/7 open-gate policy is, the Council has assured us, on a trial basis. If there is any increase in anti-social behaviour the locked gate policy will be brought back.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Picnic brings carnival atmosphere to Redmond Park

Love Redmond Park hosted its annual Picnic in the Park Last Sunday. The event had been re-scheduled from its original date due to adverse weather.

Picnic in the Park does two things: it tips the hat to Major Willie Redmond and the Redmond family, to whom the park is dedicated; it also celebrates the fact that this, the Memorial Children's Park, is a park for the children of Wexford.

The children of Wexford certainly made the park their own on Sunday. And there was more than enough in the way of entertainment to keep them occupied. Perennial favourites Red Moon Theatre had the younger ones petrified and exhilarated in equal measure with their fabulous puppet show. Oonagh Latchford had lines of just-designed bookmarks fluttering in the wind which the artists got to bring home with them. Lisa and Abigail were run off their feet in the Red Moon Arts Zone. Menapians Athletics Club put budding athletes through their paces sprinting, hurdling and javelin-throwing while the Volunteers GAA Club tested their ball skills. The day was sound-tracked with live music courtesy of John Stewart and the submersibles punctuated by loud cries of “Oh yes he did”! 

Faces painted and clutching perfectly-made balloon animals they headed off at the end of the day, tired but happy. 

Love Redmond Park extends its gratitude to Civil Defence and the St Patrick’s Day crew for helping to ensure that the event ran so smoothly. They also thank Wexford District Council, Lantern Events, Coffee Express and the local volunteers for their invaluable support.

See big selection of pix from the day at https://www.facebook.com/Picnic-in-the-Park-172732832863453.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Picnic ... Take 2!

If at first you don't succeed, put your faith in the Child of Prague! The weather got in the way of our initial effort to put on our annual Picnic in the Park. We are happy to report that, following ostentatious scenes of unseemly and obsequious beseeching at the altars of the Sun Gods, backhanders to pliable weather forecasters, even intercessions to a wax-coated Infant Jesus of Prague statue, Picnic in the Park goes ahead this Sunday.

While the forecast for the afternoon to be dry it is worth remembering that we are now into the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'. Bring coats and ground-sheets / camping chairs.

Picnickers can look forward to a lively mix of entertainment including a fabulous puppet show, a children’s arts zone, obstacles races, football skills, live music, hoola-hooping, face-painting, hair-braiding and much more.

The organisers encourage everyone to bring a picnic basket and a rug or camping seats. Civil Defence will be on hand to deal with any minor emergencies.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Picnic in the Park Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

Our annual Picnic in the Park has been put back to Sunday, Sept 4. The weather today was not conducive to outdoor picnicking!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Plans for mini community garden for Wexford move step closer to fruition

Plans to develop a small community garden in Wexford Town are well advanced. The project is part of GIY's 'Together We Grow' initiative. Wexford County Council is supporting it. The Chamber of Commerce along with a number of local community groups will do the heavy lifting!

The site selected for the project is situated between the Chamber offices and Redmond Park. The idea to involved a number of community groups in the setting up and maintenance of the garden came from GIY. They have found that this approach leads to a stronger, happier and more empowered local community.

Although the space is small the plan is to have a good range of fruit trees and bushes, edible and medicinal herbs, a selection of colourful and scented flowers and shrubs, a compost area and rainwater harvesting. The sketch below gives an idea of how it will look (although it's in two parts it is one continuous area).

If you like the sound of this ... GET INVOLVED! Email redmondpark@gmail.com or madeleine.quirke@wexfordchamber.ie.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

End-of-Summer Party at Redmond Park

Summer is nearly over and that means only one thing ... it's Picnic in the Park time at Redmond Park. This year’s Picnic takes place on Sunday, August 21 (2-5pm).

The Children's Memorial Park, to give it its formal title, has been hosting an end-of-Summer party since 2011. The event is now a firm favourite with Wexford families.

This year's Picnic has a jam-packed programme with puppet show, children’s arts zone, obstacles races, football skills, live music, hoola-hooping, face-painting, hair-braiding and much more. 

All you need is a picnic basket full of goodies, a big rug or deck chairs, and a couple of free hours to chill out. Bring a book, a guitar, bongos, a frisbee ... whatever.

There will be ice cream, coffee, water and soft drinks available on-site. 

Civil Defence will be on hand to deal with any minor emergencies.

(The all-action image above was captured by Wexford photographer Des Kiely at a previous Picnic in the Park.)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Council puts land at Parklands on market and blocks access to Redmond Park

Wexford County Council recently made a decision to sell a field which borders Parklands estate on one side and Redmond Park on the other. Some Councillors expressed reservations about this decision at their last meeting. Expect the matter to be on the agenda again for September's meeting.

Around the same time the 'For Sale' sign went up the Council installed fencing blocking off access between Parklands and Redmond Park. This has generated a strong reaction from some local residents as the Council had, just a short time previously,  made very worthwhile improvements to the access route from Parklands to Redmond Park making the route much safer and more attractive.
A spokesperson for the Love Redmond Park says that the group had approached the Council in recent months regarding the possibility of a creating a Wexford Community Garden in the adjoining space. The fact that there is pressure on local authorities all over the country to build more residential housing, especially of the affordable kind, may prove to be a factor in influencing the decision the Council takes on what to do with it.

Whatever happens, it would be good to see some manner of green space / corridor retained here especially as it is accepted that access to the latter makes for happier and healthier neighbourhoods.

As regards the blocked access we reckon that the pathway will be opened again in the near future.