Radical facelift for Edenderry eyesore

THE unfinished Edenderry Plaza development is set to be an eyesore no more thanks to RTE presenter Diarmuid Gavin.

THE unfinished Edenderry Plaza development is set to be an eyesore no more thanks to RTE presenter Diarmuid Gavin.

Work on the site, which has been a victim of the recession, began in 2007 with some €8 million invested before construction ceased.

The underground car park which filled with water was a great source of worry to locals and the hotel's unfinished state featured on countless council agendas.

However FilmOffaly was approached by a production team wishing to film an RTE production in Edenderry. Diarmuid Gavin hosts the RTE production which aims at redeveloping a disused/unfinished area.

A public meeting, which was set for today (Wednesday) has been postponed due to production problems, is expected to be held in the coming weeks.

Diarmuid will be inviting the Edenderry Community to come and help him over a number of weeks to redevelop the unfinished Edenderry Hotel site.

So if you have any ideas for the area, skills that may be useful (artist, builder, carpenter, gardener) or you are a member of the community willing to pick up a shovel to help enhance your local environment you are asked to attend the meeting when a date is confirmed.

Chairman of Edenderry Tidy Town's Noel Cribbin has wholeheartedly welcomed the venture. "We welcome Diarmuid to Edenderry. This is the only landmark in Edenderry of the Celtic Tiger, and it will now be rendered safe and possibly even turned into a business."

He said it was not the fault of the investors, Ger Killally, Richie Connor, Declan Ging and Frank Lawlor, who had done their best to give Edenderry something it so badly needed, an hotel.

"Four local lads put their money where their mouth was. But they ran out of money. It began about three years ago and it was developed for six months," remarked Cllr Cribbin.

He said in recent times unfortunately the site had become unsafe and a place for young people to gather. "It's a health hazard. Young people are in there hanging around, climbing it and walking around it. The underground car park is full of water. It's an accident waiting to happen."

Cllr Cribbin stated the programme was a bit of positive news for the town and said it is a project which needs the full backing of the local community.

"It's a scar on the landscape and I would be asking people when a date for the meeting is announced to come along and support it," concluded Cllr Cribbin.