Historic square set for €3m revamp

DUNGARVAN’S most historic central landmark, Grattan Square, is set for a €3 million revamp.

Named after the patriot Henry Grattan, the construction of the square — at the behest of the then Duke of Devonshire — began 200 years ago, in 1806, and took 20 years to complete.

Now Dungarvan Town Council’s architects are drawing up plans for the major redevelopment of the square, and the expectation is that the work will begin next January, taking up to six months to complete.

While a final decision is yet to be taken on the specific details, it is understood the architects’ plans will focus on providing a pedestrian friendly zone with limited car parking. The proposal is to dedicate 71% of the square to pedestrian use, as against 18% at present.

The revamp will be environmentally friendly, with floral decoration and public lighting poles throughout the square.

Council officials met local business interests to discuss the proposals in the last few days, and there was a general consensus on the overall thrust of the proposals.

Some modifications are likely to be made and they will come before a meeting of the town council later this month, when a final decision is set to be taken.

Labour councillor Billy Kyne said the plans allow for a more vibrant amenity. “Its an exciting project, and will revitalise the centre of the town,” he said.

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