Knock sets ambitious targets for the future

Posted in Connect on November 29, 2016.

Knock has launched its community plan with definitive goals for the village over the next five years. The upgrading of the local community centre, the establishment of a tourist group, a new marketing strategy and the identification of possible recreational spaces are all on the to-do list.

Last Friday night’s launch attracted a large number of locals, curious to see the results of surveys they completed, with Mulranny’s Michael Hughes, who has been involved in Community Futures in Mulranny for the past five years, passing on advice.

He said a community plan for Mulranny brought huge benefits for the village and one only has to drive through to see some of them.

But he warned that everyone must stick together. “Not everyone is going to think the same. The steering group is not there to take over from the ICA or the GAA or any other AA. They are there as a group to co-ordinate all the great work these groups are doing. You have the desires, hopes and wishes of everyone in this community in the plan. Provided you all work together you will be amazed at what can be achieved.”

Mr Hughes told the local people that “blow-ins” are the greatest asset any community can have because they are not bothered that “his sheep came in and ate all the cabbage last year and you haven’t got over it”! “Get everyone involved. Every person here can do one small thing for the community. If you don’t do it, it won’t be done. Don’t be surprised if you come across a stone in the middle of the road – you just go around it,” he advised.

The people of Mulranny reviewed their plan after two years and Mr Hughes encouraged Knock to do the same. “If you were only white washingthe house you wouldn’t leave it five years,” he said.

Director of services with Mayo County Council Joanne Grehan, who officially launched the plan, promised to meet with the steering group and locals in the New Year to “map a way forward”.

“We will decide, with all of you, what the first steps you want to tackle are. We will work with you and support you in seeking the funding you need,” she said.

The launch coincided with an announcement from Minister Michael Ring of a €25,000 allocation for the extension of the Croagh Patrick Trail from Balla to Knock.

Story: The Western People


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