Ministers show support for Blessington Greenway

Two Ministers of State, Andrew Doyle and Brendan Griffin, visited Blessington today (19 October 2017) and met Blessington & District Forum to discuss plans for the further development of Blessington Greenway. The Forum was represented by Chairman Michael Sargent, Kilian McGreal and John Horan.

The existing Greenway covers 6.5kms of walking and cycling trails through the forest and woodlands taking in some spectacular scenery adjacent to the shoreline of Blessington Reservoir – more commonly referred to as Blessington Lakes. It joins the historic town of Blessington to the Palladian mansion of Russborough House. It is now planned that further phases will be developed and will continue around the lakes for another 40kms looping back to Blessington.

At today’s meeting Minister Doyle said that he has been a long-term supporter of the development of Blessington Greenway. “The promoters of the Greenway are aware of my strong support for this excellent project. My objective now is to ensure that my Ministerial colleagues are left in no doubt as to the added value which the completion of the Greenway can bring to not just Wicklow but to the Irish economy as a whole”.

Minister Griffin who has special responsibility for Tourism and Sport acknowledged that walking and cycling tourism represents an area with massive growth potential. “This is just the first phase of a great project to run a new Greenway right around Blessington Lakes. From what I know of the progress to-date it’s a good example of how community spirit can make things happen. I know that Wicklow County Council, ESB and other public bodies have been key players but full credit must go to the Blessington Forum for the initiative and for their continuing commitment to seeing it completed.”

A study carried out by Trinity College, Dublin found that cycle ways such as this could boost tourist numbers and have a real economic benefit. Blessington & District Forum Chairman, Michael Sargent, said that the Blessington Greenway development represents great value for money and will provide a much needed flagship tourism project in the heart of the Ancient Ireland tourism region. “A community based body has demonstrated that the job can be done. The completion of the further phases of this exciting new tourism project now requires the direct involvement of Failte Ireland together with the provision of the necessary funding from appropriate national level sources”, he said.

The Greenway project was first envisaged in the Wicklow County Development Plan and has been implemented under the auspices of the Forum. John Horan has managed the project on behalf of the Forum and he said that “a wide range of stakeholders including Co Wicklow Partnership, ESB, Wicklow County Council, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism have been supportive of this development”.

McGreals Family Fun Walk 2017 (Emo, Co Laois & Blessington Greenway, Co Wicklow)

Huge crowds turned out for McGreals Family Fun Walks 2017 to support local charities. The first walk was held on Blessington Greenway with a choice of a 6km or 12km route and the second event was a 5km walk held in Emo, Co Laois. Both walks were beautiful scenic routes lead by local walk leaders.

Four charities benefited from the walks with a total of €3000 in total being raised. McGreals would like to thank the local communities involved for making this possible.

Family Fun Walk 2017 – Blessington Greenway

Join our *FAMILY FUN WALK 2017* in aid of West Wicklow Cancer Support.
-Sunday 10th September-

Spending time outdoors with the family is so important. The health benefits of being active and outdoors are obvious; getting that all-important vitamin D, stress relief, physical activity – the list goes on. With this in mind McGreals have teamed up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring a Family Fun Walk to Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

It will be a free fun event for all of the family.
We have decided to take donations on the day for a carefully chosen group who do fantastic work for families in West Wicklow – West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Where & When

The event will start & finish at The Avon Ri Adventure Centre in Blessington, Co Wicklow on Sunday 10th September. Registration at 11am, starts at 11.30pm.

The Route

The 6km or 12km route will take you along the beautiful Blessington Greenway trail. Along the way you will have the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the area.
Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Wicklow is a hidden gem; only about half an hour from Dublin, it’s the ideal place to head with the whole family.

Donations can be made in your local Mcgreals Pharmacy or on the day to support West Wicklow Cancer Support.

McGreals Pharmacy – People’s Pharmacist of the Year 2017

Kilian McGreal accepting Peoples Pharmacist of the Year award 2017

Kilian McGreal followed in his father’s and grandfathers foot steps in working in the family pharmacy in Blessington Co Wicklow.

Kilian has been delighted to have been involved in the development of McGreals Pharmacy over the last 15 years and has taken the business from one thriving pharmacy in the heart of Blessington to 8 new McGreals Pharmacy openings across Leinster.

He recently completed the development of a state of the art Primary Care Centre in Blessington Co WIcklow. Kilian is very involved in various community initiatives and the sponsorship of local clubs and societies.

Kilian has been known to open his doors after closing hours to accommodate those in need. His staff have also been described as being extremely helpful and are held in high regard locally.

“It is such an honour but also a reflection on the great team that work beside me.”
Kilian McGreal

McGreals Pharmacy People’s Pharmacist of the Year

Kilian McGreal Peoples Pharmacist of the Year

McGreals Primary Care Centre ‘Built by the community for the community’

McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington

McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington

Work has concluded in recent weeks on Blessington’s new primary care centre located beside the Wicklow County Council building in Blessington, Co Wicklow. Mcgreals Pharmacy and Centric Health are now open with the HSE and The Hermitage Clinic planning to operate from the centre as soon as September.

The two-storey building, which has a total floor area of 21,000 sq ft, was developed by Kilian McGreal, a local entrepreneur and Managing Director of McGreals Pharmacy Group. McGreals pharmacy is an Irish-owned community Pharmacy group with a proud record of serving the Irish public for over 50 years.

In 2014, Wicklow County Council granted permission to Kilian McGreal for the primary care facility. ‘This purpose built centre will be a key location for the provision of quality services, delivered in line with HIQA standards, to the community in Blessington and surrounding areas’ said a spokesperson.

‘The services provided will include: general pratictioners, public health nurses, consultants, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, wound clinic, dentistry and home care services.

‘This new facility will allow us to accommodate group work and support programmes such as parenting programmes and breastfeeding groups, etc.,’ said the spokesperson.

The facility is open Monday to Friday from 9-6pm with convenient parking on site. New traffic lights linking the new primary care centre and the town have been completed providing safe access for the community.

Kilian McGreal is delighted to see his plan to provide caring, considerate and modern primary medical care to Blessington community and surrounding areas come to fruition.

“Most importantly I would like to thank the local community. This project would not be where it is today without their support of McGreals over the last 50 years and their continued support today. This primary care centre really has been built by the community, for the communiity” Kilian McGreal

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