Cork County Council is delighted to be joining with Buttevant Community Council in celebrating the recent completion of the public realm and roadwork’s. This Christmas Celebration Party will take place on Saturday 10th December from 3pm to 6pm which has been organised as a fun occasion not to be missed with market stalls, fireworks, music and entertainment for all on offer.
The Buttevant Town Scheme invested over €5 million into the town which was funded by Cork County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Works included full pavement reconstruction, drainage, footpath kerbing, public lighting and undergrounding of services. The works were planned and designed by the Roads Design Office of Cork County Council with construction works carried out by Priority Construction and supervised by consultants ARUPS.
Construction commenced in February 2015 and was in the main completed by August 2016. Unforeseen archaeological discoveries delayed completion of the works. These findings proved significant and were undertaken by a team of up to 16 archaeologists and support staff with 2,788 archaeology finds. Discoveries included a suspected northern gate tower and associated town wall opposite the convent, building foundations and layers of cobbled street surfaces. Animal bones, pottery, tiles, bone combs, coins, buttons, buckles, pins and clay wig curlers were also found. One of the layers contained a gold Posey ring inscribed with the date of 1713.
Commenting on the completion of works, local public representative Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea who will deputise for the Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Seamus McGrath at the celebration party said “These works which were long awaited by the people of Buttevant and all that pass through the town on a daily basis were undertaken with live traffic and were of a significant disruption to the town during this period. All normal activities in the town were facilitated as best as was practically possible with works ceasing for Christmas 2015 and for the annual Cahirmee Fair and work nearing the adjacent to the primary school undertaken during the summer holidays. On behalf of Cork County Council, I want to thank the businesses’ and community of Buttevant for their co-operation and understanding during this time”.
The Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Mr. Tim Lucey, said “Cork County Council has worked with the people of Buttevant to complete these works and I am delighted to see how this significant investment has benefited the Community there. I wish them the best of luck with their Christmas activities”
The Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District of Cork County Council in co-operation with it six public representative and representatives from the voluntary and business sectors in Buttevant set up a Town Partnership in 2015 and have worked together identifying issues and solutions to develop and progress the social, environmental and economic development of the Town. To date with the assistance of Cork County Council’s Town Development Fund, the entrance roadway to the Muintir Na Tire hall has been resurfaced, the installation of new CCTV for the town is underway and there are many future projects at development stages.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “We are all very much looking forward to the celebrations on Saturday 10th December where members of the public are invited to come along and celebrate the completion of the town streetscape works with the community of Buttevant. The Town of Buttevant is a very vibrant and busy town which is open for business this Christmas”,