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Access to Quiglough is now via a newly constructed pathway along which a landscaped flower bed runs. The laneway is resurfaced providing a smooth journey to the Quiglough entrance where a beautiful picnic area complete with four table areas in natural stone is now available.  The area was landscaped by local Landscape gardener. 

Managing Director, Brendan McAree stated:

we are very proud to be part of the Ballinode Community and to have operated from the same site since my parents set up the business in 1946.  As part of the recent development of our factory complex work, we are committed to improving access to Quiglough which is one of Ballinode hidden gems which we are delighted to promote.  In addition to the improved access and picnic area, we are also providing access to our adjacent car park.

Operations Director, Vincent McAree explains:

we have expanded our factory presence over the last few years and as part of this we have improved the laneway down to Quiglough with a new entrance, surfaced the roadway and added in a new footpath which provides safe access to Quiglough. Using recovered material from the development work, we have added a picnic area at the entrance to Quiglough which we hope will encourage more people to use this amenity

Claire McAree, CFO added:

The new picnic area is dedicated to Vincie and Tessie McAree, the founders of McAree Engineering and it’s a fitting memorial for a couple who contributed a lot to the social and community life in Ballinode and who were keen gardeners themselves.

Madge Murphy, Ballinode Tidy Towns Committee added:

this is a fabulous addition to Ballinode’s growing number of amenities.  From a Tidy Towns perspective this new area, under the careful watch of McAree Engineering, also enhances an area that was traditionally often blighted by dumping. The improved access and this super picnic area dedicated to Vinci and Tessie McAree who were great supporters of the Ballinode Community is a wonderful addition to our Tidy Towns efforts.

Commenting on the development, Rossmore Coarse Angling Club President, Ronan Callan said:

I am delighted to see these wonderful improvements that Brendan and the McAree family have put in place.  The Angling Club have recently refurbished the 12 fishing swims at the lake and all these developments taken together have resulted in a wonderful recreational amenity area in Ballinode.

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Ronan Callan, Monica McKenna, Madge Murphy, Brendan McAree, Ann Mullen, Maria Maguire, Claire Doogan.