‘In Clonakilty we don’t grow old, we grow ideas.’
This is definitely what happened in O’Donovan’s Hotel on Tuesday, September 23, when the Town Elders held their first meeting, which held the theme: ‘Think, what can you do to make our town an even better place to live and raise a family?’
The meeting started with a brainstorming session for 30 minutes with five tables of six to eight people. It was hoped to get 30-plus ideas through everyone pooling thoughts. No idea was rejected on the night, with a grand total of 64 by completion of the meeting.
Each person went home with the complete list of ideas to discuss with family and friends and to give preference to what they consider the 15 best for the town.
The selections will be made known at the next meeting in O’Donovan’s Hotel on Tuesday, October 7, at 8.20pm.
Some of the ideas put forward may be able to dovetail with others and selected ideas will be worked on for the next 12 months.
Concepts that came up at the meeting included activities and facilities for young and old, musical and cultural events, historical activities and projects to support the economic and environmental sustainability of the town.
Dan O’Donovan, spokesperson for the group, said: “We had great results at the last meeting, which had a great West Cork feel to it. We expect even more people on October 7, when we will be making decisions.”
The Town Elders would like to extend a welcome to people who have moved to Clonakilty in the last five to six years or more to come along on the night, have fun and meet people in the town.