The recent Askamore Community Council AGM showcased a busy year. Since March 2014 there have been 13 community council meetings. There was an election for a new council in May 2014, resulting in the following committee: Jim Martin, Chairman; Davy Donohoe secretary; Paddy Byrne and James Tomkins: joint treasurers, PJ Nolan, Enda Morris, Mick Dee, Willie Murphy, Larry Butler, Brian Buttle, Stacy Gilbert and Paula Mulroe, Owen Doyle, Joe Kenny, Aileen Kavanagh and Seán Byrne.
During the past year, an allocation of €40,000 of Wexford County Council funds led to repair of the Hill Road above Gortlands. Ballyconran Road Group also met with public representatives and duly improved their road following local fundraising to meet joint costs. The situation re the Ballyellis Road has much improved.
The separation of Community Council and Askamore Childcare was completed, involving the setting up of a new company. Main reasons for separation: (1) financial burden placed on council, because of need to be audited professionally; (2) directors of the new limited company would become trustees of Askamore Hall, on behalf of the community of Askamore.
Thus Askamore Muintir na Tíre Community Council Ltd. became Askamore Muintir na Tíre Community Project Ltd. This company continues to be known as Askamore Community Council.
Garda vetting documents on behalf of all Council and Hall committee members were sent to Muintir na Tire headquarters. Stacy Gilbert is Child Protection Officer and Willie Murphy is designated Reporting Person.
Askamore Muintir na Tíre Community Council Ltd. and the Hall committees have almost completed the work of regularising the legal limbo which obtained in relation to the land on which the hall / Childcare are built. The original school site had never been transferred from the parish trustees of 1944 / 1949 to the community trustees. Title of the land has now been applied for in the name of the Community Council. There will be significant costs involved.
Askamore Community Text Alert this year has 213 members on its books.
A Code of Governance was adopted by the council during the year to ensure clear protocols are in place to deal with all matters in a transparent and appropriate manner, and in particular to ensure there is clarity in future years about the hall and other property of the council being secured in the best interests of the community of Askamore.
The Community Council objected to the placing of a further mast by Telefonica on summit of Sliabh Bhuí – to no avail.
Le Chéile Park won Best Public Park in Ireland in January. In the LAMA awards. Also won €1500 towards setting up a community garden from Grow It Yourself.
Fundraising: A number of fundraisers took place in the past year: a sponsored walk in May, 2014; Feile 2014, incorporating the Mock Wedding; The Big Breakfast; a card night; Biggest Loser Jan / Feb 2015; Countryside Challenge, April 2015. Most of these events were in conjunction with other organisations.
Classes running during the year include set and social dancing, computers and an IFA Skillnets farm safety course.
Tidy Towns competition 2015 has been entered. Askamore received a bronze award in the recent 2k North Wexford Clean-up. Other pending applications are: SEAI insulation grant for hall; IPB grant for modular staging; Lottery / HSE grant for hall upgrade of toilets.
Askamore’s looped walks are contained in the soon to be published Wexford Walking Trail brochure.
A new brochure highlighting the facilities available in Askamore is being prepared in conjunction with Gorey Municipal District Council.