The untying of the knot that was Mitchelstown’s O’Connell Park for the past fifteen years, is a deed fait accompli, as on 4.30pm on Tuesday of this week the park was formally signed over to three trustees, paving the way for the facility to be officially open to the public.

The 15-year saga came to a close as the outer perimeter of the park was signed over to three trustees, namely Sean Finn, Therese Horgan and Marie Sheehan Condon on Tuesday afternoon. This will be a temporary measure, as in the long-term the park will need to be managed by a company with a board.

However, the park will be temporarily bolted shut as the moment the sign-over was complete the thorny and ever-present issue of insurance cropped up.

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