A playground in Mahon has been fully restored and fitted with new equipment following an arson attack earlier this month.
The playground at Loughmahon Park in Mahon was left damaged following a suspected arson attack on Saturday, October 12.
Efforts from the local community and Cork City Council have ensured the park is fully restored and ready for locals and visitors alike.
“Credit where credit is due to the Cork City Council who, in just over a week, have restored and installed new equipment at our wonderful children's park and recreation area in Mahon to the delight of the local residents and beyond,” said Denis Coffey, Manager at the Mahon Community Centre.
“The park was reopened within 24 hours this terrible act of mindless vandalism.
“As a result of this disgraceful behaviour, the local Gardai have been given keys, so they can access the park whenever the need arises,” he added.
“Our heartfelt thanks to Cork City Council, the Parks Department, Cork City Fire Brigade, An Garda Siochanna, and the people from the local community,” said John O' Mahony, Chairman on behalf of Mahon Community Association.
The arson incident earlier this month had led to calls for a sustained garda presence in the Mahon area.
A section of the playground suffered extensive damage in the fire.
Local residents say vandalism and other incidents of antisocial behavior have become rife in the area of late.
Gardaí confirmed they are investigating ‘an act of criminal damage by fire that occurred at Loughmahon Community Park, Mahon, on Saturday, October 12 at approximately 9pm’.
Labour local area representative in the Blackrock Mahon area, Peter Horgan, recently slammed the attack on the playground and called for more resources to be given to local gardaí.
Manager of the Mahon Community Centre, Denis Coffey, praised City Hall for removing damaged equipment and getting the playground reopened just 24 hours after the fire.
“The park is the pride of Mahon Parish and is used by hundreds of people from Mahon and beyond every week.” He added it was great to see the park being used again in recent days.