Tinryland Park reopened to public on January 3 after insurance hike forced it shut

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Tinryland Park was closed towards the end of last year

Tinryland Park reopened to the public on January 3 after an insurance hike towards the end of last year forced its voluntary committee to close the park. 

It was closed because a "pending claim" caused over 200% of a spike in the park's insurance premium - from €2,500 to €8,300, Carlow Live understands. 

On Wednesday evening, Cllr Jim Deane - who sits on the voluntary committee which looks after the park - confirmed that it would reopen for all to enjoy from Thursday, January 3 of 2019.

He added: "The directors and I would like to sincerely thank everyone in the local community and further afield for their best wishes and support throughout this difficult period.

"Despite the good news that our park is reopening, it has shone a light on the issue of outrageous hikes in insurance premiums that many small communities face in relation to their amenities.

"Going forward myself and the three other voluntary/non-paid directors will have to work hard to fundraise to continue to meet our insurance obligations and keep our wonderful park open for all to enjoy. 

"Wishing you all a Happy New Year from all at Tinryland Park."