On Friday, September 26th, a special event was held in Celbridge Community Centre – The Mill, to unveil a new garden area which was created with the support of Intel in order to help mark the anniversary of 25 years of Intel in Ireland. Intel first came to Ireland in 1989 establishing what was to become one of Europe’s leading semiconductor manufacturing locations at the nearby Collinstown Industrial Park. Today, more than 4,500 people work at the campus and in March this year Intel shared details of the progress of a $5 billion campus upgrade investment at the Leixlip campus, the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State which will prepare the facility to manufacture latest generation Intel technology.
|Attendees gather for the official unveiling of the new garden|
The event included a special ceremony which took place in the new garden which was transformed from a previously derelict, unsafe, area into a beautiful garden which will now be an amenity for the entire community and will be of particular benefit to the Celbridge Youth Café whose dedicated space within the Mill looks out onto the recently completed garden area which was designed by local horticulturist Lucy Bell.
This project has been on going over the last number of years as the team at the Community Centre worked to convert an overgrown waste land into a useable recreation facility. There were already borders and flower beds in the area but improvements to the garden over the past number of months, which were completed in partnership with the community employment scheme, have overcame health and safety issues such as uneven ground, unobstructed access to the mill race and easy access to the sewage holding tank. The garden is now a safe place to gather and various groups have been able to sit and chat, have lunch, barbeque, play, keep fit and most of all enjoy the fresh air beside the river Liffey.
The ceremony included an audience addresses from Intel’s Brendan Cannon, John Whelan and Mairead Byrne from the Celbridge Community Centre and Deputy Mayor of Kildare Frank O’Rourke. The event was concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque which is situated in the garden itself and which reads;
The commemorative plaque is displayed in the new garden
On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary we would like to thank you, the people of Celbridge, for making us feel so welcome here in your community
Speaking at the event, Intel’s Brendan Cannon said “Kildare has been fundamental in the story of Intel in Ireland, providing us with a location in which our campus could flourish to the extent that today it is home to one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities – it would be impossible for us to be as successful, and to have become the largest private investment the history the Irish State, without the support of the community around us. On this occasion we want to thank the people of Celbridge for your continuing support and partnership and I am delighted that we could assist with this particular project which has resulted in such a beautiful amenity for the community. We look forward to all that may be possible in the next 25 years”.
Deputy Mayor of Kildare Frank O’Rourke who also spoke at the ceremony added “This garden is a place that many people can appreciate in the years ahead and a resource for all elements of the community to come together and enjoy. Intel have placed Kildare firmly on the map and I commend them not alone on this project but on the many others that they are involved in and I would like to thank Intel for the wonderful role they have played in the community over the past 25 years”.
This event was part of a yearlong series of activities to mark Intel’s 25th Anniversary of operations in Ireland.
Intel first began operating in Ireland in 1989 and over the past 2 decades has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing technology to cutting edge research and design.
Celbridge Community Centre Chairperson Mairead Byrne, Celbridge Community Centre Director and President John Whelan, Brendan Cannon of Intel Ireland and Deputy Mayor of Kildare Frank O’Rourke are pictured at the unveiling of garden
Donnacha White aged 2 from Cellbridge is pictured with his mother’s violin at the official unveiling of the Mill Garden
Further images can be found here: The Mill Garden at Celbridge Community Centre – an album on Flickr
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