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Attractions are dotted throughout the park to encourage walking and they make the most out of natural features, like this hill, to help develop children's creativity and imagination. Official opening attended by Mayor Vicki Casserly (and Tom), Cllr Kenneth Egan (and Kate), Cllr Emer Higgins.

Mountpark's €40m logistics centre in Baldonnell was officially opened this week. Cllr. Emer Higgins, who proposed the zoning of this land for commercial use, joined Mayor Vicki Casserly at the celebration of the creation of local jobs and the state-of-the-art fit out of the site. The building is being leased by Home Store and More and is one of two logistics hubs on the site, the other of which is being leased by United Drug.

Emer Higgins said: “Already 740 people have been employed here as part of the construction phase, and as a County we’ll be benefiting from €2.3m in developer fees to the Council. I led the campaign to allow these lands be developed and am delighted to see the progress that’s been made on the site. It's fantastic to hear that two such reputable tenants are coming in to our area and generating more jobs. Fine Gael worked cross-party with Sinn Fein to ensure this development was possible and that these jobs were created.”

"The official opening was also a celebration of history and education. As part of the event, the nearby bridge, was named in honour of Colonel James Fitzmaurice, the world's first transatlantic pilot. The Colonel took off from Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell and landed to much fan fair in New York city. Airman Michael Whelan was on hand to bring to life his historic achievement. Mountpark has also developed a philanthropic partnership with the nearby Carline Centre, a learning hub for disadvantaged young people. It's great to see companies like them making a positive difference to the local community."

“This development is a good news story for our County and I wish Mountpark, Home Store and More and United Drug every success here in Dubin Mid West,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

Luggwoods, a family attraction in Saggart famous for its Christmas Winter wonderland experience, is this year running a Halloween themed event again this year.

Local Councillor, Emer Higgins attended the launch with Darcy(7) and Jack (4) and raved about it.

“We all loved the Halloween event in the Luggwoods Enchanted Forest. It was great to see so many kids carving their pumpkins and chasing the witches in the wood. It’s fantastic to have such an innovative family attraction right here on our doorstep and I’d really encourage people who go to seasonal events to keep it local and choose Luggwoods. Congrats to our local entrepreneurs Peter Finn and Elaine O'Reilly Luggwoods Manager. They are providing a fun and affordable family day out whilst helping to develop children's creativity and imagination.”

“We are so delighted that our Halloween season is going well. We’re open right through to Halloween night and then we’ll be getting ready for Christmas, when we transform our Enchanted Forest from our autumnal Adventureland into winter wonderland. Last year was a sell out so we’re encouraging people to get their tickets early for this year,” said Elaine O’Reilly of Luggwoods.

“Luggwoods is named after the ancient Lugg Forest in Saggart and we have a special enchanted train that transports families through the Coillte owned Lugg Forest to our very own purpose built barn event centre on top of Lugg Hill. The views are spectacular and we run special family events every Easter, Halloween and Christmas,” concluded Elaine.


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