Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon welcomed Minister of State Simon Harris to the constituency on Monday to mark St. Brigid’s Day at a coffee morning at the newly renovated restaurant at the Irish National Stud.  They were also joined by local historian Mario Corrigan who spoke about the legacy and history of St. Brigid in the area.

“I have wanted to bring Minister Simon Harris to the Curragh for some time given his responsibility for the OPW and the similarities between the Curragh Plains and parks which are managed by the OPW such as the Phoenix Park.  St. Brigids day seemed an appropriate occasion to highlight the many positive features of the Curragh Plains, the potential it has from a tourism and heritage point of view and the plans that I and Minister Simon Coveney have to improve and enhance it.

“From the re-development of the Curragh racecourse to the proposed Peace and Leadership Forum to be established at the Curragh, there are many exciting opportunities to expand the reach of this rich amenity on our doorstep.

“I am hopeful that the Curragh Forum which I have been working on to bring together key stakeholders who use the Curragh Plains will be established in the coming weeks.  At this event, Minister Simon Harris undertook to do what he could to assist the Forum in its establishment and operation drawing on the experiences of the OPW.”