Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has congratulated ‘The Happy Pear’ on their appointment as the operators of the new café in the Round Tower Heritage Centre.
She commented, “I am delighted to welcome The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn to Clondalkin to run their flagship shop and café. This new development will include an interpretive centre, community meeting space and the Happy Pear café and shop.
“I am proud to have supported the delivery of this heritage project by working with local groups, State bodies and the Council. In 2013, I invited the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht out to highlight the need to preserve the Round Tower. This was also an opportunity to facilitate the first ever meeting between the CEO of South Dublin County Council and the Round Tower Heritage Group. On foot of this meeting, the CEO announced the Round Tower Interpretive Centre as a ‘gateway’ project for Clondalkin. Well done to all our local voluntary groups including the umbrella Round Tower Heritage Group who were the driving force behind the project for a number of years.
A lot of hard work and consultation has taken place in the past two years and the development is expected to be open by summer this year. Congratulations to the Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group and residents, who have supported the ongoing protection of our local history, for their hard work and input into the Centre.
“This ambitious development has the potential to preserve and promote not just a local treasure but a national symbol of our past. As well as serving the local community, it is also hoped that the Tower, along with The Happy Pear café and shop, will become a beacon for local tourism,” concluded Fitzgerald.