The troops, many of whom are stationed at Tobacco Dock, were in the park to meet with the local residents to explain what they have been doing in the area as well as to get them involved in some military style physical challenges.
It was really good to hear about what the troops have been doing. They are here to do an important job, ensuring the peace and security of the city during the Olympics, and I am fully behind them in their task.
It was good to see local residents, including many parents and children from the area, come along and get involved in the various obstacle courses set up around the park.
All in all, it was a fun day and most importantly, it demonstrated that the troops and local residents are living harmoniously side-by-side. Many residents told me that the troops were extremely good neighbours, and the commanding officer, Lt Col Brian Fahy, told me how grateful he was for the welcoming spirit with which the troops had been received.