Prosperous celebrates two hundred years with a festival, tree planting and a commemorative plaque.

Celebrating Sir Robert Brooke's founding of the village in 1780, and the community of Prosperous are marking the occasion with a week of public events, officially opened by former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.  

Robert Brooke, who built his career in the British Army's administration, established the village and a cotton industry here, with a vision of success and prosperity. Six years later his dreams were in tatters as the business turned out to be a failure. This was in spite of him having spent his own money, his wife's money and grants received from Grattan's parliament on the venture. He applied for reinstatement in the army and was appointed governor of the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean in 1788.  

The Narraghmore Pipe Band lead the parade down Main Street to the new public seating area adjacent to the post office, built around a specially commissioned commemorative plaque designed by artist Bríd Ní Rinn which pays tribute to the industrial past of Prosperous. 

An ecumenical service preceded the unveiling of the plaque, with prayers read by Caragh Parish Priest, Father J Bennett, Father Alfie Murphy from Prosperous, and the Church of Ireland Rector of Clane, the Reverend Frederick Gilmore.

Liam Cosgrave, whose grandmother came from the area, reminded those present that a community will prosper when it has good leaders, and that they are the ones who will enable a,  

Guarantee of the continued prosperity and happiness of the people of this area in the future. 

Doctor Andrew Rynne, chairman of the Bicentenary Committee told says that the combination of architecture and community spirit in Prosperous are two things which add to its charm,  

There's an atmosphere in this village of something very special.

Two trees were also planted in the village, one for each century, by two of the oldest residents in the village, 88 year old Gus Nevin and 80 year old Stephen Rynne. 

An RTÉ News report broacast on 25 August 1980. The reporter is Michael Fisher.