Virginia's pioneers show the way
Cavan town gets ready for grand opening of its modern Agricultural Society complex
Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30
The finishing touches are being put to Virginia Agricultural Society's new headquarters and arena which is scheduled to open early in September.
The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has been invited to cut the ribbon at the venue which has been redeveloped after eight years of lobbying and fundraising.
The complex has been financed by the Cavan-Monaghan LEADER company to the tune of €500,000. Matching funds were raised by the Virginia Society's 200 strong membership - mainly local farmers and business interests.
The new facilities will be given a preview at next month's 73rd annual Virginia Show which will feature the prestigious Diageo Bailey Cow championship on Wednesday, August 20.
It has been a long road for the Society which first mooted plans to build a new HQ back in 2006 when it engaged MCA Consulting to carry out a feasibility study on building a centre which could accommodate the annual show and also provide a social and community centre for the lakeside Cavan town.
A business plan soon followed and in 2008 the Society applied to Cavan-Monaghan LEADER company for funding.
LEADER backed the idea and endorsed the Virginia Society's proposal to raise matching funds for the one million euro project. Local architect, Gavan Hanley of and Tate, was commissioned to design the facilities.
The project would not have proceeded without the significant aid provided by the Cavan- Monaghan LEADER co mpany.