Wednesday 26 July 2017

Community centre in line for refurbishment


PLANS FOR the proposed refurbishment of the community centre will be on display in the centre on Sunday, December 9, from 3-5 p.m.

The afternoon will be a great opportunity for everyone to come along and see these plans and to have your say on how your community centre develops into the future.

The centre is in the middle of a two year project to firstly make it structurally sound, and to secondly revamp it's interior to make it a warm, welcoming, fit for purpose centre for everyone in the community.

Phase one of the project was completed earlier this year thanks to Louth Leader Partnership, which awarded the community centre committee a grant which has been spent on the structural work needed to make the centre safe and to install a modern heating system.

Fr. Brian White, the committee chairman said, 'We asked a structural engineer to come in and have a look at the community centre three years ago as we were worried about the building itself and we weren't wrong. The building was in dire need of structural work to ensure it didn't fall down. Thankfully the Louth Leader stepped in and awarded us the monies earlier this year needed to do the vital work to shore up the building'.

Phase two of the project is now under way and the community centre committee comprising of Paul Forrester, Denis Hogan, John O'Neil, Fr. Padraig Keenan, Martin Crotty and Fr. Brian White have added three new members, Lavina McGahon from the mother and toddler group, Margaret Gamble from the girl guides and Karen Coan from the park and playground committee to broaden community representation.

Lavina McGahon has led this phase of the project. Over the last two months, the committee have consulted with all of the community groups in the village, and have sought input from Margaret Gamble (who is also an interior designer) and Frank McGahon (architect) to come up with a plan to overhaul the interior of the building to make it more user friendly and better suited for the needs of the community. These plans will address all the feedback the committee have received to date.

In addition to seeing the plans, there will be a display from all the current users of the centre. There will also be a show of skills from the Karate club and the Irish dancing school along with plenty of face painting, fun games and refreshments for all. The community centre committee would love for everyone in the community to drop in during the afternoon.

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