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Friday 24 October 2014

Dozens attend official opening of Youth Café

BILL BROWNE

Published 28/11/2013 | 05:26

Cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Fermoy Youth Cafe were Siobhain Mackey, Laura and Michelle Flynn, Cllr Tadgh O'Donovan, Cllr Noel O'Connor, Cllr Frank O'Flynn, Cllr Olive Cocoran, Mayor of Fermoy, Kelly Wheeler and Martina Daly.

IT may have been a long time in the making, but it was worth every minute of the wait.

IT may have been a long time in the making, but it was worth every minute of the wait.

Dozens of people turned out last Thursday night for the official opening of the new Fermoy Youth Café at the former McCarthy's Insurance building on Fitzgerald Place.

The new café is the centrepiece of the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (CDYS) Centre, a one-stop-shop catering for the needs of young people in the town.

There was disappointment locally when a deal to establish the café at the former fire station on Connelly Street fell through earlier this year.

However, management at CDYS moved swiftly to secure an alternative town centre premises, moving from their old building on the Pike Road to Fitzgerald Place during the summer.

CDYS regional director Brian Williams told The Corkman that the move had led to a dramatic increase in the number of people using their services.

"The biggest advantage of the new building is that it makes us more visible within the community. In terms of size the new centre is actually smaller than the one on the Pike Road. However its distance from the town centre meant it was difficult for young people to access," said Brian.

"You can have all the space in the world, but that is of little use if people are not using it. This new premises is ideally sized for our purposes," he added.

Officially opened by County Mayor and CDYS chairman Cllr Noel O'Connor, the centre has already become a hive of activity with a broad range of services offered under its roof.

The centrepiece is the Youth Café, offering young people a chance to drop in, chill out with friends, listen to music and enjoy a game of pool.

The building also incorporates a dedicated music room, one-to-one meeting rooms and a kitchen.

Brian said one of the most satisfying aspects of the centre is the hands on approach in its taken by the local Youth Council in its day-to-day running.

"The Council is made up of six local young people who identify the needs of young people and tailor the activities to suit them. They were instrumental in helping to organise the official opening and have done a huge amount of work to ensure the centre is a vibrant place to visit," he said.

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