A NEW chapter in the life of the Templeglantine community was opened on Monday with the relaunch of Halla Inse Bán. Large crowds gathered for the event and they were full of praise for the modern addition to the facility, which stands at the centre of community life in the parish.
The building has undergone extensive renovation and it is now like a brand new community facility, thanks to grant aid from West Limerick Resources along with a donation from Airtricity and other local contributions.
The hall, which had deteriorated, largely due to the severe weather in recent years creating havoc with the heating system, has been in use for almost 40 years and has been a tremendous asset to the parish. Heating problems should now be a thing of the past with insulation added to the building to conserve energy and cut down on heating costs.
It is hoped that the outstanding debt arising from this huge renovation project can be cleared in the near future with the support of the parish, former parishioners and all users of the centre.
The local community is delighted with how the work on the hall turned out and Templeglantine Community Council member Pat Buckley was all praise.
"With such a big job it has been a long haul over the last number of years. We nearly had to rebuild the back of it, putting in new toilets, roofing and flooring," he said. "We're delighted now with how it worked out and I would like to thank the local committee and everyone who put time in to ensuring this project's success."