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Sunday 31 August 2014

A special day for the people of Bunninadden

Michael Moran

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:40

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Sean Wynne cutting the ribbon to officially open the new centre in Bunninadden.

More than 32 years after he first mooted the idea, Sean Wynne returned to officially open a newly refurbished €150,000 community centre in Bunninadden last Sunday.

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More than 32 years after he first mooted the idea, Sean Wynne returned to officially open a newly refurbished €150,000 community centre in Bunninadden last Sunday.

He's been living in Navan since 1982. Sean said: "It's a wonderful facility for the people of the area. I was delighted and honoured to be asked to cut the ribbon."

Sean and a number of others including the late Chris Kerins identified the need for such a sports and leisure centre in the late 1970s.

He recalled: "It all began from a GAA meeting. We felt we needed a community hall. We were holding meetings in the school, or the local pub."

Work began on the centre on September 29th, 1979 – the day the late Pope John Paul II came to Ireland.

The centre opened for the first time in 1981. In recent years it was clear it needed a facelift.

Chairman Sean McDonagh said: "When we started off, we were hoping to replace the original floor. It was unsafe."

However, a more ambitious project started when LEADER provided grant aid of €91,547.

The old hall was completely gutted.

The indoor playing area was extended with the removal of the stage.

There's a new maple floor, new heating system, toilets, fitted kitchen and meeting room.

The contractor was Damien Kennedy and architect, Michael Rowley.

Sean said: "It's great to have a building like this. I hope it will be used as much over the next 32 years as it was in the past 32."

Parish Priest Fr Michael Reilly blessed the centre.

Pupils from Kilavill NS and Bunninadden NS entertained the large crowd with music and song.

Sligo LEADER representative Chris Gonley said: "It's important now that the community supports the centre.

"We are delighted to be involved. It's great to see projects like this up and down County Sligo."

For one local man, Sean Gorman, Sunday was a particularly special day.

Sean was one of those who worked on the original site.

He said: "The building certainly has changed. It's excellent."

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