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Friday 31 October 2014

Historic building renovated

Published 30/10/2012 | 12:48

ONE OF Sligo's oldest buildings has been extensively refurbished.

The Presbyterian Hall, Charles Street, dates back to 1883.

In its 129-year history it was used as a school house, was the original home of the Gaelscoil, and hosted numerous Church and community activities.

These included the local Feiseanna, Feis Ceoil and Feis Shligigh.

The hall was also the venue for Irish Blood Transfusion Clinics for many years.

"It just gradually became run down, damp and badly in need of repair," Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Alan Mitchell said.

The refurbishment project began in March. The entire building was gutted back to the four walls.

The walls were then insulated and the kitchen and toilets rebuilt.

A meeting room has been provided upstairs and features a board room table and chairs donated by management at the former Saehan Media plant when it closed.

The ceiling has been specially adapted to ensure excellent acoustics, while modern video, sound and conferencing equipment has been installed. New floors have also been laid. The hall is heated with the latest slim line storage heaters imported specially from Germany.

The contractors were McMenamin Brothers, Ballybofey.

Electrical contractors were Blackburn Electric, also of Ballybofey.

Plumbing was carried out by 'Pete The Plumber', Sligo.

Video and sound was by Dermot Reynolds, Sligo.

Architects were Kennedy/ Fitzgerald, Belfast.

"It's great to see the hall in use again and it will continue to benefit the Church and local community," Rev. Mitchell said.

One exciting development will be the introduction of a spiritual and fitness programme, 'Body Gospel', due to commence after Christmas.

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