A new chapter for Bunninadden Centre
Published 08/04/2014 | 05:40
The local community of Bunninadden celebrates the official opening of a newly refurbished €150,000 Community Centre at 3pm on Sunday.
The honour of cutting the tape will go to former Bunninadden GAA Club player, Sean Wynne.
It was Sean's idea to build a Community Centre back in 1979.
The Centre opened for the first time in 1981.
Chairman Sean McDonagh said: "The Centre served its purpose ever since, but needed a facelift.
"We began the refurbishment project in January last year.
"The building was completely gutted.
"It re-opened in August, but on Sunday next we are having the official function. It will be a very, very special day for all involved."
The refurbishment project included an extension to the indoor playing area.
This resulted in the removal of the stage and the introduction of a new balcony and viewing area.
There's also a new maple floor, new heating system, toilets and disabled toilet, and a new fitted kitchen and meeting room.
The building has been re-wired and painted.
Firedoors and alarm systems have also been installed.
Sligo LEADER provided funding of €91,547 towards the overall cost.
The rest was raised through local fundraising efforts.
Tourlestrane builder Joe Kennedy & Sons completed the work.
The Chairman said: "The Centre now certainly is a focal point for the area.
"We have everything from basketball to volleyball to dancing.
"We have bowls for people with special needs on a Saturday.
"We also hold exercise for older people, the 'mature movers' during the day.
"It's great to see the building being used so much.
"The official opening will be the culmination of a lot of effort."