Monday 22 January 2018

Celebrations as two youth cafes to receive €100,000

Alison Comyn

THE REGION has received a massive boost with the news that €100,000 in Capital Grants is being allocated to youth cafes in Drogheda and Slane.

THE REGION has received a massive boost with the news that €100,000 in Capital Grants is being allocated to youth cafes in Drogheda and Slane.

The Boomerang Cafe in Fair Street is to receive €50,000, while the second grant will go towards establishing a much-needed youth facility in the Meath village.

'We are just so delighted at this perfect Christmas present and it is a great boost for us here, as well as recognition for all the hard work the staff and Board of Directors have done,' said Catrina Culligan from Drogheda Youth Development which runs the cafe.

'We are really busy, especially since we went seven days a week, and with over 500 members, we are looking forward to getting many more in the new year.'

Chairperson of the Slane Youth Café, Nicola Byrne said she was also delighted with the news.

'We can't believe we have finally got funding approved for the Café, and I look forward to developing a quality facility in the village for young people from Slane and surrounding areas,' she said.

Minister of State for the NewEra Project Fergus O'Dowd TD said it was a great boost for the Drogheda centre.

'I have made the Minister for Children well aware of the fantastic nature of the youth cafes and pressed for this funding to equip a vital new component of teenagers' lives,' he said.

'Boomerang Youth Cafe is a warm, welcoming one-stop youth service and café, and it is great to see that a building that has provided so much to the community over the years having a new lease of life as a centre where young people can flourish.'

Gerald Nash TD added that he had been lobbying for this for a long time, both in his capacity as a TD and as a director of Drogheda Youth Development.

'The Boomerang Cafe has been a huge success since it opened and this money will enable it to provide an even better service to the young people of Drogheda,' he said.

Fine Gael Meath East TD Helen McEntee also warmly welcomed the announcement for Slane, saying it was 'fantastic news for all of those who have been working so hard to get a Youth Café set up in Slane.'

'Work has been on-going for almost two years now, and I would like to pay tribute to Stephanie Kinahan Scallan, the group's energetic and dynamic chairperson, who tragically died from cancer in June of this year.

'I know everyone involved in the project was devastated by her loss, but remain even more determined to make a success of the foundations she helped to lay.'

Boomerang Cafe will be closed from Sunday, December 22, until Monday, January 6, for the Christmas break.

Drogheda Independent

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