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Sunday 21 April 2019

Monageer hall gets a full revamp thanks to hard work and dedication

Rita McCabe, Willie Murphy, Andy Fenlon, Cllr. Oliver Walsh, Cllr. Pip Breen, George Dunbar and Denis Kinsella. Front: Ann Fenlon, Cllr.John Hegarty, Rose Breen, Fr. William Cosgrave and Cllr. Wilie Kavanagh at the re-opening of Monageer Hall following renovations
Rita McCabe, Willie Murphy, Andy Fenlon, Cllr. Oliver Walsh, Cllr. Pip Breen, George Dunbar and Denis Kinsella. Front: Ann Fenlon, Cllr.John Hegarty, Rose Breen, Fr. William Cosgrave and Cllr. Wilie Kavanagh at the re-opening of Monageer Hall following renovations

Brendan Keane

The hard work and commitment of a local committee has resulted in Monageer parish hall getting a complete revamp to the tune of €50,000.

Work on refurbishing the hall has been ongoing since last May after the committee secured funding under two grant streams from Wexford County Council.

At the relaunch of the hall Fr William Cosgrave welcomed the large crowd in attendance and thanked everyone involved in bringing the project plans to fruition.

Among the other guest speakers were the respective Cathaoirlaigh of Enniscorthy and Gorey Municipal District Councils, Cllr Willie Kavanagh and Cllr John Hegarty.

They both highlighted the importance of halls like the one in Monageer for the rural areas they serve.

Such halls play an integral role in their communities and more-often-than-not provide a hub for social interaction throughout the villages where they are located and their immediate catchment areas.

One of the committee members who spoke to this newspaper about the refurbishment work, Rose Breen, who highlighted that fact.

'A lot of groups use the hall regularly and so does the local national school, the youth club and the active retirement association,' she said.

She said the committee was very grateful for the assistance it received from the local authority with one grant of €14,000 going towards extensive work in the area of wall and roof insulation in addition to replacement of windows and doors.

'We also re-wired the entire building and also installed a new fire system,' said Ms Breen.

The toilets, kitchen and stage area also received an overhaul and new curtains were also installed while a new paint scheme has given the hall a completely fresh luck.

The committee was delighted with the success of the re-launch and they thanked everyone who supported the work.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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