Friday 19 January 2018

Riverchapel to get €50k 'youth cafe'

Fintan Lambe

RIVERCHAPEL is to get a new Youth Space in the first few months of the new year.

RIVERCHAPEL is to get a new Youth Space in the first few months of the new year.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has allocated €50,000 to the Ferns Diocesan Youth Service to develop its Youth Space in the Courtown Riverchapel area. The allocation was announced by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald last week.

Senator Michael D'Arcy said this week a property has been identified in Riverchapel for a Youth Café, and he said that once the deal is finalised, the new café should be in place within weeks.

'It's an area that requires investment,' he said. He explained that work on a new playing field and walking track, expected to start earlier this year, was delayed, after the plans were redrawn. Tenders for the revised work have just opened.

Sen. D'Arcy said he brought Minister of State for Tourism and Sport to Courtown recently to show him the area, and to outline the great need for facilities in the area.

'The Youth Café and the sporting area are just the start of what's required in Courtown,' he said. 'This project will provide significant benefit for the local community.'

Minister Paul Kehoe, Government Chief Whip also welcomed the allocation. 'The population of the Courtown/Riverchapel has grown enormously over the past decade as a result of the building boom,' he said. 'This is a much needed amenity to support the population in the area, so it is vital that funding is made available to develop a project like this.'

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of FDYS Mr Kieran Donohue said: 'I welcome this much needed facility for the young people and parents of the Courtown/Riverchapel area and it will further strengthen FDYS's commitment to the Gorey area.'

'This project came about as a result of a community needs assessment that was carried out with young people, the community, and State services,' he said. 'It will involve us working closely with FDYS, the Gardaí and the HSE.'

Schemes that FDYS will operate from the new space will include the Community Youth Work Project, Youth Club, Drugs Outreach Work and Community Based Drugs Initiative.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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