THE Ballinaclash Community Association agreed at a recent Committee meeting to offer the local community hall up for use by Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.
The conflict in Ukraine was discussed at the meeting and it was unanimously agreed to contact Wicklow County Council and offer Ballinaclash Community Hall for use by any arriving Ukrainians in need of accommodation.
Ballinaclash Community Association Secretary, Stephen Kearon, said: “We saw the request in the media from Wicklow County Council looking for premises, and considering the urgent humanitarian need of those fleeing from the war in Ukraine, we decided we had to act and would offer our hall, especially as we had been in receipt of public money with grants that had allowed the upgrade of the kitchen and toilets last year.
“The Council thanked us for their offer and asked for us to provide some photos of the community hall and the layout of the building. We felt it was important that we offered some kind of help. We are in a village and not located in an urban area, but the offer is there should the Council decide to take it up. We have two large rooms, toilet facilities and a kitchen area. The Community Hall is the old school house and it could provide accommodation for a couple of families.
“We wanted to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are fellow human beings fleeing a war. They have lost so much and some may have witnessed some horrible sights. We just want to help their situation in any little way we can.”