Killeshandra has a wonderful new home for community activities after a stunning new centre opened at the weekend. The town’s vibrant spirit was in evidence on Saturday evening as hundreds of people rushed through the doors upon the cutting of the tape to take in the full glory of the fabulous hall.
The impressive €400,000 complex is testimony to the hard work put in by many people to ensure this new facility became a reality.
The official opening and cutting of the tape was performed by 92-year-old Francis Magarahan and four-year-old Lauren Nulty.
Chairman of the centre management and fundraising committees Colm McCormack outlined how they had arrived at this historic occasion. The old hall opened in August 1972 at a cost of £20,000, and from its opening concert of Larry Cunningham and the Country Blue Boys it witnessed many great events through the decades, including the popular Tops of the Town.
Mr McCormack acknowledged the €200,000 grant from Leader, and thanked Peter Pollock and Marianne McEneaney for their help along the way. He also thanked Donal Traynor from UCIT (Ulster Community Investment Trust) who facilitated the development with a loan of €140,000.
He also extolled the important role that Killeshandra Community Council played in bringing the project to fruition. Up on €80,000 was also generated from a Strictly Come Dancing event.
The blessing was performed by Fr Dan Sheridan, PP, and Rev Alison Calvin. Fr Dan Sheridan said: “I’m delighted for this community that this centre is ready for opening on this very special evening”.
Rev Alison Calvin said “on behalf of the Church of Ireland Community of Killeshandra, I would like to say thank you to all those who worked so hard and we look forward using together, as a community, this hall in the future, in much shared community fun and friendship together in the years ahead”.
Rev Dr Jean Mackarel speaking on behalf of the Presbyterian Community thanked everyone for their hard work.
The MC for the evening was Tommy Tighe, while refreshments were organised by the social services and members of the ICA and dozens of people also baked items for the occasion.
Music was provided by members of Killeshandra Comhaltas, Ciara McGerty, Bronagh Sweeney and Danielle Brady. There was also a wonderful arts exhibition in one of the upstairs rooms.
See next week’s Celt for full coverage of the new hall.
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