Sun shines on Mucklagh as new community centre is officially opened

Gina Fox

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Gina Fox

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THE Official Opening of Mucklagh Community Centre took place last Sunday, May 12.

Chairperson of the board of directors, Philip Barron welcomed everyone to the historic event.

Outlining the history of the centre Mr Barron explained how Mucklagh Community Development was founded in 2009 following a a needs analysis in the community. “It was clear a community centre was needed in the area,” he said.

However, Philip went on to explain, “we had €150 in the Credit Union and no site.” He explained how a delegation from the community had gone to the Rev David Hutton Bury and explained their dilemma. In response he generously said he would provide them with a site beside the Catholic church.

Mr Barron said he was honoured on behalf of Mucklagh Community Development and himself to invite the Rev. Hutton Bury to unveil the plaque and officially open Mucklagh Community Centre.

Rev. Hutton Bury praised the local community and emphasised how important the community centre is socially especially for occasions such as funerals and family occasions.

Later, member of the committee Willie O’Grady presented a painting of Charleville by local artist Eilish Fogarty to Rev. Hutton Bury.

Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said that the official opening of the Centre was a great occasion.

”I was delighted to attend the official opening of Mucklagh Community Centre on Sunday last. The sun was shining for the huge crowd present to celebrate this great occasion.

”Mucklagh Community Centre is a fantastic facility and it is a tremendous example of what can be achieved by community groups working together to lever funding from the various state agencies.

”I must commend the vision and determination of the voluntary committee who worked so diligently to deliver the project. The development of this centre would not have been possible without the generosity of local landowner Rev David Hutton Bury who gifted the land to the community,” she said.

The opening marked 10 years of Mucklagh Community Development which oversaw the construction of the centre from humble beginnings to the state of the art facility it is today.

The centre has an enviable sports hall (with viewing balcony) which can cater for sporting activities such as basketball, indoor soccer, GAA, badminton, wheel chair sports, and other sports, circuit training, exercise & health, etc, The hall can seat over 600 people comfortably and is used for various events such as auctions, bingo, American Tea parties etc. It can also cater for functions such as Masses and birthday parties.

The ground floor of the centre has an office with 2 full time staff and the centre also has two additional part time staff. The ground floor meeting room caters for a variety of activities such as mindfulness & well-being, Pilates, computer training, grinds and of course meetings.

Following the opening refreshments were served in the centre and dancing took place.

For Bookings at Mucklagh Community centre, email muckaghcd@gmail.com of phone 057 93 56886 for further information.

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