Back row - left to right: Rory Curley, Sean O'Rourke, Tom Madden, Sean O'Rourke, Fiona O'Connell, John McHugh, Ivan Colleran, Derick O'Brien Middle row - left to right Paddy Feehily, Gillian Murray, Sarah Whyte, Ornaigh Gavin, Maura Kelly, Mary Kelly, Peter Naughton, Padraic Kilduff Front row - left to right Kathleen O'Shea, Mary Kelly, Carmel Scott, Willie Naughton, Valerie Duffy, Kathleen Feehily, Chrissie Kelly
Moore Community Hall has just recently completed a massive €300,000 plus refurbishment project which was officially unveiled at a Gala evening last Month.
The project, spearheaded by Moore Community Council, has seen a full upgrade of the building, and the provision of a remote working hub and training facility in the South Roscommon Hall to support people from the area working remotely, or accessing training and education courses.
The IT development was made possible by the arrival of fibre broadband via the National Broadband Scheme and boosters are provided throughout the facility. They replaced the floors and the roof and added some new modern office space.
During the renovation they also added a new top of the range playground. The total cost was €325,000. Funding was secured through LEADER, The Just Transition Fund, GRETB, Roscommon County Council, CLÁR, Parish Finance Fund and donations from the local community
The work began in 2019 and it took place in stages. Unfortunately, there was delays in the work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Hall was officially re-opened on the 23rd of September, by Archbishop Francis Duffy, with formal speeches, presentations, plaque unveiling and tea and sandwiches to follow some local music merriment to celebrate a milestone achievement for the Parish and Community.
Since the re-opening many new classes have taken place and they had a concert with Patrick Feeney which has been a huge success.
Members of the Council are really happy with how the refurbishment turned out. PRO Valerie Duffy stated “When we started out it was meant just to be a small project, but we’ve been successful with funding we applied for which allowed us to create a bigger project. So, we are really delighted with the final outcome and especially when we see so many members of the local community come out and they’ve been very supportive of the final result.”
Members of the community are also very happy with the work that the newly elected Community Council do. They facilitate many groups to use the new look hall for meetings , practices, classes , workshops and entertainment.
Committee Member Carmel Scott said “The re-opening was a wonderful occasion, especially after Covid and it’s wonderful to see everyone here and in particular to have young people here at the opening. It was a wonderful occasion for a small parish in rural Ireland.”
Chairperson Willie Naughton publicly thanked Carmel Scott and Valerie Duffy, who took on the task of applying for all of the grants, and without their “amazing work” the project would not have been completed.
He also praised Archbishop Francis Duffy, who blessed the building, and the speakers on the Gala night Anne Mannion from GRETB, Cllr John Naughten, Tomás Beades and Denise McDonnell from Roscommon Leader Partnership.
Anyone wishing to use the hall should direct their enquiries to 0909673538
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