Ex­quis­ite ren­o­va­tion thrills on open­ing of But­ler Cen­tre

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

IT was an emo­tional oc­ca­sion for An­toinette But­ler and her fam­ily as they and their many friends cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial open­ing of the stun­ning new But­ler Cen­tre on Fri­day.

In an in­cred­i­ble ren­o­va­tion project, An­toinette has breathed new life into the old bank at the north­east­ern cor­ner of the Square - much to the good for the econ­omy of Lis­towel as the cen­tre plays host to an ex­pand­ing lan­guage academy.

She was joined by proud sons, Tomás and Diar­muid, proud par­ents Tony and Mary and a host of close friends as the cen­tre opened its doors on an exquisitely dec­o­rated and ap­pointed scene.

“It was a lovely oc­ca­sion and a very proud and emo­tional one for my par­ents al­right,” said An­toinette.

The But­ler Cen­tre is the lat­est high point of an im­pres­sive busi­ness story. Just five years ago An­toinette launched Ir­ish Host Fam­ily Ltd - bring­ing stu­dents from across Europe to Kerry and plac­ing them with lo­cal fam­i­lies to learn English and so much else about Ir­ish cul­ture.

“Wages in the HSE where I worked had been cut at the time and I was just look­ing for some­thing that would bring a bit more to the econ­omy.” From An­toinette’s Castleisland base, Ir­ish Host Fam­ily blos­somed into a county en­ter­prise with 220 fam­i­lies across Kerry now host­ing young Euro­peans.

Jimmy Deeni­han was guest speaker on the night with Maria Bros­nan of Bake it Easy as MC; An­toinette also thanked ren­o­va­tion project man­ager Sean Dil­lon and plas­terer Dan Maun­sell for their won­der­ful work in re­ju­ve­nat­ing the old bank.

BE­LOW RIGHT:

Jen­nifer Scanlan and Joan McCarthy en­joy­ing the great oc­ca­sion.

MID­DLE PHOTO: An­toinette with her proud par­ents Tony and Mary But­ler.

It was a happy oc­ca­sion for An­toinette But­ler (se­cond left) and her fam­ily as fa­ther Tony cuts the rib­bon at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the But­ler Cen­tre on Fri­day, flanked by An­toinette, her sons Tomás (left) and Diar­muid (right) and col­league Marita O’Sul­li­van.

LEFT: Maria Bros­nan in­tro­duc­ing guest speaker Jimmy Deeni­han at the open­ing of the stun­ning But­ler Cen­tre on Fri­day.

BE­LOW: A ren­o­va­tion like no other - the But­ler Cen­tre im­pressed all no end on its of­fi­cial open­ing. Pho­tos by John Kel­li­her

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