Taoiseach opens new com­mu­nity room in St. Paul’s Church with help of lo­cals

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Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar cut the rib­bon on the new com­mu­nity room at St. Paul’s Church, Col­looney, dur­ing his visit to Sligo last Fri­day.

Lo­cal mem­bers of the Girls Friendly So­ci­ety helped the Taoiseach de­clare the new room open.

The Taoiseach was in­vited by The Read­ing Wing Com­mu­nity group which is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment of the cre­ation of the new com­mu­nity room in the north transept of St Paul’s Church.

1st Achonry Boys Brigade at­tended also. There was a big rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Sligo County Coun­cil in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and the Lo­cal Ac­tion Group, and the man­age­ment.

Col­looney Mayor John Walsh and County Coun­cil­lors at­tended.

Mr Varad­kar was very ap­pre­cia­tive of how the al­ter­ations com­pli­mented the build­ing. He was cap­ti­vated by some lovely harp play­ing by young Chloe who played his favourite, ‘March of Brian Boru’.

He con­cluded the visit by meet­ing the pub­lic and pos­ing for pho­tos.

Mr Nigel Bourke chair­man of the group at­trib­uted the suc­cess of the project so far to four groups.

“Firstly the of­fer of €130,000 from Sligo Leader en­abled the project to go ahead and is a big vote of con­fi­dence in the project.

“Se­condly the build­ing con­trac­tor Martin Wil­son of Moy­mart con­struc­tion. He has well lived up to his rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing very skilled and sym­pa­thetic to her­itage build­ings. The cen­tre-piece is the di­vid­ing glazed gothic screen con­structed from the pitch pine pews.

“His team rose to the chal­lenge of turn­ing a build­ing site into a venue fit for a Taoiseach in ten days.

“Thirdly the com­mit­tee have drawn upon their var­ied skills in deal­ing with plan­ning, fund­ing, con­struc­tion and pro­mot­ing the project in the com­mu­nity.

“Mr John Fa­hey has helped with cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Wendy Lyons as project man­ager and brought with her a wealth of ex­per­tise as a Her­itage Ar­chi­tect.

“Lastly the church and wider com­mu­nity. Parish­ioners and Rec­tor Canon Ison have been pa­tient with the dis­rup­tions but are look­ing for­ward to shar­ing in the new fa­cil­i­ties.

“The church body kindly granted a six year li­cence to the group.

“St Paul’s school saw their play­ground ripped up but were very will­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the pos­si­bil­ity of an af­ter­school. Neigh­bours Michael and Carmel Lavin gen­er­ously fa­cil­i­tated the builders.”

It is ex­pected that the room will be man­aged on a non profit ba­sis and will be avail­able for hire early in the new year.

Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar cuts the rib­bon with Tony McLough­lin TD and lo­cal chil­dren. Pics: Donal Hack­ett.

Harpist Chloe meets Leo Varad­kar.

Taoiseach Varad­kar meets lo­cal stu­dents.

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