The Minister for Defence ; Marine ; Food & Agriculture, Simon Coveney, TD, pictured with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Navy, before he performed the Official Opening of the Carrigaline Lions Club Youth Centre.
On Friday the 18th September, Minister Simon Coveney TD formally opened the new Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre. The opening was attended by over 200 guests including representatives from local organisations, schools and churches as well as local councilors and TDs.
This new 6,000 sq. foot landmark building was commissioned by the Carrigaline and District Lions Club and includes a youth cafe, activity room and IT room as well as offices and meeting spaces.
The landmark building was designed by Kieran J. Barry & Associates, Carrigaline and the main contractor was Vision Construction.
SECAD have put €500,000 into this project in grant assistance for which we are very grateful and without which the project could not have happened. A further €290,000 in term loans was provided by Clann Credo and they also facilitated us with bridging finance during the construction phase.
Sponsors that have generously assisted us with the Project include:
- Astra Construction
- Carrigaline Community Association
- Collins SuperValu Carrigaline
- Cork Builders Providers
- Cork County Council through its Community Grants Programme and the Area Engineers Office including the Area Engineer Madeleine Healy and her staff.
- Irish Naval Service
- Kerry Group
- KWP Print & Design
- Musgrave Foundation
- National Maritime College of Ireland
- Patrick Coughlan
We are very grateful to all of these and to the many other companies and individuals who gave freely of their time and went above and beyond the norm to ensure that the project was a success.
We would also like to thank the following for their assistance with the opening event:
- Carrigaline Pipe Band
- Scoil Mhuire Lourdes Choir
- Carrigaline Community School Choir and Ms Cooke
- Irish Naval Service for providing us with the Honour Guard
- Father Pat FogartyNyhan & Reverend Tony Murphy who performed the blessing
- Carrigaline Court Hotel
- Fernhill Golf and Country Club who provided the catering
A section of the large attendance at the Official Opening of the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre.
Fr. Pat Fogarty and Rev. Tony Murphy, blessing the new Youth Centre at its Official Opening last week. Included are Ryan Howard, SECAD ; Deputy Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Seamus McGrath ; Declan O’Leary, Foróige ; The Minister for Agriculture, Fodd ; Marine & Defence, Simon Coveney, TD ; Marion Conneely, District Secretary, Lions Clubs of Ireland and Roy Jolly, President, Carrigaline & District Lions Club.
Pictured at the Official Opening of Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, were from left, James & Cathy O’Sullivan ; Commander Hugh Tully ; Marion Conneely ; Roy Jolly ; Thomas Kelly and Commander Cormac Rynne.
Members of Foróige pictured at the Official Opening of the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre last week. Included are Derek McGreevey ; Carol McCarthy ; Mihaela Giriveva ; Declan O’Leary ; Catherine Coleman ; Fiachra O’Callaghan ; Diane Doherty and Chloe Sheehan.
(All Pictures: Adrian O’Herlihy)
Sept. 18th 2015