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Major changes at Waterford community centre

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Major changes at Waterford community centre

Major changes taking place at the Carbally Community Centre in County Waterford

Major refurbishments are transforming a community centre in County Waterford.

The Carbally Community Centre is closed at present for works, with the installation of new and extra windows and a sliding door on the sea facing side of the building planned after the centre secured Leader funding.

The will get new composite front and back doors along with industrial grade flooring. The toilets and the kitchen will also receive an upgrade

The centre has a new defibrillator, with a sign currently being prepared which will have instructions on who to use it and the names of the local first responders on it.

“We are hoping that the centre will be reopened in April so as we can resume our arts and crafts and yoga classes. Our youth club and health and well-being courses will also be back and we will be holding dance classes. The centre will also be available for hire to other groups who may wish to conduct activities there. With our new kitchen, we will be able to cater for birthday parties, after funeral receptions or any such function that someone might wish to hold,” a spokesperson for Carbally Community Development Project tells Waterford Live

An additional €22,900 has been added to the centre’s sports grant, taking it to a total of €62,600 for the community centre. “We are planning to put in a Mug O Court, which will be suitable for tennis, basketball and soccer. We are also looking at putting a six metre walkway or running track around the pitch. This would be a great amenity for sports days and general training.

“Given that the community centre is so close to the Portally-Rathmoylan cliff walk, we would hope, with future funding, to have a café and maybe even a hostel at the centre.”

Everyone in the community is invited to an opening day party in April. “We will also be holding the Martin Halley Memorial Run in the spring. Fintan Walsh, who was a great friend of Martin’s, will be coordinating the race with us. We will be holding the Good Old Days festival in the summer and the Barony Of Gaultier Rose Festival again in September. We will be looking for girls and sponsors to come forward for this competition. If anyone out there has an idea for an event that they would like to see held, don’t be shy in contacting us at carballycommunitydev@gmail.com.

“We are getting the surface of the children’s playground done in Wetpour, which is very expensive, so we ask you to support the dinner dance raffle and the Ri Rua election. All the funds raised will go towards the centre upgrade as well as helping out the charities.”

A new committee was elected at the recent AGM in White’s Bar. Officers elected include Michelle Jackson (chairperson), Eleanor Halley (secretary) and Anna ‘Millie’ Fagan (treasurer). The other committee members are Annmarie Murphy, Patricia Power, Johnny Power, Jim Griffin and newest member Mary McDonald.

“We would like to thank Paul Flynn for all his hard work and dedication over the last three years, and Lucy Hogan for the last two years. Thankfully Paul and Lucy along with Rhona Flynn and Jeanette Marshal have volunteered to help out from time to time.

“We would also like to thank all the sponsors of the Gaultier gala dinner dance on February 23, who have been donating prizes for the raffle which will be held on the night. Tickets for the dance are selling fast, so now is the time to book yours and don’t forget the return ticket for the bus.”