Festive fun for all ahead at busy Hartstown Community Centre

by Sylvia Pownall

Hartstown Community Centre is hosting a number of Christmas fundraisers to help pay for essential Health and Safety maintenance and other fire safety upgrade works, which will cost more than €100,000.

Santa will arrive at the centre on Friday, December 20 at 5.30pm, with a Christmas fair also taking place between 4 and 8pm where craft tables will be selling festive gifts, flowers, art and more.

The centre provides a home for a number of organisations and activities including Little Sparrows Creche, a Montessori, Arch Club, youth club, karate club, Irish dancing and much more.

Dublin Gazette last week reported that the community centre had failed Tusla checks but has since learned that this is not the case. We are happy to clarify that both creches which operate in the building are Tusla-compliant.

Hartstown Community Centre chairperson Declan Sherry told Dublin Gazette: “The creche and Montessori met all inspection standards and are operating as normal.

“We had to move them downstairs to a temporary home as upstairs was deemed unsafe. But Tusla have been out to inspect the newly-adapted area, and have given it the thumbs up, and both are fully operational.”

Fingal County Council, which does not own the building, has pledged some funding.

Declan said a new design for building upgrade works, which will include a permanent space for the creche and Montessori, was being drawn up in co-operation with the Dublin Archdiocese.

He added: “All the centre services are working as normal. We’re trying to do the work around them. We haven’t got the final costing, but it will be in excess of €100,000.

“We just had a bucket collection which was very well supported, and we’ll have other events over the coming weeks.”

For more information, see the Hartstown Community Centre page on Facebook/Instagram.

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