€1.1m centre opens in Shankill

by Gazette Reporter

THIS month Shankill residents celebrated the official launch of a new €1.1m state-of-the-art community centre.
Funding for the building came from council development levies and a Department of the Environment community grant.
The Stonebridge Community Facility in the Stonebridge Estate, just off Stonebridge Road, was launched on April 10 and will be a focal point for local activities.
The new facility, now in use by local clubs, covers two floors and features meeting rooms, a purpose-built childcare facility with a secure playground, a fully fitted computer room and office space.
Speaking at the launch, An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab) highlighted the co-operation between the council and the community of Shankill in getting the community centre project off the ground.
Her party colleague, Cllr Denis O’Callaghan, said: “I welcome the opening of the community centre at Stonebridge Shankill.
“The centre formed an integral part of the [Stonebridge] housing scheme itself which ensured that community infrastructure would be built in conjunction with the houses in the estate.
“It will be of immense value for existing and new communities in the area and will facilitate childcare and youth clubs, just to name a few of the services it will deliver.
“I believe this is the way forward for councils when building local authority housing schemes to provide infrastructure as part of the scheme.”
Cllr Donal Marren (FG) said: “It is intended to serve as a resource centre for the Stonebridge community, comparable to the role filled by Shanganagh Park House in the Rathsallagh community, and St Anne’s Resource centre in the parish of Shankill.
“The centre will have a manager and a management committee supported by the community department of the council. The new centre will provide many opportunities to serve and support the local community, such as meeting rooms, craft rooms, a lecture hall, youth club and dance classes.”

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