Christmas comes early for Attymass Community Centre

Christmas comes early for Attymass Community Centre

It might have been on everyone’s Christmas wish for the last ten years, but on Sunday 13 December 2015, the small rural village of Attymass with just 479 families within it, finally got its Christmas wish early with the opening of its own Community Centre.

The centre was officially opened by Beety & Ted Hughes. Bishop Brendan Kelly blessed the building. Mayo TD’s Dara Calleary,and Michelle Mulherin were in attendance together with Councillor Seamus Weir. A surprise visit by Santa on his vintage motor bike Sleigh which flew down from the Ox Mountains nearby brought a big smile from the children of the parish.

The Centre was made possible through a Mayo North East Leader grant of 177,350 and numerous fundraising projects within the parish that saw the Attymass diaspora around the world pledging their financial support for the project. The fund raising committee was chaired by Louise McHugh who when asked for a comment replied “We were overwhelmed by the support of everyone living in the parish and the diaspora around the world who wanted to play their part in supporting us. We received over 180 sponsor names from families as far away as Australia, Canada and New Zealand on our giant granite plaque which has been kindly sponsored by Conor Ginty of Corrimbla Stone. Our fundraising target of €12,000 was smashed and we finally ended up raising over €15,000! The wall of sponsors takes pride of place in the entrance to the new centre. Tony and Lawrence Hennigan from the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group have been helping us spread the word around the globe and it has certainly worked.”

The community centre has refurbished and extended using the original Attymass School House which was first built in 1879, thus preserving a little piece of the Parish Heritage whilst providing the community with a brand new facility for the parish.

Padraic Walsh the chairperson of the Attymass Community Centre Building committee said in his speech at the opening of the centre “I would like to thank our hard working committee who through their hard work and persistence have made this day possible. The committee was made up of Dympna Moran (Secretary), Julie Smythe (Treasurer), Dorothy McGloin, Beety Hughes , Dawn McGloin, Michael Moran and Fr. Tom Mulligan our Parish Priest.

The committee hope that the whole community will make use of this wonderful resource, something we have needed for many years.

It has been a long journey. But we would not have achieved our goal without the help of many people and organisations.”

“First of all like to thank Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company and James Golden for granting us the Leader Funding in the first place. I would also like to thank the diocese and Bishop Brendan Kelly for donating the site and also our parish priest Fr. Tom for his steadfast support and counsel with this project.”

“The Plans were drawn up by Plan Design Associates and our builder was Carrowmorris Developments, Breadan Henry and Tom Mc Donnell. Credit must also be given Clan Credo and Tracey Hannon who has provided us the bridging finance.”

“I would also like to thank Tour two local TDs for attending today Dara Calleary and Michelle Mulherin. Michelle has being involved with us in this project from the start, even in our toughest days we knew we could count on her support. Thanks must also go to all our local councillors: John O Hara, Seamus Weir, Neil Cruise and Annie May Reape.”

“As with all projects of this type, fund raising is always a major factor, we were blessed that we had an excellent fund raising committee chaired by Louise McHugh aided by Frances Greavey Elaine Ferguson, Louise Power, Olivia Harrison Declan Ruane, Dawn McGloin Billy Kelly who came together to raise funds for the project. I would like to thank them all for their hard work over the past year, and indeed their very innovative project, Sponsor Your Name, Support Your Centre proved to be a huge funding raising success, thank you to the community both far and wide for supporting it. I would especially like to thank Bofield Water Scheme for the generous donation to our centre, also to our friends Tony and Lawrence Hennigan at Mayo Manchester.”

“I would also sincerely like to acknowledge and thank Della, Fr. Steve and the Fr. Peyton Centre staff for their assistance and support, for providing us with meeting rooms while our centre was being redeveloped and for assisting us today.”

Indeed many many people have assisted us to get where we are today, although you may not be named here today your contribution however large or small is much appreciated.

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