€1.5million to upgrade ten Limerick community centres

The biggest single allocation went to St Ita's Halll in Abbeyfeale.

TEN community centres in Limerick will receive more than €1.5 million to finance upgrades and repairs that will enable them deliver a wider range of services and facilities.

The money from the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Centres Investment Fund is intended to finance work on local halls that were closed for long periods during the Covid pandemic.

Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said it was the largest single investment in community centres in decades and included parish and scouts halls, GAA clubhouses, Men’s Sheds and youth facilities.

“Community centres are valued shared spaces and are very much at the heart of Limerick towns and villages. I hope this funding assists in making them even better in the provision of services to people all across Limerick.

“Enhancements may include extensions to existing community centres, energy retrofitting, maintenance works, or the upgrading of toilet facilities.

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“The funding is an appropriate way of thanking the various local committees for the vital work they do in providing services in their local communities. This funding will deliver high quality capital projects for community facilities that bring benefit to the local community,” she added.

The biggest allocations went to St Ita’s Community Hall in Abbeyfeale (€300,000); St Munchin’s Community Centre (€279,846) and Hope for People with Autism (€249,523).

Other recipients were Murroe Wood Park (€206,290);  Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services (€166,253); Kilmallock Performing Centre Company (€94,033); Rockhill Bruree Community Council (€92,472); Granagh Development Association (€84,052); Pallaskenry Community Council (€43,210) and Dromcollogher Community Hall Committee (€21,600).