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The community in Cashel recently celebrated the opening of Cashel Community Centre following a lottery funded transformation which is set to provide a welcome boost to people living in the area.
Funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Space and Place Programme saw to the refurbishment of the old community centre which was carried out by Cashel Community Association. The project also received support from the Fermanagh Trust, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation and Ulster Garden Villages. After years of hard work by Cashel Community Association and funders, the people living in the area will be able to access a range of opportunities in the new bespoke space including courses, workshops, training and social activities.
The original facility which was constructed in 1992 was no longer able to meet the needs of the growing rural community. However following extensive renovations it now includes an extra room that can cater for up to 50 people, a kitchen and medical facility and a brand new car park that can cater for 50 cars.
The Fermanagh Trust has had a long standing relationship With Cashel Community Association and were pleased to have supported the community since day one of the journey when they set out to enhance the community facilities, providing advice, mentoring, facilities and some financial support.
Speaking at the official opening Fermanagh Trust Director Lauri McCusker paid tribute to the determination of the local community in achieving their goals. “The drive and enthusiasm and the motivation to make this happen is remarkable. Our agencies are here to help but it is only because of you, only because of your endeavour and your drive to make a home within this community that this happens. This is the heart of the community where you come to break down that social isolation and loneliness to become empowered and educated and you people made that happen.”