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Official Opening of Bush Old Schoolhouse, Cooley Peninsula

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DSC_8426webOfficial Opening of Bush Old Schoolhouse, Cooley Peninsula

Restored building provides unique cross-community resource

 

On Saturday 24th August, local residents and community representatives came together to celebrate the official opening of the restored Bush Old Schoolhouse, located on the Cooley Peninsula.  Originally built in 1844, the Old Schoolhouse which remained unused for almost 40 years, since the school closed in the 1960s, now acts as a cross-community resource designed to promote good relations, shared history and reconciliation in the area.  The venue is available for a variety of uses such as social gatherings, meetings, training, workshops, exhibitions and charity events.

 

The project is the brainchild of a group of parishioners from the adjacent Bush Church, who in 2006 decided to restore the building which was in very poor condition so that it could be used and enjoyed by the entire community.    The newly formed Bush Old Schoolhouse Trust sought the help of various bodies and local community over that time and succeeded in receiving donations and grants from a range of sources including local people and businesses, the Peace and Reconciliation Fund, Louth County Council Conservation Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, Church of Ireland Priorities Fund, The Cooley Vintage Committee and principally the International Fund for Ireland.

Speaking at the opening Rose Mary Farrell, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “The Fund is committed to the long-term task of breaking down traditional barriers and helping to build positive relations and contact between the two main communities on the island of Ireland. That is why we are proud to be associated with the Bush Old Schoolhouse which provides a valuable cross community resource for both young and old in the local community.  I would like to congratulate the members of the Trust and the wider community for their dedication and hard work in driving this project to fruition and I wish you every success for the future”.

Ms Farrell also expressed a collective thanks to the international donors who have supported the work of the International Fund for Ireland for more than twenty-five years – the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Alan Bothwell, Bush Old Schoolhouse Trust, said: “The response from the local community to fundraising efforts was immense as was the response from various agency and bodies.  I would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their support in this project which symbolises what can be achieved when people work together.  The Old Schoolhouse is a wonderful asset to be enjoyed by the entire community and it is very apt that a building built as a school once filled with youthful energy can have a new lease of life and be enjoyed by young and old alike”.

 

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