The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has today opened a Community Enterprise and Resource Centre for the town-land of Dore in west Donegal. The EUR835,000 Centre, backed by the International Fund for Ireland, will provide the local community with much-needed space for social and commercial activities.
The centre, which is over 5,000 square feet, features a large hall to host events held in the community, as well as two enterprise areas, including a computer suite, that can be rented by local businesses.
The building of the Centre is an initiative of the Dore Development Committee, a local cross-community organisation whose aim is to help enhance Dore’s environs and attract businesses to the town. Strategically located between Gweedore and the Rosses, Dore is in the centre of one of the most densely populated rural regions in Europe with a population of almost 7,000.
The Ionad Naomh Padraig Centre cost just over EUR835,000 to build and fit-out with the bulk of the funding, EUR399,455, coming from the International Fund for Ireland. The balance of the funds was provided by Udaras na Gaeltachta (EUR200,000), Roinn na Gaeltachta (EUR140,000), Donegal Taskforce (EUR11,427) and the Committee’s own resources (EUR84,284 including site).
Speaking at the opening of the Centre, President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, said, “This new resource centre bears witness to the wonderful community spirit that thrives here in Dore. It provides an opportunity to ensure continuing investment in local social and economic capital and the ongoing revitalisation of an area which boasts such a rich history and culture.”
“The President opening the Centre was a great honour, not just for the Dore Development Committee, but also for the community of Dore itself and the surrounding areas,” said Tina Gallagher of the Dore Development Committee.
Paddy Harte, Development Consultant, International Fund for Ireland, said, “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative and congratulate the Committee on its achievement in getting the Centre built. The Centre will be a social and enterprise hub for the entire community and will play a major role in the development of Dore.”
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