Rossinver gets funding approval for new Community Centre

Signing the project management agreement for the new community centre for Rossinver are Ian Pudney, Rhatigan Architects (Sligo) and Philip Rooney, Chairperson, Rossinver Youth and Community Project.
Rossinver Youth and Community Project (RYCP) has received approval for €377,000 of LEADER funding, as part of the total cost of €502,000 for Rossinver’s brand new community centre.

Rossinver Youth and Community Project (RYCP) has received approval for €377,000 of LEADER funding, as part of the total cost of €502,000 for Rossinver’s brand new community centre.

On hearing the news, Philip Rooney chairperson of the RYCP said it’s ‘a big welcome to the funding for Rossinver, the dream of having a meeting place at the heart of the community of Rossinver is getting evermore near to reality.’

The RYCP has been working on the community centre building project since it was set up in 2007, a lot of hard work and community effort on a voluntary basis has gone in to getting the project up and running and the funding approved.

The Minister’s approval of the LEADER funding is an acknowledgement of the dedication and commitment given by the community of Rossinver who in a voluntary capacity have worked hard bringing the dream of a meeting place at the heart of the community of Rossinver to a tangible reality.

The new community centre, designed by Ian Pudney from Rhatigan Architects Sligo, will have a seating capacity in the hall for 200 people along with a stage for performances.

The hall will be multifunctional and can be used for sports, dances, weddings and functions, as well as providing a meeting place for local community groups or individuals and a focal point for the community of Rossinver.

The centre will be fitted with a fully equipped kitchen able to cater for large events.

There will be both internal and external access to toilets, shower and changing room facilities and the site will also have a finished car park with dedicated disabled parking and landscaping.

Philip Rooney felt it important to acknowledge the support and hard work of the Rossinver community, the board of the RYCP and the workers of the DSP Scheme based at the Strad Connolly site in getting the project to this stage, as well as a vote of thanks to the Leitrim Development Company (LDC) staff and the LDC board who in a voluntary capacity meet every month to approve community projects that enhance job creation, improve community social lives and helps to keep them thriving.

As Philip Rooney says: ‘This is what community work is all about.’

The application will now return to LDC for final approval, with the tendering process commencing shortly. Once the tendering process is completed building is expected to commence thereafter.