Hacketstown Community CORE Officially Opened

Members of the Hacketstown Community Development Association officially recently opened the Hacketstown Community CORE. The CORE building (situated in the old CRISP centre) has recently been donated to the community of Hacketstown by Carlow County Council. The re-development of The CORE is a key element of Carlow County Development Partnership CLG’s strategy for developing community infrastructure in rural areas.

Hacketstown Community CORE will be a focal point for educational and recreational courses for the entire community in Hacketstown. It will also act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups.

Approximately 40 people attended, including public representatives, agencies and schools.

Carlow County Development Partnership prioritised Hacketstown and as a company, is committed to supporting the community groups in Hacketstown through a range of different programs including Tús, Rural Social Scheme, Care & Repair, Jobs Club, LEADER and the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

Speaking at the opening, CEO of Carlow County Development Partnership Mary Walsh highlighted several streams of funding and services that will be forthcoming through LEADER, SICAP and the Tús scheme, which has already been operational in Hacketstown for the past five years. Mary also paid particular tribute to the Tús workers who assisted with the refurbishment of the centre and getting the CORE building ready for the opening day.

Chairperson of Hacketstown Community Development Association Mary Doyle was enthusiastic in her vision for the centre; “The CORE means ‘the centre, the place to go to’. This is a huge achievement for the members of our Hacketstown Community Group and will act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups”. 

Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor was encouraged by the efforts of all involved; “The work carried out here is facilitated by Carlow County Development Partnership and Hacketstown Community Group Committee. This is a great incentive for the local community and surrounding areas of Hacketstown and I wish them every success in the future.”

Community groups with other similar properties that require refurbishing should contact Clare O’ Shea at Carlow County Development Partnership CLG on 059-9720204 or coshea@carlowdevelopment.ie