One of the 10 EU priorities for the years 2015 to 2019 focuses on making our use of energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. This includes improving our energy efficiency and reducing emissions through clean energy solutions for buildings and towns. The community of Old Loughlin are a shining example as to how this can be achieved at local level:

On 25th of July 2017 the SECN committee field trip was organised to Old Leighlin Community Hall to examine the operation, effectiveness and benefits of Biomass boiler system installed in the Hall.

A group of local committee members registered with the Sustainable Energy Communities Network (SECN), were offered an extensive guided tour hosted by Alice O’Leary, Ass. Secretary of Old Leighlin Community Hall and Seamus Hayden, Chairperson. The purpose of this visit was to highlight and demonstrate the promotion of heating based on renewable fuels by serving as a good practice case study for any community, or other large buildings. This project has the potential to be replicated for a very large number of existing and new buildings.

Alice and Seamus were extremely helpful when answering various questions with reference to doubts, and uncertainties, with regard to the cost effectiveness, installation, procuring finance, savings on Carbon emission, and the build-up of Carbon credits. For better understanding of the overall benefits of the biomass boiler, members were provided with a detailed breakdown of installation costs as well as running costs.

This is a project looking to the future. It is providing facilities to the community that is aiming towards a fit mind and body through participation, activity and socialising. The efforts, dedication and hard work, is evidence of the success and a fine example of a community building that can be adopted by all community groups within the County.

There was enormous appreciation for the advice, information, and financial support extended by CCDP through LEADER funding. CCDP is committed to realising aspirations and vision of communities throughout the County in whatever projects undertaken by communities.

Sean & Patsy Stapleton thanked the Old Leighlin Community Committee for giving their time “to give us such an informative tour of their fabulous Centre.  It’s a credit to the Committee to have such wonderful facilities in a Community.”

Eileen Murphy thanked Carlow County Development Partnership and Marina De Costa for organising the trip to visit Old Leighlin Community Hall to view their Biomass boiler.

“I found it very interesting and learned a lot from the visit.  It is a great credit to the people of Old Leighlin to have such a fine facility. I wish to thank them for their kind hospitality.”