New development at Glenasmole will be a connection point for people
THE DEVELOPMENT of the new Glenasmole Community Campus has turned a corner as the project is set to be complete in Summer 2022.
Glenasmole Community Centre, located in Glenasmole valley 8 kilometres from Tallaght, is set to be fully renovated and developed into a community facility which will accommodate social, wellness and recreational activities for the whole community.
The proposed plans will see a significant refurbishment and upgrade to the centre which has been in place since 1971 and has been a focal point for the community, being home to multiple groups and events such as the Glenasmole Drama Society as well as various events throughout the year such as the harvest celebration and the award-winning annual Céili at the Crossroads.
The current community centre, which is 45 years old, provides a wide range of services to the community of approximately 420 residents in Glenasmole and was once the central meeting point for the community but with time has become dated and is under used.
Speaking about the new development of the campus, John Lee from the Glenasmole Community Association said: “The new centre will be fully modern and up to standard and people will be able to use it when they are up visiting Glenasmole and enjoying the environment.
“It will be ultra-modern and comfortable, and it will be a connection point for people to come and have a chat and a coffee.”
The new centre set to be completed in 2022, reaching the ambitious timeframe set back when the project was started in 2017 to have community consultancy, planning, full design and construction completed by 2022.
“Obviously with Covid that held it back a little bit, but it should be finished by Summer 2022,” said John.
The initial plans for the centre were a full refurbishment but following the purchase of adjoining lands which will allow the development to expand and reach full potential, the plans grew into the development of a community campus.
“When we started five years ago, we were just renovating the old building, but as it went on it developed into the campus which will suit the community and will be something they can use at every stage of life,” John explained.
To close the financial gap, the centre is holding a fundraising competition to win a 202 Volkswagen California campervan. Tickets are priced at €25 for one, €65 for three or 5 for €100 and can be bought online at https://winavwcamper.com/