Community hub for Gorey… but where?

By Dan Walsh

A presentation by Tanya Lawlor of Method Consultants on the Feasibility Study for the Multi-User Community Hub in Gorey exercised the minds of the members of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council at the Microsoft Teams monthly meeting held last Tuesday.

Michael Drea, District Manager, in an introduction, said there is a need for a multi-user facility in Gorey as there is anecdotal evidence that groups have issues finding suitable space to have their meetings after securing LEADER funding now it is time to move to the next stage of engaging a consultant to draft a feasibility report to look at the needs and to examine various locations where that facility could be located within the town and bring it to concept design, governance, structure and indicative cost estimates.

Cllr Fionntán Ó Suilleabháin wondered if any potential sites come to mind and if they are looking at council owned or private sites that needed to be bought and asked how was it planned to get the community consultation in Gorey for groups concerned?

Ms Lawlor replied that no sites have been explored and the initial meeting would be a discussion about the potential sites that might be available. A group discussion and one to one with key people would form part of the community process.

Cllr Andrew Bolger felt it was a positive step forward and he had been speaking to a few start up groups who may not have anywhere to go, or they might have to go into a pub, which can work for some groups but would not work for others, so he seen it as ‘a good story’ and he suggested contacting groups through the community.

CLLR ANTHONY DONOHOE supports the St. Waleran’s site at Gorey.

Cllr Andrew Donohoe referred to the acquisition of St. Waleran’s on the outskirts of town. “We have been sanctioned a third secondary school and I would like to see a hub out there in St. Waleran’s of educational, sporting and community hub and some pitches, I know Gorey Hockey Club are looking for grounds developed within a recreational area, all under the one umbrella.”

Cllr Diarmuid Devereux described it “a very exciting project” and he agreed with Cllr Donohoe that the land is there to create addendum to the town that maybe could be used for a lot of community-based projects. “It’s a huge step forward for Gorey and we need to get it right and I will certainly be supporting it.”

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