There was a large turnout of people from Drangan and surrounding areas to the opening of the new community centre on Saturday evening, December 8. There was high praise for the quality of the design and construction of the new facility.
The new community centre comprises a sports hall, lobby, meeting room, stage and storage areas, which connect seamlessly with the existing building which contains toilets, kitchen, and playschool.
The opening was performed by Nicholas Moroney, Chairman of the community centre committee. In his address he stressed the importance of such community facilities and of local businesses in maintaining rural communities.
The building was blessed by parish priest Fr. Lambe who complimented all associated with the development.
The large attendance was addressed by Cllr Joe Brennan on behalf of South Tipperary Development Company who are the agency tasked with administering Leader funds in the area. South Tipperary County Council was represented by chairman John Crosse and by local representative Cllr. Jimmy O’Brien.
Compliments were paid to the design and construction team of Michael Nash, Architect, Drangan, Bryan McCarthy, Consulting Engineers Waterford, G Sexton and Partners, fire consultants, Waterford, Edward Cotter, Partnership Quantity Surveyors, Limerick and Building Contractors Kilnockin Construction of Fethard.
Financial assistance was gratefully acknowledged from Clann Credo Social Bank who provided loan facilities. Grant support was received from South Tipperary Development Company and South Tipperary County Council and appreciation was expressed for the generosity of the people of the parish who contributed almost 30% of the cost of the project.
The opening was followed by teas and sandwiches prepared by the hardworking committee and the attendance were entertained by local musicians John McCormack and Eric Wilson. A great evening was had by all.