Grants of over E200,000 are set to make the dream of a new scouting den for Cahir a reality.
Almost 11 years since the former scouting den had to be demolished, after a wall collapsed on to it, the 200 scouts and leaders of the 7th Tipperary Scout Unit are looking to a bright future, back in their own den.
The completed project will become a facility for the whole community, it is hoped that groups and organisations in the town will make use of the new building.
The good news of the grant aid was announced this week by local representative Cllr Liam Ahearn, who is the vice Chairman of South Tipperary Development Company.
The Development Company will be making E198,500 available to the project. An addition grant of E40,000 will come from South Tipperary County Council under the Local Authority Community Facilities Scheme.
These funds will be added to monies raised from many years of fundraising by the 7th Tipperary Scout Unit.
Scout leader Jonathan McLoughlin said it was great news for the Scout Unit, after 11 years without thier own ‘home.’
“We’ve done a lot to get this far over teh last 11 years. We’ve been using the communityhall, which is perfect, but this premises can be used by the wider community and we will have a place where we can have all our gear under one roof.”
Jonathan said fundraising will have to continue, and that the project will be completed in phases. The first phase, including the main hall and toilets, will cost E389,000. It is hoped an additional E100,000 can be rqised in teh coming years to complete hte development.
Not only will the facility be open to local groups, but to scouting groups from all over the world.
Cllr Ahearn, Vice Chairman of South Tipperary Development Company, is delighted to announce that the 7th Tipperary Scout Unit Chair has finally succeeded in obtaining funding for the provision of a new scouting den.
As a result it is proposed to construct a new purpose built scouts den on the original site adjacent to the River Suir in Cahir, next to the community hall.
The proposed scouts den will consist of a main hall, kitchen, training room, two meeting rooms shower and toilet facilities, storage and foyer area for displaying memorabilia. The building will also be multimedia ready to accommodate meetings and training. This facility will further be made available for use to other clubs in the area such as Cahir River Rescue, Cahir Drive Club, Cahir Anglers Club and a host of other local clubs.
“The total cost for the provision of this scouting den is in the region of €390,000. It is important to note that such a project could not succeed only for the generous contributions from the South Tipperary Development Company (€198,500) and South Tipperary County Council under the Local Authority Community Facilities Scheme (€40,000). Furthermore, it is clear to see that this project has been the culmination of many years of tireless fundraising on behalf of the 7th Tipperary Scout Unit Chair,” said Cllr Ahearn.
“Since the demolition of the old den the unit has had a number of stop gap homes which have been wholly unsuitable for the activities of a scouting unit. It gives me great pleasure to see the 7th Tipperary Scout Unit Cahir achieving the funding required for this project and I would like to wish the team the very best in completing the project as proposed over the coming months. I have no doubt that the new purpose built den will allow for a wider programme of activities and will be extremely helpful in attracting new members to join the scouts. Furthermore, this new facility will provide an excellent riverside amenity for local community groups within the Cahir Area.”
The 7th Tipperary Scout Unit Cahir, established in 1932, is a voluntary organisation affiliated to Scouting Ireland, and to the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The organisations mission is to encourage the physical, social, character and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential as adults.
The Cahir group has over 200 members between the ages of six and 21, about a quarter of whom are adult leaders, and the members range from Cubs, through to Beavers, Scouts, Venturers and Rangers.
The Scouts have been homeless for the past 11 years since the collapse of an old boundary wall forced the demolition of the original den. The scouts have been campaigning and fundraising hard ever since in the hope of being able to build a modern den for their activities, as well as for the other like-minded organisations in the area.