The official opening and blessing of the new St. Oliver’s Parish Centre in Clonmel on Saturday evening was the culmination of several years of hard work and fundraising by a dedicated group of local people to provide a centre for the community.
The building was officially opened by the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Dr. William Lee, following 7.30 Mass at the nearby St. Oliver’s Church, which the Bishop concelebrated with the priests of the parish.
The Mayor Darren Ryan, in one of his last official functions before his term of office ended on Tuesday night, and members of Clonmel Borough Council were also present.
The centre was built at a cost of approximately €490,000. This included a diocesan loan of €130,000, of which €50,000 has already been paid.
It has been a hive of activity since it opened in January and is the home for several activities in the parish including a women’s crafts club, the Stroke Support Group and a senior citizens group. It’s also available for hire by other groups and organisations.
The fundraising efforts to pay off the remainder of the loan continue at the centre at 7pm on this Friday night (29th) with a book and cake sale, with bric ‘brac also available, as well as light refreshments.