The first phase of the Place4U community centre at Gladstone Street/Morton Street, Clonmel has been completed at a cost of €100,000 and an open morning for the older people of the town will be held on Monday, 22nd August to introduce them to the cafe.
Place 4U will cater for the social, recreational and cultural needs of the youth and older members of the greater Clonmel area.
The centre will include a youth café for evening use and a café that will be open during mornings for the older members of the community.
The respective cafes will be the base from which social, recreational and cultural activities will evolve and become an important focal point for the entire community.
On August 22nd all the older people are very welcome to drop in between 10am and 1pm for a cup of tea/coffee, have a chat and view the wonderful transformation of the Nuns Old Chapel into the café.
From then on the cafe will be open for business every morning from 10am to 1pm.
Meanwhile the youth cafe, Place 2B will open next month.
The Place 4U committee say the centre will provide the town with a focal point for people to meet and socialise, as well as a centre where services are available to the community in a single, easily recognised and accessible location.
It will provide community service space where deserving community services can be based. These may include offices, clinics and even postal addresses only for the benefit of the community.
Among the many essential services the committee aims to provide is a comfortable space for separated parents, with specified access to their children, where they can meet in a supervised environment and still have the privacy to do homework, play games and have something to eat.
Office/commercial space will be allocated to deserving organisations to provide accommodation at going commercial rates.
The next and more substantive phase is the conversion of the convent building into the community service centre. This will cost €650,000 and with the committee receiving confirmation of a €500,000 grant from South Tipperary Development for this work, it’s hoped to commence the project very soon.