FUNDING has been secured to turn the old RIC Barracks in Killygordon into a Youth and Community Hub. The youth club has been granted LEADER funding and has secured match funding from a family who wish to remain anonymous, allowing them to progress with the ambitious refurbishment.
The project was previously granted permission in 2013 but did not go ahead at that time as funding was unable to be secured.
Chairperson of the youth club, Margaret Gilbert resubmitted the plans in October 2020 which was granted permission by Donegal County Council.
Speaking to the Donegal News this week Ms Gilbert said it is “fabulous news” that they are now able to make their dream a reality.
“The owner of the building has granted a long lease with nominal rent which is fabulous,” she said.
“We have been operational since 2011 and this project has been many years in the making and we are so delighted to be able to offer our young people a dedicated safe space.
“Our aim is also to open this to the wider community with lots of different clubs and events for everyone to enjoy.”
It is anticipated that the restoration and refurbishment will cost in the region of €200,000 and will involve a complete gutting inside, restoring the four original rooms.
The tender for the project was won by a local building contractor, McMenamin Builders. The new venue will provide a much needed facility for the young people of the area.
“We have been aware of rising mental health issues and Covid has highlighted and indeed exasperated peoples’ negative experiences,” added Ms Gilbert.
“We hope to be able to offer a wrap-around service for young people and families with prevention and early intervention strategies.
“The club itself will be opening back up in the next week and we are looking forward to meeting everyone again, welcoming new members and sharing this exciting news.”
The Club will resume on Saturday at the CAKE Centre, Killygordon from 12 noon for six to nine year olds, from 1.15pm for ten to 12 year olds and from 2.30pm for over thirteens.
Ms Gilbert thanked the community for their continued support and encouraged anyone who would like to join the team as a volunteer leader to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.