A MAJOR upgrading and refurbishment of Feakle Community Hall could cost in the region of €80,000, it emerged this week.
Munster Muintir na Tire development officer, James O’Neill will address local residents at another public meeting in the widely used community centre next Monday night at 9pm.
It is expected Mr O’Neill will draw on his wealth of experience in the organisation to provide valuable information on how the local community will tackle a major project like this and raise a substantial amount of funds.
Even though no definitive figures have been provided for the overall refurbishment cost, initial estimates suggest it could cost up to €80,000. The local hall committee hope a grant of €65,000 or three-quarters of the overall cost may be provided by the Clare Local Development Company leaving a local contribution of €25,000.
The programme of works includes the replacement of the existing roof with a steel structure over a ring beam covered with Kingspan KS insulated roof panels, the insulation of cavity walls, internal and external painting and improving ventilation to reduce condensation.
This will require specialist equipment to reduce the amount of condensation in the building.
While the attendance at last Monday night’s meeting was somewhat disappointing, committee secretary, Ted Harrington called on everyone in the local community to get behind this vital project and attend the next meeting.
“I am urging everyone to put their shoulder to the wheel and attend the meeting on Monday night to ensure this will be a successful project. The committee has opted for a long-term solution in the interests of the local community,” he said.
Former Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes stressed the community hall played a pivotal role in the development and vibrancy of the entire locality and surrounding areas.
Councillor Hayes said it provided an important focal point for a variety of festivals and celebrations including the Feakle Music Festival.
“I know the community will support the major upgrading of the local hall. It is used for all sorts of occasions, community, sporting and social events as well as celebrations for First Communion and Confirmation.
“It is great to see the local hall committee are spearheading the refurbishment of the hall, which was built back in the early ’70s,” he said.