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Plenty to dance about as hall reopens

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Putting the finishing touches to the refurbished Quin Community Centre were; Cormac, Cathal and Áine Browne; PJ ­Cunningham, committee member; Jimmy Maher, committee member; Eddie Moloney and  Kenneth Kierse, carpenters; John Hayes, painter, Noel McNamara, main contractor; Maria Browne and Eddie Hayes, painter. Photograph by John KellySt Fineen’s Hall in Quin will open its doors this weekend after a major overhaul and redevelopment, which aims to see the community facility re-established as a vibrant centre in Quin.
Since it first opened 70 years ago, St Fineen’s Hall has been at the centre of most aspects of community life, from great dances with some of the biggest bands of the day to plays and bingo.
Sadly, as the years went on, these activities ceased and ‘the hall’, as it is simply still known, began to fall into a bad state of repair, despite the efforts of various committees.
However, a new committee formed five years ago, chaired by the late Sarah Lennon, set about bringing a programme of both repair and development to revitalise the hall and bring it back to its former glory as a vibrant community centre.
Phase one was completed a year later and was aided significantly through the support of the community and the National Lottery and after another two years, phase two was also complete. At this point the committee, chaired by Gerry Buggy, set about expanding the centre to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of Quin.
Plans were drawn up with the support of Leader and further major development commenced. After a hard slog by all those involved, the newly expanded community centre will be formerly launched this Saturday at 8.30pm.
The new facility now includes a reception area, general-purpose room, projection room, snooker room, dressing rooms and stage expansion and a storage corridor.
To celebrate the occasion and to say a big thank you, the hall will re-open with a dance, full bar and music by Shay O’Callaghan. 
The evening is a free event and the whole community is invited to come along.

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