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The Triple Peak Challenge takes place from Friday, March 18 to Saturday, March 19, to raise funds for the Montpellier-O'Briensbridge Community Centre.

Triple Peak Challenge for new community centre

A HUB for all kinds of community activities is on the cards for Montpelier-O’Briensbridge, with major efforts afoot to raise funds to redevelop the old school building.

The building has been at the centre of the community since 1898. It served as a primary school until the 1960s and later as an extension to the parish oratory. However, in recent years, it has fallen into some disrepair.
A new committee has recently formed to redevelop the building into a modern facility centre for the Montpelier-OBriensbridge community.We hope that the old school will become a centre of community life once more,” said Committee Chairperson, Paul Slattery. “We want to honour the great work that has been done before us and use this space to bring people together again.”
It is envisaged that the centre will support social activities for the young and old. Dance and music classes, Mens Shed, 45-drives, coffee mornings and other activities have already been suggested. 

This coming St Patricks Weekend marks the first community centre fundraiser, The Triple Peak Challenge. On Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, the committee are inviting the public to climb three peaks – Moylussa, Keeper Hill and the 12 OClock Hills.
Organisers describe the Triple Peak Challenge as a family-friendly event and they are encouraging people to take advantage of the long weekend and get out in the great outdoors. All of the details can be found on the Montpelier OBriensbridge Community Centre Facebook Page.
For anyone who cannot do the hikes, donations can still be made on, by searching for Montpelier-OBB Community Centre Development.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at or telephone 065 6864146.

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