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Celebrations at Ardbhaile Community Centre


L to R:  Cllr. Dara Murphy, Cllr Annette Spillane, Joe Gavin, City Manager, Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham, Anita Lenihan, Stephen Kearney, Phelim Collins, Housing & Community, Cork City Council and Cllr. John Kelleher.   

Ardbhaile Community Centre celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Friday 11th July. Managed by Cork City Council staff, the building is home to the City Council’s North East Area Housing office, the VEC’s Write-On Literacy group, FÁS community employment schemes as well as providing a meeting place for community groups.

Ardbhaile is a good example of how community development can bring about positive change in an area. The Community Centre in Ardbhaile, in particular the activities located here, have played a central role in both encouraging and developing community initiatives. This together with refurbishment of the social housing stock by Cork City Council all contribute to provide a better environment for all.

Both the Lord Mayor, Cllr Brian Bermingham and City Manager, Joe Gavin, acknowledged the contribution made by the community in Mayfield. “I would like to congratulate the local community, residents’ and community associations and City Council staff”, said the Lord Mayor, “for making Ardbhaile a template which could be followed by many, as to how positive interaction between all concerned can produce more than the sum of its parts in a vibrant, effective participative programme in the community’s best interest.”


Falconry Display, L to R:  Cllr. Annette Spillane, Anita Lenihan, Housing & Community, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brian Berminghan, Niamh Carmody and Samantha Murphy of Ravenstone Bird Control, Cllr Dara Murphy, Lady Mayoress Elma Bermingham and Joe Gavin, City Manager.                                                                          

Following the launch by the Lord Mayor at 11.00am a packed programme of events for the Family Fun Day followed, including falconer, Samantha Murphy, who provided an outstanding display with two falcons and a young owl. Face painting, puppet shows, storytelling, balloon modelling, a disco with party games and a bouncy castle completed the line-up. Truly a day to remember!




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