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Official opening of Churchfield / Gurranabraher Youth & Community Resource Centre

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Pictured at the launch

L to R: Gerry Kearney, Ard Runaí, Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Bishop John Buckley, Tanya Murphy, Lady Mayoress, Cllr. Dara Murphy, Lord Mayor of Cork, Bishop Paul Colton, Lorraine O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Gurranabraher, Churchfield Youth & Community Resource Centre and Billy Kelleher, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment

Affectionately known as ‘The Hut’, a new contemporary state-of-the-art building, the Churchfield / Gurranabraher Youth and Community Resource Centre, was officially opened on 25/9/09. 

The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Dara Murphy performed the official opening of this €1.4 million Community Centre in the presence of: Gerry Kearney, Ard Runaí, Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DCRGA),  Joe Gavin, City Manager, Lorraine O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the local Board of Management, with Bishop John Buckley and Bishop Paul Colton who Blessed the building.

Speaking at the opening Lorraine O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the Local Board of Management said:  “The Centre has been much awaited and is welcomed by the local community, especially the many groups who will be using the centre. Already we have dancing, bowling, bingo, education courses, computer courses, keep fit, sewing – and a myriad of activities for young people. We are looking forward to developing many more activities for the benefit of local people in the future.”

The new community resource centre, formerly known as the Hut, has been in planning since March 2003 when local residents came together with the City Council, through RAPID, to look at the future of the building.  Local groups accessed Dormant Accounts funding through RAPID which then led the way to securing funding of €745,000 from Cork City Council, a further €485,000 from RAPID Dormant Accounts and €120,000 from the HSE which enabled this exciting new project to commence.  A total investment of €1.4m was secured for the building.The architecturally designed, landmark building was completed in July 2008 and is now the hub of community life in the area.  It has already become a focal point for the area through its architecture and location on a spot which provides stunning views over the city.

The centre houses a range of services:

  • The main hall is used for a range of activities from dances to Bingo, Mother and Toddler Groups, Prayer Groups, Circus Groups, Bowling and local meetings. 

  • The Gurranabraher Community Development Project has an office based on the second floor and is delivering a range of training and development projects.

  • The HSE South has a dedicated room delivering a range of health-related projects, such as health checks and the local Public Health Nurse attends on a regular basis for clinics.

  • The Gurranabraher Youth Development Project, including the Drugs Task Force outreach project have use of the third floor of the building which is dedicated to delivering a range of programmes and activities for young people.  The Community Association have a room on the second-floor delivering a range of activities from sewing to painting, meetings and socials. A major attraction is the roof terrace which offers panoramic views of the city.

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The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Dara Murphy and Lorraine O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Gurranabraher, Churchfield Youth & Community Resource Centre pictured with the members of the Local Board of Management



The centre would not have happened without the valuable contribution of the local residents and community.  These local people have worked tirelessly to make the project happen and now have the responsibility of making the building a success into the future.  Groups such as the Community Association, the Development Group and the Community Development Project have played a pivotal role in the process.

Project Architect: James Leahy &Associates.


 Project Builder: Bob O'Leary & Sons







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