Permanent home for the Clonakilty Youth Centre

THE Clonakilty Community Youth Centre looks set to find a permanent home in the town in a former office owned by Cork County Council in a building at Deasy’s Car Park.

Councillors at the recent meeting of the West Cork Municipal District were asked to put the proposal to full council for approval.

Justin England from Cork County Council said the office was of little practical use for the local authority and could be made available as a youth cafe for a nominal rent of €100 per year through a Section 183 disposal.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Christopher O’Sullivan said that the news would be incredibly welcome in Clonakilty and that the supporters of the youth cafe deserved every success for the hard work they had put in over the years.

Sinn Féin’s Paul Hayes agreed and said there had been many false dawns in the past but hoped that the Youth Centre had finally found a permanent home. His support was echoed by Cllr John O’Sullivan who said that the centre had very enthusiastic local support.

Some structural work will need to be carried out that could cost in the region of €60,000 but it is hoped that these funds can be raised locally.

Chairman of the Clonakilty Community Youth Centre Anthony McDermott thanked all those who had supported the project over the years and said there was huge potential for the Youth Centre in its new home.