The newly restored Market House in Dunleer is one of the finest civic and conference centres in the country.
It was officially opened last Friday by the president of Glen Dimplex, Mr Martin Naughton.
Dunleer Development Board, Dunleer Credit Union, Louth Leader Partnership, and Glen Dimplex, got behind the project, which was directed by Louth county council, the public body responsible for the restoration.
Mr Eugene Conlon, chairman Dunleer Development Board, welcomed Mr Naughton. He said Glen Dimplex had put 200,000 into the project and described Mr Naughton as ‘the lifeline of this town’.
Mr Conlon thanked Mr Joe McGuinness of Louth county council, the new chief executive of the council Joan Martin, and the council’s planning and conservation departments.
Mr Conlon also thanked Louth Leader Partnership, who gave a further 200,000 to the project, and Dunleer Credit union for their ‘moral support’.
He also thanked Dunleer Development Board treasurer, Mr Tony Mallon, and kindly remembered deceased board members Johnny Brennan and Michael King.
He reminded all that donations are still needed to clear the debt.
The chairman of Dunleer Credit Union, Monica McCullagh thanked the community development board for restoring ‘this valuable asset to our community’.
Cllr Oliver Tully, chairman Louth county council, said that by restoring the market House, the people of Dunleer had preserved a vital part of their proud heritage for generations to come.
Mr Frank O’Brien, chairman Louth Leader Partnership said it was ‘a perk’ of his job to come and celebrate this kind of success story. Louth Leader Partnership had put 200,000 into the project which was a great example of different bodies coming together on a significant enterprise.
Mr Naughton said executives from all over the world visit the Glen Dimplex global headquarters in Dunleer, and the new centre is ideal for holding business conferences.
The new Market House centre will supply free Wi-Fi and is a centre for business, the arts and entertainment, making Dunleer a truly cosmopolitan centre.