‘The House’ turns 21

EIGHTY people celebrated the 21st anniversary of ‘The Cox’s Demesne Youth & Community Project’ which is known locally as ‘The House’ on Friday, Apri; 27.

EIGHTY people celebrated the 21st anniversary of ‘The Cox’s Demesne Youth & Community Project’ which is known locally as ‘The House’ on Friday, Apri; 27.

According to Project Manager Clodagh O’Mahony, the anniversary celebration proved to be “a great day for the project” with the visit of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.

The event was attended by project participants both young and old; current and former staff; past and present members of the Board of Management; local people and a wide range of representatives from voluntary and statutory agencies.

“We were delighted, in particular, to welcome back Dr Peter Connolly, retired CEO of Co Louth VEC; Denis Cahalane retired Child Care Manager of the HSE; Pat Daly retired Deputy Principal of O’Fiaich College; and Marie Lynch, a retired Senior Social Worker,” said Ms O’Mahony.

“All four were incredibly supportive of the project down through the years. They took risks with us in the early days but it was evident on Friday past that these risks were worth taking.

“Last but not least it was great to see Anthony Murphy from Ashling Park who officially opened the project in 1991 when he was 12 years old.”

The event included the screening of a specially produced 12 minute DVD entitled ‘Memories and Events Through the Years 1991-2012’. See page 39