Louth Leader Partnership have given E200,000 towards the restoration of the old Market House in Dunleer.
The Glen Dimplex Corporation has already donated E200,000 towards the project sot the funding is now there to convert the building into a state-of-art community centre.
The Dunleer Community Development Board has appointed V&P Matthews builders to carry out the work which will start next week.
“We would like to thank every one who has worked with us to meet the requirements needed for approval of this grant,” said Board secretary Mary-Rose Rafferty. “We would especially like to thank the board of Louth Leader Partnership. This shows real confidence in the people of Dunleer, and this great community project. “We would also like to thank all the mid-Louth councilors and local TD’s who have all come together on more than one occasion to come out in support of this project and we look forward to their continued support.
This landmark building, which is a protected structure, is owned by Louth County Council and the board has leased it on behalf of the community to be used for activities for the people of Dunleer and mid-Louth.
The development board chairman Eugene Conlon said that for the last four years, members of the board, Wherity chartered surveyors, the local authority, Glen Dimplex, Louth Leader Partnership and the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have worked together to prepare the plans for the renovation and funding, to ensure that it will be restored to a very high standard and made suitable for community use.
“This project is a true partnership between many stakeholders,” said Conlon, “who were very committed and passionately believed in the value of what could be achieved for this community.”
Dunleer Community Development Board is an umbrella group for thirty-three local organisations in the town working for the betterment of the community. The members are: chairman: Eugene Conlon, treasurer: Tony Mallon, secretary, Mary-Rose Rafferty, vice-chairman, Gerry Hoey, PRO Sandra Stokes McCullough. Board members: Francie Marry, Edel McMeel and Kyran McGrory.
They are actively working on plans such as the Market House project to develop their community and encourage people to stay positive and work together.