New community building in Ballydehob nearing completion

Posted on: 11th April, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

A final push is on to complete a new community building in Ballydehob. Fundraising for the outdoor education centre at An Sanctoir has been ongoing for several years and the latest successful phase means that a turf roof can now be added to the structure.

Designed and built by Christy Collard, who is well-known for his all-natural green buildings, the new centre will host a series of events over the coming months, starting with an upcoming cob oven workshop on May 20 and 21, where participants will learn how to build an outdoor stove using only natural materials. This new addition will create a focus for the new centre, as bread or pizza can be baked on site.

Freelance artist and Ballydehob resident Susy Freelove aka Cremers, who initiated the whole project and has been instrumental in keeping up the momentum, said: “The initial idea was to have an onsite kitchen for the annual Kids Camp, which has been going strong for 18 years. Normally it would entail hiring a marquee and setting it up and taking it down. Now that the shelter is built we can host numerous camps and events with little preparation. Also it will provide a much-needed venue for Youth to learn about the outdoors, as well as a place for people to meet and be together in Nature. It will provide a place for networking and connecting both to others and the environment around us. It will be available to all.”

Freelove, who is passionate about the project, plans to raise funding for further phases of the building, including a wooden floor and some stone walls. She has organised an Easter Extravaganza ‘Spring into Spring’ consisting of classes and events for adults and children all at An Sanctoir starting on April 8 and continuing through out the Easter holidays. The highlight will be a singer songwriter concert at 8pm on Good Friday featuring local musicians.

Other events, which will be held at the centre later in the year, include a singer-songwriter camp for young people from June 23 to 25 and a kids’ camp from July 17 to 20.

The new building is part of An Sanctoir, a community centre on 23 acres of land just outside the village of Ballydehob off the N71 on the way to Bantry.  Anyone interested in getting involved please contact An Sanctoir.

Details of all upcoming events relating to this project can be found on: www.ansanctoir.ie or on facebook for ‘Spring into Spring’.

Designed and built by Christy Collard, who is well-known for his all-natural green buildings, the new centre (above) will host a series of events over the coming months

Latest News Articles:

West Cork girls among first to earn Irish Girl Guides’ new engineering badge
What is GDPR and who does it affect?
Kinsale historic map project launched
Dunmanway launches year-long celebration of Sam Maguire
Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads

Join us on Facebook

... See MoreSee Less

13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
... See MoreSee Less

12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

For more information please contact hilary.mccarthy6@gmail.com
... See MoreSee Less

9th April, 2018  ·  

Jump to:

Top