The AGM of Kilmeen and Castleventry Community Development Association, which has been dormant for some years, was held in Rossmore in December. It was decided to re-launch and expand the role of this Association, whose purpose is to serve, where possible, certain needs of the community, which are outside the scope of the existing parish organisations.
The immediate aim of the Association is to acquire the former Bealad National School and to develop it as a Community Centre. Several delegates at the meeting, at which the whole parish community was represented, referred to the urgent need for independent facilities for meetings, social and cultural events, adult education courses, traditional Irish music classes, etc.
The Association will also provide a badly needed forum in which community issues may be discussed — and in the coming weeks, other needs of the community will be assessed under such headings as — the needs of the youth, of retired people, the enhancement of the local environment, support for local businesses and enterprise, local tourism etc.
The newly elected Chairman, Jason Collins, said he hoped that this Association, which encompasses the whole community and welcomes everyone, would help to revitalise community spirit in this small rural parish.
Cllr. Noel O’Donovan congratulated the outgoing Chairman, Denis McCarthy of Ballygurteen, the Hon. Sec., Mrs Nora McSweeney, the Hon. Treasurer, Maura Cal McCarthy and all of the members of the outgoing committee, past and present, for their success in helping to provide such outstanding facilities for the local GAA Club many years ago.
Nora Scannell proposed a vote of sympathy to the Price family of Skibbereen on the sad occasion of the death of Declan Price, who was held in such high esteem as a dear friend and brilliant actor by the people of Rossmore and district. A minute’s silence was observed in his memory.
The newly elected officers of the Association are: Chairman, Jason Collins, Hon Sec., Mairead McCarthy, Hon Treasurers, Michael G. Keohane and Michael O’Donovan, PRO, Dan O’Leary. The next meeting is scheduled for the latter half of January 2014 and will be advertised locally.