New civic centre in Croom to host party in the park

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Mylo Spillane, Denis Brosnan, Elaine Butler, Canon Willie Fitzmaurice, Breda O'Shaughnessy, Hugo Flinn, Catherine Kennedy,  Pat Kennedy, John Liston, Padraig Broderick & Seamus Sheahan pictured at the launch of Croom Party In The Park
THE Croom Civic Centre and Town Park will officially launch this week with an open weekend that will allow people from Croom and beyond to view the community’s newest facilities.

THE Croom Civic Centre and Town Park will officially launch this week with an open weekend that will allow people from Croom and beyond to view the community’s newest facilities.

The new centre which was initiated by Croom Community Development Association, will be launched by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan on Saturday.

The facility includes function room facilities for 300 people, a new restaurant, a library, internet café and town park.

Before the official launch at 12.30pm, a Mass ceremony by Bishop Brendan Leahy will take place at 11.30am to celebrate the occasion.

The Croom Civic Centre events coordinator, Eileen O’Donovan said that the open weekend, entitled Croom Party in the Park, will welcome anyone who has yet to see the new facilities and to show people from outside the community “what exactly Croom has to offer”.

“It’s all for the people of Croom. It’s obviously an extremely rare thing and there would only be a few of its kind nationally, and not every community can boast one. It’s really as a result of continued fundraising efforts.

“The one thing that is strong about Croom is its community spirit. The drive was always there to do something, but the facilities were not there. And it was identified that there was a need in the community for something, for young people, for older people,” she said.

She said, in terms of the community’s development, it is about “utilising everything we pretty much have now and keeping Croom on the map”.

She added that this new initiative would not have been possible without Croom’s volunteers, adding that the village is a hub for tourism and business in the region.

The weekend celebrations begin with the well-known play Sive, which is being performed by the Manister Drama Group, on Friday.

The Party in the Park weekend will feature entertainment and activities for the family on Saturday.

Sunday’s celebrations will include will feature a family walk, dog show, historical walk and afternoon tea dance and a ‘duck race’ in aid of Croom Bord Na nÓg.