Labour candidate for Limerick City North Anne Cronin
LABOUR’s northside election candidate Anne Cronin has added her voice to calls for a community centre in Garryowen.
The largest estate in the old city limits, the area has long been without a community hub, with any services offered from several small, inconvenient locations.
“In an ideal world, Garryowen Community Centre would have a café, a childcare facility/crèche, club space for activities like indoor soccer as well as all the other activities currently being run from a variety of locations.
"All these activities would benefit the young people, the elderly people and the children in Garryowen, if provided from one central location, which was accessible, visible, safe and secure,” said the manager of the Garryowen Community Development project John Buttery.
Ms Cronin added: “The local community are being told by Limerick City and County Council that their need for a community centre has been met through the redevelopment of the Markets Field Stadium, which is used from time to time for activities in the community but yet again it is not a designated space that all members of the community can use on a daily basis.
"One of the main foundations of any community centre is a café that serves meals to those in the community (a lot of whom are elderly and living alone) for a number of hours each day as well as childcare facilities – neither of which are available at the Markets Field development.”