The €500,000 Leader fund has been approved for the revamp of Rathangan Community Centre, which will begin this September.
The committee is continuing its fund raising drive to secure the matching funding required for the project.
“We are delighted the money has been approved. We are really grateful for the Leader funding and also for the support of Kildare County Council,” said Paddy O’Loughlin, Chairperson of the Rathangan Community Association. The project will also received €250,000 from the council as part of the community gain element of the redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Park.
“Our fund raising campaign continues and we appreciate the support we have received from everyone in the community,” added Paddy.
Plans for the €1m community centre redevelopment were launched last November.
The committee have been working on the project for five years now and a contractor has been selected. The outside structure of the old church retained, but the interior will be transformed into a 120-seat theatre space, multipurpose rooms and a dedicated youth cafe.
The theatre will have retractable tiered seating.
Local councillor Fiona O’Loughlin also thanked Leader and Kildare County Council and in particular the archetects department and Sharon Whelan for their support.
“Even though that funding will go a huge way to providing an active, vibrant comfortable community centre for Rathangan, the community fundraising still has to continue,” she stressed. She said with work starting on the new playground and the centre in September, these milestones were significant to the future of the town and its residents