Community House reopens on Rosslare

David Tucker

Published 29/09/2015 | 00:00

At Cois Barry Community House in Rosslare where Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh launched the first phase of a redevelopment. Also included in the picture is Cllr Tony Dempsey, chairman, Wexford County Council, and Cllr Ger Carthy, Mayor of Wexford
At Cois Barry Community House in Rosslare where Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh launched the first phase of a redevelopment. Also included in the picture is Cllr Tony Dempsey, chairman, Wexford County Council, and Cllr Ger Carthy, Mayor of Wexford
An anonymous donor sponsored jerseys - bearing the Rosslare Tidy Towns logo - for the girls' soccer team. Pictured, from left, back, Tony Dempsey, chairman, Wexford County Council, Cllr Ger Carthy Mayor of Wexford, Aidan Power, Wexford Local Developement, and John Redmond; middle, Grace Nolan, Aoife Whelan, EllaConroy, and Nina May Brady; front, Jason Sheridan and Ray Flynn
Young boxers with Billy Walsh: Harry Bourke, Adam Healy, Michael Law and Jack Allan
Ger Clancy and Billy Walsh

A building that was once the focus of anti-social behaviour in Rosslare Strand has been transformed to represent all that is good in the community.

David Clancy, from the newly-opened Cois Barry Community House, said the building had been closed for six years, but after a lot of hard work and effort had now been re-opened, and despite a shoestring budget was already proving its worth.

Billy Walsh, the head coach of Ireland's Olympic boxing team, was on hand last week to perform the official opening of the house, the first phase of which is the boxing club.

This will be followed in the new year by a fully-equpped gym.

David said the first phase work had cost a modest €2,000, but equipping the gym would cost around €10,000.

'We have a zero budget and at the moment we're looking for grants and or sponsorship.

'This is a great facility for the community.

'We have the boxing club and we will have the gym, we're running junior and senior youth clubs, active retirement gatherings, a drama group and AA meetings,' said David.

He said that anyone who wished to contribute to what is a fantastic facility for the village can reach him on 087 7631605.

Those at the launch, including Wexford Mayor Cllr Ger Carthy and county council Chairman Tony Dempsey were very impressed with what they saw and the creation of a valuable amenity.

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