“A terrific amenity for the town and an invaluable aid to the training and development of young people in Nenagh and surrounding areas” was how guest of honour, Alan Kelly, Minister of State, described the fine facilities provided by Nenagh Community Training Centre. He was speaking at the official opening of their newly refurbished building in St. John’s Place on Friday last.
Minister Kelly was one of a panel of guests who attended the opening, among whom was Peadar Walsh, the first manager of the centre in 1984 and still involved as advocate.
Peadar was given a rousing reception when introduced by chair Sandra Farrell, who opened the proceedings. Other guests included Michael Dempsey, chairman of FÁS; Mary Lyons, director FÁS; Joe MacGrath, County Manager, North Tipperary; John Kennedy, Mayor, North Tipperary; Seamus Morris, Mayor of Nenagh, and representatives from a broad range of community, business, training and educational interests in North Tipperary.
Sandra Farrell paid tribute to all the people involved in the refurbishment programme, particularly FÁS, who provided invaluable professional, developmental and financial support at all stages of the project. She congratulated Alan Kelly on his recent appointment as Minister of State and wished him well in this position.
In his address, Michael Dempsey, FÁS chairman, urged the young people present to have confidence in themselves and to ignore the negativity that was so prevalent at present. Mayor Kennedy expressed pleasure in viewing such a splendid amenity in the town and said the County Council were pleased to support the development in every way possible. General manager Enda Griffin highlighted the work of the many people involved and thanked all the learners for their input. He was also very appreciative of the financial support received from the many local sponsors.
Fr. Willie Teehan, a member of the Board of Management, blessed the building, following which Minister Alan Kelly performed the official opening, in addition to unveiling a commemorative plaque and planting a tree in the recreation area.