There was a palpable air of excitement in The Community Centre, Rosemary Street, as representatives of the local community arrived to join with the volunteers and staff in the Citizens Information Centre to join the 40th anniversary celebrations recently.
The centre provides a free and confidential information advice and advocacy service on rights and entitlements. Mary Plunkett Development Manager for the County Service was MC for the event. Guest speakers included Toni Gleeson Chairperson of the County Service, Rose Morris Regional Manager of the national funding body the Citizens Information Board and Garry Morrissey who is the Volunteer Organiser in the Centre. A special presentation was made to Nevin Alton who is a founding member and has been a volunteer for the last 40 years. Toni Gleeson congratulated Nevin on his outstanding service and also noted that for a number of years that Nevin actually provided the service singlehandedly! A beautiful book was launched to mark the occasion. It was written by Dick Conroy and tells the story of the evolution of the centre from humble beginnings to how the service is offered today. Rose Morris presented a plaque to Garry Morrissey as a gesture of appreciation to the volunteers and staff for their selfless work for those who needed helped through the years.The gathering heard that the centre will be extending its opening hours in October and will then open on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm and for a full day every Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4 pm. The event drew to a close when Nevin Alton cut the cake and old friendships were rekindled over a welcome cup of tea!