Nenagh’s Scouts Hall reopens with a gala evening of music, dance and memories

The chairman and director Nenagh Choral Society Ltd. Ger McCarthy, cuts the tape at the official opening of the Scouts Hall, Nenagh, watched by directors Billy Mc Namara, Denis Hassett, Gerry Scanlon, Emily Sheary, Michael Cormac and Greg Browne Picture: Padraig O Flannabhra
The curtain has gone up again at the Scouts Hall following major refurbishment work carried out by Nenagh Choral Society. There was plenty of glitz and glamour, not too mention story swapping and shared memories when the hall reopened last Saturday.

The curtain has gone up again at the Scouts Hall following major refurbishment work carried out by Nenagh Choral Society. There was plenty of glitz and glamour, not too mention story swapping and shared memories when the hall reopened last Saturday.

Over 400 people turned out for the occasion to get a glimpse of the renovated venue that has state-of-the-art facilities, including meeting rooms, rehearsal space foyer and bar. The gala opening saw many take to the hall’s famous maple floor to dance to Ebony, Crystal Swing and Keith McDonald.

However, the longest and biggest cheer on the night was for Nenagh Choral Society directors Greg Browne, Michael Cormack and Ger McCarthy, who got a standing ovation for the work they carried out in securing funding.

The hall first opened in 1937 but closed in 2000 following a fire after which it went into a state of decline.

“This is a momentous night for all who have affection for this hall,” declared Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, who officially opened the venue. “This is like a coming home for Nenagh Choral Society. They are the guardians of this wonderful facility.”

Minister Kelly said it was a “shame” that the building had been left idle for the past 15 years, but the work showed how local LEADER companies could help rejuvenate local communities. The hall was refurbished through funding of E197,000 from LEADER along with funding from the former Nenagh Town Council and the general public as well as the choral society’s own funds. Minister Kelly more than hinted that funding would now be made available for phases two and three.

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