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PICTURES: Portarlington Community Centre honor the late Sandra Carr with room unveiling

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

The committee at Portarlington Community Centre has honoured one of the centre's former staff members by naming a room in her honour. 

Sandra Carr was a 'focal point' of the centre according to Chairperson of Portarlington Community Centre, Darren Lawlor. She sadly passed away in 2015 after battling cancer and is fondly remembered by all who knew her at the centre. 

"Sandra Carr was a focal point of Portarlington Community Centre as she ran the office for over seven years helping to build the centre as a place of community and laid the foundations of the centre as a warm, welcoming place for all members of the community, groups, businesses and athletes who use the centre on a daily basis. The Centre renamed a room after Sandra so that she will always be spoken about and remembered.

"However, in 2015, Sandra lost her battle with cancer which was a huge loss to the community centre.

"Since her passing the board of directors, staff and all connected to the community centre had planned to rename a room after Sandra so that she will always be spoken about and remembered by all users of the community centre.

"Sandra's favourite flowers were Calla Lillies and her favourite colour was purple," he said. A plaque engraved with her favourite flower was unveiled in the room recently. 

Since her passing, the community centre have organised a Run to Remember event every year where the community come together and walk or run the 5km course.

This event is dedicated to Sandra and is an event where the community come together at the end of the walk to celebrate all those loved ones who have passed with the Remembrance Slide Show.

Present on the night of the room unveiling were Sandra's husband Dick, son Jordan, mam Vera, sisters and extended family and friends.

Pictures of the unveiling of the new room by Michael Scully. 

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