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09 Dec 2021

Restored schoolhouse in Laois village to become centre of community activities

Restored schoolhouse in Laois village to become centre of community activites

An old schoolhouse in Ballyroan village built in the 1880’s has undergone refurbishments and is planned to become a buzzing new community centre for the locals.

A meeting will be held on Monday, May 21 to drum up the community spirit in Ballyroan ahead of the second phase of works on the building which will be completed over summer.

An extension will be added to the existing schoolhouse in the coming weeks with the hope that the centre could open to the community by the end of the year.

The works have been carried out under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme with Laois Heritage Council.

Cllr Mary Sweeney said a management committee will be formed on the night of the meeting.

“We are inviting members of the community to bring forward ideas, we are looking for suggestions from the community for perhaps an active retirement group or a youth group, any group at all,” she said.

The existing building has been refurbished to a very high standard and is wheelchair accessible.

The old school house on the Main Street has been used by the Ballyroan Brass Band but it was not being used by the rest of the community.

Now, it is hoped that a number of different community groups will operate out of the brand new setting.

This total renovation and extension aims to inject life into the centre of the Laois town and is due to be completed by the end of the year.

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

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