Community with a vision celebrates opening of new lottery funded community hub in Burren

Burren based community group Burren Vision has officially launched a new community hub for the area following initial funding of £346,008 from the Big Lottery funded Space & Place Programme.

The new hub has been made possible thanks to support from National Lottery players following the renovation of premises which were originally constructed in the 1970’s.

Burren Vision was formed when a group of local people came together with the aim of creating better facilities in the Burren area to meet a growing community need for a range of facilities and services.

The new hub includes a fitness and exercise studio, wellness area, and community meeting space. It will also provide a home for the local youth club and creche. The project also received support from St Mary’s Burren GAA as well as Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Speaking as the new centre was launched, Collie Loughran from Burren Vision said: “Burren Vision and the people of Burren are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund’s Space & Place Programme for enabling this fantastic facility for our community.

“Our new community hub will create opportunities, never possible before, for our community to flourish; to learn and laugh together, to develop skills and knowledge to enhance one’s quality of life and boost community cohesion. Thanks also to the Space & Place Team at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for their support and guidance throughout the process. Burren Vision set out to Build a Better Burren and this is one brilliant start, thank you Big Lottery Fund,” said Collie.

The Space & Place Programme is a £15 million Big Lottery Fund capital grants scheme which seeks to connect more people and communities by making use of underused or difficult space. The programme is delivered by a consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Michael Hughes Space & Place Programme Coordinator, said: “The Space & Place Programme is delighted to have supported Burren Vision with funding for this fantastic project. The Programme provides an opportunity for local communities to come together to identify a shared vision for their area and work together to deliver it.

“Without doubt Burren Vision have created a space will enable people in the community to come together on a more regular basis, and it is a space which has the potential to greatly enhance people’s quality of life through the provision of a range of vital services which can be accessed through the new centre.”

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland Director said: “I want to congratulate the Drumahoe community and Burren Vision on their hard work in creating the new park.

"We believe this facility, which has been made possible thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, will make a real difference to the lives of many local people by providing a space for them to come together and improve the area that they live in.”