Centenary facelift for St Mary’s Hall in Burren
Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas (SOAR) has announced that it is to award financial assistance of over £80,000 to Burren Community Association for the extension and renovation of St Mary’s Hall.
The community Association was successful in securing the funding under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme Axis. St Mary’s hall, which was original built in 1912, is today looking attractive, vibrant, and modern in the heart of the County Down Village following major refurbishment works part funded by SOAR.
Led by Craigavon Borough Council, Armagh City and District Council and Newry and Mourne District Council, SOAR delivers funding to projects relating to farm diversification, growing rural businesses, encouraging tourism, developing new rural community services and telling the cultural heritage story.
Miceal McCoy Chairperson of SOAR’s Local Action Group stated, ”I would like to congratulate Burren Community Association on the official opening of the newly refurbished St Mary’s Hall. This is an excellent example of a local community organisation working together and gaining the necessary financial assistance from SOAR, which will provide access to basic services to those in the area. SOAR are proud to be associated with the success that is St Mary’s Hall, a vibrant and modern facility which the residents of Burren can enjoy for many years to come.”
Councillor George Savage, chairman of the JCC, said, ” Our objective in SOAR is to assist local people and businesses to improve their quality of life by providing significant investment and we would encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing a grant for farm diversification projects to apply. The application process is quite simple and at all stages there will be help on offer to make your plans become a reality.”
He added, “There are offices in Craigavon Borough Council Civic Centre, Armagh City and District Council and Newry and Mourne District Council area to make it is easy for you to meet with our staff to talk through your project ideas and discuss what the process will involve.”
If you are interested in receiving an information pack, please contact the SOAR central office on 028 3831 3614 or 028 3831 2588 or visit website www.soarni.org
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