History

Kilcullen Community Centre

was built by the very Active Kilcullen Community Council

 on 2 Acres of land kindly donated by the CPC order of nuns.

Sr Joan CPC

The Seeds were sown in 1979 when KCC won an "Environmental Award"

for the Valley development,and following on from this success, the town was

Chosen as one of only  Sixteen towns in Ireland to get a Grant of over 

£100,000 (Punts) towards the cost of building a Sports Complex.

The site and remaining Costs would have to be found locally.

Following a public meeting KCC accepted the offer and Kilcullen

signed up as one of only 5 Towns to accept this Grant.

A lease on the lands provided by the CPC was signed for 1000 years.

A Government Grant of £106,000 was recieved and the

final Build cost was £320,000,Financed by a Loan from B.O.I.

Funds were raised locally from the Community by KCC and other voluntary Groups,

The Ball Alley trustees donated £10000 from the sale of their

property on Lower Main street to the centre.

The Ball Alley trustees were

Thomas Berney(snr),Pat Lynch,Andrew Maloney,Jim Berney & Tommy Wallace. 

KCC was chaired by May Connolly and many locals contributed

to the centres establishment-including Jim Collins,Frank Nugent,

Jerry Kelly,Brian Keyes, Tom Carter,Joe Corrigan & Pat Dunlea,

and the genorosity of the people of Kilcullen.

The Centre was officially Opened on

2nd May 1982 by  Kildare politician & Minister

For Defence

Mr Paddy Power TD .

 

Were U There?

 

The Band & local clubs Parade on Opening Day

Kevin Burke,TBA,Una & Rosemary Broughall,Tom Kelly,Anita Reddy, TBS

Kevin Kelly & Ciaran Kelly -Need More names pls?

 

Early Controversy:

The Snooker & Table tennis Club moved their Table

from Logstown to the Centre,but in a divisive

midnight  move the large Heavy Table was "returned"

 to its original Home. 

 

PAYING THE BANK:

Interest Rates in the early 80's were often over 17% pa -unthinkable in todays

low interest economies.

Ireland was in Recession and money was scarce-not quite as unthinkable!

The Debt owed on the loan to BOI rose to over £280,000, an unmanageable

amount.

Despite local fundraising efforts and weekly draws from the generous Community,

The KCC Finance committee struggled to repay even the interest on the loan.

In 1983 KCC chairperson May Connolly died suddenly and some months later

the Finance Committee including Joe Corrigan,Pat Dunlea and Jim Collins

decided to disband.

Some years later Pat Dunlea brokered a deal with the Bank for a once off Payment

of £20,000 in full & Final Settlement of the Debt and in 1988 a Limited Company with

Charitable status was formed.

Pat Dunlea personally Loaned the Community £15000 of this Settlement and

a management Committee was then established to run the Complex.

Since then the centre is managed by PJ Lydon and

a Voluntary Board of Directors.

KCD:

 

1989 Complex Committee Members

William Carroll, Kevin Keogh,Margaret Aspell,P.J.Lydon

 

RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE CENTRE:

The 6400m2 Allweather Pitch was installed in Dec 2002

 

 

Please send any pics memories,corrections etc by email for inclusion on this site.

 


Opening Day 2 May 1982

 

Billy Aspell,Fr.Heaney,Tony Aspell,Christy Howard,Fr.Dunlea PP,Charlie Mc Creevey,Paddy Aspell,Pastor Dunlop,Jody Keogh.

Jim Corrigan,Mary Phelan,Molly Shortt.

Domonic "Domo" Talbot-"Where's the pockets"

Diada Mc Donald with Theodere Bear-any names pls?-is that you Dorly?

May Connolly with Sr.Joan CPC

Badminton Exhibition

Paddy Nugent with Jim Collins

Michael McWey and Paddy Aspell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       




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