Kilcormac Development Association
The Kilcormac Development Association was formed on the 24th May 1982. Its broad aims are to act as an umbrella for the development and enhancement of the social, recreational and economic facilities in the Kilcormac area. It allows its members and members of the community who are affiliated as sub groups to act as volunteers in community activities by means of its insurance cover and limited liability.
The first project was the establishment of a focal point in the community where people could assemble for whatever reason; there was an old Parish Hall with antiquated facilities, small and with limited availability. At this time a site of about one acre with a two storey Georgian house and the ruins of Frankford Flour Mill became available beside the old town hall and adjacent to the church and with good access. It was purchased for €15,236 (£12,000); it was formerly owned by the Convent of Mercy and known as St Joseph’s Laundry, at the time of purchase it was owned by the descendants of the Comer family. Construction on this project commenced in 1985 under the supervision of McCarthy/O’Hora Architects who liaised with the community, designed, got planning permission and supervised the project and the centre was officially opened in 1988. The overall project cost was £250,000 (€317,000) with the centre being fully paid for in 1991.
Since December 2002 the Centre has been supported by the Fas Social Economy/Pobal Community Services Programme. This funding has employed a manager, an administrator and two caretakers. This ensures that the community centre has become the catalyst for the Kilcormac community to participate in activities that make a difference to their lives.
Some years ago the Kilcormac development Association acquired a piece of land in front of the Community Centre for €8,500 and subsequently sold it to the Co Council for €6,000. It was developed by the development association into a Town Park with a mill pond for a Water Wheel on the site of the old Flour Mill. Ownership of the land is retained by the Council with maintenance and management of the Park by the Development Association. It now contains the children’s playground which was developed by the Childcare Group in co-operation with the Development Association.
The latest addition to facilities at the Community Centre is a new purpose built Child Care Unit built by the Kilcormac Community Childcare Group in co-operation with the Development Association on what was originally an outdoor basket ball court and car park. While this unit is independent as it stands on its own site, it can use the facilities in the centre if needs be and caretaking and cleaning and routine maintenance will be carried out by the staff at the centre. All of this is possible by means of our participation in the Community Services Programme.