The original Belcarra Community Centre was built in 1971 on the current site and was the recipient of the first ever Amenity Grant in Ireland of £2,500 from Mayo County Council.
Over the intervening years the centre has proven to be a very valuable amenity in the community. In 2002, for health and safety reasons, the original centre had to be demolished and the existing building erected on the same site at a cost of €250,000. Belcarra Community Council undertook a major task of fundraising for the re-development. The Belcarra local Community Lottery raised almost €100,000 and other funds were secured from; Mayo County Council Social and Economic Grant €90,000, South-West Mayo Leader Co €65,000 and a National Lottery Grant of €10,000.
The Official Opening of current Belcarra Community Centre was held on the June 15th 2003. The Centre was blessed by Fr. Brendan Mc Guinness C.C and the official opening was performed by Mr. Tim Quinn, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.
The centre has a main hall area, large kitchen, smaller meeting room, remote working space and the community office.
The Centre is available for community and private events at affordable rates. The various weekly uses include:
– Parent and Toddler group
– Remote Working Hub
– Various Community Meetings
- Karate group
– Set dancing classes
– Craft Classes
– Ladies Group
– Card Games
- School of Music
– Family functions
– Keep fit classes for all age groups including Active Aged
It also has a mini-Library, a piano, and an IT facility. There are Audio Visual facilities available in the main hall including a ceiling mounted remote electric screen projector, a digital signage display screen and high-speed fibre optic broadband.
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