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SPEECH BY CLLR. MICHAEL SHEEHAN AT ADARE COMMUNITY HALL EVENT ON FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH 2011

“Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to be able to join you today to participate in this event, which marks the centenary year of the Community Building here in Adare, a building erected by the Dunraven family in 1911.

The upkeep of this historic building represent just one of the many features that add to Adare’s status as the jewel in the crown of County Limerick.

Adare is a major tourist destination, popular wedding and conference venue, home to a number of world-renowned stables, and has twice hosted the Irish Golf Open.

Despite the huge volumes of people that visit the town each year, it has successfully managed to retain its genuine heritage town charm.

Considerable work has been carried out in recent years to upgrade and maintain this and  many other buildings throughout the town.

The local community, supported by West Limerick Resources, FÁS and Limerick County Council, have helped restore this listed building to its former glory.

The preservation of Adare Community Hall is an example of the strong pride of place shared by members of the local community.

The town’s success in the Pride of Place and TidyTowns competitions is evidence of the year round efforts by those who live here to make Adare a more attractive place to live in, work and visit.

Further examples of this are seen in the restoration of Desmond Castle, the historic fountain, Our Lady’s Grotto, Our Lady’s Abbey N.S. garden, and the Trinitarian and Franciscan Abbeys.

The development of the town park, river walk and heritage trail have also impacted positively on the appearance of the town.

Residents of Adare and the local business community, supported by Limerick County Council and various other regional development agencies, have set an example to follow for other towns and villages regarding the development of a collaborative approach to improving one’s community.

On behalf of Limerick County Council, I am delighted to now unveil a plaque commemorating the centenary of Adare Community Hall.

In doing so I wish to congratulate the efforts of everyone involved in the restoration and upkeep of this building, and also celebrate the strong community spirit that exists in Adare.

Comhgairdeas go léir agus go raibh maith agaibh.”

CLLR.MICHAEL SHEEHAN

LEAS CATHAOIRLEACH, LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL