Minister O’Cuiv Opens Rahoonane Community Centre

Released: 26 September 2008

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamonn Ó Cuiv, along with Tralee Town Council officials and community members officially opened the Rahoonane Community Centre on Friday, September 26.

The Rahoonane estate, along with Shanakill, is one of three RAPID areas in Tralee. The residents work closely with Tralee Town Council and local development and statutory agencies to plan for and provide services for their areas through the RAPID Area Implementation Team. 

Built on the site of two former blocks of derelict flats, the Community Centre marks a great achievement and great opportunity for Rahoonane & Cos Coille residents as they continue to increase opportunities in the two estates. 

“The Centre was built by the community, for the community.  It is something that the community can use to make their own and hopefully it will become the heart of our community”, said Maurice Griffin, Chairperson of the Board of Management

According to Michael Scannell, Tralee Town Clerk, “This was a community-led project to address an area of anti-social behaviour around the empty flats.  Kerry Local Authority chose this project to support in their application to the Social and Capital Facilities Grant Scheme because the community had put in great preparation and work already to ensure the project would be a success”. 

Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council applied for funding to build the centre. The management board consists of residents of Rahoonane and Cois Coille on a volunteer basis, with the support of Partnership Trá Lí, RAPID, KDYS, Shanakill Family Resource Centre, Tralee Town Council and the Community Garda.  

Keep Fit, adult and youth dance classes, and E-mail/Internet classes are starting shortly in the centre and a FÁS Jobs Club will also be available for residents who want to develop their job seeking skills and prepare for work opportunities. 

The centre also has a playing pitch which community groups or individuals can hire out through the centre. Groups from outside the area are also encouraged to hire rooms or meeting space. 

The centre is staffed through volunteers, three community employment workers and the Shanakill Family Resource Centre.  Sinead Donnelly is a development worker with Shanakill FRC who will be spending two day per week in Rahoonane now.  She is eager to support activities in the centre and is open to all ideas and can be reached at 066 7185248.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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