Welcome to Lecanvey
Lecanvey Community Centre
In 1979 Archbishop Joseph Cunnane, on behalf of the Diocese of Tuam, donated a site on the grounds of St Patrick’s Church Lecanvey for the purpose of building a Community Centre. The Chairman of the Committee formed to oversee the successful completion of the building of the Centre was Fr James Walsh – now P.P. of Kilmeena/Fahy Parish. Other members of that Committee were Sr Saviour - then resident in the Convent in Lecanvey and teaching in Lecanvey National School. Henry Joe Gill and Colm Feeney R.I.P, Padhraic Needham and Martin Lally among others were all members of the original Committee.
Building work was completed by mid-1980 by local contractor Chris Grady; the cost was partially funded by a grant from Mayo Co. Council with the remaining borrowings to be repaid by fund raising by the local community. In Aug 1980 the Centre was opened with a Dance, music being supplied by Basil Morahan R.I.P. Fund raising continued over the next number of years with a monthly draw and various sales of work organised. In the context of economic climate of the time it required a Trojan effort to repay the funds borrowed.
The Centre has over the years hosted School and Parish Concerts, set dancing classes, Badminton Leagues, Ceilies, card games, youth clubs, discos, keep fit classes, football, Parish socials …..in the 29 years since it opened many Committee members have come and gone and given an enormous amount of voluntary effort to ensure the continued functioning of the Centre as a facility for the local community. As with all Community Centres fund raising to pay the bills and the upkeep of the building is a constant project. In the mid- nineties a local Lottery was launched to raise funds which is still operating today.
In 2008 the current Committee recognized the need to refurbish and renovate the building – in its current form it had served the community well but was in dire need of upgrading after 28 years. Insulation was sadly missing in the 70’s so the installation of same, heating/water systems, replacing the toilet facilities and a new kitchen extension were high on the wish list. Planning permission was sought and obtained and eventually grant aid from Leader for such projects was announced in 2009. A successful application to same was made and 75% funding obtained in May 2009; the remaining funds to be borrowed and repaid by local fundraising. The project went to Tender with the successful contractor being the same that originally built the Centre! Building work started mid -July and was completed three months later on schedule. The Centre is now back in operation, with an official re-opening to be held on 6th Dec.
The Centre is used extensively …soccer organised twice weekly for local schoolchildren by volunteers - with over ninety children participating, weekly card games, yoga, keep-fit classes, badminton, weekly tea and coffee after Mass on Sundays. Meeting rooms are available and used by various groups.