President emphasises importance of community during Clones visit

26 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

ON OUR own we can do great things, but together those things can be powerful.” These were the words of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese during her speech at the official opening of Connons, Derrykerrib/ Wattlebridge Community Centre in Clones on Thursday last, 18 November.

Before opening the centre, President McAleese visited St Comhgall’s National School (see report on Clones news page).

Chairman of Connons Community Centre, Tom Conlon began proceedings by welcoming the President and her husband Dr Martin McAleese to the centre and stating that it was a great honour to have them there. He also welcomed the funders and everybody else in attendance. Mr Conlon described Connons as having a unique formation as it straddles the border with one third of it located in Co Monaghan and two-thirds of it in Co Fermanagh. However, he stressed that this did not stop the people who live in the area from uniting and working for the benefit of the community.

The community centre is an example of cross-border efforts as the residents in Connons joined with the communities of Derrykerrib and Wattlebridge in Co Fermanagh and received funding towards the building of the facility. A tennis court and handball alley were developed at a later stage and playing fields were purchased. A booklet detailing an alternative to urban style housing developments in rural areas and the results of a study on the repopulation of townlands in a border community was produced and well received by the local community.

President McAleese unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of Connons Community Centre and commended the work that had gone into the facility.

Full report in The Northern Standard

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