DRUMLIN HOUSE ACQUIRES GALLAGHER BUILDING

21 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

ANOTHER milestone in the history of the highly acclaimed Drumlin House Training Centre in Cootehill was reached on Tuesday of last week, 11th March, when the keys to an extensive building formerly occupied by a popular local doctor were formally handed over to the centre by Cavan Co Council.

Situated next door to the Training Centre’s existing print shop and backyard workspaces on the town’s main street, the ‘Gallagher Building’ was known for many decades in Cootehill as the surgery of popular GP and local GAA hero Dr Brian Gallagher.

Providing sheltered employment and training for young adults and adults with disabilities, Drumlin House currently has 65 trainees coming mainly from counties Cavan and Monaghan. Its two main premises are the original building at Cooney’s Row (Fair Green) and the print shop at Market Street, which is next door to the newly acquired Gallagher Building.

As well as the street-front buildings, both premises have extensive backyard outbuildings, and they share a spacious yard between them. Though it is in need of extensive renovations, Drumlin House hopes to have new facilities in the Gallagher Building up and running in about 12 months’ time.

Among those who attended last week’s handover ceremony were Cavan County Manager Jack Keyes, Cootehill Town Mayor Harry McCabe, members of Cavan Co Council and Cootehill Town Council, TDs Sean Conlan and Joe O’Reilly, Cootehill Town Manager Joe McLoughlin, Drumlin House manager Robin Toner and committee members and Holy Family School representatives. Apologies were received from TDs Brendan Smith and Heather Humphreys.

In welcoming all in attendance, Drumlin House chairperson Hugh O’Brien said this was a fantastic day for the centre and the trainees, who always gave back as much as they received.

Looking back on the history of Drumlin House, he said that in 1982 the old hatchery …

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