The Official Opening of the Castleland Community Centre, Balbriggan took place on Thursday 9th February, 2017. The Community Centre was opened by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler, in the company of Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council and Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board.
Castleland Community Centre was built in 2015 as part of the Fingal Schools Model and opened to the community in 2016. This modern multi-purpose built facility offers a wide range of activities and facilities available for community use. The Community Centre has a number of spacious meeting rooms, dance studio, sports hall and an all-weather pitch available for classes or training purposes.
Nuala O'Connor, Darragh Butler, Michael O'Leary, Principal Ardgillan Community College
The Centre is located adjacent to Ardgillan Community College which shares the sports hall and the all-weather pitch with the Community Centre. In line with the Shared Facility Initiative this will ensure that this state of the art facility will be utilised to its full potential.
Strong communities are a source of social support and well-being for the people who live in them. It is vital therefore that communities have dedicated spaces for people to meet, convene, discuss and play. Fingal County Council has a major role to play in developing these communities of Fingal, and in particular newer communities like Castleland, through the work of the Community Culture & Sports Division.
Speaking at the launch Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler said “I am delighted to officially open this great facility which is another example of the huge investment by Fingal County Council in community facilities in Balbriggan in recent years including, Flemington Community Centre, and the Bremore All Weather Facility.”
Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council said “I wish to compliment Nuala
O’Connor and the other centre managers and Fingal County Council community staff for the excellent work they do bringing these facilities to life as a resource for all the community. Fingal County Council is committed to maximising the economic and tourism potential of Balbriggan and with facilities such as this also help foster a vibrant community in the town”
Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB welcomed the facility saying “Community Centres such as this play a vital role in bringing people together from all ethnic and social backgrounds, in a shared space where they can make connections leading to lasting relationships, and through those strong communities.”
The Board of Directors of Fingal Community and Recreation Services have engaged Acacia Facilities Management to oversee the operation of the community facility on behalf of Fingal County Council. The Community Centre is available for hire to the community directly through Castleland Community Centre and will be available according to demand.
"I was delighted to open this state of the art facility for Balbriggan. It is an incredibly impressive facility, one of the best that I have seen in all of Fingal. Along with proposed new playgrounds and skatepark, I am delighted to see resources and additional community facilities being made available in Balbriggan. Long over-due and it is great to see." - Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler
" I am delighted to see this fantastic facility opened which will serve the local schools and indeed the whole community. It is a state of the art centre and already attracting plenty of interest and hopefully will continue to grow over the years" - Cllr. Grainne Maguire