Enhancing the Drumlish area

A proud community spirit was clearly evident on the faces of those gathered at the Fr. Manning Gaels Complex at Monaduff, Drumlish last week. They had come together to witness the launch of the much anticipated Drumlish Village and Area Enhancement Plan. They weren’t disappointed.

A proud community spirit was clearly evident on the faces of those gathered at the Fr. Manning Gaels Complex at Monaduff, Drumlish last week. They had come together to witness the launch of the much anticipated Drumlish Village and Area Enhancement Plan. They weren’t disappointed.

An impressively compiled document was circulated, containing ideas that would help create a stronger and more visually appealing community at Drumlish.

Annette Kane, in her capacity as project co-ordinator, explained how the project came into being.

“The process started through a phone call from Michael Cunniffe of Keystone Landscape Architects who wanted to meet as many as possible from the community to offer information and training on how to create our own Enhancement Plan,” said Annette, who is also chairperson of the Drumlish Tidy Towns Committee.

This meeting was followed by a collection of ideas from young and old alike. These ideas were then categorised into four overall themes; The Village Core, Heritage, Amenity Walks, Tracks and Trails, and Footpaths.

Within these categories a great number of ideas have been generated. Among them is the plan to rebuild Scoil Naomh Mhuire (1928 – 1989) with a repaired roof and boundary walls.

“This heritage H shaped school could be developed for new uses...or should it be demolished?” asked the document.

In response to this Dolores Kane made a presentation to those gathered saying that many community members would like to see the school renovated and refurbished.

“Perhaps it could be a country shop or a co-op,” she said. “There was also the idea to put the library in it or a second-hand book shop.”

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