On Wednesday last, July 30, Granard Youthreach held an event, celebrating the thirteen years it has spent in the town.
It was a bittersweet event, celebrating the many achievements of the centre, while also saying a fond farewell to its Granard home before relocating to Longford town.
Subsequent to a Board of Management meeting, which was held in the Granard Youthreach Centre on Tuesday, May 27, the decision by Dr Christy Duffy (CEO of the LWETB) to relocate the Centre was announced to the Board.
This decision was taken due to the great success of the Granard Youthreach Centre over its 13 year history in the town, where early school leaving and the attendant issues of anti-social behaviour no longer feature as areas of major concern.
The school retention rates in Ardscoil Phádraig and other schools in the locality have seen applications to the Youthreach Centre from the Granard area dwindle to a trickle over the past number of years and this situation has enabled the LWETB to turn its focus on the current area of greatest disadvantage and early school leaving, which is Longford town.
The new Centre will be located on the Battery Road Campus and will continue to provide second chance education and training for all applicants who range in age from 16 to 20 years.
The LWETB says it is very proud of the work done by Granard Youthreach during its time in Granard and all are very confident that Ardscoil Phádraig will continue to prosper and maintain its excellent retention rates.
While the Board of Management were disappointed with the centre’s relocation, they also recognised that it is most definitely a good news story for the town of Granard.
The LWETB wishes to thank all those who contributed through the years to the success of the Programme.