Sureal. Euphoric. A relief. The words used to the describe the opening of phase one of the Attic House last Saturday.
Over the course of an afternoon, crowds passed through the newly-refurbished house and the adjoining log cabin, a new space for the youth of Longford.
With a brightly-decorated interior and exterior, a beautiful photo-filled wall greeted visitors to the house, while upstairs, a kitted-out tech space was just waiting to be tried and tested.
Musical instruments and a huge variety of games had their place, as well as the awards won by the Attic down through the years.
In the log cabin, the new, though temporary, Attic Youth Café space is a warm and inviting area, complete with fully-fitted kitchen, games tables, and consoles.
When the Leader got a sneak peak into the Attic House on Friday last, Chairperson of the Attic Management Committee Ruth McGarry Quinn, committee member Trish McKiernan, and Foróige Regional Youth Officer Jim Maher had a few moments of reflection before they busily continued preparations for the following day.
Complimenting Ruth on her work on the Attic House, Trish agreed that it was surreal to get to this point in such a short time without much help from the Government.
It has taken €380,000 to get to this point; with 96 per cent of that coming from local fundraising, while funding has also been gratefully received from Longford Enterprise Board, Longford County Council, and the Department of Youth and Children.
Ruth started by acknowledging the support of local organisations, suppliers, and businesses, such as Bernie Fallon, Ganly’s, Gerry Sheridan, Fox & O’Rourke, Gary McKenna, Glennon Brothers, and all who have supported the project, before smiling, “I’d just love this to be a positive news story for Longford”.
“It’s a testament to the people of Longford,” Jim added, “and it augers well for the future of young people in the community and it’s down to the vision of local people.”