The new year has got off to a flying start for the people of Parke near Castlebar as work starts on the extension to the community centre.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has officially turned the sod on a new 202 square meter extension to Parke Community Centre.
The work will see the size of the existing building increased by 40 per cent.
The extension will include the provision of an entrance lobby as well as a new multi-functional meeting room, dressing rooms and disabled toilets.
When completed, the centre will be a multi-purpose facility capable of accommodating several different groups at the same time.
The project is set to cost in excess of €260,000 with €195,115 coming from the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013. The remainder was raised locally through a range of initiatives and events.
The Taoiseach said: “I was delighted to turn the sod on this new development for Parke and commend the people of the locality for their fundraising efforts here.
“Two primary objectives of the LEADER element of the Rural Development Plan are to improve the the quality of life and encourage diversification of economic activity in rural areas and this extension certainly meets that criteria. It will allow for an increased range of activities and events to take place in the centre simultaneously which will be of benefit to all the people of the area.”