SEPTEMBER 8 is a very special date for a small but tenacious Fermanagh community who has given £ 403,000 reasons to be happy this fall.  Because that is the day that the expansion to the existing, very successful Cashel Community Center will be opened in a year in which they also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Center near the Leitrim border in 1993.
And that is the total coast of a major expansion to the center.
For president Anthony McGrath and Louise Leonard, secretary of the Community Association and all other hardworking members, it will be a really special day as Louise told the herald.
"It is in the final phase of his work and the new construction is completed and the parking lot was phase two, which will be completed in the third week of August.
" The official opening is on September 8 at 13: 00 hours and the center will be opened paid for opening, "she said." We still have the Great Hall but there is an extension of our kitchen, a foyer to a new room that can facilitate different groups and it can be between 40 and facilitate people. This was badly needed because there are not enough days a week for positions in Cashel.
"Earlier we could only perform one function per night in the hall and we were losing, so now we can go back and perform two functions at once.
" And we can have cooking lessons in the kitchen, so we can simultaneously perform three functions simultaneously.
"We also have a health clinic as part of the expansion where we get a nurse for flu injections chiropody and we will be an optician and all that came about from the survey we had to do for" Space and Place "our main financier"
It took the determined Cashel community three applications before they were finally accepted for approval of the grant for the project that is a clear proof of their tenacity.
Meanwhile, the president of the Association, Anthony McGrath, who was a member of the original committee in the mid-1970s, said: "It's a great day for Cashel and something we have been looking forward to for a long time and it's finally coming.
"This is not just about our own generation, but hopefully it will be used for generations. And we already expect that.
"It's great for our community and we have a long tradition of cross-community and cross-border cooperation here.
" It's always been something that's been here for generations we have do not have to work, "Anthony added.
Posted: 8:10 PM August 19, 2018