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Background to Cois Abhann

Cois Abhann

Cois Abhann – Background to the Project

The completion of the Cois Abhann facility is the result of five years work by the Rower Inistioge GAA Club and Inistioge Community Council.  The site for the building was purchased by the GAA club and was where the previous centre of entertainment for Inistioge, McDonald's Hall, had been.   Inistioge Community Council had been set up 20 years previously to raise funds for a Community Centre building but for a number of reasons had been unsuccessful in achieving this aim.  However, the organization was re-initiated in 2006 with a new committee and all funds previously raised were pledged to the project.

Plans for the building were drafted in consultation with a wide range of local groups and organizations and a fund-raising drive was initiated called the Euro-a-day scheme where individuals and families paid a Euro per day over three years to the project.  This was very successful.  In addition, a number of local organizations raised funds to sponsor individual rooms within the building.

Work began on the building in 2007 helped in no small way by initial grant funding provided by the Sports Capital Fund of the Dept Arts, Sports and Tourism (as it then was).  This was followed by funding by Kilkenny Local Authorities through its Amenity grants scheme.  In 2010, further grants provided by Kilkenny Leader Partnership and the GAA helped the project to completion. 

The building will be able to cater for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities in four separate areas - Gymnasium, Sports Hall, Function Room and Meeting Room.  The GAA club also now has access to four state-of-the-art dressing rooms.

The resulting building is a fine resource and one which was sadly lacking in the area and this put great pressure on the school hall.  We now have a facility that will allow local groups, organizations and individuals to run sporting, recreational and educational activities for young and old.  It is owned by the Rower Inistioge GAA club while all activities in the community part of the building will be under the management of Inistioge Community Council. 

Rower Inistioge GAA Club was formed in 1955 when the two existing teams in the parish came together under the parish rule.  The club's finest hour was in 1968 when it won the Senior County Hurling championship.  Its greatest player, Eddie Keher, was named on the Team of the Millennium and Eddie is a prominent member of the development committee for the Cois Abhann facility.   

Inistioge Community Council has 9 members elected by the community.  Its aim is "to actively involve itself in the identification and successful implementation of initiatives and activities that improve the social, economic, educational and general well-being of the residents of the area".  It runs a successful web-site for the area – – in addition to its work on the Cois Abhann facility.

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