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New €2.7m community center windfall to breathe socio-economic life into rural Monaghan village

Rockcorry will soon have its very own ultra modern community center after €2.7m was awarded by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

A rural village in north-west Monaghan is celebrating a €2.7m windfall that will bring about the development of a state of the art community centre.

Rockcorry is famous for many things – its rich heritage, architectural and sporting traditions to namedrop just a few.

Thanks to the awarding of approximately €2.66m by locally based TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, those assets look set to be enhanced with a new headquarters for its 300 plus population.

Planning for the construction of a two-storey community building containing a main multi-purpose room, two meeting rooms, a social room and other ancillary spaces was originally granted last summer.

Local Cllr Sean Gilliland said the announcement would provide a much needed socio-economic boost to the locality.

“Rockcorry is a typical rural village in Ireland and particularly to Monaghan in that it has its own GAA park and club facilities there,” he said.

“It is on the west side of Ballybay town and geographically it is the last village between Ballybay and our nearest neighbors in Cavan.

“There are many groups in Rockcorry all for the benefit of the local community for the people who live and visit there.

“It’s only fitting that funding has been made accessible to them for the construction of a new community center which will remain for the community for music, drama groups and historical groups so that they can have a home for their meetings and events.”

It’s anticipated the project will go to tender over the coming weeks ahead of the commencement of construction which is expected to get underway later this year.