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What is the Community Association? Updated:2013-05-30
Founded in 1987 by enthusiastic committed and civic-minded friends and neighbours – Clogheen/Kerry Pike Community Association has gone from strength to strength over the past 25 years. The aim of the association remains the same - to develop and support the environmental, social and economic well-being of the community.
In the village of Kerry Pike the former National School has been transformed into a well-equipped and maintained Community Hall. The hall is now an integral part of life in the village and is regularly used by many groups and clubs for their activities and meetings.
A recently formed club is the Youth Cafe for 13 – 17 year olds. We have a growing, vibrant young population and the need has been there for some time for a place for them to meet up and socialise after they have left national school. ?he students themselves run the club and meet every three weeks under adult supervision.
The current voluntary committee of around 20 members meet monthly to discuss, plan and implement projects in the area depending on the interests and needs of the community. The committee are elected at the annual AGM, and represent all areas of Clogheen / Kerry Pike which includes the Lee road, Woodlands, Morgan’s Hill, Kerry Pike village, Clogheen, Milestream, Curraghkippane and Faggot Hill.
Over the past few years the Community Association has been actively responsible for many improvements in the area. The community field – formally known as "the bog" – leased to the GAA has been given a major facelift by them. They have drained, resurfaced and maintained it to national standards, and a walkway around the perimeter is now a welcome further amenity. The basketball and tennis courts have been restored and are in active use. The courts and the area around will shortly will be resurfaced and upgraded.
We have regular Saturday roadside cleanups from Spring until Autumn. The erection of TIDY signs on all approach roads has already been undertaken, and plans are at an advanced stage to landscape all approach roads over the next three years.
In recent years, the Association was actively involved in lobbying the NRA to consider alternative routes for the North Ring Road, which was originally planned to split Kerry Pike village. Although we have been successful to a point, we will continue to ensure that the interests of the community are considered.
The very successful Summer Bar-B-Q's are a perfect example of how everyone works together to ensure a fun-filled day for all. The day was a great gathering of all age groups, as songs and chat continued into the early morning! We hope to repeat this event next summer and look forward to it becoming a regular part of the community calendar.
Clogheen Kerry Pike has a lot to offer, but we need your help. This is OUR community - this is YOUR community – take part, get involved and enjoy the life, the facilities, the fun and the care of each other that we can have together as a community for one and all.
Thank you for all your support to date and we look forward to seeing you at our next AGM.