Since 2003, the young people of Clonakilty have been petitioning for more youth facilities within the community.
After meeting with a representative of Clonakilty Town Council a committee was formed, who searched the town to find a suitable building. A very difficult pursuit at the time. Years later, a building was sourced. It was set up as a youth café, well attended weekly.
However, due to monthly costs and severe local flooding, keeping the centre open was unsustainable. Since the cafes closure, local youth groups have been renting rooms in a local Parish Centre and other smaller buildings.
After a revival of interest from local teenagers in securing a permanent home for young people, there were several meetings with local a TD in a bid to resolve the issue. A local building in Deasy’s car park which was owned by the town council became available. Our chairperson put down the motion that this building be ringfenced for the youth centre. In 2014, at the last Clonakilty Town Council meeting it was agreed and recorded that the building would indeed be ringfenced for the youth of Clonakilty.
In 2015, a new committee was formed, and plans were put in place. Since then, there has been many events and generous donations to develop the youth centre. After trials and successes, the Community Youth Centre Committee are finally ready to build the forever home of youth facilities in Clonakilty.