Belcarra Community Centre has proven to be a very valuable amenity and is a hub of activity in the community.
The original Centrewas built in 1971. Itreceived the first ever Amenity Grant in Ireland of £2,500 from Mayo County Council. In 2002, for health and safety reasons, it had to undergo major refurbishment. All the community groups that regularly use the centre had an input into interior design and materials used during the refurbishment to ensure that all requirements were met.
Belcarra Community Council undertook a major task of fundraising €250,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the Centre. Through the community’s commitment the Belcarra local Community Lottery raised almost €100,000. In addition, we received grant funding of €165,000, which is gratefully acknowledged below:
- Social and Economic Grant: Mayo County Council €90,000
- South West Mayo Leader Co. €65,000
- National Lottery Grant €10,000
The Official Opening of refurbished Belcarra Community Centre was held on Sunday 15th June 2003 at 4p.m. The Centre was blessed by Fr. Brendan Mc Guinness C.C.The official opening was performed by Mr. Tim Quinn, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council..
General use of the Centre
Belcarra Community Centre is run by a Committee of voluntary members. The centre is regularly used for family and community functions including funerals.
The centre is equipped with:
- Audio Visual Facilities
- Remote Electric Screen Projector (Ceiling Mounted)
- Digital Signage
- Hi-speed Fibre Optic Broadband
- IT Room / Remote Working Hub
- Mini-Kitchen Facilities
The Belcarra Community Co-Op and Lough Carra Catchment Association have their offices in the Community Centre
Community groups use the centre on a weekly basis. A sample of the groups is listed below.
Information on all the groups and events, including contact details, can be found under the Events section (link to Events section).
- Parent and Toddler group
- Various Community Meetings
- Karate group
- Set dancing classes
- Craft Classes
- Ladies Group
- Card Games
- School of Music
- Keep fit classes for all age groups including Active Aged
The Centre can be hired for community and private events at affordable rates.
For enquiries please contact Mary Jo Cannon 087 9282102