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Ribbon cut at Malin Head Community Centre 16.07.12

A DAY of celebration marked the launch on Saturday of Malin Head Community Development Programme and the official opening of the local community centre.
More than 150 local residents and community representatives turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the centre which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
The community development programme is primarily funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and its aim is to develop the community centre as a "shared space", bringing together communities from Malin Head and surrounding areas through a range of activities.
Courses on parenting skills and healthy eating, after-school clubs and a programme to re-integrate isolated elderly people into their community and establish community roots for the younger generation are among the initiatives being funded. A performing arts programme will also help develop and showcase young local talent in music, song and dance. The programme is to be administered by the Malin Head Community Association with IFI funding of some 102,000. Meanwhile, Malin Head Community Centre was recently renovated with support from Pobal and Leader to include an exhibition/heritage space, craft centre and coffee shop.
International Fund for Ireland chairman, Dr. Adrian Johnston, pictured at the opening of the Malin Head Community Centre on Saturday with IFI programme manager, Mary Devlin and local residents, Kathleen Devlin, Michael Doherty and Annie Coffey.
Community Association chairman, Robert Farren said: In essence, its about building something sustainable by bringing people, both young and old, together from across the community to work toward a shared future. The centre is ideally placed as a driver for economic and social inclusion, building inter-cultural bridges and showcasing the immense local talent not only in music but in crafts and art.
"To that end well be hosting cultural events throughout the year and setting up a crafters' co-op which will see some of the older generation sharing and teaching their talents in weaving and spinning, knitwear and lace-making so that some of these traditional arts dont die out. IFI chairman, Dr Adraian Johnston added: "By developing sustainable support structures for local communities in Malin Head and the surrounding areas, the project will assist in efforts to promote social inclusion and encourage understanding and relationship building. We believe this project will have a very positive impact for reconciliation in Inishowen and the wider cross-border hinterland by promoting greater cross-community links. For more photos of the event click here .
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