Today heralds another landmark event in the life of CoAction West Cork with the turning of the sod for a new €2.1million purpose built development for children and adults with special needs. The ceremony which took place at Convent Way, Clonakilty, marked the beginning of the construction process for long awaited CoAction “Ardú” project which will provide custom built accommodation for the West Cork Child Development Service and CoAction Adult Supports.
The project, which will take twelve months to complete, is one of the largest development programmes undertaken by CoAction West Cork. It will provide 25 new jobs for the area during construction and 12 jobs when fully operational. The building cost is €2.1 million and CoAction needs to raise €1 million towards this. The organisation recently re-launched their website, www.coaction.ie, which now enables people to donate to the cause via a special donate button on the site.
The development of such a facility is long overdue as at present the services for children and adults in the Clonakilty area are provided from unsuitable premises. The Ardú project will provide purpose built accommodation as well as a range of supports including therapy and family rooms for children, a drop in area with computer access and coffee dock, a training room with IT equipment for use by CoAction and the wider community, life skills training area, meeting rooms and office space.
Speaking at the ceremony, Maurice Walsh, CEO, CoAction said, "There was great excitement amongst those present at the sod turning today. This is a dream come true for the local community of CoAction and I would like to thank everyone for their support in bringing the project to this monumental stage. I hope that this support will continue over the coming months and years to allow us to realise our full potential and the potential of all the individuals and families we support throughout West Cork.”
The sod turning ceremony was performed by Cllr. Phil O’Regan, Mayor of Clonakilty, a long standing supporter of the Ardú project. Also in attendance were local dignitaries including Cllr. Donal O’Rourke, Ger Harte, Town Clerk, Jim Daly, T.D., Margaret Walsh, architect, Bob and Paudie Murnane and Denis O’Shea, appointed building contractors, Trevor Kingston, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and from CoAction, Pat Sullivan, Kevin Hodnett, Margaret Hayes, Helen Sheehan, Maggie Barrett, Maurice Walsh, and members of the local branch.