James O’Neill acting Director of Services with Muintir na Tire has hailed Ballydehob's community council’s purchase of the former AIB Bank in the village as ‘a great achievement’ and he applauded the fact that the council is on schedule to have it paid back within a number of years.
‘The council’s success with this project tells me this is a very proactive community,’ said Mr O’Neill, ‘and I wish them well with their endeavour.’
The Munitir na Tire representative told The Southern Star it was agreed that a public meeting would take place soon, at which details of the feasibility study for the former bank would be put on display and public submissions sought.
Mr O’Neill made the observation: ‘Community groups tend to spend a lot of time focused on their next project, but I believe it is imperative to take time out and celebrate what they achieve in their voluntary capacity, and to celebrate that once a year.’
Mr O’Neill said 'this is a community that is passionate about its sense of place.’
Congratulations to all involved