Mitchelstown Community Council AGM hears of Forest Hall Development as Community Facility.

Forest Hall Building at New Square Mitchelstown

I attended Mitchelstown Community Council last week to hear all about the great work going on there. The biggest news from the AGM is that the Muintir na Tire Community Council are about to aquire the lease on
the Forrest Hall building situated at New Square, Mitchelstown. It has at last been secured by Mitchelstown Community Council for use as a community facility from Cork County Council.

“The 5,700sq ft building, which has an additional 1,200sq ft yard area, will be used as a community hall in liaison with local groups and associations, subject of course to planning permission,” the chairman of Mitchelstown Community Council, Sean Finn told the meeting.

“This is great news for the Community Council and for the community as a whole. .
“Negotiations are still ongoing regarding Forrest Hall and we would like to thank Richard Keating of Cork Co Council for his time and commitment to the project. Special thanks must go to Cllr Frank O’Flynn who got the ball rolling and who fought on a regular basis to have Forrest Hall secured for a community initiative.
“Plans for the building by Declan Finn of DF Engineering, Mitchelstown were on display on the night.  Sean said "we are most grateful as Declan has done much work already on the project on a voluntary basis,”


Sean Finn went on to state that there is further good news for the town with the appointment of a permanent supervisor for both TUS and the Rural Social Scheme.

 We thank those taking part in the schemes as they are contributing greatly to the tidy towns initiative and the Probation Scheme is also making a significant input.”

“The wall at Ballinwillin was recently completed and is a huge improvement to that area. This was a joint effort by Community Council and AROMA and we would like to thank AROMA for their co-operation with the project,” the chairman said.

Mental Health Seminar 

Sean also reported on a very successful Mental Health Talk by Conor Cusack and John Arnold at St Fanahans Secondary School. This was run in conjunction with Muintir na Tire and Ballyhoura Development Company with support from the HSE Community Work Department North Cork and the National Office for Suicide prevention. Sean thanked all involved in making the project a huge success.

The AGM of Mitchelstown Community Council was held on Tuesday, 30th April at 8pm in  the Town Hall and was very well attended. All of the outgoing officers were re-elected. The elections were overseen by Denis Kelly Community Development Officer Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire.