The old library in Lisnaskea is to be turned into a brand new youth club.
A spokesman from the Education Authority has confirmed to the Herald they purchased the building and site of the old library, located near the Maple Group Practice, in 2016 “for the purposes of the Youth Service.”
“The building is currently being renovated by the Education Authority and when finished will become the new premises for Lisnaskea Youth Club,” they said.
While she may have a little funding envy, Kathleen Breen from the Carrosyl Community Centre, who are currently seeking funding for a new community centre, said they were very supportive of the new venture by the Youth Service, who currently operate from rooms at the old Lisnaskea High School.
“The attendance at the likes of the Education Authority’s Youth Service has never affected us, and we actually work quite closely together,” she said.
“We would never be able to cater for a town the size of Lisnaskea, and there are hundreds of other kids out there who could’ve avail of that service, so I would be very supportive of that.
“I’m a wee bit jealous they don’t have to go down the route we have to, looking for funding, but there is room in the town for both. There’s no problem with that. They’ll not be poaching from us, nor us from them, we’d actually work quite closely together.”
The old Lisnaskea library was closed in 2015 after the new £1.5m facility was opened on the town’s Main Street.
Since then, patients at Maple Practice have tended to use the old site for parking, however the property has recently been fenced off ahead of the planned renovation work.
For more on the Carrosyl Community Centre’s quest for a new building, see this week’s Fermanagh Herald.
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