2018 promises to be an exciting year for the village of Ederney with a number of exciting new developments in the pipeline.
The social life of the north Fermanagh village is to be given a boost as popular country music venue Carron’s Corner Bar is currently undergoing a refurbishment and looks set to continue bringing some of the biggest names in country music to the village.
And just up the street Maguire’s drapery shop, which has been abandoned and derelict for some years now has been purchased and is being transformed into new town houses.
The owners of the premises, Colm and Christopher Mimnagh from Drumquin, plan to improve the site while maintaining the character of the building so it fits in with the rest of Main Street.
The redevelopment of another listed building, Pat Murphy’s on the Main Street, is also on the cards to modernise the village.
Colette McHugh has been involved in the Trust for 21 years.
She said, “The Ederney Community Development Trust applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to conduct research into the redevelopment of Pat Murphy’s which is a listed building on Main Street and those studies will be carried out this year with the potential for a larger investment of £250,000 – £300,000.
“The building is owned by the local Credit Union so its safe to say that lots of people and groups have a vested interest in turning things around.”
Meanwhile also in Ederney, Ken and Hazel Irvine have taken over Sproule’s Shop, and opened up a new convenience store ‘Today’s Express’ which ought to bring more life into the village.
The recent redevelopment of Jones’ from a small hardware and farm machinery store to a sprawling facility all adds to the sense of positivity and helps build momentum within the village and the area.
Work on the North Fermanagh Valley Park Project has also recently began, aiming to be completed by the end of the year.
The £1 million investment will provide shared community space in both villages and we are really pleased that work has commenced.
Martin Monaghan, chairman of Ederney Community Development Trust and owner of Monaghan’s Mace in the village, says there’s real cause for optimism in the area.
“There was some magnificent work being done, the GAA Club has been active and successful on and off the pitch, and success and achievements such as the development of the North Fermanagh Valley Park are very important,” he explained.
“The project has received funding of £1,000,000 from the Big Lottery funded Space & Place Programme thanks to National Lottery Players and is a partnership project with Kesh Community Development Association and Fermanagh District Council. The £1 million investment will provide shared community space in both villages and we are really pleased that work has commenced.”
The construction of the North Fermanagh Valley park was marred by the recent tragic death of Dromore Man Barry McQuaid. Barry was working on the Ederney GAA club site when he was fatally injured in February 2018.
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