Supporting community development in Gaoth Dobhair

Company name

Coiste Forbatha Dhobhair Teo

Location

Dobhar (Dore), Co. Donegal

Grant

Feasibility study, capital grant

Dates

Support on-going since 2004

Project

Gaoth Dobhair has one of the most densely populated rural communities in Europe, but until recently its community resources were under-developed. In 1996 the Coiste Forbatha Dhobhair Development Committee was founded and in 1999 it carried out an Údarás-sponsored feasibility study to access the needs of the community. The study recommended building a multi-purpose Resource and Enterprise Centre.

In March 2006 President Mary MacAleese opened the new resource centre in Dobhair. The Centre caters for all members and ages of the community and has a youth club, yoga classes, drama classes, Irish dancing, language classes, a basketball court, and indoor football facilities, as well as activities for the elderly and for parents and toddlers. It also houses an Enterprise unit, computer suite and board room.

Údarás na Gaeltachta was co-funder of this Centre, together with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, MFG (Leader) and Donegal Task Force II. The local community also raised significant sums.

Perspective

In the past few years an extension has been built onto the building to cater for all the diverse needs and activities of the community. Classrooms, a sound room, an entertainment area, offices and services were all included in the extension. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (as it was called at the time) partly funded the development and the local community raised the of the finance.
At the moment young and old, parents and children are benefiting from the energy and focus the Centre has brought to the area. See www.ionadnp.ie/

Results

Says Máire Uí Chomhaill, manager of the Centre: “Údarás has been tremendous, not alone financially but with advice and support. No matter what we came up against they were able to help. We were a group of five women and one man with little experience, but Údarás helped bring us to where we are today.