Yes, Ballyfermot has its own 1916 heroes.We have just put up a poster and personal testament of Ned Keogh who lived in The Ranch (Lower Ballyfermot/Inchicore). Ned was a volunteer in the Irish Citizen Army, worked in the railway works in Inchicore and fought under Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz at St Stephens Green on Easter Week.We will have his personal testimony on display in reception for the month of April.Come on down and read his story!
MANSION HOUSE CELBRATION FOR FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
Long standing volunteers with Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre received lifetime awards from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh as part of the celebration marking 25 years of the Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre on Friday 11th in the Mansion House.
Among those receiving awards were Maura Harmon and Anne McGuinness who were both part of the original management committee when the Centre was handed over by the local Dominican Sisters. Irish dancing teacher Eileen Keogh also received an award and the dancers gave a stunning display on the Mansion House stage.
BFRC Chairperson Joe Fitzgerald, cut the cake marking 25 years and Vice-Chairperson Mary Farrell outlined the history of the Centre from its beginning in a makeshift premises, receiving the building from the Dominican sisters and the various family programmes and groups who now use the Centre on a daily basis. She also remarked that the running of such a diverse range of programmes had not been without its difficulties, especially in more recent times when funding was reduced and the economic recession had affected everyone.However, she ended on an optimistic note by remarking that the current Board were eager to take on the challenges and looked forward to the next twenty-five years.
Yes, its twenty-five years since Ballyfermot Resource Centre opened its doors as a community owned and run resource for the people of Ballyfermot and beyond.On Wednesday, July 15th we held a family fun day to celebrate the event.The weather held up and we had a barbecue, kids petting farm, disco and of course the cake cutting …Thanks to all the staff, management and participants who made it possible and a special mention for Tersea Wade who is retiring after twenty two years working in the Centre.
As part of our ‘Celebrating 25 years’ for Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre, we are holding a talk by the well known author and local historian, Terry Fagan on ‘Dublin Tenement Life’ . The talk will take place on June 17th at 2pm.
Did your parents or grandparents live in the tenements in Dublin city centre?
Did they move to Ballyfermot when it was built in the 1950s?
Come along if you want to know more or have a story to tell