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Aras Cholmcille official opening

At the opening, Grainne Mccafferty the chair of Aras Cholmcille Trust said about the building

” …it does not need me to sing its praises as a treasure of a building, a phoenix arising from the decay and dereliction of the years.

It also does not need my words to speak about it as a centre celebrating the heritage, history and legacy of Colmcille / Columba / Columb, and whicherver of the names you choose, he is seen as the founding father of our city.

Imagine the building that you see later this afternoon as it was 18 months ago…on the Buildings at Risk register, a derelict eyesore, closed up, with timbers rotting, windows boarded up and fenced off due to its potentially dabgerous state. What has been chieved in the restoration of this building is nothing short of a miracle.”