Tipperary town’s Knockanrawley Resource Centre (KRC) is celebrating 25 years of community work in Tipperary town and recently held a two-day celebration to mark the occasions.
The first day of commemoration was marked by a celebratory Mass with Fr. Lannigan that included a ceremony of twenty-five lit candles in memory of all the deceased members, relatives and friends of Knockanrawley.
Afterwards Catherine Sharpe, Acting Director, followed with a brief history of the centre from where it all began to the present day.
“The building was officially opened in 1991 under the leadership of the late Sr. Joan Madden and its growth is due to the dedication, energy and commitment of the staff, volunteers and local community,” said Catherine. “The excellent facilities and the wide range of resources that are now available at Knockanrawley Resource Centre are an invaluable asset to the community.“
It was joyous and poignant occasion wth many people present including: funding representatives, local elected representatives, local community groups, members of the board of management and the staff of KRC both past and present and friends and participants of the centre from the local community.
KRC Centre also launched their 1916 commemorative garden, which was funded through the County Council and was built by the KITE (local training initiative group) and the BTEI (Back to Education Initiative Group) and will be a great resource for the future.
The second day of celebrations welcomed children and their families from the local community to join in a fun filled afternoon of activities that included: face painting, wobbly circus and large garden games. The adults were treated to refreshments while the children enjoyed the birthday party.
“Knockanrawley Resource Centre will continue to serve the people of Tipperary as it has done for the last 25 years and we confident that the very strong team with a shared vision and commitment will rise to the challenges ahead,” added Mary Moloney (CE Supervisor/Centre Admistrator). “Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the success of the centre.”