Ballyfermot Resource Centre volunteers receive lifetime awards

By Echo Reporter

LONG-serving volunteers with Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre received lifetime awards from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

The Mansion House event last Friday was part of a celebration marking 25 years of the Ballyfermot Family Resource Centre.

Bally Resource Centre Mansion Hse - Anne McGuinness

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 as a makeshift premises to its current status as a bustling centre for a variety of family programmes and groups.

She said the running of such a diverse range of programmes had not been without its difficulties, especially in recent times with funding reduced.

However, she ended on an optimistic note by remarking that the current Board were eager to take on the challenge and looked forward to the next 25 years.

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