Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Housing and Planning at the Depart-ment of Environment, Community and Local Government officially opened Croom Community Enterprise Centre on 9th May 2013. In her speech, the Minister praised the work of the local com-munity working together to fulfil this project. Also speaking at the event was Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach Limerick County Council, Catherine Hogan, Enterprise Ireland, Maria Hinfelaar, President LIT and Denis Brosnan, local businessman. The efforts of all the agencies working together was praised by all and included Enterprise Ireland, Lim-erick County Council, Limerick County Enter-prise Board, Ballyhoura Development, Limerick Institute of Technology and Croom Community Development Association.

The C.R.E.A.T.E. (Croom Rural Enterprise Accelerate Training and Education) programme was launched at the event and the bootcamp for this course took place after the official opening. This is an enterprise programme targeted at those interested in setting up a business or those who have recently set up a business and are looking for some guidance and focus on the many areas which are involved in running a successful business. This programme will be facilitated by L.I.T. trainers and is funded by Ballyhoura Development under the Rural Development Programme. The programme will run for the four Saturdays in June commencing 8th June and there are still some places available. A coffee morning will take place on Thursday 23rd May at 10am in Croom Community Enterprise Centre to provide some more information on CREATE programme to those potential participants. If you are interested in attending please contact Belinda Murphy, Business Development Manager, Croom Community Enterprise Centre,, 087/9584430.