The centre, formerly the technical school, is used on an ongoing basis for classes, and houses a number of organisations which meet there on a regular basis.

Denis Collins, Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed which is based in the grounds of the Centre, said: “This is a vital part of the social, educational and recreational facilities in this area.  The building is used during daylight hours for classes, social clubs, active retired groups etc and is utilised by all ages – youths, teenagers and adults. Abbeyfeale is an area of high unem-ployment, it is crucial that the Centre remains open as sometimes this facility is the only outlet where people can interact with each other.”

Mr. Collins pointed to the Mission Statement displayed on the reception wall which states that the aim of the Adult Education Centre is “to provide oppo-tunities for all learners so that they can achieve their educational and per-sonal development goals, and uphold the values of lifelong learning and strive to provide a welcoming community environment to empower individuals to acquire all the knowledge and skills they require throughout their lifetime”. He went on to say that it was vital that these supports remain available to the community.

Madeline O’Connor, a founder member of the Wednesday Club and of the Creative Writers Group, both of which hold weekly meetings at the centre, said: “This facility cannot be allowed to close as closure would be devastating for the whole community.” She appealed for a high turnout on October 23rd and said it was imperative that everyone who has used the centre should attend the public meeting.