Athenry ADC 10 Years Working for the Community

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From the “Athenry Parish Steering Group” 1994 Athenry Area Development Company (ADC) was set up in 1996 to promote community development through the facilitation of economic and social progress in Athenry and the surrounding area.

It has a broad community base of members throughout the parishes of Athenry and Newcastle. It provides a vibrant, responsive resource for the whole community. Over the last 10 years Athenry ADC has played a vital role in supporting, facilitating and administering many local projects.

Who works in the ADC Office and what do they do?

Bernadette O’Shea, Project Manager

Of Irish parents, Bernadette came from London four years ago on a career break and never went back! Bernadette‘s responsibility is the overall management of the ADC, implementing projects as directed by the Executive Committee and sourcing funding. One of the most recent successful projects is the opening of the Athenry Community IT Centre.

Barbara Gibbons, Office Manager

Barbara is Office manager at Athenry ADC where her main responsibility is the organisation of the Accounts Department. Barbara is skilled in IT and a wealth of local knowledge and has seen Athenry change over the years. She has a keen interest in gardening and was a prize winner in the Athenry Tidy Towns competition last year. Barbara lives locally.

Louise Houlihan, IT Tutor and Centre Co-ordinator

Louise came to Athenry when her father, Des Houlihan, was appointed Manager in the AIB. Louise is currently in her final year of a BA in Education and Training at NUIG. Louise teaches in the IT Centre and co-ordinates the IT Centre activities. She lives locally with her two children.

Helen MC Donagh, Receptionist/Administrator

Helen joined the ADC three years ago and during her time has completed a variety of training courses. One of her main projects is the organisation of the Athenry Journal. Helen is a great follower of the Athenry Hurlers and lives in Athenry with her family of five.

Ann Fahy, Receptionist / Administrator

Ann is daughter to Tom Fahy, Athenry, and joined Athenry ADC last February after completing a FETAC computer course at Athenry Vocational School. Ann excels in her organisation skills and helped the Committee on the Business, Trade and Services Directoiy. Ann is a keen camogie and rugby supporter and is often seen on the sidelines urging the local teams on. Ann lives locally with her daughter Amanda.

Sean Mannion, Maintenance Operative

Sean, a native of Tuam, now lives locally in Athenry, with his family. Sean works as part of Athenry Community Maintenance Services where he takes on projects for St Vincent de Paul and the Community Warden. One of his recent projects was the planting of the railway embankment with other local community groups. Sean loves playing Bingo and has been known to win a few Euros!

What can the ADC do for you?

The ADC Office in ADC House, Railway Buildings, Station Road, Athenry is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

It is a community resource for you to use.
If you are thinking of starting your own business and don’t know where to go – we will help you
If you are a community group and need advice on seeking funds – we will help you
If you need any office sen/ices – we can help you
If you need any general advice – we will point you in the right direction

So, we look forward to seeing you at ADC House, Station Road!

The ADC wishes to acknowledge the assistance of local groups and businesses who work with us and sponsor many of our projects. We especially wish to thank the Members of Athenry ADC and all who have supported us over the past 10 years.

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About this record

Written by Bernadette O’Shea, Manager ADC

Published here 24 Dec 2023 and originally published Christmas 2004

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