The house in the heart of the community in Rathsallagh Estate, Shankill, was purchased by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 1977 and today An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin, spoke highly about ‘the old lady’, as she is known colloquially, and praised the voluntary Board of Management who run the house to ensure community crèches, an afterschool, adult education classes and community groups all use the facility for the good of the local community.
The community, young and old came out to greet the President and children lined Rathsallagh Avenue forming a guard of honour. Local TDs, Senators and Councillors also attended.
Speaking at the event An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have the President here today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our longest running community centre Shanganagh Park House. Knowing that the President is very passionate about community we are very honoured that he would take the time to come out and meet the residents and volunteers of Shankill and celebrate with us.”
One of the first parents who volunteered some forty years ago to open and run the first playschool is now the Manager of the House highlighting that community spirit and active citizenship is alive and well.