Monasterevin Youth Action Secures
Planning Permission For New Youth Centre

Kildare County Council has granted planning permission to Monasterevin Youth Action (MYA) for a transformative expansion of the youth facilities on Main Street, Monasterevin. The proposed expansion will involve the removal of the existing corrugated clad shed at the rear of the property to create a brand-new state-of-the-art, sustainable space. The new fit-for-purpose building will include an activity space, kitchenette, toilet and mezzanine. The expansion will allow MYA to increase the capacity and scope of services they can provide for young people living in the community. 

In Sync Youth & Family Services and Monasterevin Youth Action, have worked closely together during the planning application process and have welcomed the news.

Tom Dunne, CEO of In Sync said “This will add significantly to the existing youth facility that has been developed through a huge amount of voluntary effort on the part of young people and volunteers in Monasterevin.”

Pat Balfe Chairperson of Monasterevin Youth Action said: “The approval of the planning application for Monasterevin heralds the next exciting chapter in our quest to enhance the lives of Kildare’s young people — a mission spanning 17 remarkable years. A heartfelt thanks goes out to our selfless volunteers, our young members, the community of Monasterevin, and the local representatives for their invaluable support through this journey”.

The existing premises already accommodates a range of statutory agencies and community services who provide support to young people across the local area. These include In Sync Youth and Family Services, Foróige, Youth Employment Programme, SWRDATF, St Paul’s Secondary School, Léargas, and Crooked House Theatre. 

MYA has been working with young people in the Monasterevin community since 2013. Their aim is to enhance the quality of the young people’s lives by responding to their needs and helping them to reach their full potential as members of the community. They work in  collaboration with the young people, the adult community and the appropriate agencies and organisations.

While awaiting the completion of the appeals period, MYA is looking to source further funding to allow work to commence as soon as possible. They emphasised its commitment to working collaboratively with the Monasterevin community and expressed gratitude to their sponsor, Fitzpatricks New Lodge Cross, and other contributors who have played a vital role in reaching this crucial stage. 

They acknowledged the importance of sustained financial support to successfully bring the project to fruition. Encouraging potential funders.

MYA said “We extend a huge thank you to everyone for their continued support. With the generous backing of the community and our sponsors, we have reached this milestone. To ensure the success of phase 2, we call on those interested in contributing to reach out for more information.” 

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For more details or information please contact:
Beth Keeley, In Sync Comms Officer
Email: beth.keeley@insync.ie Phone: 0831763571