Our Integrated Community Campus

In 2005 the Mayo village of Aghamore undertook a significant innovative step when it conceived and embraced the concept of an Integrated Community Campus (ICC).

Starting out, without funds or assets, the Aghamore Community Development Company aimed to provide a range of services and facilities within the community to meet all the educational, recreational, social, sporting and cultural needs of the area and to promote entrepreneurship, employment and innovation within the entire catchment area regardless of age, gender or ability.

The delivery of this adventurous project means that Aghamore is now well-positioned to develop, grow, and redress the traditional problem of rural depopulation.

This redress requires the region to have appropriate services and infrastructure.

The delivery of this adventurous project means that Aghamore is now well-positioned to develop, grow, and redress the traditional problem of rural depopulation. This redress requires the region to have appropriate services and infrastructure.

The company started out by purchasing an 8-acre site for the development, in the heart of the village in 2005 and quickly delivered on the first three elements of the Integrated Community Campus Project opening a brand new National School in 2006 rapidly followed by our purpose-built Childcare Facility (Glor na nÓg) in 2008 and the third element being our All-Weather Floodlit Football Pitch and Athletic Track in 2010.

The total cost of these 3 projects was €1.6M. The group secured €1.1M in funding and raised €450K over a 10-year period. All borrowings were repaid in full by 2016, a most significant achievement taking into account the size of the community and the fact that all members of the Community Development Association are unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time, skills and expertise in order to improve their Community for the benefit of present and future generations.

After securing €300,000 in funding, the final phase of the Integrated Community Campus (ICC) project, was the Community Amenities Building which commenced construction in May 2018 and was completed by June 2019. The approach used to design this was very much a “Bottom-Up” approach and we undertook significant research and surveys to correctly identify the “Real Evidence of Need” and to ensure that we could provide the proper blend of services and facilities to best serve all the local needs.

Our new Amenities Building provides the following services:

An Education/Training facility

An Indoor Sports Arena/Theatre/ Large Hall Facility

A changing area in support of the All-Weather Pitch and Sports Hall

A dedicated space for Teenage activities.

A range of meeting and cross-functional rooms

This project has created history in that it is the first purpose-built  Integrated Community Campus on the island of Ireland comprising of a National School, A Childcare Facility, an All-Weather Pitch, Athletics Track and a Community Amenities Building all on a single integrated 8-acre site.

This final phase has entailed borrowings of almost €300,000 secured through Clan Credo, in addition to the €300K grant aid which was secured through the Mayo North East Leader Funding process underpinned by Pobal. To both organisations, we are most grateful for their continuing and steadfast support of this project from the outset. We could not have achieved success without it.

We now require an innovative financing model and significant fundraising events in order to pay off the debt and to continue to deliver the broadest range of services possible for the community we serve.

Like all other businesses and communities worldwide we have faced the challenges set by the Covid 19 pandemic and for the past 18 months, we have been forced to abandon many of our traditional fundraising activities which we had relied heavily on in the past.

We will be seeking, yet again the support of our local community and the broader national and international community and Irish Diaspora, who have shown tremendous support for our organisation for the past 16 years. We are truly grateful for all your efforts and we can guarantee that 100% of all monies we receive go directly into providing desperately needed facilities for the whole Community.

On this site, you will find various mechanisms of overlapping with us by way of making contact or supporting one of our ongoing Project Initiatives. We will be most grateful for any support we receive towards the overall objective of developing our Integrated Community Campus Program and offsetting our debt burden as soon as possible.

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