Kilkishen Development Association, chaired by Mike Hogan, undertook a project to restore the disused Kilkishen Church of Ireland building and develop the building into a Cultural/Heritage Centre for use by all the community and visitors to the area.
The church was erected in 1811 as a place of worship for the local Church of Ireland Community. It was funded by a grant of £800 from the Board of First Fruits. The church closed in 1964 and it remained vacant and in a state disrepair until it was purchased by Kilkishen Development in 2013 from the Church of Ireland Representative Body. The Church of Ireland Representative Body have retained ownership of the surrounding burial grounds while Kilkishen Development has assumed the responsibility for the maintenance of these grounds.
This restoration project was part-funded by the LEADER programme, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The Cultural Centre first opened to the public in May 2014 and was later official opened by Dóirín Graham, Chief Executive of Clare Local Development Company on July 3rd 2015.
The Centre now hosts a wide range of activities. On a regular basis there are Over 50’s Exercise classes, Parent and Toddler meetings, children’s karate classes and children’s music classes. In addition to this, the venue regularly plays host to concerts organised by the Sixmilebridge Folk Club. Some of the artists to play the venue include Frankie Gavin & De Danann and Eleanor Shanley. The venue has also hosted a number of lectures and workshops on a wide variety of subjects. The venue is available for hire for once off events such as birthday parties and is also an approved venue for Civil Wedding Ceremonies, with the first wedding taking place in October 2015.
Mike Hogan & Olivia King
Tel: Mike – +353 (0)86 231 4685
Tel: Olivia – +353 (0)86 868 0593