In the 1960’s GLENASMOLE was a picturesque Valley in the Dublin Mountains. It is unique in the fact that although it has a wealth of natural beauty, it had no recreation facilities for its young people especially in the upper end of the valley. A few enterprising people got together to see if something could be done about this. On the 5th of November 1970, they held a meeting in Glenasmole National School. And a social club was discussed and was formed.
Two aims were agreed by all:
1. The main aim to further its aims to help the social, cultural and educational endeavours of the area
2. And to have a focal point for this widespread rural hill farming community in County Dublin.
And many social events were organised by the social club with the fund’s raised to give the community a centre, to become a HUB for all activity in the area.
In 1971 a second-hand precast concrete pavilion was purchased in Johnstown for the price of £600 pounds. A number of volunteers got a loan of a large lorry and with five cars loaded with the volunteers one Saturday morning went to Johnstown to load the lorry and by 10.00 pm the pavilion (in bits) was safely brought to Castlekelly, and re-built in the current location in 1972. As the majority of work on extension at the rear of the main building was by volunteers, internal finish and heating were not installed and completed till 1974. With the exception of ongoing repairs little has changed since.
This centre has produced an amazing community spirit through the decades since it was built. In 2016 winning the South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Facility of the year, which was amazing for the 45-year-old second-hand building. But the real winner was the community spirit it produced that won the SDCC Overall Endeavour Community Award that year.
As only small renovation works have been undertaken on the current centre over the 50 years, the current building is outdated and long-overdue an upgrade to bring building up to the standards of a modern-day public building.