Friday, 20th July 2018
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Edumund Rice Heritage Centre to cease operations

The Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Barrack Street is to close on 31st July. Over 100 Community Groups catering for over 1,000 people are affected. Up to 62 staff including those on Community Employment schemes will be affected, as will those staff catering for those on disability.

However, the good news is that the Centre will re-open on 1st

September though with a vastly reduced staff. Letters have been sent to over 200 groups using the Centre's facilities to give them time to seek alternative premises for their activities.

One of the major contributory factors leading to the ceasing of activities is the age profile of the Brothers which European wide is 78 years of age. The centre currently runs from 6 a.m. to 10pm but this will have to change under the new administration.

Brother Phil Ryan, CFC, the Centre Manager said that when Mount Sion Centre re-opens there will be a presence of Brothers but they may not be in charge of the new entity. He said there was sadness and a genuine disappointment over the closure, but said there would be a new dawn for Mount Sion. He said that the Mount Sion N.S. and Secondary schools are flourishing.

The Church will continue to open as usual and Brother Edmund Rice relics will still remain. However, some items associated with Edmund Rice had been moved to the Bishops Palace where a section had been set aside for this memorabilia.

The new Edmund Rice entity is currently being formed and a template of Memorandum had been put in place. The headquarters of the European Brothers was based in Marino in Dublin and they were adamant that the Centre would not be unoccupied and there would certainly to be a presence of the Brothers in Mount SIon into the future.

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