By Sean Moriarty


Kerry County Council has appointed a dedicated engineer to oversee the refurbishment of the Áras Phádraig in Killarney town centre.


The popular local community centre has been idle since May 2009 when the Franciscan Community attempted to transfer ownership of the facility to the town council; however this ran into trouble as the authority is not a charity.


At this week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting, Killarney Municipal District Manager Angela McAllen confirmed that an engineer has been appointed to the project.


Last January, a feasibility study and business plan for the site in Killarney was completed following an extensive consultation and review process undertaken by the Killarney Municipal District of Kerry County Council.


The  new development could feature a contemporary arts and theatre space with rehearsal, exhibition and gallery facilities, meeting rooms to be made available for a range of community uses, an educational space to accommodate the provision of training and skills courses and office space to suit the particular needs of Killarney town.