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Abbeyleix Vitality Hub launched
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Abbeyleix Vitality Hub launched

Big turnout at beautifully-appointed Fr. Breen Park

The sun shone on all who attended the Launch of Abbeyleix Vitality Hub on Sunday April 29th in Fr. Breen Park in Abbeyleix.  Music played, contacts & commitments were made and plenty of home baking was on offer served by local community volunteers. 


Cllr John Joe Fennelly praised the members of Abbeyleix Vitality Hub for organising the event and the Fr Breen Park Committee for successfully applying for the funding for the Community Hub.  Speaking at the event, Caroline Myers, CEO Laois Sports Partnership noted they were delighted to partner with Abbeyleix Park Development Committee to further this initiative, their 4th Hub in Laois.

Garry Luttrell, Treasurer of the Hub Committee stressed the importance of the Abbeyleix Vitality Hub for all members of the Community and thanked Laois Sports Partnership and Sports Ireland for granting Abbeyleix the opportunity to develop this initiative for the community.     

Liz Kennedy, Co-ordinator for Abbeyleix Vitality Hub highlighted that the community Hub is for all members of the community and stressed the non-competitive nature of the activities that will be run through the hub.  She stated ‘we are particularly interested in hearing from people who work with marginalised groups, people with disabilities, older people and members of the migrant community’.  

Local trainers were on hand to talk to attendees. Local trainers in attendance . Included Chris from Abbey Pilates, Margaret from Bee-ing Me Mindfully, Liam & Michelle from Fit Life Laois, Loretta Hipwell along with Sports & Holistic Therapist, Eleanor Merriman and Paula Byrne on Zen Fem.  Outside in the sun, Moez Toumi took dancers of all ages through their paces on the Astro pitch and Laurence Robertson re-introduced many attendees to tennis while Stephen Hunter showed the benefits of using the Outdoor Gym equipment.

Abbeyleix Vitality Hub was officially launched by Cllr John Joe Fennelly, Caroline Myers, CEO of Laois Sports Partnership, John Thompson Chair of the Abbeyleix Vitality Hub Committee and Fr. Breen Park Development Committee. He was ably abetted by Cllr Barry Walsh and Cllr Thomasina O’Connell. 

Abbeyleix Vitality Hub is grateful to all the local clubs who had stands & representatives at the event including  St. Lazarians, Abbeyleix GAA Club representing both Hurling & Camogie, Abbeyleix AFC Soccer Club, Abbeyleix Tennis Club and Laois Hockey Club. These clubs offer social programmes in addition to competitive games and all are welcome to join.   Attending also were Mary White & Robbie Quinn from the Gold Medal winning team of Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, Fiona Dunne from the Abbeyleix Bog Project along with Mark Clancy who was promoting these & other local “Green Gym” initiatives. 

There was strong interest from the local community. Tom De Vesey attended the event.  The Vesey family have long links to the 11 acre park, having granted a long term lease to Community at the beginning of the 20th century. Tom, who lives locally takes great pride seeing the park develop and being such an amenity to the area. 

The event was also attended by Caroline Lyden, CEO Laois Partnership.  Laois Partnership have been a major supporter of the development of Fr. Breen Park, having most recently funded the SMART Plan and Energy Survey.
A number of events area organised including: 
“Social Tennis” with Abbeyleix Tennis Club, starting Tuesday 30th April @ 11am “Self Care in the Moment for Women” and “

Self Care in the Moment for Men” in 2 separate sessions, with Margaret Palmer Bergin, Bee-ing Me Mindfully, starting Friday March 3rd Fitness for beginners, with Fit Life Laois, starting  this week. 
Zen Fem classes with Paula Byrne will start May 13th Please contact Liz directly for more details and follow the Hub’s Facebook page for details of these and more courses coming up.


Why not join Abbeyleix Vitality Hub for a gentle cycle from Abbeyleix to Durrow on May 13th starting from Pollys.  Refreshments will be had in Bob’s before returning to Abbeyleix. 


The organisers would love you to contact them with ideas for any courses you would like to run for all members of the community.  They are particularly interested in hearing from people who work with young people, older people, people with disabilities and migrant members of the community.


Contact details: Liz Kennedy, Co-ordinator, Abbeyleix Vitality Hub Email: liz@abbeyleixvitalityhub.ie

Ph 087 638 1675