WE NEED YOUR HELP!
More than 50 years after the first group of young people visited the old cottage at Aurora, we are planning a complete re-vamp of our premises in the beautiful Glencree valley.
In 1962, the old cottage was first used by Youth Groups from the Dun Laoghaire area. It was a typical Glencree cottage, 100 years old with no water or electricity, but a perfect location to bring young people who would otherwise have little chance of experiencing the countryside.
Renovations were carried out by volunteers – youth leaders, club members and well-wishers.
In 1968, The Glencree Society was formed to purchase the cottage, to maintain the premises and 30 acres of land, and to look after bookings which began to flow from clubs in Dublin and beyond.
In 1970/71 a new hall/dormitory was built beside the cottage, with toilets, showers and a study/recreation hall. It was designed to accommodate mixed groups. The internal work was again carried by dedicated volunteers.
1977 saw the purchase of Aurora House, a two storey building 200 yards further down the valley, near the Glencree river. It provided further facilities for both youth and adult groups.
In order to improve the facilities at Aurora, we intend to:
- Provide new accommodation for youth and adult groups, in line with best practice.
- Enhance the educational and environmental potential of the property.
We plan 3 major projects:
- To build new RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS for mixed age groups, male and female, and separate accommodation for leaders. We also plan to re-vamp the existing premises at the Grove.
- Restoration/Improvement of 19th century cottage and General landscape development
- To establish a NATURE WOODLAND RESERVE. 2,000 native trees (oak, alder, birch etc.) will be planted in 20 acres of Aurora land. To date (2019) we have planted 1535 trees and all deciduous with 39% oak.
What we need
Total cost €300,000
To be funded from:
Existing funds €120,000
Now sought €180,000
This is a major amount for a small volunteer organisation, but with your help the mission of The Glencree Society will continue for future generations of young people.
Why we need your support
- To widen the appeal of Aurora to facilitate modern social structures eg Community groups, Transition Year groups, environmental, study and art groups.
- To enable us to continue the ethos of providing support and education to disadvantaged groups.