First usage of the 19th century cottage at The Grove was by a group of boys from ’The Bosco’ in Dun Laogháire – The Holy Ghost Club for Boys –and was led by Robert Lambkin.
Water supply piped to the cottage and electricity installed.
The Glencree Society formed and the McGuirk Family homestead and 60 acres of land purchased. Committee formally established to look after the bookings and maintain the premises.
Old cowshed demolished; New Hall-cum-Dormitory erected and lane tarred, under the direction of Fr. Frank McCabe, one of the three founding Trustees.
Aurora House and 3 acres purchased from Capt. Patrick Thunder with special assistance from Mr. Denis Aldridge, then Chairman and Trustee. The premises was renovated by a community work party from Mountjoy Prison. It was formally opened in 1979 by David Andrews T.D. Minister of State.
New central heating system installed at The Grove. Hall subdivided to provide a second dormitory. New toilet and showers installed.
New kitchen built at Aurora House.
Main entrance altered.
New toilet and showers installed.
Major restoration to the cottage walls and improvements made to the Hall. This project was undertaken by a community work party from Mountjoy Prison.
New fire and safety features installed at both The Grove and Aurora House.
Development Plan for the entire Centre finalised including environmental conservation.
Glenbrook Agreement with Donnybrook Scout Group signed.
Campsite project started with car park area completed.
Aurora House reroofed and insulated.
Aurora House kitchen redesigned and new flooring layed.
Irish Youth Foundation and Glencree Society arrange for Fighting Words to use The Grove.
Major improvements made possibly by a ‘Difference Day’ sponsored by Avolon.
500 extra deciduous trees planted – bringing our total young native trees to 2,200.
Hosted The Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival for young people in June.