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It now serves as a well-used community resource and tourist information centre, providing an exhibition of past community life and Drama, Dance, Exercise classes and other community activities.
The scenic area of Glenfarne is situated in a sparsely populated valley in north Leitrim, surrounded by mountains to the north and south with views eastward towards the glens of Cavan and Fermanagh and westward towards the Atlantic coastline.
It is home to a beautiful mixed wooded demesne that straddles the western shoreline of Lough Mac Nean upper and accommodates the lower course of the Cornavannoge River.
The judges really enjoyed their visit to this warm and welcoming remote community in a lovely scenic area in north Leitrim.
The turnout and presentation on the occasion of the judges’ visit was truly spectacular and clearly demonstrated the very high level of community spirit that exists in Belcarra.
Good planning in the past has enabled this community to develop in a very positive manner and sometimes a community is well served in a specific area by a particular community group, but Belcarra is blessed with a community organisation that is caring for all its citizens, it’s environment and it’s built heritage clearly proud of its past while focused on the welfare of the entire community into the future. One of the first in Ireland to develop a Parish Development Plan back in the 1950’s, it has been working tirelessly ever since.
This is a community of “do-ers” – two years ago, over the course of a couple of weekends and powered only by a few sausages on a barbeque, local people turned out in force to restore and refurbish the derelict Cornagilta School, which now hosts regular storytelling and ceili nights.
A recent flagship project involved the refurbishment of the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance, which as a renowned Dancehall was the inspiration of William Trevor’s book, the Ballroom of Romance.Ardmore caters to its thriving tourist industry with pubs, restaurants and the best in Irish art, pottery and crafts in the Ardmore craft shops displaying local and Irish talent.Vibrant local clubs and committees work together to make Ardmore an attractive destination in which to live and to visit.Belcarra village has a long tradition of success in the Mayo Tidy Towns competition.A number of voluntary action groups in the area have developed a Community Futures plan.
The 8km Belcarra Fun run has become an important event in the local calendar.