‘Welcome boost’ for Inishowen centres

The Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre in Drumfries which was offically opened on Friday.   Photo- Clive Wasson
The Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre in Drumfries which was offically opened on Friday. Photo- Clive Wasson

Two Inishowen centres have received a “welcome boost” with the allocation of Pobal funding which will lead to a number of new jobs at the facilities.

Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre in Drumfries and Malin Head Community Centre were recently allocated the funding under the Community Services Programme, which gives grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups.

In Drumfries, the funding has meant the centre can now employ three new members of staff and continue to develop its business plan, deliver courses, health activities and a wide range of heritage and community activities. Current manager Gabriel Doherty told the ‘Journal’ the funding will allow the centre to employ a centre manager, administrator and project co-ordinator for a two-year period. These positions have already been advertised. He said all those involved with the centre have big plans for its future and the funding will ensure this is now put in place sooner. He said it was “very welcome” and credited the success of the centre so far to the people of Drumfries as a community, who have continued to work together to achieve what is a fantastic facility. A number of courses are currently underway at the centre, including an ‘Internet of Things,’ Congratulating the centres, Deputy Charlie McConalogue said the importance of the funding could “not be underestimated.”

“Internet of Things” Project, incorporating Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) started Thursdaym, 12th November at 8pm but is anyone who is interested can still join. Are you interested in developing sensors that can be monitored on both Android and Apple Smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy? For example, would

you like to monitor temperature in your attic, dampness in a room,subsidence of a wall, heart rate of your cow etc?

The Technology Club will involve the design & development of these Internet of Things sensors. Each participant will build, programme and keep their own sensor device. Numerous other Electronic Engineering experiments\demos\projects will also take place throughout the duration of the Technology Club.

Open to all: No previous experience necessary. Numbers are limited. Pre-Booking is essential. €70 (Duration 14 weeks).Supported by the Inishowen Development Partnership. All funds go to Sliabh Sneacht Centre.