Roscrea Citizens Information Centre celebrates 40 years of service

December 2015

Representatives of the local community arrived to join with the volunteers and staff in the Citizens Information Centre to celebrate its 40th anniversary recently. The centre is based in the Community Centre, Rosemary Street, Roscrea and provides a free and confidential information, advice and advocacy service.

Mary Plunkett, the Development Manager of Co. Tipperary Citizens Information Service (CIS), was Master of Ceremonies for the event. Guest speakers included Toni Gleeson, Chairperson Co. Tipperary CIS, Rose Morris, Regional Manager Citizens Information Board, and Garry Morrissey who is the Volunteer Organiser in the Centre.

A special presentation was made to Nevin Alton who was a founding member of the Citizens Information Centre and has been a volunteer for the last forty years. Toni Gleeson congratulated Nevin on his outstanding service and also noted that for a number of years that Nevin provided the service singlehandedly!

A beautiful book was launched to mark the occasion. It was written by Dick Conroy and tells the story of the evolution of the centre from humble beginnings to the service offered today.

Rose Morris presented a plaque to Garry Morrissey as a gesture of appreciation to the volunteers and staff for their selfless work for those who needed information, advice and advocacy through the years.

The gathering heard that the centre has extended its opening hours and will now be open on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm and for a full day every Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4 pm.

The event drew to a close when Nevin Alton cut the cake and old friendships were rekindled over a welcome cup of tea!

Toni Gleeson, Chairperson Co. Tipperary CIS, makes a presentation to founding member Nevin Alton in appreciation of forty years of voluntary service to Roscrea CIC.

Toni Gleeson, Chairperson Co. Tipperary CIS, makes a presentation to founding member Nevin Alton in appreciation of forty years of voluntary service to Roscrea CIC.

Pictured back row – left to right; Garry Morrissey, Michael Maunsell, Nuala Moore, Louis Cooley, Eamon Mc Donnell, Dick Conroy, Michael Lorigan, Mary Plunkett. Front row – left to right; Toni Gleeson, Betty Conlon McCann, Nevin Alton, Nora Richardson.

Pictured back row – left to right; Garry Morrissey, Michael Maunsell, Nuala Moore, Louis Cooley, Eamon Mc Donnell, Dick Conroy, Michael Lorigan, Mary Plunkett. Front row – left to right; Toni Gleeson, Betty Conlon McCann, Nevin Alton, Nora Richardson.

Rose Morris, Regional Manager CIB, presents a plaque to Garry Morrissey, Volunteer Organiser Roscrea CIC, to mark 40 years of service to the community.

Rose Morris, Regional Manager CIB, presents a plaque to Garry Morrissey, Volunteer Organiser Roscrea CIC, to mark 40 years of service to the community.