The Oranmore Community Development Association
The Oranmore Community Development Association (OCDA) is a non-profit organisation that was incorporated as a limited company in 1995, following the merger of Muintir na Tíre, Oranmore Community Council, the Development Association who all continued their community work through the 60s, 70s and 80s. The sole objective of the OCDA is to promote the development of all areas of our community in an effort to make Oranmore a better place in which to live. The company is made up of a Board of Directors who together identify areas of Oranmore that are in need of development whether that be in relation to the provision of adequate facilities to cater for the sporting, recreational and cultural needs of the entire Community and surrounding areas. The OCDA takes great pride in the development of the sporting facilities in Oranmore, such as the large astro pitch, the two 5-aside 3G cages as well as the two grass football pitches which our team work on daily to maintain the highest possible standards we can achieve, as well as the running of the local community magazine, the ‘MORE News which we are always looking to develop and improve into the future.
Any member of the community can become involved, either at board level or by helping by supporting community projects and initiatives the OCDA undertakes. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch. For those of you who do not know, our office is located in the centre of the town just to the left of St Mary’s Old Church, which is also the home to our town library. We also invite any member of the community to get in touch if they have any particular issues or recommendations they would like to discuss.
An example of one of the associations’ current projects, is the development and upgrade of the existing playground facilities based in the centre of the Oranmore village. There are a number of stages to this project that we hope to undertake.
- The Oranmore playground is in much need of general maintenance of the existing play units. Parts on the existing frames need to be replaced as a matter of safety for the children who use the playground on a daily basis.
- We would like to make the playground more inclusive for children of all physical abilities. We are planning on adding a special chair to one of the existing swings as well as the addition of either an inclusive seesaw or roundabout. We are also looking into some Sensory Panels for the playground that will also be a great addition to the existing units. I know this will be of great benefit to a lot of kids in the area.
- Access to the existing playground is also something we are looking to improve by adding a second entrance and replacing the fencing that is currently in place.
- The safety surface in the playground also needs some general maintenance, with some area of the flooring suffering from general wear and tear as well as distortions caused by weather over the years. I have seen other playgrounds in Galway that have had the floors of the playground resurfaced recently and it really has had an excellent impact on the overall safety as well as the overall appearance of the playground. We would love to get those bright colours introduced to our Oranmore playground facilities.
As with any development, this all comes at a cost, but I am sure that with support from Galway County Council and the local residents in Oranmore we can raise the funds needed for this project. I am happy to report that the OCDA have just received approval of €6,500 in funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs with the help of the Galway County Council. We have also applied for funding for this project through the Community Enhancement Programme 2019 and we are hopeful of another successful response to our application. All going well, we hope to finish the upgrades before the end of 2019.