Youth Café, Clones

Category: Community development, Urban Development, Sustainable design.

Location: Clones, Co. Monaghan

1409_front-elevThe existing Youth café in Clones is located in an old National School Builidng. These buildings are fantastic and are found in many towns and villages. They are recognisable as schools, they have a simple uncomplicated form, with well lit spaces and they are robust and can be reused in many different ways.

The school in Clones had suffered from ad hoc internal changes over the years and many of the windows had been hoarded up for a variety of reasons. Youth Work Ireland Monaghan had secured funding to improve the facilities.

The improvements proposed consist of restoring the original integrity of the building and using the classroom spaces as meeting rooms for a range of youth activities that are provided in the facility.

This project demonstrates that with modest funding existing pieces of infrastructure can be rehabilitated and reused for vital resources for our communities.