ACM was established as the Millennium Project Group in 1998 by the Castleconnell Community Council (CCDC) and immediately set about the task of developing a Community Centre in the parish. The existing building at 14-15 Castle Street, Castleconnell was purchased in 2001. The building owner is ACM Community Development Society Limited which is a Community Owned Co-Operative Society (approximately 500 parish shareholders). The original founding members of the Millennium Project Group were John Mac Namara, Pat Dempsey, Lettie Sloane, Bob Critchley, Eddie Seery, Peggy Joyce, Tom Power & Nancy Holt.By the way, ACM stands for Ahane, Castleconnell and Montpelier! The local community owns the ACM Co-Operative Society which in turn owns & manages the Community Centre building. Each community shareholding member of ACM has one vote and a Management Committee is elected each year at the ACM Annual General Meeting. The Management Committee members work on a voluntary basis with principal officers retiring from their posts after no later than 3 consecutive years in such posts.
The Community Centre provides the following facilities to the community – meeting rooms, community secretarial service, typing, photocopying and internet access. This service is available to all local community groups and private individuals. Other activities include day and evening classes, children’s santa party and the Castleconnell St. Patrick’s day parade.
In mid 2021, ACM expanded its operations further with the acquisition of Shannon House, located in the centre of Castleconnell Village. This is a new and beautiful facility incorporating the following:
- Shannon House Restaurant
- Heritage Centre
- Community and Business Meeting Rooms
- eHub facility with state of the art computing and fibre broadband
- Outdoor entertainment facility
- Business Virtual Offices
Photographed is the Management Committee resposible for the opening of Phase 2 of the ACM Centre on 17th March 2003. Phase 2 involved the complete removal of the roof structure and replacement with original stone slates, renovation of the overall internal structure, the restoration of the original streetscape (half door and windows) and the restoration and opening of the Parlour. Committee members are as follows:
First meeting in ACM
Pictured at the very first committee meeting held in the newly purchased ACM Centre in 2001. With a building in very poor condition with no heating, the poor frozen souls pictured below celebrating their success are as follows:
L/R – Cora Moran (Secretary), John Mac Namara (Chairman), Pat Dempsey (Vice Chairman), Emer Corbett (Treasurer), Lettie Sloane and Dillie Edmonds.
Current Committee Members Are As Follows:
Mary Kennedy (Chairperson), Mary Ryan (Secretary), Mary Golden (Treasurer), Chris Casey, Bernie Murnane, Phylla Lynch, Breda Casey, Betty Carmody, Ena Walshe, John Mac Namara, Ger McInerney, Tracey Skehan.