St Olivers Community Center Ltd
St Olivers Community Centre Ltd (SOCCL) operates a multi-purpose modern community centre in Ratoath, including a 234 seat theatre, a community crèche, a restaurant and 5 large multi-purpose rooms together with a 7 acre community sports campus hosting tennis, rugby, athletics and other sports.
SOCCL is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and whose principal activity is the provision of community facilities for the Ratoath area on a not for profit basis. It is governed by a Board of Directors who are all unpaid volunteers.
SOCCL succeeded the previous Ratoath Parish Hall Committee which had been formed in 1981 to erect a new community hall which in turn had replaced the previous committee who had overseen the original Parochial Hall which had served the Ratoath community since the 1930’s
SOCCL opened the current community centre in 2006 at which time the population of Ratoath was almost 7,000. By 2014 the population has grown to over 11,000 and as a community Ratoath has the highest proportion of young persons aged under 14 in the entire country.
SOCCL employs a total of 19 people. Almost half are funded by State grants ( Pobal CSP, CE, TUS) and the remainder are self funded from SOCCL activities. To better co-ordinate its community activities and to best identify and meet future community needs, SOCCL have now formed a new Ratoath Community Board (RCB) made up of unpaid volunteers from a cross section of the Ratoath community covering interests such as arts, sport, disability, business, tidy towns, youth, urban development, communications.
The Ratoath Community Board has decided to initially focus on 3 areas of community interest and need : Youth Activities, Village Renewal and Community Marketing. RCB will be organising the Ratoath Community Festival 2014 to be held on Sept 12-14 and during this festival is planning to launch major new initiatives in the area of Youth Activities and Village Renewal.
The members of RCB are as follows : Aisling Ahearne, Russell Bailey, Anne Brady, Micheline Clancy, Gerry Dempsey, Francis Lyons, Michael Lysaght, Mary McCormack, Gillian McGrath, Roseina
Murphy, Aidan O’Byrne, Mary Pocock and Deirdre Smith. Sub-committees will be formed to include a Youth Committee which is intended to enable the youth of Ratoath to organise their own activities.