Since its formation over 25 years ago, Lifford Association Tourism Commerce Heritage (LATCH) CLG has operated Lifford Old Courthouse as a centre for the entire community. Established with the objectives of preserving our historic building and creating employment, today we continue with these objectives in mind, as well as focussing on the promotion of the arts, heritage, culture and community throughout Lifford and its environs.
Below are some of the ways we’ve achieved this:
In 2020, we became involved with the Lifford Covid Community Response Group, a group set up to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis within our community. Due to the work of the group a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service was established, with Lifford Old Courthouse being responsible for the cooking of meals and administration elements of the group. As of February 2021, we have cooked and delivered over 7500 meals to members of the local community during a time of great need.
Since the original re-opening of sections of the Lifford Old Courthouse in 1994 we have worked tirelessly to bring all areas into use. This was achieved in 2019 with the completion of a large scale renovation project that transformed the building into a modern facility, with greatly improved accessibility. Repairs and maintenance work was also carried out on historic elements of the building to ensure that they survive for future generations to continue. With the completion of our latest regeneration project, we now are able to offer a modern facility to the local community for a wide variety of usages.
Since its formation LATCH has provided Lifford Old Courthouse as a centre for the entire community to use. Our building is regularly used by a number of local groups for many purposes, ranging from evening dressmaking classes to weekly Bridge game meetings. As a non-denominational space, with modern facilities, we provide an excellent base for groups to take advantage of and use.
We also collaborate with a number of local community groups in order to provide a wide range of services for the wider community to enjoy.
RE-INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY
LATCH operates Lifford Old Courthouse as a not-for-profit group, and all income generated in re-invested back into improving our facilities and creating additional employment opportunities. Today, employing over 10 people we strive to continue to grow and invest in facilities that benefit the entire community.
ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE
In recent years we have made great strides in transforming Lifford Old Courthouse into a cultural venue, promoting arts, heritage & culture throughout the local area. We have held a number of live performances, both with internationally renowned acts, as well as local musicians and performers.
We also host regular exhibitions of art & photography from local artists & photographers, as well a book launches for local authors.