From Small Beginnings – How It All Started
In 1988, the Pearse Park Community Association was formed by an election of the residents under the leadership of the late Sr. Joan Madden of The Sisters of Mercy Order. The biggest project the association undertook was to build Knockanrawley Resource Centre. Following a major fundraising campaign and with the help of a FÁS Youth Community Training Scheme, the centre was started.
The building officially opened on September 8th, 1991. The following day, an administrator and four workers employed under a FÁS Social Economy Scheme started the work that is still continuing today.
From the beginning, Knockanrawley Resource Centre, as a community development project, was concerned with meeting the unmet needs of the local community in Tipperary Town and surrounding areas. Its growth is a result of the dedication, energy, and commitment of Sr. Joan, staff and volunteers. Its success is due to the ability to develop partnership arrangements with statutory and other bodies. The excellent facilities and the wide range of resources that are now available at KRC are an invaluable asset to the community.