The community centre has been designed to encourage all the residents of Ratoath to meet and socialise and bring life and a buss into the centre of our village. The centre can simultaneously cater for up to 7 different events at any one time. Its use is down to our imagination but includes:-
The venue is a theatre, a concert hall, cinema or hall all in one. With retractable seating for 234 it provides an intimate but high quality venue for plays, musicals and videos. Yet within 30 minutes it will revert to a hall capable of holding a variety of events such for active age, yoga, martial arts etc. The venue has a high quality lighting systems with 40 theatre lights with the capability to incorporate more lighting if required. The sound system is close to broadcast level and it has two changing rooms.
The Open Space
Over looking the village centre the open space, with its sprung floor and large windows and mirrors provides a high standard for a wide variety of activities, from keep fit, yoga, through to Irish dancing, ballet etc. The space is also wireless internet ready and we are looking at the demand for computer-based training. The use of the open space is only limited by our imagination. This room can be made into two rooms with its room divider
A key aspect of the community centre is how it will attract our youth. If the youth have little interest in active sports they can feel that the village has little to offer them. At night we are anticipating the youth of the area to establish a club with a range of activities that suit their needs.
Community based child care. The community centre will have both sessional childcare facilities and an after school club. The sessional centre will cater for 18 children, 3-5 year old both morning and afternoon. They will have their own play outside play area. The centre will also have an after school club with both a homework area but also areas that the children can chill out and relax with supervised access to the internet.
Ratoath Community Centre, in the centre of the village wants to become the social hub of the village and place of activity that is driven by you the residents of the village. So after Easter come and support your community centre; the heart of Ratoath.
The Community Centre website is at http://www.ratoathcc.ie/
Ratoath Community Support Group
Ratoath Community Support Group was set up in 2006 and is a friendly open group for parents who have children with a wide range of special and additional needs. We meet monthly, support each other/children with activities, arrange family events/outings, have fun and parent nights out!
We meet 2nd Tues every month in Ratoath Community Centre. Contact Suzanne at 086-8529487,
or Carmel at 087-8222005 for further information.
Ratoath Foróige Club
Ratoath Foróige Club meets on Wednesday nights from 8pm - 9.30 pm in the youth room in Ratoath Community Centre. Foróige is a national voluntary organisation which promotes development and activities for young people in their teens. The purpose of the club is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society. The young members run the club themselves with the formation of a committee, which is assisted by voluntary adult leaders who advise and supervise the members. This is the club's second year up and running and we have covered activities such as self defence, first aid, arts and crafts, drugs awareness to name a few, undertaken a community project to paint the hoarding around the community centre during its redevelopment and arranged trips to go bowling and ice skating plus a trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre.
To be eligible for membership you must be attending secondary school and aged between 12-18 years old.
For further information regarding the club please contact Deborah @ 086-1708208
Ratoath Chess Club
Ratoath chess club is open to all players of all abilities age 8 up. We play in Ratoath Community Center Every Monday from 7.30 to 9.30. Our web address is http://royalchess.blogspot.com. Contact Details: Laura Keating 01-8250293.
Ratoath Rugby Football Club
Ratoath Rugby Club is the newest sporting club in the village and came into being after several ex-playing members of St Mary’s College RFC held a meeting with some interested friends in the house of the founding president Derek Gillen. Also present at the meeting were David Marrinan, Richard Whitty, Tony Murphy, Dominic Kenna, Mark Coatsworth, Alan Crabbe and Stephen Mc Kenna.
The club was officially affiliated to the Leinster Branch of the IRFU January 7, 2005. The inaugural meeting of the club took place in the Auld Stand Public House, Ratoath County Meath.
We are running children’s teams to U14’s and a rugby nursery for U7’s and U8’s. As the evenings get longer we are facilitating Adult TAG on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, this is a mixed sport and ALL are welcome.
Find out more at www.ratoathrugby.ie or contact us at
if you wish to join or lend a hand.
Ratoath Harps Football Clubwww.ratoathharps.com
Ratoath Athletic Club
Previously known as Oliver Plunkett Athletic Club, Ratoath Athletic Club was established in 1974. In spite of having only a small pool of athletes, Ratoath Athletic Club quickly became one of the strongest clubs in the county and has gone on to win in Meath, Leinster and at All-Ireland level. Ratoath Athletic Club is affiliated to the Athletic Association of Ireland. As well as games and fitness for younger athletes, the club members train in the full range of track and field sports from sprinting and middle distance running, hurdles and jumps, shot putt, javelin and discus. This diverse range of activities gives an opportunity for people with different talents to achieve their potential. During the winter it is cross-country running is the main focus at County, Leinster and National level. During the summer the emphasis is on track and field competition. Athletes take part in the Meath County Championships, the Leinster Championships and hopefully qualify for the National Finals. The club has at present over sixty members ranging from ten years of age to veterans of undisclosed age!
Look out for news of the new running track currently being developed by Ratoath Athletic Club in conjunction with Ratoath Community Centre and grant aided by the Lotto Sports Capital Programme and Meath County Council.Training Times
From March to October, the club trains outdoors at Ratoath GAA ground at Brownstown from 7-8pm o’clock on Tuesday nights and Sunday morning from 12am-1pm. Training at Cushenstown A.C. Friday nights 7.30-8.30pm.
From October to March, the club trains indoors in the Community Centre from 7-8o’clock on Tuesday nights. Outdoor training on Sunday morning from 12am-1pm. Training at Cushenstown A.C. Friday nights 7.30-8.30pm.Contacts
Gerry Finnegan 086 8504036
Phil Bateson 086 3410486 or
Ronnie Quigley 087 2384551
Ratoath Tennis Club
Ratoath Tennis Club is a friendly club with 4 new, all-weather, floodlit courts just 3 minutes' walk from Ratoath village. We plan to be one of the premier tennis clubs in the Dublin/Meath area. The club was inaugurated on 1st May 2009. Ratoath Tennis Club is a tennis facility for both recreational and competition enthusiasts. The club seeks to foster excellence in tennis by providing instruction at all levels of play, encourage socialising through sport, to promote good sportsmanship, physical fitness and fun. The club recognises the importance of introducing tennis to younger children and teens and currently offers several junior tennis coaching classes. Our goal is to continue to expand adult and children’s tennis by offering instruction, use of our courts to neighbouring schools and a social hub for family enjoyment.
Parent & Toddler Group
With over 30 years involvement in our local community, our guild is still very active and constantly reaching out to many new residents who have made Ratoath their home. The aim of ICA is to bring ladies together for a social gathering, We are the only group solely for women in our area, we welcome ladies of all ages and professions as well as well as “stay at home ladies”. Under our umbrella we have different groups within the guild, ie Book Club, Theatre club, Scrabble Club, and a Travel Club, who travel abroad each year. Our regular meetings include talks and demonstrations of various kinds always interesting and thought provoking. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and newcomers are always made welcome. Contact Angela, Mary or Caroline.
Ratoath Garden Club.
Ratoath Garden Club was formed 15 years age when three enthusiastic gardeners met to form the group, many happy days have been spent in the most beautiful gardens around Ireland on the annual outings each year. The group meet on the 4th Monday of the month September / April inclusive at 8.30pm in the function room of the Ratoath Inn and new members are always welcome.
Ratoath Bridge Club play each Thursday night in the Ratoath Community Centre. Play starts at 7.00pm sharp and new members are welcome.
South Meath Adult Learning Centre
The South Meath Adult Learning Scheme holds classes in Basic English, Maths and Computers. Classes are on a 1:1 basis or in small groups. The classes are held at a time and place suitable to the learner. Classes are free and confidential. For more information ring 8011787. Email