Local communities came together recently to transform a disused school building in Newbridge into a hub to receive Ukrainian refugees.
The people of Newbridge and Ballygar joined forces to prepare the building which had been closed for the past eleven years, reinstalling heating and electrical systems and a new kitchen.
It is hoped the building can now be used to provide temporary accommodation to those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
The village has already welcomed two families from Ukraine and a number of properties have been offered locally in order to house more refugees.
Local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice took to Facebook this week to pay tribute to the efforts of those involved.
“Today I saw what community really is. A school that is closed 11 years in Newbridge, County Galway…on Friday evening the community got together with Sean Gavin and it’s wired, heating working and fully cleaned and painted in just two days,” the post read.
“A community of women and men and children gave up their time to get the building ready for giving a home to people fleeing the war.
“I hope we never change as it’s incredible the work rural communities like Newbridge/Ballygar do…I don’t need to say any more only well done Sean Gavin, Fr. Louis and every man, woman and child that took part from all areas”.