Connemara West Centre
Connemara West plc purchased St Joseph’s Industrial School, Letterfrack in 1978. The complex accommodates a range of community and public service facilities, which promote the development of the region. It is also home to a number of Connemara West plc partners, including GMIT Letterfrack, Connemara Community Radio, Conservation Letterfrack, Tigh na nÓg Community Creche, Youthreach Training Centre, Forum Connemara Ltd, community library, Ellis Hall and Ballinakill Active Age. The former industrial school building was overhauled by architects O’Donnell + Tuomey in the 1990s, winning an Irish Architecture Award in the Regional category in 2005. The architects also exhibited the project at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004.