Allenwood Community Development Association was formed in 1994, following the closure of the Bord Na Mona ESB Generation Station. The company has undergone significant changes during the period 1994 to 2013.

The first phase, following the decommissioning of the former ESB power station by the ESB took place in the 1996 to 1998 period and in December 1998 the Allenwood Community Development Association took over the site on a 999-year lease. Most of the former power generation buildings were demolished leaving two buildings on site that have now been rebuilt to form the Business Administration Centre for Allenwood Enterprise Park. The second phase in the development by ACDA involved the building of a further two Enterprise Buildings to make available over 23,000 sq ft of workshop and office space that has been fully let to emerging business over a period of three years.

The Enterprise Park is the full time workplace for 67 people working both with ACDAL and with the 16 businesses that are now located within the Park, a further 10 people find regular part time work. Training for return to work opportunity is an important element in ACDAL’s activities and each day up to 50 people are engaged in training run by ACDAL, Leader Partnership and North West Kildare in association with FAS.

Bright Sparks Community Childcare Centre, which is wholly owned by ACDAL, was opened in2005, by President Mary McAleese. It is staffed by 16 full time Childcare Assistants, who are all Garda Vetted and trained to a minimum of Fetac Level 6. ACDAL also manage Larkwood Products Ltd, is a community-based company formed in 1998 as a joint community project between the communities of Allenwood and Ballyteague. Larkwood owns a Blueberry Farm in Ballyteague along with the Polytunnels and cultivated plots beside the Childcare Centre. The activity under the management of ACDAL are many and varied and clearly demonstrates what a community can accomplish, if it comes together to overcome adversity.

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