New Digital Hub at Rosemount Factory Opens Its Doors

New Digital Hub at Rosemount Factory Opens Its Doors

A new digital hub based in Rosemount Factory, Creggan opened its doors to the local community on Saturday, November 14 following a £75,000 investment by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL). 

In partnership with the Nerve Centre and Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, the grant has been used to refurbish a floor of the former shirt factory, transforming it into a state-of-the-art hub, and to purchase a range of digital equipment such as iPads, a suite of Apple iMac computers with software packages and printers, and a new music production suite.

The investment is part of DCAL’s City of Culture legacy commitment, which provided more than £6 million for legacy projects across the North West between January 2014 and March 2015. Managed by the Nerve Centre, the digital investment programme is benefitting an additional 15 community venues, serving each of the four Neighbourhood Renewal Areas in Derry~Londonderry, four in Strabane and the remainder in Limavady, Dungiven, Ballysally, Coleraine, and Portstewart.  

Minister of Culture, Arts & Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín said: 'I am delighted to see this new hub opening in Creggan, thanks to City of Culture legacy funding from my department. The hub will deliver a range of services to the local community, empowering people to learn new creative and digital skills and access culture, all within their own area. I am committed to maximising the social benefits of culture, arts and leisure and this new hub will help realise this aim. I hope that people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the Rosemount Factory Digital Hub as it further secures the legacy of Derry City of Culture 2013.'

On Saturday hundreds of local residents had an opportunity to try out some of the new equipment and to find out more about the accredited training programme, supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council, which will be delivered in the hub. OCN courses in Creative Media, Digital Music Production, Digital Video Production and Digital Fabrication are on offer free to young people aged 14+ and anyone interested is asked to contact Wendy at the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership on 02871377422. 

Speaking at the launch on Saturday, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said: 'I am so pleased to see the ongoing commitment to Derry’s digital offering and the city’s growing skills base. And it’s fantastic to see one of our historic shirt factory buildings being utilised to drive new industry and opportunity in Derry. I know the new facilities will be much in demand and the wider digital investment will have a huge impact on communities throughout the city.'

Dermot O’Hara, Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Chairperson said: 'The renewal and regeneration of the Old Shirt Factory into a Community asset in the form of a Cultural and Digital Hub is a welcome development for the people in the Outer West area.'


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