Welcome Rooms Project

Welcome Rooms Project

Locals encouraged to drop into community living rooms

To help provide a network of friendly drop-in locations for people across north Dublin, Fingal County Council has today launched a pilot initiative at three key centres that will give a welcoming and comfortable environment where people can feel at ease and at home.

Fingal have announced that Rivervalley Community Centre, Parslickstown House and the Corduff Community Resource Centre will open their doors as part of its “Welcome Room” pilot programme running over the next three months.

While the three centres have been the meeting point for many community-based groups over several years, the living room initiative will further help serve the needs of the local community. Each location will provide free, friendly, safe and supportive spaces for the public over this winter.

The Welcome Room concept will give visitors the opportunity for social interaction and a relaxing space to unwind, with food and drink available as well as books to read, board games to play and film sessions. Fingal will develop further activities as the initiative progresses.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, said: “Fingal through this pilot programme has organised places where there will be a friendly welcome, a hot cup of coffee and an inclusive space that people can gather to feel better connected to the community around them.”

There is no need to book access to attend a Welcome Room and they are free for people to utilise. While hours of operation will vary, people can stay as long as they want with details posted at each location. The idea is that each space essentially becomes like a household living room within a community centre.

Marie McKay, Chairperson of the local board of management of Parslickstown House believes the concept will bring an added sense of connection to those using it. She said: “Parslickstown House takes pride in operating at the heart of the community. A Welcome Room will offer an inviting environment for people to come to, whether it’s for some company, a reassuring smile or just to find somewhere to relax in comfort for a while.”

Alongside this, Fingal’s 10 branch libraries continue to offer a warm welcome to all members of the public, along with free access to books, newspapers, wi-fi, e-services, PCs, study/work desks and a programme of events and activities. For branch locations, opening hours and for further information go to:

Fingal Libraries.

Details on upcoming events being held in Fingal libraries can be viewed at:

Spring Brochure 2023.

You can hear more about the Welcome Room initiative here:

Welcome Room initiative


WARM ROOM PROJECTSizeVoluntary Rate Per HourCommunity Rate Per HourSocial Enterprise Rate Per Hour
195 sq ft/20m2Free FreeFree
195 sq ft/20m2FreeFreeFree

How to get here

Buses that service the area from the city centre are 38, 38A. From Finglas it’s the 220, and from the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre it’s the 238 and it’s the second bus stop on Ladyswell Road.

Contact Details

Parslickstown House,
Ladyswell Road
Dublin, Ireland

Telephone: (01) 815 1779
Email: info@parslickstownhouse.ie