The Hall was built under the direction of Fr Andrew McNamara, P.P. by voluntary labour at a cost of £800 in 1938. It was accidentally burnt down on the night of the 11th July 1957. Undismayed, the people of Doonbeg rebuilt their hall at a cost of over £3,000.
The Hall was re-designed for multi-purpose use in 1996. The following works were done:
- The front section was knocked and remodelled to include an upstairs that has two offices that double up as a balcony and a lighting and sound room for drama. Downstairs there is the entrance foyer with ladies and gents toilets plus a toilet for the special needs and a ticket office.
- The main hall was extended and can be used for sports and recreation events including drama and socials.
- The new stage is large enough to cater for the needs of amateur drama and Doonbeg has a proud tradition of hosting the West Clare Drama Festival since 1961.
- Behind the stage upstairs there are two dressing rooms/meeting rooms and a store room.
- Downstairs there is
- a large meeting room that can seat sixty people
- a fully fitted kitchen that has facilities to cater for two hundred meals.
- a gymnasium, two more toilets and a shower room.
In 2009, new seating was purchased and this has added to the comfort of all those using the facilities. The building was fully insulated in 2010 and this work has resulted in a significant saving on heating costs. In 2013, the main building was reroofed as a result of storm damage.
If you wish to book a meeting room or hire the hall, please contact the DCD Office on 065 9055288.