A top Craigavon community worker has been sacked by the Catholic Church after relations broke down over issues, some of which are linked to a successful drama group.
Kieran Corr has been summarily dismissed by Moyraverty Parish though, officially, the reasons for the sacking have not been revealed.
Mr Corr has been manager of the newly refurbished centre for the past 20 years and had been the driving force behind the highly successful Moyraverty Arts and Drama Society (MADS) which had based itself at the centre.
However, since he was sacked, Mr Corr has been banned from the centre as have some members of his family. In addition the plug was pulled by the Parish at the last minute on a production of Boogie Nights, a child protection course and a Saturday morning drama workshops.
MADS was fully constituted in 2002. Though a separate group from the parish with its own bank accounts, committee and constitution, MADS regularly used St Anthony’s Community Centre where Mr Corr worked.
However, it is understood the parish was eager to bring the MADS group under the financial wing of Moyraverty Parish, something which the MADS committee was not agreeable to.
Sources close to the group said MADS is a self-supporting organisation which has been able to secure grants for various programmes.
Mr Corr is not commenting on the situation but it is understood he is appealing the decision to dismiss him.
A spokesperson for MADS said: “The MADS! Committee would like to take this opportunity to re-assure the parents and young people of Moyraverty Arts and Drama Society that during this period of relocation, MADS activities will continue to operate as normal.”
A spokesperson from the Parish said the matter is subject to internal legal processes and must be treated with confidentiality and respect. Therefore they felt it inappropriate to comment.