The Exchange is a voluntary-run not-for-profit social enterprise, community and cultural centre in Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland. The organisation was founded by a group of like minded individuals, social entrepreneurs and community groups in 2012. A lack of community and cultural space and a similar lack of support for the development of start up companies and small businesses led to the formation of the partnership.
In 2013, Exchange Inishowen decided to lease the old social welfare offices at Castle Avenue, Buncrana and convert them into a community and cultural hub for the area that also acts as a support centre for social enterprises, established small businesses, and as an incubator centre for start-up companies. Thanks to a grant from the LEADER programme, administered by Inishowen Development Partnership, we were able to begin work on equipping the building to meet the needs of 21st century businesses and community organisations. Financial support was also provided by Buncrana Town Council, Donegal County Council, and the local community through fundraising events. The Exchange is now a hive of social activity, with many businesses and community groups using it for work, outreach, meetings, events, and various other activities.
The next stage of development will see the opening of our state of the art shared office space, which can be rented on a flexible basis at very competitive rates. The Exchange was officially launched in 2014 and was visited by President Michael D. Higgins later that year. In a short space of time, the Exchange has become an engrained part of community in Inishowen.
As a not for profit organisation, we require continued funding and support from as many sources as possible. If you would like to help us reach our goals, by donating funds or anything that might be useful, or simply by supporting us in any way possible please get in contact by any of the means below.
In person: Call at The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana, Co. Donegal (Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 1.30pm)
Phone: +353 7493 62572
Donate: CLICK HERE
Member Groups (2018)
The Music Box
Exchange Inishowen CLG – Committee 2017-2018
Adrian Grant (Chairman)
Ruth-Garvey Williams (Secretary)
Bernie Doherty (Treasurer)
The Exchange is a Registered Charity in the Republic of Ireland – No 20107857 / CHY 21790. Registered Company No 524171.