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Thursday 27 November 2014

Liscarroll set for visit from the President

Brendan Malone

Published 24/10/2013 | 05:26

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has accepted an invitation to officially open the new Liscaroll Community Childcare facility and Respond! Housing Project for Older People on November 15.

President Michael D. Higgins has accepted an invitation to officially open the new Liscaroll Community Childcare facility and Respond! Housing Project for Older People on November 15.

The development at Árd an Chaisleáin is located at the heart of Liscarroll and has a state of the art new community childcare facility and ten new houses for older people.

The community childcare facility is operated by the local community council and provides a fantastic childcare service to Liscarroll and seven other nearby communities. The facility was funded by Pobal and built by Murphy New Homes Builders, Banteer.

Teach Na Noige now caters for 60 children ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years and includes a preschool and afterschool service.

Meanwhile, the houses were acquired by Respond! in 2011, with the support of Cork County Council and funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Built by Buckley Brother Builders, Ballydesmond, the scheme was developed initially by Liscarroll Housing Association Limited and then transferred to Respond!

Àrd an Chaisleàin, Liscarroll, is up and running since January 2012 and is the newest development of housing for Respond! in the Cork area. The peaceful location, adjacent to the donkey sanctuary, provides an ideal home for older people and is also a perfect location for childcare, giving a panoramic view of Liscarroll castle.

The visit of President Higgins' is a great opportunity for the Liscarroll community and the residents of Àrd an Chaisleàin to exhibit the pride they have in their fabulous new homes and celebrate the busy local modern community childcare facility.

"Ard an Chaisleáin is a quiet and peaceful place to live, it is well kept, we look after the place and one another. We are delighted the president is coming to see our homes," said resident Sean Keating.

Liscarroll Community Council Limited is a non-profit voluntary organisation and all revenue is used to provide the best service possible for the children and parents that access the childcare facility. All the staff are fully qualified professionals. The board consists of seven members who are all unpaid volunteers.

Corkman

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