Plans to build new day care centre leads to confusion

PLANS to build a day care centre on the grounds of Listowel Hospital are leading to some confusion locally in relation to the day care centre that already exists under the St Vincent de Paul.

The SVP centre, at the rear of The Plaza, has been offering senior citizens in Listowel and north Kerry a warm place in which to socialise, take meals and generally have a good time for over 40 years.

Members meet with all sorts of interesting people there, including local singer/songwriter Mickey McConnell who regales the gathering with his distinctive songs on a regular basis and also provides the backing guitar for many impromtu performances from the members themselves - not least Phil Walsh, who is pictured here singing to the music.

The SVP Day Care Centre is one of the region's most important services where volunteers also prepare up to 45 hot meals a day for dispatch to senior citizens all over the area.

Confusion has arisen however from the recent announcement that the North Kerry Day Care Centre Committee - an entirely separate group - is to start building their long-planned Day Care Centre on the grounds of Listowel Hospital.

When complete, this centre will be placed to provide scores more senior citizens - many of whom are living alone in rural north Kerry - another warm space to call their own.

"Many people have confused us with the proposed north Kerry Day Care Centre Ltd which has not yet been built on the grounds of Listowel Hospital. We would just like to clarify this point," President of the Listowel St Vincent de Paul, Marie McAuliffe, said.

In a recent article on demand for the SVP over the Christmas period in Listowel The Kerryman inadvertently said the SVP Day Care Centre was opened last April at the rear of the Plaza. We meant, of course, the SVP office - the Day Care Centre has been in operation for 40 years.


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