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Good Shepherd building in Irishtown demolished


The Good Shepherd building in New Ross

The Good Shepherd building in New Ross

The Good Shepherd building in New Ross


The demolition of the Good Shepherd convent building in Irishtown, New Ross, is under way at a cost of around €60,000 and the site is being cleared.

The infamous laundry was established as a refuge for women in 1860 with funding from two lay persons. The premises had long standing connections with the Good Shepherd order originally as an orphanage and later as an industrial school, and later still as a boarding school.

The campus consisted of the laundry, living quarters for the women who worked there, a convent and an industrial school (St Aidan's). The capacity of the laundry was approximately 50 and the average occupancy was about the same until the early 1960s. At the time of its closure in 1967 the occupancy had reduced to approximately 20 women.

The convent was acquired by Co. Wexford Vocational Education Committee in the 1970s and was used for educational programmes including Adult Literacy, Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, Back to Education Initiative and Youthreach until November 2006 when it was deemed no longer safe for occupation after severe storm damage.

Eilis Leddy, CEO of the Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board, said the demolition of the building marks the end of an era in New Ross town.