New Houghton residents welcome new polytunnel
A polytunnel at New Houghton Hospital will allow residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables all year round.
Unveiled during a special day of celebrations last week, the polytunnel was officially opened by Tom Kehoe, a resident at the hospital, following a garden party which featured musical entertainment from the Cumas band, singer Tommy Kavanagh and a local line dance troupe.
And, according to Hospital Activities Co-ordinator, Antoinette Carberry, the opening of the tunnel was the culmination of a lot of hard work from several different parties.
'The project was started back in 2017 when The Cassagh Tractor Run raised several thousand euros for the project with not one, but two, fundraisers. Without the help of Mary and Allanah Keating this project would never have even taken off the ground,' said Antoinette.
Paying tribute to Ray Flynn, who is the supervisor the Tullogher/Rosbercon CE scheme, Antoinette said pivotal roles were played by Glanbia New Ross, Willie Fitzharris, Sinead Casey New Ross manager and New Ross Tidy Towns committee in the development of the tunnel.
The polytunnel has been specifically designed to ensure all those who use it benefit in as many ways as possible. Antoinette explains.
'Research shows the benefits of gardening as an activity for older people, it can bring them back to a time when they were more independent, it also provides a sensory experience and gives residents meaning and pupose to their day. Our tunnel also has wheelchair access which is a big thing for us.'
Thanking staff and management at New Houghton, Antoinette expressed her gratitude to the CE participants who would now be guiding and supporting the hospital's potential gardeners.
New Ross Standard