HAVING been one of the founders of Grantstown Day Care Centre, Wellingtonbridge man Joe Wallace was fittingly given a fantastic aerial photography of it as he steps away from some of his roles at the facility.
The former Augustinian church and seminary is a lifeline for residents and families and was developed after an appeal from the parish priest many years ago for ideas about what use the buildings could be put to.
Joe was one of the people who advanced the idea of using it to house elderly people.
“Joe started his involvement at a young age as his family always attended meetings there and were altar boys,” said Nicola Howlin from the centre.
Having joined the church committee at a young age, Joe became involved in fundraisers including the annual America Tea Party and field days to help with the upkeep of the church.
Under Fr Kavanagh FÁS scheme workers worked on renovated the buildings and developing what would become Grantstown Day Care Centre.
The centre grew to 12 houses as Joe worked with Wexford County Council to develop it. A second phase of works began in the mid-Noughties, bringing the number of houses up to 24, with many more houses planned for the coming few years.
Joe remains on the board of Grantstown and on the building committee.
He said he was delighted to receive the photograph, thanking everyone for all their work for the centre.
Margaret Moran also retired from the centre recently and was fondly recalled at the event.