Keelogue Institute celebrated its success with some of the charities it has helped at a function at Wexford Library last week, handing out cheques to some from near and far.
Representatives of various charities were at the event, which ended with the formal handover of the Keelogue Institute Collection, mainly files and board minutes, to Wexford County Archive.
Eileen Coman, director of the Institute, said remaining funds, amounting to €160,000, were given to local and national charities and bodies as follows: Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind; CUMAS, New Ross; Wexford Hospice Homecare; Bright Start; New Ross Community Hospital; Medicins Sans Frontieres; Kennedy Park National School; Wexford SPCA; Meals on Wheels, New Ross; Mount Carmel Monastery, New Ross; St John of God Primary School; Cross Care Migrant Project, Wexford Arts Centre; the FDYS and Lions International.
During Keelogue Institute's 25 years of operation, classrooms, residential faclities and training programmes were designed and developed at the 15-acre campus near Barntown.
The Institute was founded as a not-for-profit agency for the provision of experimental learning and training services within and for the community. It's estimated that more than 3,000 students attended courses at the Institute which established networks local, nationally and internationally with state- and local development agencies, primary, secondary and third level education bodies.
It ceased operations following the decision by its board to reallocate its assets to support local, national and international charities. Its legacy will continue through its students, beneficiaries and the wider community.