St. Ciaran’s Services for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities was established in Carrick-on-Shannon 30 years ago to provide services in the Leitrim/West Cavan area, under the auspices of North West Parents & Friends Association.
In 1983, following many years of fundraising St. Ciaran’s School was opened; over the years this has evolved to St. Ciaran’s Day Centre. In 1998 Sunbeam House Respite house was opened, in 2005 Sunbeam Lodge Community Group Home was opened.
Over the years the needs of the people attending the service have changed as they have gotten older and as new people have started in the service.
Staff, parents and friends of St. Ciaran’s Services decided that a major fundraising campaign was needed in order to provide funds to develop a purpose built respite service that will address the current and future needs for children and adults with intellectual disability. The layout of the current house is no longer suitable to meet the complex needs of children using the service.
Plans are already in place for the facility and planning permission is being sought. Several fundraising events have taken place, the Family Fun Day at The Sheemore Inn, Kilclare on August 4 raised €1820. Many more events will be planned in the future around Leitrim and West Cavan and if anyone would like to help or support an event please contact a member of the committee.
Tesco in Carrick are working with us in selling tickets and a Dominoes night is planned for October 12 in The Bush Hotel. Tickets €5 from Tesco and St. Ciaran’s. A Flag Day is also planned for September 7.
Members of the Fundraising Committee: Siobhan Finnegan McElgunn, Ailish McTiernan, Edel Gallagher, Catherine Lynch, Betty McDermott, Margaret McGovern, Rose McGuckin, Sharon Diggins, John Joe O’Malley and Marcella Murray. New members welcome. Call: 071 9620601. Charitable Status Number CHY7369.