Turning of the Sod in Mallow
Turning of the first sod on the new multi-million Euro extension at Nazareth House in Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork
This was indeed a very special occasion which took place on Saturday last when the ground was blessed by Fr Chris Donlon and the official sod turning ceremony was performed by Deputy Mayor Kevin Conway with an afternoon of 'craic agus ceoil' with a tea dance being held in the much-loved Ballroom at Nazareth House which hosted many brilliant events over the years and is now being demolished as part of the planned works.
The afternoon included performances by the Mallow Community Choir, Cór Mhagh Ealla and the Nazareth Choral Group, Kilshanig traditional musicians and dancing to Martin Forde and Billy Carr from Galway. Nazareth House residents, families, friends and staff were thrilled that Nathan Carter visited and some great photos were taken creating new memories for many.
"It will be sad to say goodbye to the ballroom but at the same time Saturday was a great celebration of the direction that Nazareth House is moving in. said CEO Mr. John O Mahoney. “It is no secret that there have been some tough times here, particularly during the recession, but everyone is looking forward to a bright and exciting future," he added. John said it would be remiss of him not to pay tribute to the Sisters of Nazareth for the exceptional care provided to so many people from the North Cork since the home opened in 1930.
What they and all the people who have worked here over the years have achieved has been absolutely phenomenal. The support of the local community, as we have seen over recent months, has also been simply amazing," he said.
• The new extension to Nazareth House will incorporate 120 single-bed rooms with en-suite facilities for palliative care, long-term residential patients and respite.
• The extension will increase the number of people the home can accommodate from 85 to 120 and once operational will create additional staff jobs.
"In many ways making the decision to move forward with the extension plans was a massive leap of faith but a leap that could not have been contemplated without the support of the local community.
The work will cost in the region of €17 million and will be jointly funded through existing funds, a bank loan and fundraising initiatives.
We have recently commenced a Local Lotto to help us fund this project. We need the support of everyone to complete this ambitious project. Please support us and play Lotto on line now – www.thenazarethcarefund.com/lotto
See some pictures below from the day!
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