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In 2006 a public meeting was held for the purpose of setting up a voluntary community group that would follow through on the vision of a Day Care Centre for North Kerry, as it was the only area in the county that did not benefit from such services, even though one in four older people in the area live on their own.

A committee was formed with the objective of procuring a suitable site and to initiate fundraising. Concerts and Church Gate collections were held, donations were gratefully accepted and applications for Grant Assistance to the HSE, National Lottery and NEKD were successful. Ard Chúram was one of the designated Charites for the 2014 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and this proved a considerable boost to the fundraising.

The procurement of a suitable site became problematical due to the then highly inflated land prices. However a site was donated by the HSE to the group in the grounds of Listowel Community Hospital directly opposite Aras Mhuire, upon which a new purpose built Day Care Centre was constructed.

In 2007 our committee formed a company, North Kerry Day Care Centre Ltd. This has now been changed. The new company name, under which we now operate is Ard Chúram Day Care Centre - North Kerry CLG. Our company is limited by guarantee and is a registered charity. It is fully compliant with all tax and auditing requirements and the directors and members offer their services in a voluntary capacity.

With encouragement, mentoring and financial assistance from the HSE the company is now operating a four day service from this new facility in Greenville. It is our intention to extend this to 5/6 Day Service in due course.

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Photo on the right - Two dear departed friends and colleagues, Sean Curtin and Isabel McDonagh.

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