Reception to mark O’Neill Centre director’s reitrement

The O’Neill Centre is marking the retirement of its director after 31 years on Wednesday with a Mass, mayoral reception and a celebratory meal.

The O’Neill Centre is marking the retirement of its director after 31 years on Wednesday with a Mass, mayoral reception and a celebratory meal.

To mark Lucy Dooley’s retirement as director of services with Enable Ireland at the O’Neill Centre, there will be a Mass in St Canice’s Church, followed by a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour in City Hall, and then a meal in Langton’s.

At the O’Neill Centre, there are now 113 children and young people attending the centre’s services from the Kilkenny community care area, from babies up to students finishing their Leaving Certificate, with 37 staff. With services from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language and family support services to nutrition and psychology, Ms Dooley attributes the O’Neill’s Centre’s success to the parents, the staff and the community.

The services are funded on a grant basis by the Health Service Executive (HSE), but there is a deficit that must be met through fundraising of €170,000 each year.