AFTER 21 years under the care of sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the city’s St Canice’s Homes for the Elderly are changing to new, lay management at the end of this year.
Located at Troy’s Court, the centre is home to 21 residents and also offers day care services.
Four sisters currently manage the homes, and they are hoping to stay on in a pastoral role, said Sr Catherine, who has helped to oversee the centre since its incpetion.
The land for the home, the grounds of the old Loreto primary school, was donated by the Loreto Sisters in 1985.
Sr Catherine was the first of the Little Company of Mary to arrive, in June 1990. She spent a month on her own on the premises, and one of her first tasks was to count the number of windows in the residences: 98 – in other words, the number of curtains that had to be made. Thankfully, she had her sewing machine.
Significant fundraising helped to pay for the St Canice’s Homes for the Elderly, and Sr Catherine thanked the people of Kilkenny for their generous support over the years.
There are 20 homes and a day centre, with space to accommodate up to 25 residents. The first residents moved into the homes in September 1990, and it is hoped that under the new management, the homes will continues to be a vital and vibrant part of the community.