Hundreds of people turned out for the official opening of MooreHaven Centre’s new facilities in Tipperary Town .
The opening of the new facilities marked the completion of the third phase of MooreHaven’s redevelopment over the past decade. Phase 3 cost €1.6m and has delivered about 7,000 square feet of new activity, training, therapy and office space.
The development was funded through a combination of HSE support, a contribution of €600k from the 2010 JP McManus International Golf Pro-AM, and local fund-raising in Tipperary Town and its surrounding villages and hinterland.
County Council Chairman Cllr. Fitzgerald, was assisted in the official opening by two of MooreHaven’s first four service users, Noelle Kiely and Kathleen Power.
“I must congratulate and compliment all who are involved in MooreHaven – its management and staff, its board, those who volunteer in the centre and most especially its service users and their families on the successful 10-year rebuild of the centre and on the excellent and valuable services provided to those attending and resident in its facilities,” said Cllr. Fitzgerald.
In his speech Moore Haven Chairperson Denis Kennedy congratulated the Phase 3 design team, Bernard Moloney of Moloney O’Beirne Architects, Consulting Engineer Tom Carew, Quantity Surveyor Barry Sheppard and mechanical and electrical contractor John Harkin along with the main contractor Townmore Construction for delivery of an outstanding facility that was completed on time and on budget. The support of local suppliers and builders was also recognised.
As part of the ceremony, Mary Maher informed the guests that the centre’s four main blocks on O’Brien Street were being named in honour of the initial four service users - Noelle Kiely, Kathleen Power, Jarlath Culbert and the late Donal Withero RIP who passed away in 2010. Founding members Joan Moore and Ena Kiely were at the event. “This is a dream fulfilled that my husband Larry wished for Moorehaven,” said Ena.
Architect Bernard Moloney from Dublin, whose son has an intellectual disability, said that being the architect for phase 3 at Moorehaven was the best build he had ever been on. “The concept from the beginning was to bring the reception area of Moorehaven nearer the street. It wasn’t an easy build, but the people here are fantastic and I loved it.”
Maureen Gleeson, HSE Case Management for Disabilities Tipperary says, “Congratulations to Moorehaven who have done a fantastic job. It’s a pleasure to be associated with them as part of the HSE North Tipperary Disabilities team. Compliments to Derry and the board of directors.”
Brendan O’Dwyer spoke extremely well about what MooreHaven means to him as a service user and was widely praised for his words. Patricia Garret, sister of the late Donal Withero, gave a very moving response to the opening on behalf of the families and relatives of Service Users.
Moorehaven wishes to thank all those involved in its growth and development over the past 33 years. The Centre looks forward in the years ahead to continuing to provide an excellent service to its Service Users and their families and to the communities of Tipperary and its surrounding villages and districts.