Members of Carrick-on-Suir’s Camphill Community were accorded a mayoral reception last week to mark the 15th anniversary of its presence in the town.
The reception at the Strand Theatre for the residential community for people with intellectual disabilities was Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Richie O’Neill’s final official function of his year long term of office.
More than 40 residents, co-workers and volunteers from the Camphill Community at Castle Street and its farm at Ballinagrana on the outskirts of the town attended the celebration last Wednesday, June 1.
Camphill senior co-worker Aine Taylor, on behalf of the Community, accepted a presentation of a framed scroll and a picture of Ormond Castle from Cllr O’Neill, who thanked the community for all the work it has done for people with intellectual disabilities.
Aine’s husband and fellow senior Camphill co-worker Chris Taylor told The Nationalist they felt honoured to be accorded the mayoral reception and recalled that the Town Council also officially welcomed the community to the town back in 1996 when Jimmy Hogan was the Council Chairman.
“It will be 15 years in September since we started in Carrick-on-Suir. We have 16 full time residents at the moment and six day attendees. We are building a new workshop at the farm at the moment and hope to have it functional from September,” he said.
Significant facilities are also under construction at Ballinagrana for the Community’s sister Journeyman Project, which provides training for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Two large workrooms, offices, a kitchen/dining area, toilets are being built as well as some outbuildings.
Chris said their original plan of facilities for the Journeyman Project has been scaled back due to funding cutbacks but they plan to extend onto the premises they are now building in the future when more funding becomes available.
The Community’s residents do a range of arts and crafts at its workshop from handweaving and willow basketry to pottery and jewellery making. They also work on the Community’s farm, which boasts a small food processing operation for their fruit and vegetable produce.