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Social housing for elderly launched in Ballingeary

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 11:00am
Social housing for elderly launched in Ballingeary

The new low energy and age friendly social housing development at Cuan Barra, Ballingeary which comprises six houses in total and modern, wet-room bathrooms. Right: guests attending the recent launch. (Photo: Richard Coleman)

A NEW social housing project for the elderly has been launched in Ballingeary. 

The development, Cuan Barra, Kilmore, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, comprises three low-energy houses and provides  long-term accommodation for older people. 

It has been completed by housing body Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo. Speaking at the launch, Donal McManus of the Irish Council for Social Housing, said: ‘This rural revitalisation work demonstrates what smaller housing associations can achieve through the dedication and zeal of the local community. 

‘These additional low-energy and age-friendly bungalows, alongside the existing campus facilities and services cater for the needs of both the local residents as well as the wider community, and they really are the lynchpin around which the resilient community of Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh will thrive and prosper.’

The new development was constructed by Droumleigh Construction Bantry, following the turning of the sod in January 2018 and completed within budget before the end of the year. The newly-completed houses bring the total to six units providing long term accommodation within the Cuan Barra complex.

Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo is a non-profit organisation located in the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary in the parish of Uibh Laoire.  

It has developed a purpose-built community centre (Cuan Barra), a childcare facility and playground (Spraoi na Laoi) along with social housing and a rural transport bus. These facilities are used regularly for a diverse range of activities to improve the lives of local people. Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo were awarded overall winner of Community and Voluntary Group at the 2014 Annual Mayor’s Community Awards.