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Kathleen bids farewell to Carbury Day Care

Kathleen Dunne (left) and Mary Connolly who retired on Thursday last from Carbury Day Care Group after 30 years and 25 years respectively with Fr. John Fitzpatrick PP.

Kathleen Dunne (left) and Mary Connolly who retired on Thursday last from Carbury Day Care Group after 30 years and 25 years respectively with Fr. John Fitzpatrick PP.

After more than 30 years running the Carbury Day Care Centre, Kathleen Dunne has retired.

Many of the senior citizens shed a tear as they said farewell to Kathleen who has looked after them for a long time.

It all started for Kathleen when the late Fr. Eugene Shine, then the local parish priest in Carbury, felt that there was a great need for some kind of service for the elderly of the parish.

A meeting was called and the ‘Carbury Community Care’ was started.

At the time, the organising committee did not have a premises to operate from, so the meetings took place in their homes.

Following a brush with cancer that she beat with the help of her strong faith, in 1979 Kathleen decided to give something back in thanksgiving and became deeply involved in the setting-up and running of Carbury Community Care.

Over the early years, the Community Care Group organised Christmas Parties and brought all the senior citizens together for a Christmas Meal each year.

In the 1990’s a Mobile Hospital began weekly visits to Carbury and the Health Centre became the new home for the Community Group.

A few years ago, the HSE sold the Health Centre to Kildare County Council. The Carbury Day Care Group found a new home at the local GAA Centre where Kathleen and her group hold their meetings twice weekly.

Commenting on her retirement, she said she was feeling sad to be leaving the people she loves and has worked with over the past 30 years but that she will call to see them from time-to-time.

 

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