Last week, the Convent House Day Care Centre in Ballymahon celebrated its 10th anniversary.
And as the old adage goes, from little seeds do acorns grow - and the Day Care Centre which is located in the heart of Ballymahon town has certainly grown and blossomed over the 10 years since its inception.
The centre serves people from all over Longford - from Moyvore, Forgney and Carrickedmond to Legan, Tang, Kenagh, Tubberclaire and beyond, and provides healthy food, lots of entertainment and bucketloads of kindness to its clients, many of whom were eager to chat to the Leader last Thursday during the celebrations to explain how much the Centre’s presence has benefited their lives.
Michael Kelly who retired 18 years ago has been coming to the Convent House Day Care Centre since day one.
He describes the centre as a “lifeline”.
“When I started coming here there was music and dancing; I got to meet people and as the years went on I made great friends,” he recalled.
“Sometimes I come once a week, other times I drop in twice.”
Convent House Day Care Centre is open five days a week - Monday to Friday - from 9am to 3pm and it caters for the needs of those aged 55 years and over. As well as breakfast and lunch, the centre provides a range of activities including exercises, gym, Yoga, cards, bingo, art classes, musical entertainment, outings and lots more besides.
See this week’s Longford Leader for more.