Bunclody Day Care Services Ltd


Recently we were delighted to welcome you to our new Day Care facility at St. Mary’s.
The refurbishment and extending of St. Mary’s was funded largely through energetic fund raising and donations in 2011 and also with a little grant aiding
The shortfall in funding was addressed by taking a bank loan and through interest free loans/donations from individuals. All of this will be repaid over a period of 5 to 15 years.
Our plan is to continue our usual annual fundraisers to facilitate the day to day running of St. Mary’s, and in addition if we could encourage 200 subscribers to set-up a standing order of just €5 per month this would service the loan on an ongoing basis. We hope to get friends and families of all involved with Bunclody Day Care to support this initiative.
If you or anybody you know is interested could you please get the standing order bank mandate from St. Mary’s or any committee member.

Our Mission Statement:

Bunclody Day Care Services Limited work towards providing a caring, social and recreational service for older people in the Bunclody area and it’s environs.

What the Day Care Provides
The Day Care provides up to 50 people every Tuesday and Thursday with a setting where they can enjoy good conversation and companionship.  They have morning tea/coffee, Dinner(hot meal each day at a fee) and desert, afternoon tea/coffee.  They also take part in activities which include Bingo, Card Playing and are entertained by visiting musical performers and story telling from time to time. Dancing and a sing- a -long can also occur with great participation from the members.  They also benefit from chiropody treatments throughout the year.  Information talks are also organised with some suggested topics including: Care – Health Nurse, Security for the elderly, Gardai – crime prevention, Gardening, Legal issues etc. 

New Building Project Update
The major reconstruction project is almost complete. Thanks to the excellent craftsmanship of builder Sean O’Brien and his team the new extension is fitting in comfortably with the old St. Mary’s School. Seamus Moran has provided a plan for the proposed garden.  The excitement is building as the completion date approaches.

Since our first newsletter in the Spring the Day Care has had many fundraising events. With the cost of the new building project it was necessary to make a big effort throughout the summer and beyond to get as much financial support as possible.  Times are difficult but the generosity and support of the entire community and local areas was outstanding. It was evident from the attendances at every fundraising event that the Day Care is thought of as a valued and much needed local community service. And now with our new building it will provide even more services such as a medical room, shower room, hairdressing, chiropody on site and wheelchair assessable toilets. It was also encouraging to see so many young people attend and take part in fundraising events like ‘Celebrity Gigs & Reels’, Rubberman, GAA/DayCare Barbaque, Open garden Day at Kellys Tombrick and Stars in Your Eyes. 

Thank You – One & All
Bunclody Day Care Services Ltd. is a voluntary organisation and as you can imagine a huge amount of work is involved in running any event.  The Day Care would like this opportunity to thank most sincerely all who helped them out in any way, financially, by organising, attending, supporting, helping at any of our fundraising endeavours.  And to those who gave of their time, their property and their talents.

 Ongoing Fundraising
Buy a Brick–  €10 per brick – Ideal Gift for any occasion.
Friends of Bunclody Day Care €5 per month standing order (ongoing)

 Activities & Outings
Christmas Party – 15th December 2011
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Summer Outing  (TBA)

Charity Number:              CHY 13385
Company Directors:         Dan McClean & Sean Kelly
Company Secretary:        Eileen Dunne

Directors: Sean Kelly & Dan McClean


Bunclody Day Care Committee strived for many years to provide a purpose built Day Care Centre for older people in Bunclody and its surrounding areas. Unfortunately, for many reasons, not least the economic downturn, this did not happen. Now however, we are in the enviable position that we have been offered St. Mary’s Old School building on Ryland Road by Bunclody Community Resources Ltd. to adapt to the requirements of a day care centre. The building has been offered to us at a nominal rent and on a long- term lease. Bunclody Community Resources was set up to support the local community and their Board is of the view that this development would hugely benefit the people of Bunclody.
The existing building is not adequate to meet the needs of a day care centre. The committee purpose to undertake a project of adapting and extending the existing building and to this end have worked tirelessly, with their architect to develop the best possible plans while at the same time maintaining the original character of the building.
The proposed plans can be viewed in the following locations: your local church including Bunclody, Kildavin, Clonegal, Kilmyshall, Kilrush, Foleys of Castledockrell, Plunketts of Kildavin, Furlongs, Main St., and Byrne’s Launderette, Main St., Bunclody. They can also be viewed at Pottersway Medical Centre and in the Day Care Centre. The new extension is outlined in blue (or red in the smaller pictures)  See plans >>>.

Funding the Project
It is hoped to find the project through a number of different finding channels. The committee is at present applying for funding to Wexford Local Development and also the National Lottery. A once off donation of €100,000 donated by Bunclody Community Resources a number of years ago will now be utilised in this project. Lastly fund raising projects will be put in place and to this end the committee will be depending on the generosity of local communities to ensure that this facility becomes a reality.
As you can see from the drawings the facility will include a day room, dining room, sitting room, bathroom, medical room and hairdressing. It is hoped in future years to develop the second story of the building and to expand the facility further at that stage.
The Day Care facility at present in St. Aidan’s Hall operates on two days a week and it would be hoped that this could be increased to four or even maybe five days per week in the new building.
The Committee of Bunclody Day Care believe that after more than 10 years in operation, a suitable facility is a necessity rather than a luxury.