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New Centre To Be Built in Cork For Children With Disabilities

Enable Ireland Cork is delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for a new state of the art Children’s Centre in Curaheen, Cork.  Enable Ireland provides vital therapy and support services to over 600 children and young people with disabilities from the Lavanagh Centre in Ballintemple, on behalf of the HSE.  Founded in 1954, the building is now in disrepair and is no longer fit to accommodate the needs of the children and families availing of services there.

An artists impression of the planned new Children's Services building in Cork

The decision to grant planning permission now gives the green light to an exciting project. The seven acre site in Curaheen will house a new Children’s Services Centre, where therapy and support services will be provided to children with disabilities and their families.  Once operational, the new centre will house a hydrotherapy pool, garden, playground, therapy rooms and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of the current and future children with disabilities. The site will also accommodate a children’s respite house, where children with disabilities can develop their independence skills and families can get a much needed break. The location, close to the Curaheen flyover, provides easy access for families and staff. This centre will be state of the art and amongst the best in Europe.

“It is fantastic news that the new centre will now go ahead. As a family we’ve always received fantastic support from Enable Ireland, and now we know we will be getting it in the best possible facilities. Our daughter works hard at achieving her goals in therapy and she deserves to have the best facilities and supports available to her” Kathrina, Mom of Hannah, age 7.

Welcoming the news, Enable Ireland Chairman Donal Cashman said, “The parents and children who use our services in Cork deserve to have a world-class, modern centre that is custom built to support their needs. We have set ourselves the challenging target of raising €7million over the next 4 years to build this centre, and I’m sure the people of Cork and beyond will get behind us, as they have always done and help make this a reality.“

Enable Ireland, together with its partner agencies will continue to provide core therapy and support services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and social work.  The following specialist services will also be provided from the new centre: feeding, assistive technology, spasticity and tone management, seating, an upper limb assessment clinic, Cork/Kerry orthopaedic clinic, hip and spinal surveillance, casting and GAIT analysis.  This new development will help to enhance the delivery of all those services even more.