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Special Needs Centre

What a beautiful day it was around Ballyoisin on Saturday, August 20th 2016 when the new Special Needs Centre opened its doors to the public. The rain could fall and the wind blow but nothing would dampen the spirits of all involved with the new centre. When it was first mooted some might have though it was a dream, doubtful to be a reality, while others knew it would happen but would mean long hours and hard work for the organising committee. Now that it has reached the point where the service users can move in next week those organisers are relieved but would say it was an easier task than they envisaged mainly due to the wonderful and generous response of the Truagh and North Monaghan Community. Businesses, families and individuals have been so forthcoming with support, financial and otherwise, that it has been a wonderful expression of human kindness and as Paddy Flood, chairman of the committee stated - a powerful statement of how the people of Truagh and North Monaghan demonstrate what is 'special' about 'special needs people'.
Fr. Sean Nolan, PP of Truagh, who will be moving shortly to take up his new role in Donaghmoyne Parish, led a ceremony of Blessing in the Centre on Saturday in the presence of the service users, their families and friends. Everyone then had a look around, inside and outside, and all marvelled at the beauty, spaciousness, design, finish, comfort, brightness and appropriate atmosphere of the building and its surrounds and they congratulated all those involved in steering the work to a very successful conclusion. The service users themselves are well aware of the fantastic new building in which they will spend their days and the delight was clearly visible in their eyes and actions. The public are again invited to visit and view the building on Sunday, August 21st from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and an Official Opening will be planned for sometime in the not too distant future.

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