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Wednesday 18 September 2019

New convent for retired nuns taking shape in town

The new convent for retired St John of God nuns taking shape.
The new convent for retired St John of God nuns taking shape.

By DAVID TUCKER

A NEW convent for retired St John of God nuns is rapidly taking shape on the site of the existing 140-year-old convent on the Newtown Road in Wexford.

The development comprises a single storey building containing a 30-bedroom community residence, six, one-bedroom apartments, an oratory and ancillary accommodation.

It will include as access driveway from the existing entrance and exit on to the Newtown Road.

The site is located on the land to the rear of the existing buildings and backs on to Redmond Park.

The development does not affect the existing convent, which was built circa 1875-81, or the chapel which are both listed as Protected Structures.

The project went ahead despite concerns raised by some residents of nearby Parklands who consider it to be out of scale for the site. They said objections were raised when the application were first submitted, but they were not pursued. 'We need asuarnces that the ancillary works will be properly managed with as little disruption as possible to residents.. there are a lot of old springs on the site and we concerned that some of the back gardens of houses adjacent to the site will flood,' said local resident Sean Rattigan.

'Outdoor lighting is anothert issue for us. They will probably have to build a boundary wall between Redmond Park and the development and to consider the privacy of people in neighbouring houses.'

Asked by this newspaper about the development, the order said the building of the 'new 30 bed convent for retired sisters.. is expected to be completed in November 2017'.

Local firm Bawn Developments Limited are the main building contractors and the Design Team is lead by Liam Long of William N. Long and Company Limited, Consulting Engineers, Clonmel. 'The new Convent is being built for the Sisters, some of whom are currently in Wexford and some in other places. It is our intention to continue to use the existing Convent in Wexford also,' the order said in its statement.

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