Monday 9 December 2019

Taghmon Day Centre celebrates 25th anniversary

Phyllis O’Gorman, Nicky Codd and Margaret Kelly at the celebrations
Phyllis O’Gorman, Nicky Codd and Margaret Kelly at the celebrations
Back: Fr Robert McGuire, Mary Cloney, Mary Doyle, Seamus Hayes, Margaret McDaid, Ann Kilduff, Alice Codd and Dr Robbie Fitzpatrick. Seated: May Buttimer, Cllr George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford District; Deputy Brendan Howlin, Paddy Greene and Fr Sean Gorman

Simon Bourke

There were great celebrations in Taghmon last week as the Day Centre marked its silver jubilee.

The auspicious occasion marked the culmination of a 25 year story which began on November 1, 1994, a story which commenced from very humble beginnings when a group of dedicated people came together with an idea to provide a social centre for the older members of the community and environs with the aim to promote their sense of community and thus preventing social exclusion.

While much has changed in 25 years this goal has not.

Guests enjoyed a celebratory four course meal provided by Mary McGee of the Country Bistro.

Amongst the dignitaries who attended on the night were Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor, leader of the Labour Party Deputy Brendan Howlin who was Minister of Health 25 years ago and was one of those who was instrumental in providing funding for the centre.

The organisers said it was lovely to see founder members, former and present volunteers and CE workers join in the celebrations. Founding members and service users who had passed away were remembered on the night.

M.C. on the night was Paddy Greene who was one of the founder members.

Speeches were delivered by May Buttimer who thanked all those who provided the entertainment, those who had contributed, fundraised and donated to the centre throughout its 25 years and to Anne Kilduff who had orchestrated the whole event.

The wealth of entertainment provided by Barbara Walsh's Ceoltóirí Munna was outstanding proving Taghmon has got talent!

Phil Power entertained the audience with a song penned by his own hand thanking Davy Fitzgerald for remaining on as manager to the Senior Wexford Hurling Team.

Pat Callaghan's sketch of farming in Taghmon on a fair day had the audience highly amused while Cllr George Lawlor's rendition of Cuchulainn's son brought a tear to many an eye.

Organisers said it was wonderful to see the services users trip the light fantastic until the early hours of the morning to the fantastic music provided by Sunnyside.

In May 2019 Taghmon Action Group welcomed the day centre to its forever home when it moved from its original premises in the health centre.

It meets every Tuesday and Wednesday. The service users enjoy many activities which includes Scooch, Bingo and exercises with Sue to name a few.

During the summer months the day centre bus can be seen travelling all over the county and beyond as the service users enjoy their many trips to places of interest.

New members are always welcome and to join contact Pamela on 086 4004756.

Wexford People

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