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Sonas acquires Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home in Milltown

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NEW OWNERS: Residential care home operator, Sonas, has acquired Ashborough Nursing Home in Milltown. Pictured from front l-r: David Coto from Ballymcelligott and Julia Diggins from Tonevane Tralee. Back l-r were: Sheilah Climaco (Person in Charge) and Seamus Crawley (Director). Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

Residential care home operator, Sonas, has acquired Ashborough Nursing Home in Milltown. The acquisition means Sonas now has three homes in Munster – the others are in Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, with the capacity to care for 166 residents.

 

Sonas acquired Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home – and a second home, Innis Ree Lodge near Lanesborough, Co. Roscommon – from the Allenfield Group.

Sonas Nursing Home Ashborough as it will now be known provides retirement, palliative, convalescent, dementia and respite care.

Residents are encouraged to maintain their own independence as much as possible and all of the 58 beds come with a private en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. The home employs 60 staff bringing the total employed by Sonas to over 750.

Sonas, was founded in 2001 by Seamus Crawley, John Mangan and Gerry Jordan with the establishment of SonasNursing Home, Cloverhill in Co. Roscommon. The company now has 12 homes and four retirement villages across seven counties.

Seamus, who is the Chair of the company - and like John a qualified nurse – said they were delighted to welcome the residents and staff of Ashborough into the Sonas family.

Ashborough, like Sonas, has a well-deserved reputation for providing high quality care to residents based on mutual respect and trust. We are really looking forward to getting to know the residents who have made the home their home and to working closely with their families who give us such great support.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank every member of the dedicated team at Sonas Ashborough, led by Sheilah Climaco, for all their hard work at what is a very challenging time for everyone, but especially nursing homes.”

John Mangan, Director at Sonas Nursing Homes Group added that "enhancing the lives of our residents is our priority".

"All our homes are encouraged to maintain their own individual character based on their relationships and connections with the local community. Those relationships have never been more important and community solidarity has played a critical role in helping us to get through this challenging period. By investing and enhancing our homes, by working closely with residents’ families and the teams at Ashborough and our other homes, our aim is always to provide the best care possible to residents.”

For more information on Sonas Nursing Homes or to enquire about a career at Sonas go to www.sonas.ie.

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How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it? Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”. Break free from this limiting belief If you think you are not […]

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Lack of street lights a concern

By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]

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Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.

Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.

“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”

COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER

While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.

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