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Sonas acquires Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home in Milltown



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.”

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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