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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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Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors
 

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

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Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
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Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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