Accessible holiday centre celebrates 20th anniversary
“It’s the synergy of the mix between the staff, the volunteers, the guests and the local community that make Cuisle such a unique place.”
Those were the sentiments of Cuisle Holiday Centre’s General Manager, Jean Coleman during last Thursday’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
Jean was addressing a large crowd of guests which included Irish Wheelchair CEO Rosemary Keogh; Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Tony Ward. Senators Terry Leyden and Maura Hopkins and a number of councillors were also present.
Cuisle Holiday Centre officially opened its doors in 1997 and since then it has become renowned nationwide and indeed further afield as being a unique facility which caters for people with disabilities.
Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice paid a glowing tribute to those involved in running the centre.
“Throughout the country, there is incredible work being done (by IWA) in different places.
“You have a place that twenty years ago set off on a journey. It is known far and wide. It is known for people that need respite, for helping those people and for the friendliness. It’s the staff that make this place,” he said.
Deputy Fitzmaurice also highlighted the employment opportunities Cuisle has provided to the local community.
Roscommon Cathaoirleach Tony Ward described Thursday as a “joyous day” and thanked the staff at Cuisle, stating that they should be “complimented right across the board” for providing such a unique service.
Tyrone woman Ursula Nugent also spoke at the event. Ursula has been a regular guest at Cuisle and she had high praise for the facilities.
She said: “I first heard of Cuisle from another guest who visits from Northern Ireland. I then looked it up on the Internet and thought the place was perfect because it had everything I needed. I particularly like the leisure facilities because we don’t have them up North. We can use the facilities independently under our own steam. We can use the hoist to get into the Jacuzzi and it can really help you relax. It helps the muscle tone which improves my cerebral palsy. I think the facilities in Cuisle are second to none,” she said.
She also spoke about some of the many outings she has enjoyed at Cuisle, trips made possible by the transport facilities at the holiday centre. Although if Ursula has her way, a trip to Galway might be on the cards!
“The accessible transport is great, I would like to suggest that we go up to Galway the next time – but I don’t want to put pressure on anyone!”
According to Ursula, Cuisle has also helped her to develop confidence; something which was very much in evidence throughout her speech on Thursday afternoon.
She said: “I might seem confident here today but I’m really not that confident and Cuisle has helped my confidence and built my self-esteem.”
Ursula concluded with a glowing tribute to the “highly dedicated” staff, before officially kicking off Cuisle’s 20th birthday party.