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Cancer Support Centre To Open In Youghal By Year End

From The Irish Examiner:

A new support centre is being planned for cancer sufferers and their families in the east Cork-west Waterford region.

The service, expected to be operational by year end, is an alternative to the long journeys to Cork or Waterford cities for those seeking support treatment.

Cuan House will be based at Church Street, close to Youghal’s town centre. The two-storey property has been, for the past 30 years, a B&B. It comprises seven bedrooms, living room, kitchen and rear car park with front and rear entrances.

The sale of the building has been agreed to the Cuan House Cancer Support Centre — formerly Youghal Cancer Support Group.

The announcement follows over eight years of continuing fundraising.

Earlier this year, the group had to abandon plans to convert a former school building.

“Heritage consultants disallowed the installation of wheelchair access, while an archaeological dig would have taken up to two years,” says founder and chairperson Therése O’Connell.

Cuan House will be voluntarily staffed and provide a free service, including counselling and holistic-based treatments.

Social events, such as music and entertainment sessions plus smaller, more intimate gatherings will also feature.

“It will be a place of sincerity and welcome and certainly not one of gloom by any means,” says Mrs O’Connell, herself a cancer survivor.

The centre, she said, would welcome more volunteers to what will be an evolving service. They are also hoping to acquire treatment beds, along with household furniture and kitchen equipment. “We could actually do with a fitted kitchen if anyone has one to spare,” says the founder.

More details at 024-92353.