New ‘Mona Ryan Room’ for Spafield

On Wednesday September 24, the staff of Spafield Family Resource Centre held an open day to showcase the centre’s many programmes and courses.

On Wednesday September 24, the staff of Spafield Family Resource Centre held an open day to showcase the

centre’s many programmes and courses.

In excess of 80 people attended on the day and heard presentations on areas such as the LTI Programme, Childcare Services and Family Support Programme.

Visitors were also given guided tours of the building where they got an opportunity to the see the Women’s Wednesday Morning Group cooking and the Basket Weaving by the Men’s Shed Project.

Also on the morning the new Mona Ryan Family Room was launched in memory of the late Mona Ryan who was actively involved in setting up the centre in 1996, was a board member for many years and a member of community groups in Cashel.

Family members present on the day were delighted by the gesture as it signified the contribution that Mona had given to the people of Cashel and especially families.

Many of Mona’s friends who were also present at the launch joined with her family in reminiscing on stories about her interests and achievements.

When asked what the room meant to the Ryan family, Mona’s daughter Catherine mentioned that the family were so honoured that the room was named after their mother and that the family and Mona’s memory would always be part of the Cashel Community.

An artist and tutor living on Cape Clear Island, Catherine presented the centre with a piece of artwork for the room that she created in felt using the symbol of the tree meaning family and roots a tree of love that shelters us all.

The Mona Ryan Family Room will be used to facilitate services that are available to families such as the Parents Corner, Counselling, Citizens Information, MABS and other Family Support activities running in the centre.

Manager Julie White said they were delighted with the support as the Family Resource Centre is the hub of the community and invited people to call into the centre or phone us on 062 63622.