PLANS to open a branch of the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House, in Roscrea have received a major boost with news on Monday last week that North Tipperary Leader Partnership has approved funding of €25,000 for the project.
This funding will provide up to 75% of the cost of refurbishing a building in the heart of Roscrea for the centre, which is expected to be officially opened in mid-Autumn of this year.
The news has been announced by Roscrea based Fianna Fail Cllr. Michael Smith, who has described it as a “fantastic boost” for the project, of which he is a dedicated supporter. Cllr Smith also revealed that the contract for carrying out the refurbishment of the premised has been awarded to a local builder. Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Roscrea Darkness into Light and Pieta House committee, Paul McNamara, last week presented a cheque for €10,131.01 to Joan Freeman and Cathy Kelly of Pieta House on behalf of the people of Tipperary following the incredibly successful Darkness into Light walk which took place in Roscrea on 12th May. Over 350 people took part in Roscrea’s first ever Darkness into Light 5Km walk. The event aims to raise awareness about the issue of suicide and also to raise vital funds for the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House.