There will be a public rally in Roscrea, commencing at 11am on Saturday March 3rd on Barrack Hill, Main Street and then progressing to the Dean Maxwell Home in support of the retention and development of, what is seen by the community, as essential services at the Dean Maxwell Unit in Roscrea. The unit was opened in 1974 and further developed in 1987 when Roscrea lost its District Hospital.
At a meeting of the friends and supporters of the Dean Maxwell Nursing Care Unit last week a Dean Maxwell Unit Support Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of local priest, Fr. Michael Harding C.C. The objective of the group is to facilitate the empowerment of the people from Roscrea and District whom the unit has served so well over the years, to support the retention and development of the unit to cater for the community needs going into the future. The committee is formed, and the public rally is being called, against the backdrop of changes, which have taken place and are about to take place, in the provision of community nursing care and ancillary care facilities provided at the heart of community.
There are numerous people and families who have been served by the excellent facilities of the Dean Maxwell Unit over the years and thus the organising committee are hopeful for a very large turnout at the public rally on March 3rd. In the present uncertainty which prevails in the State and the difficulties created by moratoriums of Staff Recruitment etc, public support for ‘essential’ services, say the committee, must be mobilized. The ‘Support Group’ feel that if public support is not mobilized for such essential services, as that which is provided at the Dean Maxwell Unit, that existing services may be diminished and future services may not be adequately developed to meet the evolving community need.
The committee headed by Fr. Michael Harding C.C. as Chairman is also made up of John Brophy, Secretary, John Lupton, P.R.O., Seamus Mullaney, Asst. P.R.O., Theresa Fitzpatrick, Asst. Secretary, Margaret Stanley, John Guilfoyle and Gerard Fitzgerald. The committee believe that community can be measured and valued by the manner in which it looks after its most vulnerable people and its aged.
As the Dean Maxwell Unit is at the very heart of that care, it is at the very heart of what community spirit in Roscrea and District is all about. Thus, the committee are earnestly requesting all groups, organisations, sporting clubs, etc to come out in force, with their banners and colours on Saturday morning March 3rd in a public display of support for the retention and development of the Dean Maxwell Unit in Roscrea and the facilities it provides in caring for the aged of the community.