Tipperary man and Share A Dream founder Shay Kinsella is preparing to open Europe's first all inclusive play area later this summer.
The centre, known as Dreamland, will be a purpose built play facility for sick and disabled children open to families from Tipperary and the mid west and will be based at the Point Park site in Limerick.
“It has been four long hard years trying to raise funds and getting people to believe in my dream but with the fantastic support of some caring sponsors, hundreds of volunteers all over the country and my great colleague Ciara Brolly the Dream is about to come true,” said Mr Kinsella.
Work at the site is set to be completed by the end of August with the grand opening taking place in September. Last weekend an Italian design team arrived at the site to begin fitting out the play area which hopes to help sick children forget about their illnesses, fears and hospital visits and instead create happy memories with their siblings, friends and families.
The Share A Dream Foundation was founded by Mr Kinsella in 1989 and since then has helped to bring magic into the lives of 25,000 children and their families by helping to make dreams come true for terminally ill children.
Dreamland will also be the headquarters for the Share a Dream Foundation .
“It will be a place where all children would feel welcome, where we would look for ability not disability and where disabled children will be able to play alongside their able-bodied siblings and friends and just have fun," added Mr Kinsella.