Tydavnet Faith and Light group learned with great sadness the impending closure of Cuisle in Roscommon at the end of November. The respite facility of the Irish Wheelchair Association at Dunamon Castle has been providing holidays for people with disabilities and their families since 1997, and has great memories for our local group, usually, it was the only chance of a holiday they’d get. The 48 staff members were told that the closure was that necessary upgrades to the facility would be too costly, but it is suggested that it is on the list to house 250 economic migrants according to the INIS Dept of Justice framework. You are invited to do your best to fight for the retention for Cuisle – by being a voice for our most precious members of Faith and Light and the Arch Club, by voicing your support, and lobbying local politicians, councillors, TDs, and anyone else you think may be able to help. Contact the Irish Wheelchair Association at info@iwa.ie, and support the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/savecuisleroscommon/

Cuisle opened in 1997 on the grounds of Donamon Castle in Mid Roscommon and it is leased from the Divine Word Missionaries. It is Ireland’s leading wheelchair accessible resort with 34 fully accessible bedrooms, personal assistance, nursing care , a wide range of aids and appliances, a restaurant and onsite bar and live entertainment, leisure suite with jacuzzi, sauna and gym, and a fleet of accessible transport. Located beside Donamon Castle on the banks of the River Suck, it boasts of 31 accessible fishing bays in Ballinapark and 35 metres of accessible angling platform at Stoneham’s Lake and a recently developed walk for wheelchairs along the side of Stoneham’s lake. All of the facilities onsite are 100% wheelchair accessible and the experienced and friendly staff are trained to the highest standards. The facility is also well used by the local community for special occasions, socials etc.

It is hoped that funding can be found from local and government sources to provide the necessary funding to carry out the necessary re-wiring works to sustain this vital accessible holiday experience and respite centre in Ireland’s hidden heartlands.