Official Opening of The Stanwix Village
Official Opening of The Stanwix Village – 19th May 2023 An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. officially opened the Thurles Lions Trust Stanwix Village development on…

Official Opening of The Stanwix Village – 19th May 2023

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. officially opened the Thurles Lions Trust Stanwix Village development on Friday 19th May 2023. The Stanwix Village consists of 16 houses, which is now home to 20 people and a community centre.

An Taoiseach said “I’d love to see something like this not only in every town in Tipperary but every town in the country. I think if we had something like this in every town, we would be in a much better place.

“So this is an example to follow, both in terms of bringing an old building back into use, but also supported accommodation for people who need it most so people can live in their communities,” said An Taoiseach.

At a cost of €4.1 million, the development included a refurbishment of the Stanwix Home (Widow’s Home) a protected structure together with the construction of six new homes on the site.

The Thurles Lions Trust have prioritised elderly persons, persons with disabilities and others in need of housing.

Speaking at the event, Chairperson of Thurles Lions Trust, Anne Bolton, said the project has been a pleasure to work on.

She told those gathered that it was a joy to see residents move in in February and form supportive friendships.

“For some, having the necessary support in place makes it a home,” said Ms Bolton.

Ms Bolton said this development brings the total units provided by the Thurles Lions Trust to 81.

Of those, 23 are fully supported, and they also have 15 former tenants who still receive support to maintain independent tenancies.

John McCormack, Chief Executive of the Thurles Lions Trust said spoke of the history of The Stanwix Home, it’s benefactor Ms Emma Slaughter-Stanwix, and The Stanwix Trust who were charged by Ms Stanwix in her will with delivering on her vision. The Stanwix Village complex is an initiative of Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association.

In attendance at the opening were representatives from Tipperary County Council, Councillors and TDs, Jackie Cahill and Michael Lowry as well as many members of the public and most importantly the residents of The Stanwix Village and the other houses provided by The Stanwix Trust.

Deputy Cahill praised the work of the Thurles Lions Trust and especially on this historic building. “I am a native of Thurles. I’ve passed this building numerous times and to see it in a serious state of decay. So it is lovely to see it restored and holding its character as well,” said Mr Cahill.

Thurles-Templemore Cathaoirleach Peggy Ryan said the restoration was huge for Thurles. “This is transformative for Thurles as the restoration of something close to the hearts of locals. Everyone knows it was called the ‘Widow’s Home’ but now we know the history of it and the vision of Emma Slaughter Stanwix.”

Since 1889 The Stanwix Home, known lovingly to generations of locals as the “Widow’s Home”, has been providing sheltered and independent accommodation to elderly ladies from Thurles and surrounding parishes.

County Cathaoirleach Roger Kennedy said: “This is a tremendous development here. We are always trying to recycle and reuse and remodify, and this is a prime example of what can be done.

Tipperary Senator Garrett Ahearn said what the Lions Trust have accomplished in Thurles can be done across the country.

“Today is a really positive day and I Just want to congratulate the Thurles Lions Trust on all the work they have done.

“This is a real insight into what can be achieved across the country to house people.