Respond Housing Association celebrates 30 years of success as Ireland’s leading housing association in Listowel, Kerry

Respond Housing Association’s Board of Directors joined staff, volunteers, residents, local children and officials to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the housing charity in Baile O’ Dubhda, Lisotowel, Co Kerry recently. Those who attended celebrated the work of Respond Housing Association in Listowel while children took part in workshops and activities as part of the celebrations.

Respond residents in Baile o’ Dubhda are involved in the annual Tidy Towns Competition and have won the “Best Kept Medium Estate” for the past 2 years. The local Respond communtiy centre where the celebration events took place is also host to the North Kerry Together group, North Kerry Daycare, Tidy Towns Committee, Active Retirement and Irish Dancing classes. This year residents are taking it a step further with a Rainwater Harvesting programme as part of their overall environmental project.

Fr. Pat Cogan, CEO of Respond Housing Association, said: “Our 30th anniversary in 2012 is a major milestone for Respond Housing and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate our achievements with our residents in Listowel and around the country. At Respond Housing Association we look to build communities not just houses and our upcoming conference in Cork on October 25th entitled “Better Being; Promoting Well-being within Communities” focuses on how we can provide better services to our residents. We’re looking forward to continuing to provide our service to the Kerry community, and nationwide, for the next 30 years or more.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., joins Respond Housing Association to mark their 30 Year Celebrations

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. joined Respond Housing Association residents, staff, directors and local officials to celebrate Respond Housing Association’s 30th anniversary. Minister Deenihan officially opened Respond Housing estate Marconi Drive, Gleann na Mara, Ballybunion unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion. Gleann na Mara has twenty family homes and three homes for older people and was built with the support of Kerry County Council and kindly funded by the Department of the Environment. The event is part of a series of events happening across the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the housing charity including community events, estate openings, two national conferences and the launches of major policy initiatives.

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