Behind large steel gates at the Convent of the Sisters of Charity in Donnybrook lies an oasis of peace. You pass through rolling lawns and a profusion of flowers to reach the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre where Sr. Marie and her team of helpers provide a wonderful service to the elderly
and the disabled. A bus delivers the disabled to the centre and others come by private transport.
Here from Monday to Friday there are physio exercises to music every day except Thursday and the First Friday when Mass is said for those who wish to attend. This is followed by a healthy lunch at 12.30. When all the dishes have been cleared away the visitors can play bingo or read or watch television until the bus returns to collect them.
This is a most important service to our community, for many elderly people find it hard to cook and indeed to fill in the time, as they may have few visitors. Twice weekly, Bernie the hairdresser is available to revive drooping locks, and occasionally a chiropodist visits to relieve aching feet. The staff are most helpful particularly to those in wheelchairs.
At Christmas time a lovely lunch is provided where after a glass of wine the guests may sing to their hearts’ content or recite their favourite poems! There is always a friendly atmosphere among the participants.
If you have an hour or two to spare Sr. Marie would appreciate your help as a volunteer. She may be contacted at the Convent or by telephone at 01 2698995.