'Funds raised from this year's Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle will go towards the construction of five new housing units, providing much needed homes for older people and returning immigrants in our community.'

Caherciveen Social Services was established in 1972 to provide meals on wheels for those in need in the Cahirciveen area. Over the years we have expanded our services to provide transport facilities for those living in rural areas, a subsidised laundry service, a Day Care Centre and housing accommodation for older members of the community and returning immigrants.

Recently, we have particularly focused on the area of housing accommodation to meet growing demand for older people in need and returning immigrants. To date, 22 housing units have been constructed. Funds raised through the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle charity 2018 will go towards the construction of five additional and urgently needed housing units.

Help us to achieve our goal this year and build 5 new housing units for older people and returning immigrants in need in our community.

Inspirational Stories

Profile of Kathleen O’Sullivan, The Upper Deck, The Avenue, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.

Kathleen is the first resident of Cahirciveen Social Services living in “The Upper Deck” since 9th May 1990 and loves the apartment and it’s surrounding. Kathleen had gone through a difficult period in her life and turned to Cahirciveen Social Services for help. She heard the news around town of being granted the apartment but didn’t believe it until Kitty King met her and gave her the official news. Kitty gave her keys to look at two apartments and once she went in to what is now her apartment “The Upper Deck” she fell in love with and opted for that apartment. Kathleen is very thankful to Cahirciveen Social Services for giving her this beautiful home.

Three years ago, to comply with Health and Safety Standards, an extension was built with a new stairs which she cherishes as it provides great security and privacy and it is now home to her own GAA Gallery as Kathleen is Kerry’s number 1 supporter. Various people from within the GAA have visited the GAA Gallery and have all signed the guest book. Kathleen had a big launch of her Gallery with Fr. Larry Kelly celebrating a special GAA Mass on the night, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh performing the official cutting of the ribbon. There was such a huge crowd in attendance that a traffic management system was put in place.

Kathleen is an avid fundraiser, creating a calendar and donating proceeds to local charities, currently working on a song with Eddie Lee and Tommy James which will be launched on 19th May 2018 in Frank’s bar Cahirciveen with proceeds going to Mental Health. Kathleen has ran the Dublin City Mini Marathon in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015 raising a total of €45,000. In 2008 she raised over €10,000 and gave it to Cahirciveen Social Services to finish the road to the Avenue as an appreciation of what has been done for her by Cahirciveen Social Services.

Kathleen has had many happy occasions in “The Upper Deck”. She says “Every morning I wake up it’s a delight to be in such a lovely home, I know that if something urgent happens all I have to do is contact Bridie in the office and all is looked after immediately”. Even the great Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh has visited numerous times. She says “I wouldn’t leave for love nor money even if I was given a brand new house anywhere”. Kathleen conintues to praise Cahirciveen Social Services saying “I have stayed in many a hotel and B&B and nothing compares to “The Upper Deck””.

Kathleen would like to take this opportunity to thank Maureen Gavin who began as manager in 1992 at the opening of the Laundry. She was Fantastic, Generous and Kind never left me want for anything. 16 years later Mary Cournane replaced her who was equally Helpful, Obliging and Kind. Kathleen felt lonely when they left as they were like a mother to her. Now Bridie is managing the ship and she too is Fantastic and Great and helps in every way on the rare occasion Kathleen needs something.

Kathleen said “No money will buy happiness, since living with Cahirciveen Social Services I am very HAPPY”.