Advertisement NewsCommunityDiamond life in the Desmond Complex | Newcastle West FeatureBy Rose Rushe – October 12, 2019 348 WhatsApp Facebook Email Linkedin Twitter Print Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Limerick. Photo: Cian ReinhardtFLOOR to ceiling glass walls, a huge common room for bingo, dancing and courting, a restaurant with 60 covers in the day, rooms for hire by local services; gardens, a creche and playground on site: the Desmond Complex means business.Manager Aileen Harnett took us through this happy campus on a sun-drenched day on which the centre pulsed with life.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Built in response to a feasibility study in 1990s that showed a lack of support services for older people, since 1996, it is community led and owned. Limerick Citizens Information Services run morning clinics here Tuesday to Friday; Pobal and HSE are other stakeholders. Naturally, the Complex is a not for profit company.“With the aid of Local Link we share the cost of transport for older people and disabled people from the wider West Limerick area.” Access and affordability are everything. Just €10 secures entry to all entertainment for the over 55s, pastoral services with Sisters Rena and Marie (Poor Servants of the Mother of God), sociability and a three-course meal, freshly cooked.“We have our day centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We have a lovely building and rent out rooms to local services. Citizens Information Services is here four mornings a week, from 10.30am into 2pm.“There is a Mother and Toddler group going on upstairs as I speak and we have loads of different activities going on – right now a coffee morning that is an annual fundraiser for Milford Hospice. It has raised €1,000′.The Desmond Community Creche is part of the one company and “very well supported. It is full and caters to all the schemes with a capacity for 110 children.”Across the yard stands the Brothers of Charity Early Intervention building. The Brothers rent the Hawthorne Suite five days in the principal building also to meet the needs of the community they foster.Business minded, the Desmond Complex hires space to private enterprise as well such as CareBright, slimming groups, Safe Pass training and even birthday parties on Sunday (self catered).“In the dining room we fit 80 seated and on a weekly basis, we comfortably provide for at least 160 meals.” Bernie Forrestal heads up the kitchen team and the food aromas circulating are delicious.Professional musicians set up in the common room with their own PA “and it is a very lively spot.” Aileen laughs. “We have joke tellers, we have singers, poetry speakers, a great varied group of people to entertain and have fun – and there is great dancing.” Folks, check out their Sloshy [line dancing].Late blooming romance? “Yes, it has been known to happen.” Again, that big bright smile from someone in love with their own lucky, lively job and diamond life at the Desmond Complex. Previous articleFILM REVIEW: JokerNext articleLimerick Councillor claims Gardaí “squaring” minor offences “often done” to maintain good relationship with public Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post
NUS DelegatesPreeti Dillon, CCC – LeeperAnn Don-Bosco, St Catz – LeeperRicky Ghosh, University – BarclayAmy Gilligan, Exeter – AEIPElliott Golend, Pembroke Will Hartshorn, Hertford – LeeperRebecca Hay, Magdalen – AEIPJason Keen, St John’s – LeeperEmily Keenan, St Hugh’s – LeeperBen Lyons, St Catz – BarclayHarriet Maltby, Magdalen – BarclaySanjay Nanwani, St Peter’s – LeeperJames Norrie, Wadham – AEIPJim O’Connell, University – BarclayAled Owen, University – BarclayZoe Tyndall, Magdalen – Barclay PresidentDavid Barclay, WorcesterJake Leeper, LMHVice President (Welfare and Equal Opportunity)Tom Perry, St John’sVice President (Women)Leanne Price, CCC – LeeperKatharine Terrell, St Hilda’s – BarclayVice President (Graduates)Vice President (Access and Academic Affairs)Alex Bulfin, University – BarclayVice President (Charities and Community)Daniel Lowe, St Edmund Hall Will McCullum, Wadham – LeeperHealth and Welfare OfficerEleanor Hafner, St Catz – Barclay Access and Admissions OfficerMaryam Ahmed, Christ ChurchNathan Jones, St Catz – BarclayAcademic Affairs Campaign OfficerHannah Cusworth, Brasenose – LeeperWomen’s Campaign OfficerFraser Anderson, Sommerville – AEIPYuan Yang, Balliol – LeeperRent and Accomodation OfficerCharlotte Carnegie, Wadham – LeeperSimon Spencer, Oriel – AEIPInternational Students OfficerBen Kindler, Mansfield – AEIPXiaowei Xu, University – BarclayCommon Room Liaison OfficerJack Matthews, St Peter’s – BarclayEnvironment and Ethics OfficerBen West, St Anne’s – Barclay Oxford University Student Union elections have kicked-off with technical difficulties as election candidates’ lists have not been e-mailed or published online.Although OUSU candidates lists were released this afternoon, these have only been available in OUSU offices. Ollie Linch, the returning officer of the 2010 Statuatory Annual Elections, has admitted that his computer has suffered a “technical gllitch” and thus the lists have not been e-mailed or put on the OUSU website until the next day.This means that the vast majority of students will still be unaware who is running for the elections.Joseph Renzullo, a second year student at St John’s admitted, “I have no idea who’s running for the OUSU elections.”However, students have accessed the information through facebook, where groups in support of candidates have appeared. Renzullo confirmed, “I have just seen on facebook that Daniel Lowe is running for VP Charities and Communities.”Last year, OUSU elections were plagued by technical issues. The manifesto of one presidential candidate was omitted from the Joint Manifesto Booklet and many students did not receive their online voting code until the last few hours of voting time.Current OUSU President Stefan Baskerville stressed the importance of OUSU’s engagement with students. He said to Cherwell, “Engaging with the process is crucial in making sure it leads to the best outcome. Students should read candidates’ manifestos, attend a hustings, and make an informed choice about who they want to lead their student union.”Cherwell has obtained the full list of candidates for OUSU elections. There are three main slates with David Barclay and Jake Leeper competing for the position of OUSU president. The third slate is named Another Education Is Possible (AEISP) and comprises students linked to the Social Workers’ Party. Community Outreach and Charities OfficerClaire Handel, Hertford – LeeperStudents with Disabilities OfficerDanielle Fraser Solomon, Queen’sBlack and Minority Ethnic Students and Anti-Racism OfficerMatthew Tye, ExeterLGBTQ OfficerJasper Minton-Taylor, St John’s – LeeperMature Students OfficerRainbow Chang, Wycliffe HallGraduate Academic Affairs OfficerIan Lyons, St Edmund Hall – BarclayGraduate International Students OfficerDeeksha Sharma, ExeterGraduate Welfare OfficerDavid Bowe, SommervilleGraduate Women’s OfficerNishma Doshi, Linacre – Leeper Below is the full list of candidates for all positions. Slate affiliations are denoted in italic.