At an event in the former convent in An Fál Carrach, at 12.00 midday (30 July 2007), Pat the Cope Ó Gallchóir, TD, Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety launched Development Plans for the Cú Chulainn centre. Údarás na Gaeltachta provided support for the Cú Chulainn committee in 1995 to purchase the former convent for the provision of facilities and services for people with special educational needs and care. The Cú Chulainn centre was one of the first community projects to have a significant role in the provision of education and care for people with special needs. This community project pioneered in many ways but specifically as a community project operating in the care and educational sector.
Pat the Cope Ó Gallchóir, TD, Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety launched new Development Plans for the Cú Chulainn centre and as part of the plans, the Health Service Executive will manage the centre and develop it as part of the Executives community service in the Northwest. The Oaklee Housing Trust will work in association with the Executive and the Cú Chulainn centre. They intend to develop housing facilities for people with learning difficulties by redeveloping the Cú Chulainn centre.
During the launch, Pat the Cope Ó Gallchóir, TD, Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety said that “Sally Mac Intyre, all of the employees and the Cú Chulainn committee deserved special recognition for all the work they did to retain the operation of this efficient necessary service for the last twelve years. An important community and care service that recognised the special needs of those attending the Cú Chulainn centre over the last twelve years …”.
The services provided in the Cú Chulainn centre will now be funded and managed by the Health Service Executive and the directors of the Cú Chulainn Committee will continue supporting the Executive and the Oaklee Housing Trust.