Burren View Child Development Centre, Galway

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An Taoiseach Mr Brian Cowen, TD formally opened the Burren View Child Development Centre in Galway on 25 September 2009. The centre provides a specialist educational service to children who have learning and physical disabilities, aged 3 to 6 years. It is run by the Brothers of Charity Services in Galway. When the centre was established in 1990 staff working in the centre adopted the principles of conductive education, based on a Hungarian model of therapy for children with physical disability. This approach, eventually used worldwide, has been the bedrock of the approaches used in Burren View over the years and it supports each child to become as independent as his or her ability allows.

Mr Paddy Greally, Sector Manager for the Brothers of Charity Services in Galway, thanked An Taoiseach on behalf of the services: ‘This dream was realised following discussions and agreement between the Brothers of Charity Services Galway, the HSE West, Galway City Council, Cordil Contractors, Inchagaoill Contractors and PJ Tobin & Co, Consulting Engineers, Galway. A new crèche planned for the housing development at Fana Bui, Ballymoneen, has been modified to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. This is a fine example of teamwork between statutory, voluntary and private development and we are proud to have been able to provide this wonderful new purpose-built facility in Galway City.’

While the Health Services Executive provided 90% of the funding for the project, there was a shortfall to be met by the Brothers of Charity Services. This was mainly achieved through fundraising locally, particularly by the parents of children who attended the centre over the past ten years.

This year another milestone was reached in that the Department of Education and Science have included many of the children attending Burren View, on the roll of a local special
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Further information is available from Mr Paddy Greally, Sector Manager, Brothers of Charity Services Galway, Woodlands Centre, Renmore, Galway, Tel: 087-2342669.

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