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The semi-detached house on Abbey Road in Thurles was converted during Covid-19 lockdowns – funded by charity events and a massive volunteering effort by builders and others.

“It was an unbelievable project,” says Catherine Cleary, the chairperson of the Tipperary branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. “We would sincerely like to thank each and every person who shared this journey with us.”

In total, about 80 tradespeople worked on the project for free. Noel Buckley, a retired teacher became the voluntary site manager during the project. The next-door neighbour even donated a section of their garden for a playground.

This video – which was created by a local company called Star Systems – tells us the story about how this huge project came about thanks to the hard work, commitment and generosity of the local community. A huge thank you to everyone involved – we are truly grateful.