Lourdes Day Care Centre on Sean McDermott Street reopened last week after a long and heavily-anticipated refurbishment.

Founded in 1979 by a group of local people, the Lourdes Day Care Centre provides a place for older people in the area to meet and enjoy a hot meal.

Through hard work and fundraising, Dublin City Council agreed to build the centre to help cater for the physical, psychological and social needs of the elderly in the parish.

The refurbishment project, which lasted just under a year, was funded by Dublin’s North East Inner City Initiative (NEIC), and was officially reopened by the Lord Mayor last Friday.

Paddy Murdiff, chairman of the Lourdes Day Care Centre, said: “Some 40 years later, the Day Care Centre is embedded in the fabric of the local community and offers a home away from home for many older people and the most vulnerable in the community.

“Combating social isolation, it is a place for people to come together, to have fun, laugh and communicate with other people.”

The refurbishment involved internal alterations as well as a singlestorey extension to incorporate a new sitting room, wet room, locker room and general store.

Speaking at the reopening, Lord Mayor Nial Ring said: “The centre and its staff have operated at the very heart of this community for 40 years and offers wonderful support to the older people living in the north inner city.

“It is vital that the Government continues to support and invest in such fantastic community initiatives, and I know that the centre, led by the wonderfully kind Bernie Pierce, will continue to provide care, comfort and companionship to those who need it for many years to come.”

Bernie Pierce, manager of Lourdes Day Care Centre, said: “We have waited a long time for this refurbishment to materialise and are delighted to welcome back our members to the new centre.

“The introduction of natural light to rooms and the bigger space will be of huge benefit to our members’ well-being, and to the community at large.”