A black tie ball event to be held in the Listowel Arms hotel on Saturday February 11th. Drinks reception at 7.15pm Dinner at 8pm. All proceeds will go to Acquired Brain and Spinal injury services at Aras Mhuire Nursing Home.
We will have a number of national sporting heroes present on the night.
The main theme of night involves having an online auction of sporting memorabilia. The auction which will be held beforehand is for the only Jersey that was signed by the Irish team in Soldiers Field in Chicago after the win against the All Blacks. The auction will also include a jersey signed by the 2014 All Ireland Champions and a signed Dublin Jersey from the 2016 Champions. Other Jerseys to be auctioned will be announced later. The online auction will conclude on the night and the winners will be announced at the dinner.
Tickets are €100 and are available from John B Keanes Pub and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, 068 21470.
Aras Mhuire nursing Home is a registered charity that provides 24 hour nursing care for 38 adults over the age of 18 including those with acquired brain and Spinal injuries. It was established in 1971 by women from the Listowel Branch of St. Vincent De Paul including Mary B Keane (RIP) who remained on our Board of Management until her passing. We employ 54 people and contribute over €1.3 million in payroll to the local economy annually.
Of the 425 nursing homes in the Nursing Home Support Scheme we are the eleventh lowest funded in the country, we do not receive HSE funding and rely heavily on fundraising to maintain our excellent reputation. We are committed to growing this service in a sustainable and responsible way. Our recent HIQA, Helth and Safety Authority and Environmental Health officer inspection reports reflect the positive changes that have significantly enhanced the lives of residents in our home. Over the past two years we have raised over €220,000 through the Ring of Kerry Cycle, the National Lottery and other fundraising events and donations. These funds permitted us to complete works which otherwise would have been out of our reach financially for many years to come. These works included the building a 3 bedded extension, Kitchen and Dining room extension, 2 enclosed gardens and a complete refurbishment of all communal areas in the home.
Two of these rooms were purpose built to accommodate the needs of a people with a spinal injury and an acquired brain injury. One room includes the use of bluetooth technology which allows the resident to operate the TV, laptop, phone, light switches and plug sockets via a mouse that is operated using head control only. This resident was unable to source any other home in Kerry that could meet his needs and had this room not been built it would have been necessary for him to move outside the County. We have also purchased a mini van which we use to take residents on weekly trips.
Pat Treacy, of Listowel, a long-time supporter of Aras Mhuire, was at the Soldiers Field on November 6th in Chicago to watch Ireland Clinch their first ever win over the All Blacks. Pat has managed to get the only Jersey that was signed by the entire Irish Team on the night. Through his connections in AIG Pat has also acquired an All Blacks Jersey signed by 4 of the All Black World Cup team and a Dublin Jersey signed by the All Ireland Champions. Sean Healy and Stephen Stack of AIB have provided a signed Kerry Jersey. These Jerseys and more will be auctioned through a national online forum and will be publicised with the help of Billy Keane. The proceeds will go to acquired brain and spinal injury services at Aras Mhuire Nursing Home.