Cork's Pieta House set to relocate

Cork's Pieta House set to relocate

Brian Higgins, chief executive Pieta House; Cathy Kelly, Head of Operations, Pieta House, and John Cleary, Managing Director of JCD, (left), at the announcement at Pieta House is to relocate to Shanakiel House.

PIETA House is on the move, relocating to Shanakiel House in Shanakiel, next June.

The organisation, which is currently located at Highfield Lawn in Bishopstown, has said the relocation will have no impact on clients or the services provided.

It is hoped the move will provide more stability for the services of Pieta House in Cork city and county.

Pieta House began operating in Cork in December 2013.

Since it was established to provide freely accessible, professional services to people who are in suicidal crisis or who are self-harming, Pieta House has worked with more than 36,000 clients and has become one of Ireland’s leading charitable organisations.

The relocation of the Cork centre has been supported by JCD (John Cleary Developments) who acquired Shanakiel House as part of the transfer of Shanakiel Hospital to the Mater Private at City Gate.

An extensive refurbishment of the original building is underway and will be completed by the June move-in date. Set in six acres of landscaped grounds, the facility enjoys panoramic views of Cork city.

CEO of Pieta House, Brian Higgins, commented: “Pieta House would like to extend its gratitude to the team at JCD for their support, which has enabled us to move to a state-of-the-art facility and better support the communities we already serve in both Cork city and county.”

John Cleary, Managing Director of JCD, also commented: “We are delighted to be in a position to support the vital work provided by Pieta House. The newly refurbished Shanakiel House provides an ideal setting and will continue the buildings long history of supporting Cork’s community.”

Pieta House, which started as a small, Dublin-based charity in 2006, now employs more than 270 therapists and administrative staff nationwide and has 15 centres across the country. In 2017 alone, more than 7,000 people came through its doors. From day one, all of the services it provides have been offered free of charge.

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