2012 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Community

Seamus Stack, Dromcollogher & District Respite Care Centre

Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick

The Respite Care centre opened in 2002, a 20 bed Respite Care Centre, it was the first of its kind in the country - a community based, community driven, stand alone facility where an elderly person can stay for two to three weeks, allowing the family carers a break. The Centre would not exist without the tireless effort and passion of volunteer Seamus Stack. The centre has attracted huge appreciation from families and relatives for the level of care provided in a home away from home atmosphere. Residents are welcomed to come on repeat visits.

The Centre has attracted huge appreciation from families and relatives for the level of care provided in a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere. Seamus, through his vision and never tiring commitment, sees this centre as a benchmark for other centres up and down the country.

Seamus Stack was nominated “for his vision, dedication and endless volunteerism that he has displayed tirelessly to the community of Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick and beyond”. Seamus has worked to improve the quality of elderly people in his local community.

Seamus leads by example and in doing so encourages the community to take ownership and build on what has already been established. No other small town in this county has responded more generously and comprehensively to the needs of elderly and disadvantaged, spearheaded by Seamus. 

Elizabeth Dempsey nominated Seamus for a Volunteer Ireland Award, she said "Seamus’ leadership in the community was responsible for the thriving day care centre, housing for the elderly and family social housing, enterprise centre with 10 units, sponsor of CE scheme and sponsor of TUS scheme. Through all the many challenges in the development, Seamus has remained steadfast and focused and never claims any accolades for himself.”

Photography by Bridget O'Donnell