nd so the rumours that Tiglin were in talks to buy Coolnagreina have turned out to be true.
With the sale confirmed today, the former’s plans for the latter are, we’ve been led to understand, “business as usual”.
Which means that the 125-year-old Young Christian Women’s Associations of Ireland institution should continue with pretty much the same goals, religious belief and, hopefully, staff.
We tried to get in touch with the man leading that staff, Jonathan Ellis, and, a few hours ago, he promised to get back to us soon.
Over at Tiglin – the Ashford-based rehabilitation charity who took over Carraig Eden in June 2017 – young Phil Thompson sent us the following…
Tiglin are delighted to confirm that, following a period of engagement with current operator, YWCA Ireland, agreement has been reached that paves a way regarding the future of the Coolnagreina facility on Trafalgar road in Greystones.
Agreement has been reached in principle for the Coolnagreina facility to reopen in the near future under the ownership, management and leadership of Tiglin. Tiglin’s vison is to honour Coolnagreina’s heritage and build upon its existing relationships and activities. Tiglin also intends to compliment these existing services by introducing supported accommodation for women.
Chairman of Tiglin Aubrey Mc Carthy said, “We are delighted to partner with previous operators of Coolnagreina who have managed the centre through a difficult period due to COIVD. We believe that the local and national opportunities that present themselves at Coolnagreina are exciting and God given and the facilities such as the accommodation and Youth and Community Space will flourish under Tiglin’s leadership.”
Coolnagreina was established as to empower women throughout Ireland to be engaged, connected and transformed. Tiglin looks forward to taking on this mantle in its plans to provide, alongside the existing services that operate at Coolnagreina, supported accommodation for women, family supports, children’s therapy and a creche.
Hurrah! Coolnagreina went on the market in February, and we immediately got in touch with Oonagh Desire, the general secretary of YWCA Ireland, who informed us that this was an internal process and therefore confidential. Oonagh did point out though that, as both a charity and a provider of hospitality and accommodation, Coolnagreina had been ‘doubly affected’ by the Covid lockdowns.
With its deep history here in Greystones, here’s hoping this landmark can now leave such troubles behind, and go on to do even greater and brighter work. In the name of Elvis, our Lawdy and saviour.
Just as importantly, here’s hoping it will still take in weary travellers – especially those needing wheelchair access – at ridiculously low prices…
You can check out the Coolnagreina website here, the YWCA Ireland website here, and explore the Guide archives on CSSM, etc, over here.