From Left to Right: Anja Stenberg, Martin Crowe, Jackie Leonard, John Walsh, John Murray, Sister Helena Blackwell, Liam Duggan, Carmel Fox, and Cora Horgan
The Sisters of Mercy may have left Doon but they have left many legacies including Doon Social Farm. This parish has always produced a fine crop of hurlers and now it has crops of vegetables on the social farm. It is the brainchild of Ballyhoura Rural Services (BRS) – a charity set up in 2010 to tackle rural isolation in the region.
Having concentrated mostly on the provision of a befriending service to the elderly, there was a desire within the organisation to respond to the needs of other people in society who are experiencing social isolation, particularly young people.
Anja Stenberg, of BRS, said in 2014, BRS started looking into ways of delivering services for young people and were inspired by the success of social farms in Holland and the United Kingdom.
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This article first appeared in the Limerick Leader on 13th July, 2019 and was written by Donal O’Regan