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Cúnamh Iveragh is a group of parents, families and friends of people with intellectual disabilities of all ages living in the South Kerry area.  Cúnamh supports these intellectually disabled people in whatever way possible to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.  


Cúnamh Iveragh was formed in the mid 1980's.  Its primary aim was to support children and young adults with an intellectual disability and its secondary aim was to support their parents.  These needs seemed greatest at the time.

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Their is an urgent need for a Respite Service in South Kerry.  There has never been a Respite Service here before.  Some of our children have challenging behaviour and the exhausted and ageing parents are finding their situation more and more difficult as the years go by.  The ever demanding needs of our children make it very difficult for other family members to take them for breaks.  This means that most parents never get a break on their own.  Our loved ones never leave their parents.  


Our plan is to renovate a house we purchased in 2013 to HIQA standards, while at the same time ensuring that it is homely with a high level of comfort so that our loved ones enjoy staying there.  We do not want to have a house that feels like an institution.  Leaving home suddenly and permanently would be a very traumatic event for our children and we feel a phased transition would be much better.  We want for our children " A Home Away From Home ".   


We have secured planning permission for our development and we will commence the works in summer 2021.  

Please help us fulfill our dream and provide a much needed Respite Service for our children.


Thank you sincerely.




contact details


Canon's Lane, Bridge Street, Cahersiveen, County Kerry, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 18146

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20069049

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