Lowtherstown Court, Irvinestown, one of Choice Housing’s sheltered Schemes, celebrated 25 years since opening on Wednesday September 19. Tenants, along with local politicians, business owners and other Scheme’s residents attended a party to mark this special milestone.

From its officially opening on September 9, 1993, Lowtherstown Court has continued to provide flats with support for older people and is managed by two Scheme Co-ordinators Margaret Tanner and Rosemary Mc Quaid.

Two tenants, Mrs Ena. Philomey and Miss Kathleen Meehan, have lived happily in their flats since the premises opened 25 years ago. They were both presented with a bouquet of flowers at the party.

Mrs. Philomey said: “I moved into Lowtherstown Court in September 1993 as I was planning ahead for my future. I felt that this would be a suitable place for me to live as I got older as it is close to the town and local amenities. As I was the first person to apply for a flat here, I had the pick of which one I wanted. I have been very happy here and my family know that I am safe and secure at all times and of course they call regularly with me.”

Commenting on the benefits of living at Lowtherstown Court, Mrs. Philomey said: “There is always companionship, friendship and activities going on. Every evening most of the residents get together for a wee chat and a cup of tea. It is a friendly and welcoming place to live.”

Mrs. Philomey remarked on the “brilliant” onsite co-ordinator Margaret Tanner who is always there for a chat, to ease worries and answer queries.

She continued: “Margaret organises evening tea parties, music nights, craft sales, day trips and much more for the residents, so there is always something going on.”

She also noted the dedication of co-ordinator Rosemary McQuaid. Mrs. Philomey said: “Rosemary is on hand several days per week to check in on us all and make sure we are okay and have a chat with us. Both co-ordinators are absolutely brilliant and we couldn’t do without them.”

Mrs. Philomey’s daughter Nuala O’Sullivan commented on her mother’s decision to move into Lowtherstown Court. She said: “I was a bit apprehensive in case she would not be happy or that it did not suit her needs. Thankfully my worries were soon erased as mum absolutely loves being here. I know she is safe and has also made lots of new friends.”

The happiness of the tenants who reside at Lowtherstown Court is a testament to the great work of the co-ordinators who make it such a warm and friendly place to live.