Liss Ard Estate to help raise autism awareness
Liss Ard Estate Skibbereen is hosting two events to raise awareness about autism, on September 29 and 30.
On September 29, all of the pupils attending the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) classes in St Patrick’s Boys’ National School are invited, with their families, to attend an autism friendly lunch in Liss Ard House.
Liss Ard has communicated extensively with the school to create a suitable lunch environment — they will dim the lights, background music will be dropped and the chefs will serve platters to cater for all the dietary requirements of the children, as well as catering for their families.
Afterwards, the families are welcome to explore the beautiful gardens and walks within the estate.
“We are absolutely blown away by the generosity of the general manager Aidan Shanahan, the owners and all the staff for this incredible gesture,” said Alan Foley, the principal of St Patrick’s BNS.
“Our pupils come from all over West Cork, so the families rarely get to meet outside of school. This is a wonderful opportunity for the families to meet socially in a safe and autism friendly environment.”
However, Liss Ard is not stopping there. The following evening, it is hosting a charity dinner for 60 lucky guests who will be treated to a drinks reception followed by a five-course tasting menu. There will be no set charge on the night — guests will pay what they feel the dinner is worth.
The entire proceeds will be donated to the ASD classes in St Patrick’s BNS.
The full time staff have also agreed to donate their wages from the night.
“It’s just fantastic,” said Mr Foley. “We would have been happy with the lunch for the pupils and their families. But the charity dinner will be a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of autism.
“On top of that, we will receive 100% of the proceeds from the night for our ASD classes, as well as the staff’s wages.
“A lot of the equipment and resources that we need for our ASD classes are quite unique and as a result, are often expensive. We want the best for our pupils and thanks to the generosity of Aidan and all at Liss Ard, we will be in a position to do this.”
Front, from left: Anne Crowley, deputy principal; Danny Barter, chef; Joshua Graddon, chef; Alan Foley, principal. Back, from left: Tommy Connolly, James Kingston, Ryan Murphy, all students in ASD Class St Patrick’s BNS Skibbereen. Liss Ard Estate Skibbereen are hosting two events to raise awareness about autism on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 of September. On Saturday, all of the pupils attending the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) classes in St Patrick’s Boys’ National School are invited, with their families, to attend an autism-friendly lunch in Liss Ard House, left.