In November 1965, the Carrickmacross branch of the I.N.T.O. invited various interested persons of the community to a special meeting in order to discuss the need for a basic education for the mentally handicapped children between 4 – 16 years of age.
Following this, the committee decided to open a school on a voluntary basis for three days a week. On the 3rd October 1966 the school was opened with six local pupils and entirely voluntary staff, teachers, caterers, drivers, cleaners and many other helpers.
In June 1967 the Department of education agreed to recognise the Carrickmacross School as a temporary school with the intention of building a permanent school in Cootehill. (Cootehill was chosen as the most central point for the Cavan-Monaghan areas, receiving pupils from within a twenty-mile radius) They also agreed to appoint a permanent teacher for the Carrick School and to provide a free school transport.
The activities of the Carrickmacross association since then are outlines below.
School transferred to new premises in Cootehill.
Six trainees begin attending A.D.A.H. Sheltered Workshop, Ardee.
Sheltered Workshop transfers to new premises in the Ardee Day Centre.
Community Group home opened at 11 Cloughvalley Place, under the care of the St. John of God Brothers.
Purchase second Community Group at Mullinary, Carrickmacross.
Took over day services to 17 adults with learning disabilities attending Cloughvalley Day Care. Supported by the H.S.E Section 39 Grant Funding.
Steadfast House new purpose built facility to provide day service officially opened.
Community Group Home opened on the Convent Lands to provide residential support to four female residents.
Commenced provision of Respite Services for adults with intellectual disability in the Cavan/Monaghan area.