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McAuley Place Timeline

31 January 2000 - First Board of Management meeting of NnRHA

17 April 2000 - Certificate of Incorporation as Company

13 Feb 2003 - Charitable Status received CHY no 15326

May 2003 - Lodged a planning application to convert St Mary’s Convent to  Community based Housing for Older Persons.

July 2003 - Planning permission received to develop 37 self contained apartments.

2 October 2004 - Saturday Independant magazine.  Special Report’”Who gives a damn about the old”?

August 2005 - Cllr John McGinley, Kildare Mayor and Cllr Pat McCarthy, Mayor of Naas visit the former convent, site for the proposed development. Statement by Cllr McCarthy after the visit:“This is one of the most worthwhile and imaginative projects ever to be proposed for Naas.  When completed it will be a major facility for the entire community and a matter of pride for the town.  It deserves the full support of the Town Council, Government agencies and the general public.”

August 2005 - The Mayor of Kildare has called for urgent funding to protect a listed building in Naas which is deteriorating as it awaits planning permission for refurbishment.  He says the proposed 53 integrated units for the elderly by the Nás na Ríogh Association is the “benchmark” for looking after older persons and he wants the planning application fast tracked.

December 2005 - Council to the rescue for Naas Sheltered Housing Project. Kildare Co Council granted funding for emergency repairs.........It is described as “the benchmark” for the rest of the country by Sean Power, Minister for Older Persons.  Funding is for repairs to the roof, repairs to the windows and for the treatment of dry rot and wet rot in the building.

19 May 2006 - The McAuley Sheltered Housing project in Naas has finally been given the green light by planners. 53 Self Contained apartments.
A separate planning application has now been lodged to refurbish the former parish centre and provide a three storied community centre for  “intergenerational activities”.

19 May 2006 - Date of purchase of Convent buildings from Sisters of Mercy by NnRHA.

July 2006 - Naas Housing Project featured on RTÉ 360 TV programme. 

26 March 2007 - Planning permission received to develop Community Centre.

21 June 2008 - First group using Naas Community Centre: Yoga Class. 

11 September 2008 - Registration of Business Name: Nás na Ríogh Housing Association Ltd. (Registration Number 367686).

1 November 2008 - Official opening of Naas Community Centre.

19 May 2009 - Funding approval granted for housing development from Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government.

June 2009 - Kildare Extra.  €7.4 million Housing Project  Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Aine Brady, has been informed by her Government colleague, Minister for Housing, Michael Finneran, that his department has approved funding of €7.4 million for the housing project (Nás na Ríogh) at the old convent, Sallins Road, Naas, Co Kildare.

July 2009 - Work to start on Naas Housing Project.  Construction work will start any day now on one of the biggest social housing schemes ever undertaken in Naas.

15 May 2010 - Launch of Luisne, the first intergenerational community arts project at McAuley Place Naas.

18 October 2010 - Planning Permission received to develop Arts and Culture Centre at former Nuns’ Chapel.

16 June 2011 - First resident moves in to McAuley Place.

July 2011 - Inaugural performance on the newly restored Bevington Organ, by Philip Lawton, at the Arts and Culture Centre.

14 February 2012 - Opening of Convent Tea Rooms.

June 13 2012 - President Michael D Higgins visits McAuley Place. He praises it as an example of what should be done around the country.  This year’s Bealtaine Festival poses the question: “What kind of old do you ant to be?” McAuley Place asks — and answers — that same question.

February 2013 - Planning application request submitted to develop Health through Learning Centre.

June 2013 - Planning permission to develop Health through Learning Centre granted.