Residents of Dublin’s Mount Anthony housing development are celebrating their 60th anniversary in style

Residents at an assisted living facility in Dublin have been described as the “heart and soul” of the local community.

unt Anthony is a residential community for the elderly that supports independent living with a range of community facilities and services.

The Iveagh Trust built the first dedicated assisted living scheme at Mount Anthony in Rathmines in 1962.

Residents and staff celebrated the program’s 60th anniversary on Tuesday with afternoon tea, a magician and a performance by Molly Malone.

The first phase of development consisted of 40 homes and now there are 143 homes providing accessible and comfortable accommodation for the elderly in a supported environment.

Bert Taylor (72), originally from Co Sligo, has lived in Mount Anthony since 2011.

He said he could not imagine life without the help of the Iveagh Trust and his “heart sang” when he first walked through the door of his new home 11 years ago.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the apartment, the most beautiful apartment on the top floor. I was so happy my heart sang and I’ve never regretted it,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful place and I think what defines it is the Iveagh Trust’s thesis, the way they care about people and the staff that I’ve met, they all show that, they do really.

“There’s a good sense of community, we have a day room and they organize stuff and we also have our free trips.

“I couldn’t live in the city, really. It’s a reasonable rent and terms and conditions I can’t say enough good things about it and it really is one of the best places to live in Dublin.”

Tenant Liaison Officer Antoinette Kiely said tenants enjoy the security of the facility. She said it also benefits those who may feel socially isolated.

She has worked at Mount Anthony for seven years, assisting tenants with a range of issues including switching bank accounts.

“Some tenants just need to chat, and some of them don’t have family or anything, so I’m there to listen to them too. I’ve been here throughout the pandemic too,” she said.

“My role is, I have an open ear and if I can help them within limits, I will. If I see someone losing weight I let the nurses know and we work really well as a team.

“Each year I organize a free day trip for every tenant who lives at the Iveagh Trust, so he sponsors a day trip for all tenants.”

Iveagh Trust Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rory Guinness said the service has been in existence for 60 years. He said tenants are the “heart and soul” of the community.

“This particular property is 60 years old, the Trust itself is 130 years old. So we were building social housing long before the state was formed, and even then there was hardly any social housing, it was a new concept,” he said.

“We are really proud of all our stands. We also work very closely with a care organization, so between Antoinette, the estate worker, because we have people who actually live on the estate to keep an eye on it, and then we have a care service. So, between the three, it’s nice to have that backbone.” Residents of Dublin’s Mount Anthony housing development are celebrating their 60th anniversary in style

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