The Saoirse Foundation has lodged a new planning application for the Liam’s Lodge children’s respite centre in Blennerville. They previously applied in 2014 but withdrew the plans. Kerry County Council is now due to make a decision in May on what would be the first facility of its kind in Ireland. The Saoirse Foundation has applied to Kerry County Council for permission for Liam’s Lodge, a residential respite and training centre for children with genetic and rare disorders. It’s proposed the centre at Curragraigue, Blennerville, Tralee will comprise eight three-bed residential units, and 14 two-bed residential units, along with therapy and sensory rooms, physiotherapy suites, a playroom, offices, and staff facilities. The works will also include a new access road, car-parking, landscaped courtyards, connection to a public sewer, and the demolition of an existing two storey house. Kerry County Council is due to make a decision on Liam’s Lodge on the 10th of May. The centre is named in memory of five year old Liam Heffernan from Castledrum, Castlemaine who died in 2014 following a battle with the rare disorder Battens Disease. The genetic disorder also claimed the life of his sister Saoirse in 2011, when she was also five.