Further information submitted on plans for Liam’s Lodge respite centre in Blennerville

Further information has been submitted to Kerry County Council on the planning application for the Liam’s Lodge children’s respite centre in Blennerville.

The Saoirse Foundation initially lodged the plans last March (2016), and further information was sought in May; this has now been submitted.

The Foundation previously made an application for a respite centre in 2014 but withdrew the plans.
The Saoirse Foundation applied to Kerry County Council in March of last year for permission for Liam’s Lodge, a residential respite and training centre for children with genetic and rare disorders at Curragraigue, Blennerville, Tralee.


It’s proposed it’ll 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, carparking, landscaped courtyards, connection to a public sewer, and the demolition of an existing two storey house.

Kerry County Council sought further information on the plans last May, and this has now been submitted; the council is expected to make a decision within four weeks.

Usually further information must be submitted within six months, however the applicant sought a three-month extension which is permitted under planning laws.

Liam’s Lodge is named in memory of Liam Heffernan from Castledrum, Castlemaine who died at the age of five in 2014 following a battle with the rare disorder Battens Disease; his sister Saoirse also died from the disorder at the age of five in 2011.