The village of Belleek has been rocked by the news that its high-quality private nursing home is set to close by the end of the month.
Staff at Shannagh Nursing Home, the Commons heard the shock news at a meeting at the home last week.
Up to 40 people, between full- and part-time staff, could now be unemployed as a result of the shock closure. And 15 patients, many of them very elderly, will be looking for alternative care.
It is a huge blow to the economy of the Belleek/Garrison and surrounding areas.
An emotional Shannagh owner, Hugh Tunney, said it was “devastating for me and my family and our staff”.
He added: “It was not a decision we took lightly and we tried everything both physically and mentally to keep the business afloat.
“Since we opened on November 2, 1992 we have tried to run a family-orientated home where patients got the very best of care. And we have always tried to employ local people and buy our needs from local suppliers,” he told the Democrat.
Mr Tunney said that every effort would be made to help current patients secure alternative situations.
*For more see today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.