Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Leader 4 February 1950

Laying foundation stone of new TB sanatorium, Ardkeen.

Tom Tobin in his ‘Spotlight’ column reported on the laying of the foundation stone of the new TB unit by Minister for Health Dr. Noel Browne.

Public representatives for all over the county were present as well as the County Manager, Mr. S. J. Moynihan.  County Secretary Mr. J. G. Dowling, council officials, engineers and all those associated with the building of this great sanatorium in which will take place the never ending fight against Ireland’s bitter enemy – T.B.

One of the early arrivals on the scene was His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr Cohalan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.  The Bishop assisted by the Rev Father R. Coady blessed the site…and the minister turned the first sod and immediately afterwards he was presented with a silver trowel by Mr. Murphy, contactor.  Later on the steps of the tall and massive mansion [Ardkeen House built by John Malcomson c.1869] and facing a large and representative gathering the Minister spoke of his great plans to end Ireland’s greatest scourge…Afterwards an informal reception was held in Ardkeen House.