Permanent base for Order of Malta unit on the horizon

Date Published : March 26th, 2016    Published By : admin

After campaigning for many years seeking a permanent base for its members, it now looks like the Order of Malta unit in Kilkenny are to be blessed with a new and permanent headquarters for the county.

Over the years, the Kilkenny unit, like all other Order of Malta units throughout Ireland have served their communities well, and now they are set to lose their current temporary base at Wolfe Tone House, at the former Auxiliary Hospital on Wolfe Tone Street due to development works in the area.

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Members recall having to climb five flights of stairs to get to ‘a poky room’ to train its members and assign upcoming duties and over the years the Kilkenny unit has struggled with inadequate space and a lack of training facilities which have made it difficult to train new members and cadets.

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Kilkenny Order of Malta was established in 1939 by Walter Smithwick of the Smithwick brewery in Kilkenny. The family’s devotion continued when Walter’s son, Judge Peter Smithwick became a Knight of Malta, a Regional Director and President of the Irish association of the Order.

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Kilkenny’s Order of Malta has now located a building which would be suitable as a permanent base. The proposed building is a former physiotherapy clinic on the Waterford Road which has seven rooms and ample parking. The Officer in Charge says it be perfect for the units 60 members, two ambulances and their 4x4 vehicle.

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Photos: (Kilkenny Order of Malta facebook)