The vision of the Bergerie Trust is to make the best contribution possible towards
a society free of homelessness and vulnerability.
The mission of Bergerie Trust is to provide effective and sustainable services including quality sheltered housing and Day Centre activities for the elderly in our local community
Respect, Individuality, Transparency, Openness, Accountability, Compassion, Kindness, Client Focus, Customer Service, Empowerment, Community Engagement, Independence
Bergerie Sheltered Housing
The sheltered housing facility in Good Shepherd Avenue, Pennywell Road, Limerick comprises 45 independent living units
mainly aimed at the elderly population in the Limerick City and environs.
The apartments are adapted to suit the needs of an elderly community in terms of access and mobility needs.
The units were completed and first occupied in 1994 and have been providing safe, comfortable, and affordable housing since that time.
Tenants' rents are often subsidised by the Limerick City & County Council (LCCC) under the Rent Assistance Scheme (RAS).
We have a rolling year-on-year programme of modifications to our housing units, such as window and door replacements and upgraded heating systems.
The grounds are maintained by a professional gardener. Safety and security is monitored 24/7 by a reputable security company.
How To Qualify For Residency
Can you answer YES to each of these....?
- Are you on local authority housing list?
- Are you capable of independent living?
- Are you 55+ years old?
- Can you comply with the Terms & Conditions of the Tenancy Agreement?
- Do you own property?
- Do you have independent means of providing your own living accommodation?
And NO to each of these....?
Please note that rentals are subject to availability and are at the discretion of the Board of Bergerie Trust.
Bergerie Day Centre
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
10:00am to 2:30pm
Good Shepherd Avenue, Pennywell Road, Limerick
061 41 41 50
We provide transport to and from the centre for those who cannot get there independently.
Bergerie Day Centre Services
- Entertainment: Music /Dance / Classes / Art & Crafts / Cards / Sing Songs.
- Talks: Local Celebrity Guests, Local History, Public Health Guidance.
- Support Services: Counselling, Money Advice, Health Screening, Chiropody, Hair dressing.
- Activities: Exercises, Mindfulness, Creative Writing, Quizzes, Bingo, Summer Outings.
- Community: Local clubs and groups utilising our facilities.
Wellbeing & Nutrition
- Morning tea, coffee, snacks & chat
- Light Exercise routines
- Delicious 4 course lunch
- Encouraging social interaction and friendships
- A Caring environment
Bergerie Trust CLG were among the 36 finalists from all over Ireland in the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Awards. Pictured are Tony Ford, Mary Mann and the late Don Reddan RIP. (Picture credit: Martina Regan)
The Bergerie Trust, since its establishment in 1990, works to address homelessness and vulnerability in the community through the provision of housing and care services that focus especially on the needs of vulnerable elderly people.
Directors & Management
The Management Team consists of the Directors and the General Manager
Front Row: Sr. Noreen O'Shea, Mary Mann, Deirdre O'Sullivan, Sr. Cait O'Leary
Absent: Charles Irwin
Mary Mann, Chairperson
Mary, from Patrickswell in Co. Limerick, is a former General Manager of the Bergerie Trust. Prior to that she was employed in managerial roles in the production and service industries. Mary has also held various officerships at Local and National level in voluntary organisations.
Ray Ryan, General Manager
Ray joined Bergerie Trust in 2021. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in senior management positions across a range of indigenous and multinational industries. Ray has been involved in charitable & voluntary organisations in many roles over the years.
Tom joined Bergerie Board in 2019 and was previously employed in Public Service management roles in a number of Government Departments/Offices.
Seán O'Donncha, Secretary
From Inisheer (the smallest of the Aran islands), Seán has had a distinguished career in the Cvil Service, latterly at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Prior to that, Seán was involved in customs enforcement, agriculture appeals and overseas development aid.
Deirdre O'Sullivan, Director
Deirdre lives in Newport Co. Tipperary and has a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from UCD. Worked for an Adoption and Fostering Society in London. Housing Welfare Officer with Limerick City Council covering Housing Allocations, transfers and recommendation regarding grants for the elderly & disabled and as Liaison Officer with agencies providing housing for the Elderly.
Yvonne Czajkowski, Director
Yvonne is from Limerick and is a qualified solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales, as well as a qualified Arbitrator, Mediator and ICSA part-qualified Chartered Secretary with over sixteen years legal experience across public sector, general practice, in-house, company secretarial, and corporate environments.
Sister Cait O'Leary, Director
Sister Cait is a member and trustee of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
Sister Noreen O'Shea, Director
Sr. Noreen, a Good Shepherd Sister who trained as a social worker and has an MA in Organizational Development. Noreen has been involved with the homeless and those impacted by prostitution and trafficking. She has represented her Congregation internationally. From 2010-2018 she served as leader of the Spirituality Centre in Angers, France.
Patrick Manley, Director
Patrick is from Cork and is a solicitor in private practice. He has extensive experience in the voluntary sector
John McKay, Director
John is a long-time resident of Limerick and works as a self-employed software developer, specialising in websites and spreadsheets
Charles Irwin, Treasurer
Charles Irwin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
He has a broad range of experience having worked in business, education and charity sectors for over 30 years.
He is also on the board of Smile School Completion Program Clg and the Occupational Therapists Registration Board. He has previously served on the Optical Registration Board and the Board of Oberstown Childrens Detention Campus as well as various boards of voluntary charities and organisations.
Bergerie Trust is significantly dependent on external funding.
The services provided by Bergerie Trust - supporting independent living and accommodation for the elderly, in a caring community setting - generate some income for the Trust in their own right.
As a charitable organization our ability to raise capital is limited.
Having sufficient reserves over the coming years, and with the support of stakeholders such as the HSE and Limerick City and County Council, is essential to our ability to continue and progress in a sustainable manner.
New funding partners are always welcome.
If you or your organisation are interested in the possibility of funding our work - either by way of a general donation or funding for a specific project - we would be delighted to hear from you.
B E R G E R I E N E W S
- Housing Condition survey was carried out in February 2022. A range of actions identified and the Board will work on these over the next 18 months.
- CCTV upgrade
- Staff Training
- Stairlift Upgrade
We currently have no vacancies.