provides sheltered housing and day centre for elderly and vulnerable people.

Bergerie Trust Vision

The vision of the Bergerie Trust is to make the best contribution possible towards a society free of homelessness and vulnerability.

Bergerie Trust Mission

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

Bergerie Trust Values

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?
  • And NO to each of these....?
  • Do you own property?
  • Do you have independent means of providing your own living accommodation?

Please note that rentals are subject to availability and are at the discretion of the Board of Bergerie Trust.

Accommodation is offered to suitable applicants at a reasonable rent. Rents are subject to periodic review.
Rents are often subsidised by local government schemes such as Rent Assistance Scheme (RAS).
Residents are responsible for their own utility bills.

Our apartments are in a rent controlled zone and subject to such limits.

Bergerie Day Centre

Open Days:
Open Times:
Phone No:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
10:00am to 2:30pm
Good Shepherd Avenue, Pennywell Road, Limerick
V94 A497
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

Bergerie Trust Board members and management
Back Row: Sean O'Donncha, Patrick Manley, Yvonne Czajkowski, John McKay, Tom Loftus, Ray Ryan
Front Row: Sr. Noreen O'Shea, Mary Mann, Deirdre O'Sullivan, Sr. Cait O'Leary
Absent: Charles Irwin
Mary Mann

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

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 Loftus

Tom Loftus

Tom joined Bergerie Board in 2019 and was previously employed in Public Service management roles in a number of Government Departments/Offices.

Sean O'Donncha

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

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

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

Sister Cait O'Leary, Director

Sister Cait is a member and trustee of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Yvonne Czajkowski

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

Patrick Manley, Director

Patrick is from Cork and is a solicitor in private practice. He has extensive experience in the voluntary sector

John McKay

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

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 Funding

Bergerie Trust is significantly dependent on external funding.

Bergerie Trust 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.

Bergerie Trust Funding

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.

Bergerie Trust Funding

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.

Your first point of contact is our General Manager,

Bergerie Trust Funding

Ray Ryan, 061 44 66 08 or The Manager, bergerie Trust CLG

Bergerie Trust is committed to transparency in it's financial arrangements and our most recent accounts can be viewed HERE.

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.

Location & Contact

Office Hours:

061 44 66 08
The Manager, Bergerie Trust CLG
8:30am to 4:30pm
13B Good Shepherd Avenue,
Pennywell Road, Limerick.

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