Nuns’ donation of Lenaboy Castle slammed as ‘cynical’
City Hall had twice requested the Order hand over the lands to Galway City Council for the development of a public memorial park for the people of Galway but this has been categorically ruled out.
Instead of donating the 10-acre site to the city, the Order is planning to build a retirement village for around 40 sisters, a house to house Provincial Archives and a primary health care facility.
It has also decided to donate Lenaboy Castle (St Anne’s) – which along with the site were formerly home to the Lenaboy Industrial School – to the HSE, who are currently leasing the premises.
But Councillor Catherine Connolly, who has campaigned for the nuns to donate the land to the people of Galway as an apology for the hardship on those who had to live in the industrial school, says the decision to hand over the building to HSE is “cynical”.