How We Began
The Dalkey Troy Social Club was founded in 1999 by Gordon and Eileen Young, who ran the club for 11 years with Paddy Ruderford and Gerry Duffy. It was called the Troy Centre after Ms. Kathleen Troy, who was very active in community affairs in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, and who was dedicated to helping people with mental illness in the community.
Eileen and Gordon ran and managed the club for 11 years under the Dublin Clubhouse Alliance (Empowering People). Due to a lack of funding, they had to step down from managing the club.
In order the keep the club up and running, they transferred management of the club to the Dun Laoghaire Mental Health Association in 2010. The running of the club was then assumed by the service users themselves, who also site on the Board of Mental Health Dun Laoghaire Association. The club is managed and run by the following service users:
Mr. Declan Kavanagh, Mr. Anthony Doyle, Mr. Ed. McGeogh and Mr. Alan Dodd. They are assisted by three carers in the running of the club.
An attendance record is maintained, and these show just under 400 people have attended the Dalkey Social Club since it was founded.
We are part of Mental Health Dun Laoghaire which is part of Mental Health Ireland, and are funded by the HSE.
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