On Friday 22nd of March 2024, Ashdale Care reached a significant milestone in its journey towards extending the provision of enhanced therapeutic residential care for children and young people in Ireland. The occasion was marked with an official opening ceremony, performed by Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development Heather Humphreys. We were delighted to have her, and other esteemed guests, join us to share in such a remarkable moment in Ashdale’s growth.


Minister Heather Humphreys spoke at the opening ceremony, saying “I am delighted to be here today to officially launch such a wonderful facility here in Monaghan which is doing such important work. The opening of this new centre by Ashdale Care shows their commitment to constantly developing skills and supports to offer best practice care to those they are supporting. Our young people deserve every chance to live their most fulfilled lives and facilities such as this ensure that those taking care of them are operating to the highest standards and providing best in class care.”

At its core, the new centre stands for more than just a physical space. It embodies the culture of learning, growth and compassion that we have worked so hard to cultivate and maintain at Ashdale.

Ashdale’s CEO Caroline Gray spoke on the day: “At Ashdale we provide specialist therapeutic services for young people with complex, emotional, and behavioural needs who cannot be adequately cared for in a mainstream residential setting and require enhanced care. This means our staff need to be trained in a trauma-informed way and to the highest standard to ensure the young people in our care are receiving the best possible support. I’m delighted that we now have this wonderful facility to support our teams as we continue to grow our specialist service offering.”

Led by our experienced professionals, the National Training Centre will be a centre of excellence in learning and development, providing our team with access to fantastic resources and educational opportunities. It serves as a place to bring together all of our support services, to ensure consistency and efficiency in the support we provide to our dedicated teams across all of our homes. By investing in the development of our team, we are able to continue to deliver compassionate, child-centric care that makes a positive impact on the lives of those who need it the most.

As we celebrate the launch of our new headquarters and National Training Centre, we would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to every person who played a part in making this project possible. We look forward to everything we will achieve together at The Ridge.