In 2008 a group of volunteers formed a committee to look at the possibility of restoring the building on 25 Gladstone Street, which was once the convent and chapel of the Sisters of Charity, into something useable for the people of Clonmel and its hinterland.
As the building had been left unattended for over eight years, it had gone into a state of disrepair. The major and most significant deterioration was caused by a leaking water tank. This led to the decay of the entire middle section of the building which comprised mainly of the stairway – one of the most prominent features of the architectural design of the building. This stairway had to be completely removed, restored and replaced. Due to Health & Safety regulations a separate concrete stairs and lift was also installed. The latter, in addition to ramps and other amenities made the building into one that could be classified as accessible and user friendly for differently abled people.
At this stage the usability of the premises was enhanced by having an entry and alarm system that could allow the public to operate independently within the building. All the time the historical integrity of an 18th century structure was maintained while every effort was made to restore it into a 21st century facility.
Place4U is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. It is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and members. The various activities within Place4U are managed by sub-committees.
The present Directors of the Board are:
Previous Directors included: