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Sanctuary Synthetics successfully install safety surface for senior citizens

The €7,000 renovation at McAuley Place has transformed their courtyard into a decorative, safe area, for residents.

At McAuley Place, artificial grass specialists, Sanctuary Synthetics, saw an opportunity to give back to the community.


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12 January 2018

Residents and staff of McAuley Place, the innovative Naas independent living centre, were delighted to accept an offer by to transform part of their dull grey courtyard area beside the apartments into a safe and alternative artificial lawn.


Mark Hazzard, General Manager of McAuley Place said: “We’ve long wanted to do something to enhance this area, immediately outside some of the ground floor apartments and were delighted when Mark O’Loughlin MD at Sanctuary Synthetics approached us.”

Worth over €7,000, the Sanctuary team transformed the courtyard area in one day and covered 20 timber balconies that became slippery when wet. “It’s nice to be able to contribute” said Mark O’Loughlin. “I’ve watched the community-led McAuley Place over the years and by putting in our synthetic grass, I feel it adds a nice finishing touch. Moreover, we got all our 15-staff involved, including the girls in the office, so it really was a team effort and a nice end to the year.”

McAuley Place housing development, which opened in Spring 2011, consists of 53 self-contained apartments in the centre of Naas town, on the grounds of the former Convent of Mercy.

It is a managed service providing centrally located housing for older people who are capable of independent living. McAuley Place’s mission is to provide independent living for elderly people in the heart of a vibrant community. The vibrant community within McAuley Place consists of Convent Tea Rooms, the Arts and Culture Centre, located in the old nun’s chapel.

The Community Centre hosts many activities from kindermusik to active retirement and everything in between. There are meeting rooms, a music room, counselling rooms and a board room.


McAuley Place also run the Renaissance Charity Store, located in the Naas town centre. The final phase of the development, a Health Through Learning Centre will commence soon which will be housed in the renovated original nun’s convent, with a one acre woodland garden located at the back of the building.

More about Sanctuary Synthetics

Mark O’Loughlin and Sanctuary Synthetics have run a garden design and creation business for over 20 years but over the last decade or so Mark and his team have become the go-to people in the business for synthetic grass in Ireland.

Transforming gardens, schools and crèches with artificial grass since 1998, they have over 4,000 customers now benefiting from beautiful grass lawns. Extremely versatile, artificial grass is durable, guaranteed long life, non-slip, pet friendly and most importantly look amazing.

As well as lawns, artificial grass is also used for dog runs, over slippery decks, old patios, rooftops and balconies, home putting greens, retail and commercial space, special needs gardens, graves, memorials and much, much more.

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