Our Mission

St. Carthage’s House is  committed to providing an excellent standard of care.

We believe in giving residents control over their lives and encourage independence.

St Carthage’s House is a purpose built rest home in Lismore, Co Waterford, which caters for elderly people with low to moderate dependencies. It is located in the beautiful Heritage Town of Lismore and is set in large landscaped gardens.

Visiting Guidelines

There is now opening visiting again. Visiting hours are as follows: 

10am - 12 noon,  2pm - 4pm,  6pm - 8pm.

Masks must be worn during visits.

Our History

St. Carthages House was established in 1987 following the closure of the Lismore District Hospital. The main function of St. Carthage’s House is to provide care and support in a homely environment for the elderly of West Waterford, East Cork and South Tipperary. It has 42 beds . The age profile is from fifty-three to ninety-eight and the vast majority of residents are long term.

We are a limited company, with charitable status. We have a voluntary Board of ten Directors who receive no remuneration or expenses and who meet once or twice per month depending on the issues on hand. The home is managed by Sheila Fraser, who is the Person In Charge and a part time administrator. It gives employment to 26 full-time and part-time employees and a TUS supported worker.

It costs about €700,000 each year to meet the day-to-day running costs. This comes from several sources, e.g., voluntary donations, income from fund raising events, and donations from residents’ pensions in addition to a yearly subvention from the HSE. Residents do not qualify for the Fair Deal Scheme.

Our Philosophy

We provide a home from home for our residents. We are anti–ageist and have a resident needs focus. The security and health of our residents in an age friendly surrounding is central to our core values and the ethos of the home and its staff.

Our aim is to provide a warm, relaxed, informal and homely atmosphere in which the care, comfort and well-being of our residents are of paramount importance.


The Board of Management, P.I.C & staff of St. Carthage's are delighted with the excellent HIQA report that they received in March 2021. This report can be viewed here


St. Carthage's House is over 30 years old. Renovations are now needed to comply with HIQA guidelines and to ensure that our residents feel at home and are cared for in a nice warmly enviroment. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made by pressing the link below. Thank you

Serving West Waterford & Surrounding Area's


We pride ourselves on our range of activities to suit all tastes. Activity is vital for the physical and psychological wellbeing of our residents. We are always looking for new activities and events that our residents can enjoy, especially music.
Music with Jim

Music: Anything goes ! Slow airs, reels,jigs, songs galore, stories & more

Movement: Hoki-Poki, Gentle stretching, bending, ‘seat-dancing’ etc.

Memories: Sharing reminiscences, recent happenings

All in a light-hearted group format, where everyone contributes and shares as they feel inclined. Participation is enthusiastically encouraged, helping all to energise, exercise and socialise. Joining in the multi-sensory experience is the key to the therapeutic value for everyone concerned. 


A student from Blackwater Community School here in Lismore visits our residents weekly to play bingo.

Vegetable Plot

We have also just started a vegetable plot which we hope the residents will get involved in.

Art Classes

Painting with Phil. Residents are involved in painting every week using acylics, watercolours and mixed media.


Every Monday night at 8.00 p.m. our residents enjoy a game of cards with the public here in St. Carthage's.



A brief description of weekly 

Mass is celebrated every Tuesday at 10 am. Our residents also listen to Mass on the local radio station.


We have 2 hairdressers who come in once  week


Our Chiropodist visits every 6 weeks


Ballyduff Wrenboys 2021

Thank you to the Ballyduff Wrenboys for their recent Donation of €3010.  This astute group, went online this year with their fabulous performances, continuing their annual fundraising efforts of which St Carthages House are delighted to be this years recipients. Well Done to all involved.

Christmas Swim 2021

A group of hardy souls from Dr O'Keeffes surgery in Tallow braved the cold waters on Christmas Day.  They raised a fantastic €1751.21 for their endeavours, which they kindly donated to St Carthages House.  Thank you to all involved.

Woodview Park Resident Association,
Tallow, 2020

Thankyou to the Woodview Park Residents who donated €9100.00, to St. Carthage's House which they raised through a gofundme page.  The video clip of them dancing and singing to Queens "I want to break free" was fantastic. We would like to say a huge thanks to Cllr John Pratt who organised this event and  to those who took part and donated. The video clip can be seen here .

TQS Integration, Lismore, 2020

We would like to say a huge thanks to Maire & Tom Quilty and all the staff at TQS Intergration. They contacted us when the COVID 19 outbreak started asking us could they help in anyway. We mentioned that we had no tablet or designated phone for our residences to facetime or whatsapp their relatives. TQS were excellent in realising our needs and promptly supplied us with a Mobile Phone (already set up) & an Ipad Air. We really appreciate their continured support.

Irish Distiller's, Irish Rural Link &
Mary Butler, TD

We got a lovely surprise recently when Mary Butler, TD visited us and handed over hand sanitiser supplied by Irish Distillers and distributed through Irish Rural Link. Thank you.

Sew Scrubs for Ireland

Thank you to the ladies from Glenbeg & Old Parish ICA who supplied us with handmade scrubs that they had made. Sew Scrubs for Ireland was the brainchild of Sinead Lawlor a costumer designer based in Dublin. With the help of ladies from the Irish Countrywomen's Association they began making scrubs for frontline workers and St. Carthage's was one of the lucky recipients. Thanks for thinking of us.

Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union, 2020

Thank you to Tom O'Byrne and staff from our local Credit Union who kindly sponsored us for much needed face maks to the value of €400.00. This has added to our PPE Equipment. Thank you

Lismore AFC, 2019

Thank you to Lismore AFC who raised and donated €345.00 from their St. Stephen's Day Soccer challenge. 

Blackwater Community School, 2019

Thanks to all the staff & pupils at BCS for there very kind donation of €772.00 raised from various events that they haveheld.  The BCS also donated €250.00 raised from their annual Colour Run held in June. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Transition Year students who play bingo with our residents every Wednesday and also for the BCS Choir who have visited us on several occasions. Our residents really enjoy this time.

Scallywags, Lismore 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the toddlers & staff at Scallywags for their very kind donation of €135.00 which they raised through wearing their christmas jumpers to school day. The resident's & staff enjoyed  the singing and dancing and of course not forgetting Jim Cosgreve who provided some backing tunes. The joy toddlers bring to the elderly is wonderful and is very therapeutic. Thank you

Bunscoil Bothar Na Naomh & Lismore Mochuda National School 2019

Thanks to all the primary school children & teachers for taking the time to visit us during the year. Our residents were delighted with their singing and are always happy  to see them coming.

Lismore Castle Estates, 2019

Thank you to Lord & Lady Burlington and all the staff of Lismore Castle, for their very kind donation of €600.00 which we received recently. We would also like to thank them for thinking of us during the year and providing us with our Christmas Tree as well as inviting our residence to tea in the castle and walks in the garden. 

Lismore Fire Brigade 2019

Lismore Fire Brigade visited us in November to present us with a cheque for €2500.00 which they raised. The crew from Lismore are always very supportive of St. Carthage's House and we are all very appreciative of the fundraising events they hold for us. Thank you

TQS Lismore, 2019

We would like to say thank you to Managment & Staff at TQS who donated blankets to all ourresident's for Christmas. This was a lovely thought and the resident's are delighted.

MedScan3D, Galway, 2020

Thank you MedScan3D and particularly Jacqui O'Connor & James Wall, who contacted us through email offering to supply us with Face Sheilds. At the time we had no Face Shields. Our staff were delighted to know that they were now available at our nursing home should we get an outbreak of COVID 19. Thank you for thinking of us. 

Ardscoil Na Mara, 2020

Thanks to the Staff & Pupils of Ardscoil Na Mara, Tramore who through funding from Zurich Ireland made 600 face shields using their school's laser cutting machine for local Nursing Homes. They supplied us with 20 face shields helping us to gather vital PPE Equipment in the event of a COVID 19 outbreak. Thanks for thinking of us


The TWC Group presented the Board of Management with a cheque for €8,500 on Friday 10th January. This group have worked tirelessly over the last 4 months to bring together Santa At The Strand. An event especially set up to raise funds for St. Carthage's House. The work that was carried out over the winter months to ensure that Santa at The Strand was a success was astonishing and all the resident's & staff are delighted with the support that was given. This money raised willgo towards repairs to the roof which is badly needed. 

2019 Helen O’Byrne Memorial Walk

Thank you to all the family, friends and organisers of the Annual Helen O'Byrne memorial walk which to place in October.  The total donated to St. Carthage's House was €1913.94. This donation will go towards the much needed refurbishment of one of our flats. Thanks again for thinking of us this year.

Lismore Walkers, 2020

Thank you to all those who are part of the Lismore Walkers. €2.00 was donated weekly by those involved and the large sum of €2000.00 which was some of the proceedings were presented to St. Carthage's House in March. Thank you

Becky McGlosky Thankyou

We would like to say thank you very much to local lady Becky McClosky who thought about us in July. Becky was supposed to be be travellingto the Phillipine's to do volunatary teaching but due to the Covid 19 restrictions was unable to go. Hence she thought of us and donated €1500.00 of the money she had raised. This went towards vital equipment that we needed to keep our resident's safe. Thanks again


Foroige Juniors, Lismore, 2019

Thank you to Lismore Foroige Juniors who raised €420.00 in a recent Buy & Sell event that the juniors organised with the help of the Leaders. They visited and presented the cheque to members of the board on Monday 1st April. The residents were also in attendance and enjoyed meeting the youths of Lismore. The money raised is going towards the renovation of our two main bathrooms.

KCK Community Council, 2019

Thank you to the members of Knockanore Community Council for their very kind donation of €1500.00. The presentation was made to some of the Board Members on Monday 1st July 2019. This donation will go towards the much needed purchase of a n`ew bamboree in the kitchen. Thanks again

Wren Boys, 2019

A presentation of €1000.00 was made to St. Carthage's House on Sunday, 27th January from the Wren Boys. The resident's really enjoyed the sing song. Thank you from all of us here in St. Carthage's House.