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Pat the Cope officially opens Aurora’s Hobbits!

I didn’t think covering the official opening of Aurora’s Hobbits Crèche and after school care in Killygordon this morning would be so much fun.

The wonder woman, Aurora McCormick is the proprietor having worked in childcare for almost 15 years.

Pat the Cope Gallagher unveiled the plaque and performed the official opening. He mingled with the crowd and even did a bit of face painting on one of the children! Cousin Councillor Patrick McGowan was also there with his wife Edanne. Guests were treated to a beautiful selection of hot and cold food.

Aurora’s proud parents Cathy and Kieran have been a huge support to their daughter since taking over the business. The premises are very impressive as you can see from my photos.

She worked in childcare as soon as she finished college, taking over the business from her mother Cathy (Noonan) who opened up Hobbit Hollow preschool in 2010. In 2016 Aurora took over her mum’s business and changed the name to Auroras Hobbits and started doing all day care hours.

In 2017 she received the highest grant in Donegal from Pobal to build her purpose built building for preschool, toddlers, babies and afterschool. In 2019 it became Aurora’s Hobbits Ltd. 

Currently Aurora has 69 children ranging from part time to full time and employs nine staff  who work alongside her daily including are 6 full time staff and 3 part time staff one of which is the cook.  This is a state of the art crèche offering breakfast club, (7.30 to 9.10)
School runs to and from the 3 local schools, Killygordon N.S., Dromore N.S. and Gleneely N.S. (9.10am, 2pm, 3pm daily), Preschool (9.20 to 12.30), all day care preschool Crèche
Fresh cooked foods daily and four outdoor areas including wonderful natural equipment.

Aurora said ‘We cater for children aged 4months to 12years and accommodate shift working parents with a 3 week calendar ahead so to adhere to the adult staff ratio.

We also offer the affordable childcare schemes, CCSP, ECCE, TEC, CETS and NCS

Depending on each individual entitlements we range from as little as €1.00 for 5hours or €5.00 for 10hours a day. 

I have 2 wonderful children and am getting married this year. I’m currently studying for my Degree in my spare time I have, with running a business, been a mum and planning a wedding nothing too stressful’ she concluded.

Open from 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and two full weeks at Christmas.

Pat the Cope Gallagher doing a bit of face painting after he officially opened Aurora’s Hobbits.
Aurora’s Hobbits now officially open by Pat the Cope Gallagher.

Shauna and Sarah Donnelly with Pat the Cope, Niamh and Michaela.
Pat the Cope having the craic outside with the locals.
Proud mum Cathy McCormick with Edanne McGowan.
What is going on here………Pat the Cope and Neo showing their talents in the outdoor play area.
On the swings……….Pat, myself, Aurora and Patrick McGowan.
Patrick McGowan, Aurora, Pat the Cope, Cathy and Kieran McCormick.
Paddy and Dolores Sweeney wishing their niece Aurora best wishes.
Cathy and Aurora McCormick with myself.

JP Malley with Jai Cee and Jailyn.

Neo McCormick with his big sister Aurora.
Aurora McCormick (centre) with her staff, Denise, Taylor, Helen, Aurora, Megan, Grace and Daena and the man getting the life JP Malley, missing from the photo is Jo Jo, Sinead and Tasha.
Aurora with her fiance Aiden and their children Anaiyah and Caiden.
Proud parents Cathy and Kieran with their daughter Aurora.


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