Spring Time Activities & Entertainment – April 2013

There was a lot of planting and appreciation of flowers, colour and new life in the centre this month

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Clients enjoyed getting involved in pottery making with the assistance of Marie Rice.

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We enjoyed the beautiful singing once again of Bernie McDonald from Shannon and we had great traditional tunes provided by Eddie Moloney and Kevin Ryan.


Our monthly tea dance was a great success with Shay Callaghan playing music and our clients, volunteers and transition year students taking to the dance floor

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Our art class were producing beautiful paintings and our knitting and crochet group were as busy as usual

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Our Intergenerational Project concluded having been in progress since February with the students from St. Caimins School in Shannon. The theme of this project was building a bridge between both generations. Students and clients designed, constructed and painted this symbolic bridge as a project. Another project produced a beautiful gardening collage that represents the flora in our heritage walled garden, the knitting project made a wall hanging and tea cosies as a result of clients teaching the students this traditional skill. The fourth project involved clients passing on the tradition of hurley making and the skill and knowledge of local fishing to the students including how to make their own fishing flies

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Our cookery demonstrations were as popular as every and this month Mary Russell and Mary Woods made apple tarts, scones and fairy cakes.


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   DayCentreWelcoming CommitteeApril 8th was a beautiful sunny day which set the scene for Minister of Health, Dr. James Reilly to officially open our Day Centre in the company of so many friends, clients and supporters of Carrigoran down through the years. There was a fabulous warm and friendly atmosphere and a wonderful day of celebrations. 

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EntertainmentFood ServiceThere was chat, food and drinks all going on to a beautiful backdrop of music and laughter




Bishop Kierans BlessingMinister SpeechBishop Kieran performed blessing of the new centre and Minister Reilly endorsed the quality service that Carrigoran is providing across all continumms of care for its community


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Minister Reilly met with clients in attendance and walked the entire facility meeting our wonderful volunteers, friends, family and staff. Carrigorans dog Cara also made her appearance


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Intergenerational Project – Building A Bridge Across the Generations

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We have just completed our first intergenerational project between the clients attending the Day Centre on Wednesdays from the Sixmilebridge, Kilkishen and Cratloe areas, and the transition year students from Sr. Caimins School in Shannon. This has been a wonderful experience for both groups who participated in 4 seperate projects over a number of weeks. In addition to the project both groups got to know eachother, played board games and the students played music to which everyone danced and enjoyed.

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Students designed, constructed and painted a bridge which symbolises the bases on which this project was based. This was done under the stewardship of one of our clients, Mr.Jim O’Brien from Cratloe who has a background of having worked in engineering while in the army.

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The Gardening group consisted of students and clients who had an interest in gardening and between them they identified some of the many plants, trees and flowers growing in our heritage walled garden and produced a beautiful collage

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The Knitting Group worked together on producing a lovely wall hanging. In this group the ladies were passing on this skill and tradition to the students. They also made beautiful tea cosies

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The hurling and fishing project was spear headed by Jack Lynch, Pat O’Brien and Ger Bentley from Sixmilebridge and Cratloe. They passed on the vast knowledge they have to the students on how to made a hurley (which was made for the project by Jack), the fishing locations in our locality and the types of fishing flies best suited.

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A Day at the Races – March 2013

There was great excitement around the Cheltenham Races and they were watched with interest on our big screen in the foyer by all of our clients on the day.

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Ladies made a special effort to look even more glamorous than usual wearing beautiful hats and danced the afternoon away

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Easter Fun & Activities

Easter was celebrated beginning with a cookery demonstration by Mary Russell and Mary Woods (both volunteers) on how to make and decorate an Easter Themed Cake

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Great dancing and enjoyment by client, volunteers and staff to Shay Callaghan before the days end


Our art groups painted spring and Easter scenes

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 All clients helped to decorate several mini trees throughout the day centre with Easter eggs and ribbons






Clients made their own Rosary Beads for Easter Week

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Saint Patricks Day Celebrations

Our Day Centre was a sea of green and activities and celebrations were enjoyed by all. There was music, song and dance throughout the week.

Clients made beautiful cards for their families and friends and got into the spirit by dressing in green and sporting funny accessories

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MARCH 2013 – Health Promotion Segments

Mobile Dental Clinic – During the month of March clients attended and received treatment from a mobile dental clinic on site at Carrigoran.

Medications – Our local pharmacist provided information and support regarding medications – how and when to take them, how to store and disposal of them and lots of other relevant information.

Entitlements – The ladies from Shannon Citizens Information Centre held their outreach clinic 3 times during the month to assist with queries regarding entitlements and other helpful information.

Reminiscence – Clare Local Resource Centre visited several times during the month with interesting and fun local history items including archives, newspapers from the local area from the 1960’s, leaflets and flyer’s from times gone by. This was a great source of conversation and interest.

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March Entertainment

 Entertainment –  We had wonderful entertainment provided by singers, dancers and musicians on a voluntary basis including Bernie McDonald, Noel O’Donoghue, Murty Ryan, Des Mulkere, Don Purcell, Siobhain Sullivan with her daughter Ellie, Joe Brady, Triona Marren-O’Grady, Deith Cosa (Beirne brothers & McMahon brother and sister) and Ciara Moynihan

 Noel, Murty and Dessie played great tunes and told hillarious stories on the day

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 We had traditional brush dancing provided by the wonderful Deith Cosa

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 Don Purcell was in great voice and sang some lovely songs with Bridget Liddy (volunteer) and the entire group


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Michael Glynn and John Crowe provided hillarious entertainment with their sketch that was full of humour and song 


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February started off with reviving some old traditions like making St. Bridget’s Crosses. After that came the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day with lots of sweet treats made on the day, flower arranging including table pieces and clients making their own rose button holes corsages and Valentines Cards. The entire centre had a romantic themed red colour scheme, including staff!

We had several days with live music and thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who make each day so enjoyable for the clients at our DayCentre.

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Our resident beautician gave a wonderful makeup demonstration and skin care advise for all of us ladies in attendance.

Mary Russell volunteered to make very tasty and attractive Valentine biscuits for our tea dance

Freda volunteered to demonstrate how to make a beautiful table arrangement and rose button holes for Valentines Day and arrange our flowers in our old Pram in the foyer

Sr. Susan volunteered to rekindle the art of making St. Bridget’s Crosses on February 1st

Mary Donnelly volunteered her skills at decorating our tables for each meal sitting


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The DayCentre’s first month in operation was a hive of activity. Clients attending from our catchment areas were busy identifying what activities they would like to get involved in and getting to know each other and familiarising themselves with all the options our facility has to offer.

A number of different interests are being pursued including knitting &crochet, cookery, exercise, singing & music, arts & crafts, newspaper discussion groups, gardening and many more.

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