Keeping the old tradition of weaving alive we had a wonderful interactive session provided by Geraldine O’Sullivan from Shanon Heritage on our old spinning wheel. The history and materials for this craft were discussed and was a great source of interest

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We had our Afternoon Tea Evenings during which we had great entertainment from Shay Callaghan, Noel O’Donoghue and friends and Bernie McDonald

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A knitting project produced beautiful baby’s vests to be sent to the Missions in Africa

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The Hunt Museum facilitated an introduction to their service and in addition to providing us with information and a slide show they also brought along beautiful costumes and artifacts for us to enjoy

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The Arts Council engaged with us for Bealtaine and provided an Art Work Shop with Lorraine Wall which produced wonderful creative pieces which we plan to make into a collage of everyone’s work

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The weather was not kind to us so we had some great fun indoors playing sports of different kinds

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We had birthday celebrations and baking demonstrations and combined them both on several occasions to mark those special days for our clients

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We were delighted to have Tom and Margaret from Tennessee, USA with us for 2 weeks entertaining us with their music and singing and also Margaret held ‘Instant Water Colour Classes’ for clients and they painted some beautiful scenes.

This project is a collaboration with Deirdre O’Brien Vaughan in which we hope to have various international skilled volunteers visiting our Day Centre and taking part in our daily activities

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 Finally, our Clare Rose, Marie Donnellan joined us and was so generous with her time and met with each client and volunteer from her home town of Newmarket-on-Fergus

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APRIL 2013 – Health Promotion Segments

Fire Safety in the Home – Information and support was provided by Ennis Fire Service through film, printed media and question time to clients attending on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout this month. Feedback from clients was very positive and information was provided to take home to use as a reference.

Foot Health – Cathy attends the day centre providing chiropody 3 times per month and this month gave an information piece to clients on how to care for their skin and nails in a safe manner. Printed Information was also provided for clients to promote their health in this respect at home.

Continence Promotion – Public Health Nurse Catherine Greene provided valuable information regarding health promotion of the bladder and bowel and products available to promote comfort and independence. Printed information was provided for reference at home.

Citizens Informaton – Shannon Citizen Information Centre centre held it outreach clinic for the people attending from the Newmarket-on-Fergus area. This is a valuable resource for clients to access information and support regarding individual services and entitlements. They also assist clients with offical form and document completion and information that is current such as Property Tax.

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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins performed the official opening of our
beautiful heritage gardens on Sunday May 12th accompanied by his wife Sabina.
The renovation project was supported with funding from LEADER.   Ralph Wickham who designed the gardens included not only visual but tactile elements as well as Horticultural Therapy units and a Music Garden.   Included in the renovations was the installation of a ‘Tone Zone’ or Outdoor Gym by Murphy Playground Services.  These facilities not only enhance the lives of our residents and those who attend the Day Care Centre but will also benefit the wider community.

Cedar of Lebanon tree at Carrigoran.









President Higgins planted a beautiful rare ‘Bird Cherry Tree’ in Irish ‘Donnroisc’ to commemorate the occasion and unveiled a ‘Rolling  Stone’. He delivered a memorable speech in which he reminisced about his childhood in Ballycar and his memories of the local area of which he is very fond.

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Ralph Wickham assists
President Higgins planting
a Cherry Tree.






The Rolling Stone
commemorating the
Restoration of the Walled Gardens.





 Lucy Hastings, former primary school teacher to President Higgins, presented him with a ‘Cedar of Lebanon’ tree to plant in the Aras echoing the magnificent specimen which dominates the walled gardens.  President Higgins spent much of his time meeting and taking photographs with the people gathered much to everyone’s delight. He was very appreciative of the warm welcome he received
on his first official visit back to his old Parish.



A proud teacher with her former pupil.

Sr Christina Welcomes President and Mrs Higgins.

Sr Christina Welcomes President and Mrs Higgins.









Forever Young

Musical performances were given by members of ‘Forever Young’ Choir and young  Harpists from Deirdre O Brien Vaughan’s  Irish Traditional Music Institute.

Mary Arthur Patracia Daly

President Higgins and Mrs Higgins mingled with many old friends and neighbours.


6th Fundraising Spring Fair


It was another very successiful Spring Fair again this year.  Many thanks to all
the volunteers who support Carrigoran House each year and help make this
event so successiful.  The high winds on the day made it difficult for those managing stalls but it did not rain and we had a fantastic turnout from the public.

Bagging a Bargain

Bagging a Bargain

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One of the most popular stalls is the ‘Recessionista Stall’.  Always worth hunting
through for a designer bargain.

Who Will Buy?

Who Will Buy?

Clowning Around

Clowning Around

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

Timmy's Raffle

Timmy’s Raffle


The Book Stall

The Book Stall

Spring Fair Favourites

Spring Fair Favourites


Local School Art Project

Local School Art Project

Every Year we have a local School Art Project.  This year’s theme was
‘Lets Go Fly a Kite’!  Each School produced a fantastic piece of work.
Well Done!

A Well Earned Break!

A Well Earned Break!

Happy Volunteers

Happy Volunteers

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