One Wheel, One Island, One Thousand Miles

This morning the residents of Ros Mhuire cheered on a team of students cycling around Ireland to raise funds and awareness for Brain Tumour UK and Special Olympics Ireland. Jai, on a unicycle and Seb on a bike, started out on July 6th and have done the circumference of Ireland. Today they began the last leg from Rathdrum to Rosslare …

Liverpool Heroes Versus Bray

On Monday, July 18, Martin O’Brien (quite possibly the biggest Liverpool fan in Ireland) went to see his heroes play Bray Wanderers in a friendly match. While the match ended in a 1-1 draw, Martin was delighted to see a great game of football and had a fantastic night.

Graffiti

Pictured is a wall in the kitchen of ‘the Courtyard’ which is one of our Bray units. It is a simplified version of Sunbeam’s mission statement. It is pretty and quite arresting when you see it in person. A very nice job indeed.

Film Festival

HERE is the website for the Oska-Bright Film Festival in Brighton. The festival takes place every 2 years and all films shown are made by people with disabilities. In fact the whole event is organised by people with disabilities. Tickets are still available. This year, Sunbeam entered a film at the last minute but unfortunately it was not shortlisted. Fingers …

Summer Networking Party

We had a great time at our summer networking party. There was a competition for the best summer hat which was won by a delighted Lisa Browne. The karaoke was in full swing with Michelle Lane singing sweetly to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ that we all felt the romance of Kate Winslet swooning to Leonardo Di Caprio. Cocktail Sticks …

Jeff the Horse

Pictured is Michael from Sunbeam (who grooms Jeff the horse each week) with Alison from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust. The top picture is Jeff when he first arrived at the Trust. Michael loves volunteering to work with these beautiful animals and his job-coach, John, brings him up to the stables located near Woodenbridge. His job is to groom their …

Handy Help for Computer-Users.

Click HERE for Enable Ireland’s youtube channel all about assistive technolgies and computers. Short, clear videos on everything for cool iPhone apps to how to make the text bigger on your computer screen.

EU-OSHA Photo Competition

Click HERE for details of a great photo competition which is run across Europe. It focuses on health and safety in the workplace and there are great cash prizes up for grabs. Anyone can enter and last time around several of our service-users entered and were shortlisted. Picture above is from Donal O’Mahony who entered this in the last competition.

Summertime in the Garden Team

The Garden Team have been up to lots in june and into july. We went toCamphill to partake in some camping, we took a trip to Aras an Uachtaran, we have been back canoeing on a Thursday with Bray Youth Service and not to mention our usual friday out and about a trip to howth, being highlighted here. We will …

Respite Break – Mulllingar

It’s that time of year again in the Training Centre, Bray. A group of ten service-users and three staff travelled to Westmeath in June. We stayed for two nights and it was full of action! For some, it was their first break aay with us and they really enjoyed it. Activities included rock-climbing, orienteering and archery…..some staff may need more …

Funny video

This is Mick laughing as David takes a tumble on the slopes in Austria. Greenscreen test#1. Greenscreen test#2 is here.

Triumphant Olympic Party

There was a party held in honour of Paul, Amy and Stepehn, our Olympic medal-winners, in SHS, Killarney Rd, Bray last Friday. Thanks to Allistair and the Granary staff for the excellent cake and DJ Gerry Byrne for the music.

Duathletes

Here is a piece from Padraig, staff from one of our residential houses, who entered a Duathlon with Anthony, one of our service-users. Fair play to the both of them… The duathlon took place on the 6th July. It was part of the Belpark Triathlon Club Phoenix Park duathlon summer series. The race involved a 2.9km Run, Cycle 13km, 2.9km …

Shut Up and Listen!

http://www.shutupandlisten.org.uk Touted as the only place on the radio to hear music made solely by artists with a learning disability. Worth checking out.

Social Media Conference in Austria

A number of countries (Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Scotland and Austria) were invited to participate in a conference in Graz, Austria on ‘Using Digitial Media’. The Atempo organisation organised the week-long conference which was funded by the Leonardo Foundation. Neil Kelly, Sean Sheeky, Charlotte Wollohan and Rob Fortune represented Sunbeam and set off on the 19th June which was exciting …

Video – Amy on the News

The excerpt of Amy Quinn and her Mum being interviewed in Greece at the acceptance of the medals for the Special Olympics. And in the photos is Amy’s triumphant return at Dublin airport.