Sri Lankan Orphanage Fundraiser

Shirley plans on spending time working in an orphanage in Sri Lanka in early 2019 and Is raising money to buy educational aids and some fun stuff for the children there. Hoping some of you can join her for a cuppa (see poster attached) and please spread the word.

Tinahely show 2018

Pictured above are a sample of the 35 entries submitted by service users from Ballyraine, Bri Nua and Bray RT into this year’s Tinahely show which took place on the August Bank holiday Monday. The categories entered included: Woodcraft, ceramics, art and handcrafted items. There was a high level of competition this year but all entries from Sun beam came in for great praise from the Judges on the day. The prize winners from the show were as follows:

Class 215(Any hand-crafted item)

2nd Nicola Riley

3rd Tara Cawley

4th Wayne Scarfe

Class216(Any woodcraft item)

1st Michael Ellis

2nd Patricia Hurley

3rd Patrick Grummell

4th Geraldine Stokes

Class 248(Ceramics, pottery)

2nd Tom Lawler

3rd Geraldine Stokes

Class 304(painting)

Highly commended- Tom Lawler


These and all the other entries can be seen on display at the Creatives group show which opens on Tuesday the4th of September in Arklow visual arts from 5-7pm and runs until Friday the 14th. Your presence is most welcome.

The Creatives Group Show

A  group of artists from Ballyraine and Bri NUa who work in a variety of art mediums from painting, felting, pyrography, print, upcycling textiles and embroidery are exhibiting in

The Arklow Gallery from Tuesday 4th of September until the 14th September.

This group of 29 artists have completed a wide range of work in their chosen medium offering this exhibition something to interest everyone.

Opening Night on Tuesday 4th September 5-7pm All Most Welcome

Participating artists are:

Aisling Maguire, Cathy Macken, Daphne Hollingsworth, David Stafford, Dervla Fallon, Emma Reynolds , Emma Kinsella, Geraldine Stokes, James Ledwidge, Jamie Clarke, Johnny Mc Grainer, Killian Byrne, Mark Hayward, Martin O Brien, Michael Grummel, Myles Kavanagh,  Nicola Riley, Patrick Grummel, Rosie Walshe, Sean Sheeky, Selina Whyte, Shirley Johnson, Tara Cawley, Tom Lawler, Tomek Rozanski, Trish Hurley and Wayne Scarfe.

There is also a group textile wall hanging created with artist Maeve Hunter who worked with Eimear Wixted, Grainne Lawlor, Kiera Broe, Nicole Appleby, Paul Roche, Rachel Langrell and Tomek Rozanski on a collaborative textile workshop.

Ice-cream Day

Some fun this week with an ‘Ice- cream Day’ and a trip to see Wicked at the Bord Gais Theatre.

POD group trip to Wells House

This is the POD group on a wonderful trip to Wells House in Wexford. It was interesting ,fun and we had lots of laughs.

Douglas Hyde Gallery Outing

We went to the Douglas Hyde Gallery to see the exhibition called “A Visibility Matrix”, at Trinity College.


Gerry ,Dervla Fllon,Lorraine,Myles ,Paul on a respite break in Kilkenny.


Rubix Cube

Looks like it has been a busy couple of months down at the Cube in Sunbeam.

Out and About

Eolas have been busy out and about in Bray this week!

A Day out in Dublin

Michael, Annette, Patrick, Roisin, Myles and Dervla In Grafton St having a lovely time just before going on The Viking Splash tour.

Eolas Sign

Here we are doing the arts and crafts class. Making a new sign for Eolas.

The Strand

We went to see the new redecorated Strand Hotel which was the former house of Oscar Wilde’s parents, so we also familiarised ourselves with Oscar Wilde’s life


Natalie and Kellyann from The Pod  fundraising doing a bag pack in Supervalue Wicklow Town –
for Wicklow Regatta Festival
“We really enjoyed it ” “made loads of money”
Well done Ladies!

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Rebecha’s Interview on Eastcoast FM

Rebecha McAuley (and her mam Tracey) was on East Coast FM on Sunday morning recently talking about competing – and being the face of – Special Olympics during the recent national games. Rebecha took silver in Badminton!

All Smiles

Sean certSean is presented with a certificate from youth workers Angie and Paddy who run the music program at The Vault, Arklow youth centre for doing such a great job as lead singer with a youth centre band at a recent event. Sean was representing the Sunbeam house music program based at Ballyraine campus.

Fashion Show

It was a great day down in Arus Lorcain in Arklow for the Fashion Show. A lot of hard work went into this very entertaining event.