What a trip we had on the 25th of April with the scorching skies and the glassy blue sea of the coastline of the Algarve at the small town of Albufeira.
David, Michael, Alan and Fergal went on a sun holiday with the staff Caroline and Audrey of The Garden Team/Bridgewater. We had a nice time staying at the self-catering apartments with a pool. David loved sitting on the underwater bar stools to order his drink. A few of us took the plunge into the sea for a quick dip with some going for a long swim. We went out on a catamaran trip one day to glide the waves of the sea and have a tour of the caves along the coastline. It was a great way to see Portugal and we felt like royalty for the day.
Of course a sun holiday would not be complete without fine dining and we ate out along the veranda of the restaurants and chatted to the waiters learning a bit of Portuguese too. Night life was full of music and a few of us had a jig or two to the beat of the drums and the singing of the guitarists.
Back home by the end of the week tired but relaxed after a good time with friends.
(David Doyle, Michael Brennan, Fergal Smith & Alan McKee).
This Saturday, 28th May, sees Ballyraine Drama Group performing in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely a new play, written specially for them “Blue Moon Spells”. The story of a coven of young witches, who, tired of doing their own housework decide to conjure up robots to relieve them of the drudgery. When their former mentor discovers what they are trying to do, she warns them that due to the prevailing blue moon their spell may not work exactly as they planned. The resulting failure of their spell leads to the apparition of skeletons and mischief.
Along with the play, the group are showing both of their films “New Beginnings” the story of Vampires, Aliens and the rocky path of True Love followed by “Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Cutbacks” both of which premiered in the Gaiety Cinema, Arklow to great acclaim.
Ballyraine Drama Group comprises of actors with and without intellectual disability. A truly collaborative group the actors brainstorm for themes for all their performances and rework the scripts to ensure that the end result will be the best that they can produce.
The actors are all truly excited at this new venture – this will be the first time that their audience will not be entirely made up of families, friends and peers. They are hoping that the audience at The Courthouse Arts Centre will enjoy the entertainment and look forward to seeing them on the night.
The screening of the first film “New Beginnings” will commence at 8pm followed by “Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Cutbacks” and concluding with “Blue Moon Spells” with a short Q & A session afterwards.
Tickets may be booked by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the box office on 0402 38529. Book early to avoid disappointment!
James Ledwidge and Maurice Dodd enjoy a trip to Dublin with Caroline in the Garden Team on proclamation day 15th of March, as part of the 1916 commemorations. We went to Trinity College where we listened to some Irish music, the 1916 proclamation been read out and followed by the national anthem. We went to the see the Book of Kells.
Marian O’Mahony and some of her actors did a radio interview yesterday on East Coast FM.
Maura O Loughlin | Quality Compliance & Training Manager writes an article for CQL.
There was a king that was a Queen that just became a saint
Her smile was bright she was a delight
She was always ready to lend a hand
If you had a problem she was ready with a solution
F is for friend
I is for interesting
O is for ongoing
N is for nothing can stand in her way
A is for always there for you
K is for kind
I is for impact
N is for never
G is for Genuine
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