Plough About That?

Patrick, Killian, Martin and Pat attended the ploughing Championship in Tullamore Co Offaly on the 29/09/17 where they got to meet President Michael D Higgins, Ex Ireland rugby international player Shane Byrne. All had a most enjoyable day.

Picture us – Exhibition

This exhibition is the culmination of an art collaboration project with Bri Nua, Sunbeam House Services Arklow and St. Mary’s College Arklow. Student’s from Bri Nua, and St. Mary’s College worked together to develop ideas and artworks based on the theme of their identity within the community.

A total of 15 students took part in this project and are displaying work in this exhibition. The workshops provided a space for students to enjoy the process of getting to know each other and share their individual artistic skills with each other. A variety of media is used in the various artworks, including cloth, paint, wood and wool.

The exhibition opening will be held on Wednesday the 26th April from 6 o’clock to 8 o’clock.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from Tuesday the 25th April and will run for just over 2 weeks.

High Intensity Training in Arklow

Each Tuesday morning Andrew, Leonard, Dave, Robert, Selina, Stephen and Róisín go to the Forge Fitness gym in Arklow for their HIIT (High-intensity interval training) session, with their instructor Anna.
The guys get to ‘work’ the punchbags and sparring gear, do circuit training as well as have a tug-o-war competition which can get fiercely competitive!
This is the second week in and the guys all seem to be really enjoying the new exercise session, thanks to our instructor Anna.

Martin O’Brien’s Exhibition

Conor, Martin and Maria.

From left: Johnny, Charlotte, Robert, Martin, Amanda, Tina, Rosie, Sineadand Helen.

Martin and Stephen.

Martin O’Brien with some of his gouache paintings at the opening of his solo show in the Arklow gallery on Monday the 13th of March 2017. Martin has been painting for over two years and has recently begun printing, three of his prints can be seen behind his group of supporters who came to congratulate Martin on his exhibition.

Actually Films


Filmmaker Dave Thomas from Actually Films has just launched a campaign to raise funds for his film Aretha – a short film about a young girl with Down Syndrome.A disability activist for many years, Dave hopes to challenge perceptions of the norm with this inspiring film but he needs your help! You can pledge here to help the campaign-


Here are some pictures of the launch of the video the guys from Eolas and the Cube made for a research in Trinity College. The name of the research is TILDA, that is the Irish longitudinal study on ageing for people with intellectual disabilities.

They participated in making a video about healthy eating. The idea is to show the data collected in a easy way to understand. So this follow the idea of nothing about them, without them. They received certificates and an outstanding award for acting!

The guys involved are Thomas Gilbert, Amy Quinn, Derri Keating, Niall Flynn and Daniel Ryan.

There’s a New Barista in Town

“Will the kettle ever boil?”

Well done to Shauna O’Leary who recently trained as a Barista in the Dublin Barista School. Many thanks to Bray Area Partnership for organising funding to make this happen.

Shauna has now secured a work experience in the Dublin  Barista School Café during December.

Cathy and Team Hope

Some pictures of Cathy who collected shoe boxes for team hope and this is her 9th year!

Ballyraine and BRI Nua Music Group

Last Friday night in the Arklow Bay the ‘the heart-stopping, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, justifying, death-defying, legendary’ Ballyraine and BRI Nua music group played their hearts out in the Arklow Bay Hotel.

Even in this early stage the group has developed and grown in confidence with the support of tutor and mentor Tommy Breen.

More importantly than that, the guys were unconditionally and warmly accepted and given recognition as musicians, by musicians and local people, from their own community – as the below video shows.


Well done to all of the guys, Tommy Breen and Lorraine Newsome – It was an amazing night.

You can check out the video below and watch out for the standing ovation at the end which went on long after this video stopped.



Some words used in the above email were courtesy of another great musician – Bruce ’The Boss’ Springsteen (credit where credit’s due)

Workshop at the Make Shop:

A group from Bray RT took part in a work shop in the Make Shop recently. Some people made motorised robots that race across the ground, spin in circles and they learnt about motors, batteries, hot glue guns and power tools. Others designed and built their own clocks while learning about batteries and electronics!

image001 image002Some service users from BRI Nua and Ballyraine Training Centre supported a local coffee morning in Árus Lorcáin, Arklow last Thursday 15th September.
Gavin, Andrew, Sean, Ian, Rosieand Mary (even 6 weeks young Billy!) all got to meet Ireland’s triple Olympian, Fionnuala McCormack who recently returned from Rio. Fionnuala who is a patron of Wicklow Hospice happily mingled and posed for numerous photographs during the morning.
The combination of great coffee and a delicious array of cakes ensured the guys all had a great time


Skimming Stones

invitationPlease find attached an invitation to ‘Skimming Stones’; a three person exhibition at Arklow Visual Arts Gallery opening on the 26th of September 5-7pm.

Three artists who use our Glenvale Day Service will be showing recent paintings in this exhibition. This is an open invitation and we would be delighted to have service users, staff, family and friends of Sunbeam House Services attend the opening event to support the artists. The exhibition continues until Friday 7th of October.

Warm Regards,

Catherine Barragry

Art Instructor, Glenvale, Ballyraine, Arklow

If you are interested in owning a painting, artworks are for sale at the opening reception and throughout the exhibition. The proceeds of sales go toward continued support of the artists to produce artwork, with a small percentage of sales also going toward the running costs of the Arklow Visual Arts Gallery.

Triathlon Triumph

Today was a special day for all the guys in RT . Everyone took part in a triathlon that was organised by Rehab Care our neighbours.
They were in groups and competed in 3 events throughout the morning.
Swim-10 laps of pool
Bike-10km or 5 km
Run-5 km
Everyone was exceptional in their performances .
Charlie o Reilly, our 4th year, did the whole three events himself so well done to Charlie!