Trip to Albufeira, Portugal

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).

Ambassador – The Truffles are Really Spoiling Us!

So the Brazilian Ambassador has just been to a a very interesting question time and presentation with us. There were some great art and craft projects created. Also some excellent authentic Brazilian food including homemade truffles!

St Fergals Parish Jubilee Art Exhibition

Rebecca Corrigan, Laura Kavanagh and Daniel McDyer from Bray RT, all had paintings in the St Fergals Parish Jubilee Art Exhibition held over the weekend in St Fergals school.  All three paintings were sold, and everyone was so proud! Congratulations to the  Artists!

Blue Moon Spells

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 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.

After that we took the Luas across town to vi sit the The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks to see the exhibition Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising.

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East Coast FM Interview

Marian O’Mahony and some of her actors did a radio interview yesterday on East Coast FM.

10k or 5k is Back!

It’s that time of the year again to get the runners and shorts on for the annual SHS 5k and 10k run.
This year there is a slight change as we are running it on a Saturday evening at 6pm.
Enter online at and the direct link to the form is
Entries are €20 for the 10K and €15 for the 5k. You will also be able to enter on the day from 4.30pm. Also online on
Attached is a poster with all the details, there is also is a card available from myself for a monster raffle we will hold after the un.
It’s €2 per line and if anyone sells a full book will get entry to either race free of charge.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

That Friday Feeling

Andrew, Stephen, Eoin, Curtis and Sveta making the most of the sunshine in the park.


Maura O Loughlin | Quality Compliance & Training Manager writes an article for CQL.

MasterChef Meets Sunbeam

To promote independence at home Bray RT recently ran a MasterChef competition. All meals pictured were cooked at home by each of the service users who took part.
Many congratulations to all who participated and a big well done to our winners.
1st place: Charlie O’Reilly,
2nd place: Shauna O’Leary.
3rd place Megan Coogan.

Coffee Morning in aid of Wicklow hospice

Heres a photo from our recent coffee morning in aid of Wicklow hospice. Total proceeds were €1045.25. From Left to Right, Nicola O Reilly, Ailbhe Kelly, Anne Walker, Emme Kinsella, Martin O Rourke, Declan Meehan and Ian Walsh.

A Heartfelt Poem for Fiona from Stevie

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


Stephen Browne



Beautiful sign made by the Art and Craft group for the new location ‘Saoirse ‘In Bray.

Ski Medals

Class's-at-the-Cube-004 Class's-at-the-Cube-021 Class's-at-the-Cube-023 Niall Flynn showing off his Medels for Skying. Niall will be representing Ireland in Austria in the winter olympics. Good Luck Niall

Felt the Force

A group of Wicklow ladies have been participating in a felt making workshop since December. Each of these twelve artists’ have created a collection of vibrant and beautifully textured artworks.

Together this group show will fill The Arklow Gallery with a riot of colour from the 18th to 29th of April 2016.
The Opening night will be on Thursday the 21st of April from 6-8pm
All are most welcome; it would be great to see you there.
The Twelve artists’ are: Ailbhe Kelly, Dervla Fallon, Emer Donnelly, Emma Reynolds, Laura Cooper, Mary Byrne, Mary Kenny, Mary Nolan, Rosin Tighe, Tara Cawley, Selina Whyte and Shirley Johnson.






A day in the life of a card-maker.

Ashley sent us in this photo of a card she made in a craft class.

Name Plates

Personal name plates made by the Guys in the Cube for the Guys in Le Cheile for the Sensory garden project.
Siobhan Curran

Garden Art

Niall Flynn Displaying some of beautiful art Pieces for the Sensory garden projectin Le Cheile Dargel road.