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.



Standing ovation for sunbeam last night it was amazing I got so emotional for them. They are truly amazing people and where so proud of them selves.❤

Posted by Stephanie Burke on Saturday, November 12, 2016


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!

Nicola Riley’s Solo Show

You are invited to Nicola Riley’s Solo Show!

Venue: The Arklow Gallery

Date:July 18th – August 1st, 2016.

Opening Day: Friday, July 22nd, 11am-1pm.

Nicola Riley is a local Artisan from Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Nicola has created a large body of work for this exhibition;

Ceramic jewellery, silk painting, fabric painting, lino print and embroideries.

Nicola’s work is wonderfully vibrant and many of the paintings have a fairy tale theme. This talented young artist has been developing her interest in new media and skills. Nicola has mastered these media and brought her own unique voice to this wonderful exhibition.

Pottering Around

Martin doing some pottery work  making some lovely birds, swans and ducks.

Gluten Free Cooking

Gluten Free Cooking here in the Cube. Ciara showing the finished dish !! Fat Free and Gluten free cheese cake. Matthew showing his gluten free bread he made Yum Yum !!’

Where’s the Cue Ball Going?

What a great start to our week here in the Cube. A trip to our local Community Centre for Snooker and a chat !!

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!