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!

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