The ‘Name John Hannigans Dog’ competition is over and I can confirm that his name is Dixie.
Excerpt of the Sunbeam House section of the show Nationwide. Aired 13-08-10.
Alexandra is a fantastic artist in our midst. Her paintings are hanging in many of our units and have a very unique and colourful style to them. She uses mostly a special type of felt marker for the majority of her work. She spends a lot of time painting both at home and elsewhere. If you would like an Alexandra original hanging on your wall contact Eolas for further details.
The Arts and Crafts shop closed its doors last Friday. Situated just off Main St., Bray in the Mamma Mia cafe complex, they provided a wide range of merchandise from hand-made bags to glass-work to small trinkets such as key-rings and the like. The quality of the products is what impresses when you first enter the shop. All-in-all, it was a great community-based project and we hope to see the like again in the near future. Many thanks to those involved for donating their time and effort.
On Friday 20th the Garden Team were lucky enough to visit the Dogs Trust complex in Finglas, a centre dedicated to finding new homes for stray and unwanted dogs. Despite only opening last November the centre has already found loving homes for over 800 dogs. The new owners are carefully checked and their homes visited to make sure the dogs only get the most suitable homes possible. All dogs are welcomed to the centre, be they young or old, sick or healthy, and importantly there is no time limit to how long a dog can stay at the centre.
We got to see many of the over 150 dogs currently onsite (including 20 puppies). We visited the state of the art veterinary clinic, living areas and walking pens (where the dogs really come to life). It was clear that each dogs welfare was the most important thing to everyone involved. We are extremely grateful to Jillian, our very enthusiastic and helpful guide. If you visit be sure to leave a donation as they rely entirely on public generosity to survive.
The Networking Childline BBQ was held in the Garden Team canteen on Thursday last, 19th August. Estimates of attendance vary wildly from 40 to over 200 people. A huge attendance despite the monsoon rain which fell. Fortunately wet hair and soggy burger buns weren’t enough to put off the many party goers. Thanks to all those who helped to make it a success and raised over €345!
A group of us from The Garden Team went on a tour organised by Glendalough Education Centre to take a look at the bats. It was held on Thursday 12th August and we were intrigued to discover that the little lodge house near the lake is home to over 396 bats in its attic.
At around 9.10pm they all flew out from a vent in the roof ridge one by one. These bats are known as the soprano pipistrelle bat which is as tiny as your little thumb. They flew out as fast as a sports car, flying along and swooping in the sky. We were told that it is a myth that bats can become tangled in your hair. Robert joked that it was like count Dracula in the trees.
We then walked into the forest and kept stopping with our guide who had a high frequency batometer sonar system which can read the bats echo-location sounds. When he turned this special radiometer on we could hear a constant clicking noise which was the bat making this noise to locate its insects that it was hunting. We also walked down to the river to listen out for the water bat and the long eared whisper bat. They like to swish and sway down into the river to catch the moths and insects that are attracted to the water.
After an interesting evening we headed back to Glendalough hostel to rest our weary heads after a fun bat filled event.
Some of the guys from Sunbeam will feature in an episode of Nationwide on RTE at 7pm this Friday, 13th August. The programme is in relation to supported employment. Should be a good show, make sure to check it out.
Last week the brand new stadium at Landsdowne Road was host to it’s first football match. The contenders were a mix of Irelands best homegrown players against none other than Manchester Utd. The Mancunians won with an impressive 7-1 victory, christening the new stadium in style.
Saturday 10th July the DCB advocacy group were invited to go to Áras an Uachtaráin for a Garden party hosted by President Mary Mc Aleese.
Artur drove the bus into the phoenix park and we parked at Rata house. We had to sign in and have our passports checked. We then got a coach over to the Aras. When we first seen the house it was amazing! Its really really big. Helen was gobsmaked!!! “it was like a palace” We went inside the house and joined the queue to meet the president. It was packed.
Marie was the first in and a woman introduced us all individually to the President. “She shook my hand and said hello, I told her she does a lot of hard work” Natasha thought she was lovely, a really nice woman.
We then went outside unfortunately it was raining but the staff in the Áras were well prepared and escorted us with umbrella’s to the tea rooms.
There was all sorts of different foods and lots of it! it was delicious. Then a solider announced that it was time to make our way to the Marquee as the President was making her speech. Thankfully the rain had eased then.
The president welcomed everyone one and spoke about how important community life is, to get to know the people in your community and how important community work is.
We had different entertainment then. A Brass band, opera singers, and a Trad band. After this we had a tour of the formal rooms of the house. We saw were the president would sign all the new bills of law and were the new Taoiseach’s are sworn in. It was a amazing day.
You are sitting having lunch at your kitchen table when a pigeon slams head-first into the window at full speed! The story sounds bizarre to say the least but this is exactly what happened, reports George Knaggs, one of Sunbeams Directors, a few weeks ago while sitting with his wife at the table. The pigeon in question promptly shook it off and flew away stunned but not without leaving a ghostly imprint on the glass.