Travels with Tomas

My name is Tomas, I am 49 years of age. I have always loved travelling.  I have a keen interest in air planes and air travel ever since my older brother Andrew had a pilots licence.  When I was about 14 he used to take me on flights in a Tampico plane.  A Tampico is a single engine air craft.  …

Plough About That Part 2

A great day was had by David, Brian, Alan and Paul at the National Ploughing Championships 2017. Some of the highlights being the brand new Range Rovers, the new born piglets, checking out the tractors, seeing Michael D. Higgins, meeting Jackie Tyrrell and getting lots of freebies to take home!

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

There’s a New Barista in Town

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 …

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!

Some 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 …