Glenart College TY woodwork class

Gavin, Paul, Tomek and I go up to Glenart Collage every Monday morning.

There are transition year students and the woodwork instructor Richard Fleming in the class.

I walk myself up to the Glenart Collage independently.

First, I made a coffee table then we made a hedgehog hut.

We are making the hedgehog hut for the Arklow tidy towns.

I met the man I know when he was living in Aughrim.

We get our lunch in the canteen in the Glenart collage

I enjoyed the class I like being busy working hard

I would like to make a cup holder for the couch as my next project.

Lollipop Day

A group from Eolas were involved in Lollipop Day last Friday 1st March, fundraising in Tesco Bray  for Oesophageal Cancer. The group were made up of Joseph Lenehan, James Woodgates, Audrey Jackson and Paul Fulham. This group have volunteered for various charities over the years so well done too all. 


Congratulations to Gerry Byrne who graduated from his course in Dunlaogahaire lately.

Blue Diamond Academy Ceremony

We went yesterday to DR’s graduation from Blue Diamond Academy ceremony in Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. We had a great time all together and were very proud to see DR on the stage and in spotlight!

Team Hope Shoebox Update

shoebox gangCan we say a big thank you to anyone who took time to fill a shoebox for Team Hope this year. We sent 51 shoeboxes to the sorting centre in Greystones today.
The boxes we filled are going to Africa this year. Once again well done to Cathy Macken from Arklow who has coordinated the appeal for 11 years straight.

13th Annual Photo Competition

The 13th annual SHS photo competition – thanks to all who entered. Congrats to Dan Wilson and Amanda Mannix who were the winners and to all the runners up and entrants.

Dan on TV

DanDan the Man with some serious acting in Virgin Media’s ‘Blood’ on TV currently. Lookin’ good Dan!

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal – Year 11

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Hi Everyone,

Cathy Macken here. It’s time to start filling your shoeboxes again for Team Hope.  This is my 11th year doing this appeal.

Closing date for boxes is the 9th of November  so we need to get busy filling our shoeboxes. Please help to make a difference for a child this Christmas.

Shoeboxes can be dropped in to Bri Nua, Main Street, Arklow or at the Gallery, Main street.

Servier – Funding our Music Program

A big thank you to Servier in Arklow who have given funding to our music program.

Pictured here are members of the Servier social committee with Sunbeam music instructor Tommy Breen collecting a cheque for €922 which is going towards Filming, sound and lighting costs of our Inclusion concert in November.

We will have details of the concert, which is a major event and includes no less than six organisations, in the coming weeks.

Sri Lankan Orphanage Fundraiser

Shirley plans on spending time working in an orphanage in Sri Lanka in early 2019 and Is raising money to buy educational aids and some fun stuff for the children there. Hoping some of you can join her for a cuppa (see poster attached) and please spread the word.

Tinahely show 2018

Pictured above are a sample of the 35 entries submitted by service users from Ballyraine, Bri Nua and Bray RT into this year’s Tinahely show which took place on the August Bank holiday Monday. The categories entered included: Woodcraft, ceramics, art and handcrafted items. There was a high level of competition this year but all entries from Sun beam came in for great praise from the Judges on the day. The prize winners from the show were as follows:

Class 215(Any hand-crafted item)

2nd Nicola Riley

3rd Tara Cawley

4th Wayne Scarfe

Class216(Any woodcraft item)

1st Michael Ellis

2nd Patricia Hurley

3rd Patrick Grummell

4th Geraldine Stokes

Class 248(Ceramics, pottery)

2nd Tom Lawler

3rd Geraldine Stokes

Class 304(painting)

Highly commended- Tom Lawler


These and all the other entries can be seen on display at the Creatives group show which opens on Tuesday the4th of September in Arklow visual arts from 5-7pm and runs until Friday the 14th. Your presence is most welcome.

The Creatives Group Show

A  group of artists from Ballyraine and Bri NUa who work in a variety of art mediums from painting, felting, pyrography, print, upcycling textiles and embroidery are exhibiting in

The Arklow Gallery from Tuesday 4th of September until the 14th September.

This group of 29 artists have completed a wide range of work in their chosen medium offering this exhibition something to interest everyone.

Opening Night on Tuesday 4th September 5-7pm All Most Welcome

Participating artists are:

Aisling Maguire, Cathy Macken, Daphne Hollingsworth, David Stafford, Dervla Fallon, Emma Reynolds , Emma Kinsella, Geraldine Stokes, James Ledwidge, Jamie Clarke, Johnny Mc Grainer, Killian Byrne, Mark Hayward, Martin O Brien, Michael Grummel, Myles Kavanagh,  Nicola Riley, Patrick Grummel, Rosie Walshe, Sean Sheeky, Selina Whyte, Shirley Johnson, Tara Cawley, Tom Lawler, Tomek Rozanski, Trish Hurley and Wayne Scarfe.

There is also a group textile wall hanging created with artist Maeve Hunter who worked with Eimear Wixted, Grainne Lawlor, Kiera Broe, Nicole Appleby, Paul Roche, Rachel Langrell and Tomek Rozanski on a collaborative textile workshop.

Ice-cream Day

Some fun this week with an ‘Ice- cream Day’ and a trip to see Wicked at the Bord Gais Theatre.

POD group trip to Wells House

This is the POD group on a wonderful trip to Wells House in Wexford. It was interesting ,fun and we had lots of laughs.

Douglas Hyde Gallery Outing

We went to the Douglas Hyde Gallery to see the exhibition called “A Visibility Matrix”, at Trinity College.


Gerry ,Dervla Fllon,Lorraine,Myles ,Paul on a respite break in Kilkenny.