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Sep 3, 2015

Tinahely Show 2015





Service user's from South Wicklow had a wide range of crafts in this year's Tinahely Show on August 3rd. Below is a picture of some of the service users who entered pieces into the years show and won prizes.

On the 26th of August there was a prize giving held in the Orchard Cafe in Ballyraine. In Attendance were committee member's from the Tinahely Show who presented Nicola Reilly (1st place winner in crafts area) with the Michelle Byrne perpetual cup and those who entered with medals.James Ledwedge (2nd Place), Tomek Rozanski (3rd place) and Heather forde (VHC).

Aug 28, 2015

Staff Soccer 2015

The South doing the Hokey-Pokey in a bid to intimidate the North

James Doyle taunting the South before kick off














 Outrageous goal, Dodgy refereeing, Heavy hits, HAKA, Chip Van, Music, Fake tan, Face paint, Men cross dressing yes you have guessed it was the big game between Northern Stars and Due South. 

On Friday last was the day when all the talking was finished and it was down to the footballing ability well sort of. The Northern Stars headed down the N11 to Arklow as defending champions of the SHS cup. 

Before the teams took too the field Martin O'Rourke was like Alex Ferguson going around organising his troops and getting local players to play for them because their Granny works in Sunbeam. 

The crowds were at full capacity with the sun beaming down, the players warming up with a slight arm rotation and some yawning.

As both teams were walking onto to the field DJ Sam was blaring out Barbie Girl this would definitely get the blood boiling. Tip off was ready to take place when Pat Kinsella and Martin called in their players for little team talk, then to the sight that will never be erased from the supporters minds Martin and Pat hopped out in dresses that were borrowed from Marian O'Mahony and started to perform the HAKA well sort of with their players who had black paint smeared underneath their eyes ready for battle. 

The game got up too a steady walk when Barry Jones netted his first goal for the North with Brian Kenna providing the through ball. Without taking our second breath Barry stepped up again with another finish leaving John Maher from Rosanna picking out the ball from the net in a matter of moments. The Northern Stars were dominating the opening 20 minutes of play with the captain Rebecca Mckenna leading from the frontline. It was then when James Doyle came to the frail he was up to his old tricks again wasting chance after chance until a bit of luck went his way, he said he was claiming the goal but they could have been 6 people in for the goal with the ball coming out off an elbow, knee and head of someone. 

North were then 3 - 0 when the Dermot Prendergast started to tighten up the back line. With some slick passing starting from the back line which was been lead by the keeper Danny Eckersley who knew he had to up his game from 2 years ago in which he did without the soles in his boots. The ball then got to midfield with Brian Kenna and Aisling Howlin giving one two passing with the amazement from the South players. With the bow legged James wasting another chance it rebound of South keeper John Maher, Brian Kenna buried it in the bottom corner. North 5 nil up. That's when the South changed the ref and they started to come out and play or maybe it was the introduction Sean O'Reilly that rallied Due South but it probably was the ref. Seamus Murphy and Jason O'Gorman started to create chances but they couldn't get past our English Danny. 

Just 10 minutes into the second half Brian Manning scored it first ever goal for North and he done it in style with a miss timed kick that floated over Johns head. The ref changed with Tom Nelson taking the whistle and the only difference between him and a battery was that the battery has a positive side. South team were creating chance and a scuffed shot by Jason O'Gorman lead to passing up the field with a cross field ball by JP Hunt to the youngest member on the day Patrick O'Rourke flying up the line and putting it past John. South then won a corner and Dermot buried it with his head and this lifted the South team and signalled Jennie Vickers to steam over to South bench and make changes to the team. 

During the second half North were considering getting another ball on the pitch for just James as he wouldn't pass it. The weather started to changed but it didn't damper the excitement of what was going on the field. As the rain fell Martina Canna started to panic as the fake tan on her legs started to run more that what she was running. 50 minutes into the second half I know 50 minutes? as the ref wouldn't blow the full time whistle South kept pushing with chance after chance from Ollie, Ross McDonagh and South's pocket rocket Nick Skelton the scores were at 6-5 when Tom finally blew the whistle. 

When the final whistle blew the face paint on the Due South players started to run as the tears started to stream down their face. 

Players that shone on the day were definitely the 2 goalkeepers John and Danny, Dermot who was a rock, the Maranatha men, Aisling and Rebecca from Sugarloaf, Seamus and Ollie from Rosanna, JP Hunt and James Doyle. 

James made the presentation to winning Captain Rebecca, Joe Nolan Memorial cup to Dermot Prendergast for man of the match and the most entertaining player went Martina Canna as her fake tan done more running than herself. 

As Martin on Friday in an email  "All is left for me to say Patrick is get does Northern stars down the N11 and we will see who is the boss" and the North showed you who was the boss this year Martin.
PS Martin football is a simple game: 22 Men or Women chase a ball for 90 minutes

AND AT THE END ...................... THE Northerner Stars WIN!


Celebration’s lasted well into the night with staff from both sides joining in the fun.  Overall it was a great day out and hopefully we can build on next year .

Aug 26, 2015

Men's Shed Build Gazebo in Kilcarra




The Mens SHed in Arklow are the most awesome of people. They have built several things for Sunbeam and the latest is this gazebo which was unveiled this morning in Kilcarra. The view is stunning and the amount of work that went into it is tremenduous.
A very big thank you to the Mens Shed from Sunbeam House Services!

Aug 21, 2015

Tom's Amazing Art Show




Tom’s opening night is on Friday the 21st of August from 6-8pm. All are Welcome.
Tom has been painting in the art room in Ballyraine for a few years now. Tom is a prolific painter; all of the work in this show has been created in the last year.
Tom gets his ideas from a library of art books and takes the main shapes and subjects from his chosen image and adds his own wonderful colours. Tom’s work for this show is painted in Acrylic and Gouache. They are fabulously colourful and cheerful and will brighten up any wall.

Aug 14, 2015

COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER PROGRAMME - A Course For You?

COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER PROGRAMME WW15C

Information about the Programme Provider
KARE is an innovative and progressive voluntary organisation, promoting inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, in Counties Kildare, West Wicklow and East Offaly.  KARE in association with SOLAS have developed a Community Support Programme aimed at equipping participants with the necessary competencies to support people with specific needs in a variety of settings within the community. Participants will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a number of different organisations in the Community/Healthcare sector that will enhance their opportunities to progress to further education or employment.

Programme Duration and Allowances
The course is run on a full time basis (35 hours per week) over 44 Weeks and work experience placements may involve some evening and weekend participation.   The programme is due to start in Oct. 2015 (SUBJECT TO CONTINUED FUNDING APPROVAL). Solas Training allowances are paid to those who are currently in receipt of a payment from Social Welfare. 

Applicants Requirements:
§  Registered with SOLAS and meet Social Welfare criteria.  Details available on  http://www.solas.ie  
§  Available to attend the programme full time.
§  Interested in supporting people with specific needs within the community   
§  Prepared to actively participate in the programme for the entire duration
§  Motivated to complete the required assessments
§  Applicants will be required to complete the Garda Vetting process
§  Access to use of a car and be prepared to travel to work placements.

Major Award
This programme offers participants the opportunity to gain a QQI level 5 Major Award in Community and Health Services (5N4468)
 Components of this award are:
v  QQI Level 5 Understanding Special Needs
v  QQI Level 5 Nutrition
v  QQI Level 5 Care of the Older Person
v  QQI Level 5 Care Support
v  QQI Level 5 Safety & Health at Work
v  QQI Level 5 Communications
v  QQI Level 5 Work Experience
v  QQI Level 5 Word Processing

Additional Training provided includes:
v  QQI Occupational First Aid
v  MAPA (formerly known as Crisis Prevention Intervention)
v  Safe Administration of Medication
v  People Moving & Manual Handling
v  Protecting the Service User (including elder abuse) seminar

Applicants must register with DSP immediately

For further information please contact:
Sandra Carroll         Course Coordinator                              087-0668129

Pauline Hayes         Assistant Course Coordinator       087-6732156

Jul 17, 2015

Stars & Stripes




Guess where Amy is going? Thats Right, America. Los Angeles to be exact to represent Ireland. There have a been a couple of parties and coffee mornings lately to help her get there.

Jul 9, 2015

Coffee Morning for Amy




Delicious coffee morning in aid of helping Amy get to LA to represent Ireland. Lovely looking cake too, made by Lynn as top prize in the raffle. Wish I could say it tasted lovely too but I didnt win it!