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Jul 29, 2014

Team Clifford

There is a donate button on the homepage of www.sunbeam.ie if you wish to donate to Joe and Ciarans humongous effort of running a marathon together. Please pass it on to people outside of SHS. All proceeds go to Sunbeam.

Some words from Joe:....
We have completed the first of 4 races in the run up to the marathon, 1st race being the Fingal 10k which we done in 1 hour.

Also we are on week 14 of our training program so running with Ciaran's double 'Bod the Bag' who is 41kgs which is slightly over half Ciaran's body weight.

So far race preperation are good and the support runners Brian Thighe and Stuart Crinnion (2 seasoned marathon runners) have been great help and a wealth of knowledge in terms of race prep. 

Our social media expert is Emma Finucane who is writing our progress. 

Our wheelchair designer is Johnny Hayden who is himself wheelchair bound and an extreme athlete in his day. 

Our technical adviser is Martin Coady also wheelchair bound and helping with the technical elements of the chair and has himself been pushed for tri-athlons and knows only too well the difficulties that we may face on the day with the chair.

Together we are Team Clifford :) I bet you thought i was going to say something cheesie like the 'A' Team :)

Joe Clifford

Jul 18, 2014

Pics from the Fashion Show

Fashion with a passion hit the catwalk on Friday the 11th of July in S.H.S. and what a success over 71 service users strutted down the catwalk which was supplied by Alan Roe managing director of M.P.M. promotions. 

We will be taking the show on the road to Ballyraine in Arklow on Tuesday the 26th of August show will start at 12:30 all welcome free of charge. We will also be showcasing it later on in the year for the public we will keep you posted.

Jul 16, 2014

Fashion Show


Some clips from the fashion show courtesy of Mary Dunphy.

Jul 15, 2014

Bray Wanderers Beat Manchester Utd

Yes, that's right!
You heard it here first. 
That's my prediction for the upcoming spectacular match taking place in Bray in 5 days time.
Now, if they were playing Liverpool it would be a different story, nevertheless this is one match not to miss.

Jun 24, 2014

Circles by Conall Carney

We are delighted to invite you to join us to celebrate with
Conall Carney
On the event of his first solo exhibition “Circles”
on Friday the 4th of July from 6-8pm
in The Arklow Gallery
The show will run from the 1st to the 11th of July 2014
All most Welcome!
“Circles” is Conall Carney’s first solo show of his remarkable paintings in his native Co.Wicklow. This body of work was mainly painted this year with one or two paintings from previous years capturing the evolution of his use of the circle as a symbol in his painting.

Conall is a prolific young talent who paints vibrant abstract paintings that speak for themselves. His wonderful sense of colour is full of emotion and expression. Standing before his work you become captured in his bold brush strokes and the flow and movement of these beautiful paintings.

Jun 13, 2014

Video - 20 month old baby rock-climbing

Following on from a Facebook post recently where we discussed with a parent the pushing of boundaries for people with disabilities, teaching people how to do things instead of doing everything for a person.

The Big Games in Limerick

Some absolutely crazy good photos from Sunbeamers in Limerick!

Well done to all the service-users and staff involved. Have a great and fun weekend.

Talking Shop Ensemble

A really interesting play is coming to the Mermaid on the 23th of August. Here are the details;

"This insightful, thoughtful and provocative piece of theatre is a must see. Created by the young artists Shaun Dunne, Aisling Byrne and Lisa Walsh, of Talking Shop Ensemble it is inspired by the inner workings of a disability service – the people who work there – and the conflicts of choice that are part of their daily lives. This will be a totally engaging evening where the company get us as an audience to think about the importance of speaking up and of having our own opinions heard. They will show us the complexity of life alongside the importance of standing up for each other and what we believe in."
For booking and more information see the link below:


Jun 3, 2014

Circle of Truth - video

A short video about the workplace. And if Im not mistaken theres a cameo from yerman from 'The Fast Show'.

Guide Dog in Training

Nice photo of a guide dog in training; imag sent in by Kevin Hoey.

May 26, 2014

The Big Race

Wow what a great day!

A Big thank you to all who participated in the run today. Congratulations to Padraig Ruane who was the first male SHS staff over the line and winning the Lucinda crystal trophy. Catherine Hayes was the first lady over the line winning the O'Rourke perpetual cup. 

The event could not have happened without Precision timing, the order of Malta, and the generosity of the local coral leisure centre. A big thank you to all the local businesses who supported the event in various ways.

Special thanks to the staff team at Ballyraine, for helping to prepare food, travelling back and forth and also giving and seeking sponsorship.
Thanks to Seamus, Bernard, Dj Sam, Abbey Manor, Shirley, Ann Walker, Siobhan, Mary, Margaret, John, all the stewards, families and friends that helped in any way.
Special thanks to Lynda, Marina, Brendan, and Hazel for all their work today.

This event was organised by Martin O Rourke & Pat O' Reilly, who worked extremely hard to make this event so successful. Well done lads. 

Luck was on our side, and the sun shone for the entire time.
We hope you all had a great day and we hope this will become an annual event.
Sincere apologies if I have omitted anybody. Pictures to follow.

Jennie :)

May 23, 2014

Run this Sunday

Sunbeam House Services 10k and 5k runs taking place on Sunday May 25th in Arklow.

Last chance to get your running shoes on, it doesn't matter how fast or slow you are. S ome will run, some will walk Im sure, just get some fresh air and have the craic for a good cause.

Your Power Your Vote

For the day thats in it.....Dan Ryan urging you to get out anduse your vote.

May 22, 2014

End the Awkward

This video is lighthearted and has a good message to it. Think you'll agree.

And another......

And another......

May 19, 2014

Nifty Fifty

A quick synopsis of Stevie's life. He doesn't look a day over 49. Thanks Stevie for sending it in to us.....

11 May 1964 Stephen James Peter Browne was born in Coventry England
Mothers Name Catherine fathers name frank I have one brother Paul

Born in Little house in Camden Lane

Rushed to hospital With big bump on head not to survive surgery

but had the strong will to survive

Left Coventry when i was four years old

moved back to Ireland to live with mums Parents in Dun drum. Settled there for about 10 years was in Dun drum

Then we Moved up to a Flat in Hill view Estate Ballentear

Thats were i spent most of my youth in was a Lived in top flat 46 four stories up

Made some good friends there.

I moved schools two I went to Saint Agustins School in Black Rock as a Day boy it was also An Residential I spent a couple of mounts as a residential there as well that took some getting used to

it was about 15 years later when we moved up to a house In sandy ford Park number 2

The houses were just being bilt we were the first family in them it took about just under a year to get neighbours we were getting used to it

I had my 21 in a Club in The Irish Glass Bottle Works Club in church town

We had all my family over from England it was another Great weak end

They say life begins at 40 Th

mine started at 38 i took the big plunge and decided to ask the love of my life to marry me she said yes 13 years later were still going strong

Ten years later i just turned 50 party was last weakened got lovely gifts had a wonderful time

Thanks To my lovely Wife Lisa Mum Brother and lovely Friends

Stephen Browne

May 8, 2014

The Toffees

Keith Clarke made these great drawings based on football themes/teams from England, mostly Everton....but we'll forgive him for that.

May 1, 2014

Fashion Show

Fahion Show latest - not long to go.

Apr 14, 2014

Living with Autism

A good little video about what its like to live with autism...


Homelessness in the Community

Sunbeam Client Services Manager Jenny Smyth gave a talk recently along with other members of the community around homelessness and housing.

She described a model where Sunbeam House Services worked with Bray Town Council to fund and build apartments for adults with an intellectual disability, which could be replicated for the homeless community.

Full story at the Wicklow Voice.