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Sep 24, 2010

Amazon by Lyn Kirby


Lyn Kirby is a unit manager in Arklow who recently went to the Peruvian Amazon. She went as part of a medical team to look after the needs of the local villagers who are poor and don't have a lot.

It cost Lyn a lot to volunteer; she had to buy her own tickets amongst other things. She is already saving to return there next year. I think you will agree she has a kind heart.

Lyn is deathly afraid of spiders so it was an astonishing feat that she touched a tarantula. The guys on board the boat told her it was dead but when they threw it into the water Lyn noticed it moving its legs and swimming!

Youtube Video of the Month - Lego World Cup

Tune in the end of every month to check out the most watched Youtube videos. Videos are constantly 'going viral', meaning they spread like a virus. Here is your feed to the hottest clips online right now. This is Sunbeam News' answer to 'Casual Friday'.

Sep 23, 2010

Girls Go Pop Magazine

Cathy, Nicola, Tara and Ailbhe, a bunch of friends from Arklow, were unhappy with the types of magazine in the shops.

So, they decided to make their own. The girls did a great job.

You can find the magazine on the downloads page of the Sunbeam website.


Sep 22, 2010

JFK Junior Fellowship Programme 2010-2012

Congratulations to staff member Eoin Buckley (CSW Applewood & 3A Vevay Rd) on his recent success in securing one of the three fellowship awards available for support staff working in the Intellectual Disability Sector in Ireland.

The fellowship awards come from the City University of New York and were negotiated for Ireland through the Skill Programme (www.skillproject.ie). The Skill Programme was established to enable opportunities for support staff in the health services to return to learning or upskill.

A total of 9 awards were made available – 3 for Intellectual Disability services, 3 for Acute Hospitals, 2 for Older People Services and 1 for Mental Health Services.

Eoin had to complete a formal application and interview process. In addition to a monetary award, the award also provides a mentoring programme.. This is a great achievement for Eoin and we wish him every success in his studies. Well Done!

Sep 20, 2010

"This won't hurt a bit!....." - Dennis Taylor

Recently, two of the snooker worlds greatest ever players came to town........Wicklow town. They played a match and entertained the crowd with trick-shots and bad jokes (if Steve Davis is his usual self). Some of the guys from Rosanna made it to the match and met the legends.

Sep 16, 2010

Mock Wedding for Charity


Earlier in the Summer a group of staff from Arklow decided to raise some cash for charity.

They staged a mock wedding which paraded through the streets of Arklow collecting money. The video tells it all, really.

Sep 15, 2010

Another artists blog!

Sunbeam lobby the Government

In an initiative prompted by Bray partnership, Sunbeam House Services have joined forces with other community groups to lobby local politicians for the swift passing into law of the Mental Capacity bill.

The bill was introduced to the Oireachtas in September 2008 and two years later has still not been passed. Mental capacity legislation is imperative to secure the rights of vulnerable people.

East Coast Radio featuring Sunbeam


Here is a ten minute audio clip of some of the guys on the radio discussing the Disability Awareness project. Aired in August 2010. Well worth a listen.

Sep 14, 2010

Woof Woof

The 'Name John Hannigans Dog' competition is over and I can confirm that his name is Dixie.

Not an easy one to guess by any means. Nevertheless, it was in a good cause and nearly €110 were raised for Childline.

Check Out These Blogs! - 2 Local Artists


Sep 8, 2010

Nationwide - Supported Employment

Excerpt of the Sunbeam House section of the show Nationwide. Aired 13-08-10.


Summer Break

A gang from the Training Service in Bray went to Galway on holiday for 4 days and stayed in Galway Rasstena Blue and Spa Hotel earlier this Summer.

Louisa remembers - "We went to the town and we went shopping we went to night club called 'Cuba'. We had Lunch out to the Court House Hotel on the 2nd Day. We had an Italian dinner out one night down the town the 2nd night and went to the hot tub and the cussede and the swimming pool and I shared a room with some of my friends."

Competition: Name John Hannigans Dog!

Exactly what it says on the tin...
It's one Euro per guess and in aid of Childline. It is a male dog. Forms and donation box at reception, Killarney Road. Special prize for the winner.
My money's on it being ' the-puppy-formerly-known-as-Prince'.

Sep 2, 2010

Alex Picasso

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.

Sponsored Walk in Aid of the People of Pakistan

Fiona O'Farrell and the staff and service-users in the Training Service, Bray heard about the plight of the people of Pakistan in the wake of the recent flooding and decided to do something to help. They organised a sponsored, 2km walk in a local park to raise money to donate to a charity that is helping in Pakistan.
Many thanks are owed to the friends and families who donated money as over €2000 were raised! No mean feat.
The fastest walkers were Pierce and Dan who came in joint first. Also, there was a small prize for Ian who collected the most money and Deirdre who collected the most donations.