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Jul 29, 2011

One Wheel, One Island, One Thousand Miles

This morning the residents of Ros Mhuire cheered on a team of students cycling around Ireland to raise funds and awareness for Brain Tumour UK and Special Olympics Ireland.

Jai, on a unicycle and Seb on a bike, started out on July 6th and have done the circumference of Ireland. Today they began the last leg from Rathdrum to Rosslare and then on to a well deserved break in Wales.

They have cycled 1000 miles, raised over 1000 euro and were delighted to meet some of the athletes. The residents were very impressed by the unicycle and advised Jai to be very careful on the hills.

Please see www.onewheeloneisland.wordpress.com

Jul 27, 2011

Liverpool Heroes Versus Bray

On Monday, July 18, Martin O’Brien (quite possibly the biggest Liverpool fan in Ireland) went to see his heroes play Bray Wanderers in a friendly match.

While the match ended in a 1-1 draw, Martin was delighted to see a great game of football and had a fantastic night.

Jul 26, 2011

Sunbeam is on Facebook and Twitter

In case you haven't heard, Sunbeam is now on Twitter....

We are also on Facebook.

Video of the Month - 'Bladerunner' a Step Closer to the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius from South Africa is very close to being eligible to run in the London Olympics in 2012. The video speaks for itself.

Jul 22, 2011


Pictured is a wall in the kitchen of 'the Courtyard' which is one of our Bray units.

It is a simplified version of Sunbeam's mission statement. It is pretty and quite arresting when you see it in person. A very nice job indeed.

Film Festival

HERE is the website for the Oska-Bright Film Festival in Brighton. The festival takes place every 2 years and all films shown are made by people with disabilities. In fact the whole event is organised by people with disabilities. Tickets are still available.

This year, Sunbeam entered a film at the last minute but unfortunately it was not shortlisted. Fingers crossed for next time, 2013.

Jul 21, 2011

Summer Networking Party

We had a great time at our summer networking party. There was a competition for the best summer hat which was won by a delighted Lisa Browne. The karaoke was in full swing with Michelle Lane singing sweetly to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ that we all felt the romance of Kate Winslet swooning to Leonardo Di Caprio. Cocktail Sticks of summer fruit and cheese delights were tasty nibbles too. Timmy O’Brien was rocking to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse rock”, even swaying the legs to the Elvis Style. Louisa Iannucci was concentrating hard on the table quiz so the pressure was intense as we all tried a hand at the questions.

Come along to the next networking party and celebrate the end of the summer season. Photos show the prizes for the singing competition, table quiz winners and the best dressed summer wear.
See you next time,

The Networking Club.

Jeff the Horse

Pictured is Michael from Sunbeam (who grooms
Jeff the horse each week) with Alison from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust. The top picture is Jeff when he first arrived at the Trust.

Michael loves volunteering to work with these beautiful animals and his job-coach, John, brings him up to the stables located near Woodenbridge. His job is to groom their coats and manes.

The IHWT is a registered charity doing great work with rescued horses. This involves rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing.They currently house 90 ponies and horses. Some of them arrive in a dreadful state, having suffered abuse for years but with some diligent work from the staff they regain confidence and fitness.

If you would like to sponsor a horse or perhaps volunteer to help with the animals, even one morning per week, phone 0402 30773.

Jul 20, 2011

Handy Help for Computer-Users.

Click HERE for Enable Ireland's youtube channel all about assistive technolgies and computers.

Short, clear videos on everything for cool iPhone apps to how to make the text bigger on your computer screen.

Jul 19, 2011

Font for Dylexics - 'Dyslexie'

'Dyslexie' is a font designed with people who have dyslexia in mind. The video says it all.

Jul 15, 2011

EU-OSHA Photo Competition

Click HERE for details of a great photo competition which is run across Europe.

It focuses on health and safety in the workplace and there are great cash prizes up for grabs. Anyone can enter and last time around several of our service-users entered and were shortlisted.

Picture above is from Donal O'Mahony who entered this in the last competition.

Summertime in the Garden Team

The Garden Team have been up to lots in june and into july. We went toCamphill to partake in some camping, we took a trip to Aras an Uachtaran, we have been back canoeing on a Thursday with Bray Youth Service and not to mention our usual friday out and about a trip to howth, being highlighted here.

We will check back in next week or the week after with some more outings and shenanigans!

The Garden Team.

Respite Break - Mulllingar

It's that time of year again in the Training Centre, Bray. A group of ten service-users and three staff travelled to Westmeath in June.

We stayed for two nights and it was full of action! For some, it was their first break aay with us and they really enjoyed it.

Activities included rock-climbing, orienteering and archery.....some staff may need more practise in this area.....

We did a scavenger hunt and split up into three groups. We only had to find bog water, feathers, ten types of leaves, toothpaste, ten acorns, one pair of blue socks, one cup of lake water and a 'Y' shaped branch.

Don't we all look amazing in the bog? Fair play to all of the lads for getting stuck in, literally. No need for trips to the beauty salon, we got our mud treatments for free!

We also went to the cinema in town too and all the guys wanted to see the statue of 'Mr. Mullingar' himself Joe Dolan.

A very enjoyable experience and it comes highly recommended by all the guys in the Training Centre.


Jul 13, 2011

Funny video

This is Mick laughing as David takes a tumble on the slopes in Austria.
Greenscreen test#1.

Jul 12, 2011

Triumphant Olympic Party

There was a party held in honour of Paul, Amy and Stepehn, our Olympic medal-winners, in SHS, Killarney Rd, Bray last Friday.

Thanks to Allistair and the Granary staff for the excellent cake and DJ Gerry Byrne for the music.


Here is a piece from Padraig, staff from one of our residential houses, who entered a Duathlon with Anthony, one of our service-users. Fair play to the both of them...

The duathlon took place on the 6th July. It was part of the Belpark Triathlon Club Phoenix Park duathlon summer series.
The race involved a 2.9km Run, Cycle 13km, 2.9km Run. The race included a strong field of over 200 racers including two of Ireland best Triathletes Paul Heneghan and Aaron o Donoghue.

Anthony finished the race in 59minutes.
Anthony wanted to do a race like this for sometime and trained extremely hard for it over May and June. Anthony was extremely proud of his achievement, was very popular with the organisers and fellow competitors. Hopefully this will be the first of many races.

Padraig Ruane.

Jul 7, 2011

Shut Up and Listen!


Touted as the only place on the radio to hear music made solely by artists with a learning disability. Worth checking out.

Blooming Good Time

Heres a few pics from the fun day that was Bloomsday on June 16th.

Social Media Conference in Austria

A number of countries (Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Scotland and Austria) were invited to participate in a conference in Graz, Austria on 'Using Digitial Media'.

The Atempo organisation organised the week-long conference which was funded by the Leonardo Foundation.

Neil Kelly, Sean Sheeky, Charlotte Wollohan and Rob Fortune represented Sunbeam and set off on the 19th June which was exciting as it was Sean's first ever flight. There they were met by Karl Baeck, the organiser.

The workshop was well laid-out and was based around Facebook and social networking, setting up groups, adding photos and videos( they used iPads to make videos which were very easy to use )and aspects of safety when using other sites like Skype and Twitter.

They also had a presentation from Atempo service-users on the assistive technology they use. This usually took up half the day. Then they were shown the cultured side of Graz with museum tours and cable car rides, etc. There were lovely meals laid on aswell which was great.

The whole week was interesting and instructive both service-wise and culturally. We learned so much.

A big thank you to Karl, Johann, Markus, Bettinna, Gertrude, Beate and all at Atempo including the great restaurant staff for making us feel so welcome and taking care of us.

Jul 5, 2011

Video - Amy on the News

The excerpt of Amy Quinn and her Mum being interviewed in Greece at the acceptance of the medals for the Special Olympics.

And in the photos is Amy's triumphant return at Dublin airport.

Jul 4, 2011

Tall Ships Race

On June 26th, one of our service-users from Arklow, embarked on the Lord Nelson Tall Ship from Dun Laoghaire and arrived on June 30th in Waterford.

The Lord Nelson is run by The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) and also caters for people with disabilities.

Pictured is the ship arriving in time for the Tall Ships Race as part of the Waterford Festival.

Gold Medal

More good news coming in from Athens...

The Irish team beat Cyprus in the soccer finals at the Special Olympics! Our very own Paul Kenny was on the winning team. More news and photos later in the week as they come in.

Jul 1, 2011

Special Olympians in Greece

Good news coming from Athens where Amy Quinn from Sunbeam has won silver in softball at the games.

Soccer is tomorrow we believe and at least one of our guys is on the Irish team. Good luck to them.Stay tunes to the blog for photos as we get them.

50,000 Metres Run

Moira Roberts, Unit Manager of Glenvale speaks about her 50K run.....

'After waking up at midnight one February I decided to run the Portumna 50k race. I usually have strange ideas at these times but this is the best. I began training hard over the next few months picking up a back injury at 20 miles of a 22 mile run. But with a bit of help, lots of swimming in the sea and many stretches I was ok again.
The training is intense and I only did 40 miles a week compared to the 70 suggested.
The morning of the race I was very nervous and was nearly crying on the way to the start. I had no idea if I had done the right thing or not and seeing all the runners I realised that I should not really be there!
Running an ultra is completely different to running any other race. As I stood on my own feeling sorry for myself a few lads came over and helped me feel at ease. There is no competition on an ultra as in the shorter races, you are only competing against yourself.
So it came to 08.00 and the rain also came down as we started on our way. I met a teacher from Gorey (small world) and we had a nice chat at the back of the field for the first 20k.
The other runners were so friendly and as we were running a 5k loop around a forest we kept meeting up. Everyone cheered everyone on and the atmosphere was wonderful. Even when the others had finished they still jumped up and down and cheered the slower runners on.
It was a day of heavy showers and many times we were wet through and then had to dry out in the sun.
I eventually finished in 5 hours and 41 minutes which is great for me as I was aiming for 6 hours and had been in hospital on a drip the previous Wednesday!
It is very addictive and I am now looking at the 39 mile Longford race next August 2012.'

Moira Roberts