Disable Right Click

Aug 30, 2011

Video: Photo Comp 2011

Well, it's been a slow month so my apologies but the Photo Competition video is finally finished.

The judges, comprising members of the public and associated organisations, will sit to judge the entries this Thursday. The winner in the service-user and staff categories will be announced shortly thereafter. The raffle for the other prizes will also take place.

Enjoy, and well done everybody, some fine photos in there.

Difference Days

www.differencedays.ie are coming to Sunbeam House, Bray this Friday. What they do is to team up with a local organisation or group that need something done, e.g. a playground built, and they blitz the job in a day. Maybe it is painting a nursing home, running a funfair or planting a garden.

We here at Sunbeam are very excited and thankful to Difference-Days about the project. It should be an amazing day, let's hope the sun shines.

Stay tuned for photos and video of the day here on the blog, next week.

Dell Volunteer

Many thanks to the volunteers from Dell who spent the day (yet again) with our service-users teaching things such as core computer skills. It was a great day for all.

It is fantastic to have such good relations with local, and not-so-local, businesses and organisations.

Here is the link to when they came last year.

Aug 22, 2011


Ballynattin Road, IDA Business park

29th of August to 2nd of Sept 2011

An exhibition of art work created by artists with
disabilities from Sunbeam houses services in Ballyraine.

If you can’t make it to our exhibition please check out our artists
painting in Ballyraine Garden centre, Vale road, Arklow.

We will be selling work on our website from September onwards.


Inclusion Ireland Poetry Competition - Celebrating 50 Years - 2011

Several of our guys have been selected as one of the 20 finalists from 150 entries for their poetry to be judged by some famous Irish poets on November 30th 2011. The finalist’s poems will take the form of an exhibition in the National Library of Ireland.

Stephen Browne's poem “Footprints”, John Power with his poems “Crazy man from Cork” and “Include Me” ,
James Ledwidge for his nostalgic poem titled ‘ I’m Thinking’ and Patrick Grummell from Ballyraine.

Well done to all. This is a fantastic achievement and Best wishes to them in the final.

Aug 12, 2011

Dolls and Toys in Enniskerry

hi there everyone,

a few of us at the Garden Team just went up to Powerscourt House in Enniskerry to view the antique dolls houses. This is called "Tara's Palace" with old style dolls, dolls -houses and teddies dating back to the 18th Century. Many of the dolls houses were made by Irish craftsmen. Little replicas of cutlery and porcelain plates and chandeliers and even the rooms such as elegant dining rooms were all designed from grand houses of the 18th Century mansions in Ireland and England. It is definitely worth a visit and the staff couldn't be more helpful. They could do with more awareness of this great museum and the best thing of all is that the entrance fee cost all goes to charities such as the childrens charity.

Please support them by spreading the word of this invaluable museum of our antique heritage. Here are a few snap shots of beautiful olden day toys that brings us all back in time and makes us feel young at heart again!

Audrey Connolly