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Dec 13, 2011

Inclusion Ireland Poetry Competition Prize-giving

Big shout out to all who entered the competition, especially to the guys who won prizes. There is an article all about it in the upcoming Sunbeam Times with some of the poetry in full.

From here, it appears that Stevie is controlling the President with a vulcan mind-meld and his laser-eyes.

Dec 12, 2011

News from the art studio in Glenvale

Out of a large number of entrants two of our service-users have won prizes for their art work in the credit union competition.

This is good news during these unsettled times and both service-users are delighted with their prizes.

Dec 6, 2011

The Festive Spirit

This morning Killian, Tomek, Paul, Ian, Andrew, Cathy, Nicole, Rachel and Selina decided that BrĂ­ Nua needed some Christmas cheer and attacked the windows with paint and enthusiasm!!!!!

Trip to RTE

Here are two pics showing BRI service-users who travelled to RTE studios last week. They visited the set of the Late Late Toy Show and bumped into some familiar faces.

Dec 2, 2011

Poetry - Inclusion Ireland

Last night 5 of our clients were honoured in the National Library of Ireland by Inclusion Ireland. The event was the announcement of the winners of the Inclusion Ireland 50th Anniversary National Poetry Competition. There were over 600 entries from all across the country. Last night the top 12 were honoured with a beautiful desplay of their poetry in a public event. Of the twelve poems, six of the entries were from Sunbeam House Services clients. One client, John Power, had two poems in the final twelve. The other four poets in the final were Stephen Browne, James Ledwidge, Patrick Grummell and Nathan Phillips.

It is with great pleasure that I tell you that James Ledwidge came third overall, a great achievement for James who received his prize, a beautiful handmade pen, from President Michael D Higgins. I am sure that you will all join me in congratulating James, John, Patrick, Stephen and Nathan in their wonderful achievement.

I have included James's award winnning poem below.

I would also like to thank the staff of Sunbeam House Services for their support for the five fine poets and all the other artists we have in Sunbeam. Well done everyone.

I'm Thinking - by James Ledwidge

If only I could turn back time
I wish I could see the boys
That I went to boarding school with
We shared it all

Good days, playing football and smoking at the back of the school
Bad days, getting slapped,
Six of the best and facing into the corner

I'm thinking of working in our garage years ago
Checking tyres and batteries on a wet day
Always on a wet day,
Or delivering groceries on the bicycle
I miss it still

I'm thinking
I'd love to see my father again
I was only six years old when he went and died
I'm thinking I would like to remember him
But I really can't, he's gone too long

They were some of the best days of my life
Good memories.

Dec 1, 2011

Summer in Rosanna

The lads from Rosanna have had a good Summer by the look of it. They took driving lessons at Mondello, met the Wexford camogie champions and witnessed the mighty Jon Bon Jovi in concert. Not bad!