A hearty welcome to our first attempt at producing a newsletter
in the Centre. Like the toddler finding his steps and then plopping
to the floor, we are feeling our way and hoping to be picked up
when we plop! We are asking you, the readers, to come to the rescue
when we need it.
In September about eight of us started a new course on the computer
with our tutor, Jonathan. He suggested bringing out a newsletter,
and, with the help of articles from members and staff, here we
go. Various people are working on different articles, but if you
have any ideas, please share them with the rest of us.
It has been a wonderful summer – indeed autumn is non too
bad either, so no doubt there are memories of many interesting
events to brighten up the long winter evenings. Are there any
tips that you may have found helpful, from getting on your shoes
to baking a lovely Christmas cake? Do you know any good jokes,
riddles? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, please
come to the computer room. You don’t even have to know how
to turn on the computer – we will be delighted to take your
notes. We look forward to hearing your comments on this, our first
copy of Da Eaves Dropper.
Members have 'Ball of a Time'
On Thursday September 25th a Formal Ball was held in the John
Sullivan Centre. All the members looked forward to this evening
as this was the first occasion the ball was organised. We all
arrived to a centre beautifully decorated with candles, flowers
and dim lighting, while the staff had done a wonderful job in
decorating the centre the members equally arrived looking beautiful
and eager for a night not to forget we were greeted on arrival
by a staff member and led to our tables.
The meal we received was five stars and speedily and pleasantly
served by staff members. The meal was accompanied by red and white
wine. We all enjoyed this fine fare. There was a great sound of
enjoyment within the room.
After the meal we all needed to relax for awhile. Some time later
the music started. This was provided by Sean Thomson. The music
was lively and the dancing continued for some time. We all had
a brilliant time. At about 11 o’clock our energy was starting
to fade, and reluctantly we felt it was time to end a perfect
W are lucky to have such dedicated staff, who so freely and pleasantly
give us their time. We all whole heartedly give you our sincere
“Excellent night enjoyable meal first rate entertainment
hope it will be done again” said Seamus McCormack.
“We all had a great night We had good food, wine and plenty
of it “said Brigid, Lally.
“Super night next year again DV” said Danny Phelan.
Click here to see pictures of the night
First day is always the hardest
The first day that I came to the centre I was very nervous because
I was starting at a new place and I had to get to know the people
and their names. It was hard to leave my school and my friends
and start a new place. When I first came to the centre I was shown
around the centre by Monica and see if it was the best place for
me. I was shown around the different rooms and what went on in
them. They had pottery, computers and also had art and drama and
had games in the day room. When I first came to the centre it
was my auntie Ann that new a man that recommended Clane for me...
It was great to get to know Lizzy and Marry and all the people
that I met in the centre.
I think the centre is very good and I really enjoy coming to the
centre and meeting all the People who are very nice to me in the
centre. I am glad to be in the centre now and will be doing my
leaving cert at this moment in the centre. If I didn’t have
clane I would not get a chance to do my Leaving cert and all the
other things that I do in the centre.
Those were the days…..
The Irish Wheelchair Association started back in the early 80’s,and
let me tell you, we have come a long way since that. I remember
the days in Prosperous/Maynooth road when the centre first opened.
It wasn’t as easy as coming in in in the mornings and turning
on the oil; I wish, no we had to put a few pence together and
go down and purchase a bale of b briquettes and a box of firelighters.
We also depended on the generosity of the members to bring in
a bit of turf to keep us warm. We had fire which brought a very
cosy and friendly atmosphere to the centre. I often think back
to the things we did to get some dinner on the table. One story
springs to mind. There was a field down the back of the centre
where a nearby farmer had sowed a field of potatoes. One day we
had no money for dinner so a few of us went down to the field
hoping nobody was watching. We took up the potatoes by the stalk,
removed the potatoes and replanted the stalks so that the farmer
wouldn’t notice the gap in the rows. Those were the days,
and now when I notice the vegetables being delivered, I think
how easy it is, and how lucky we are to have everything served
up to us. The Centre has come a long way since those days, and
I think it’s a centre we should all be proud of. Although
we don’t have an open fire, it still holds a warm and friendly
Tune in and sing along with the
On October 26th last, a group of us went out to the Moat club
in Naas to see the Drifters in concert. A big crowd had gathered
in the theatre to get ready for the show as the band would be
on stage soon. The fab four came out and the audience applauded.
They were called the American Drifters.
They had played several times before, but it was my first show
that I went to. It was fun doing workouts and dances, however
we didn*t have much room to use our skills*but we made it our
own to move around.
Such a popular band that they are, they mingled with everybody
and we all sang the songs that were well known through the 60s.
The 2 hours out enjoying ourselves went very fast, and the night
was over for us all. However we left with great memories of the
night and moment from the band. It was a wonderful show and night
I won*t forget. One of the members of the band had taking ill
a week before the gig, on previous occasions he had been particularly
good at participating with the audience. It was a shame he couldn*t
make this trip.
The backing musicians were all Irish, who had gelled really well
with the drifters. Compared to the drifters, they were very young.
Welcome to my garden,I will be commenting on things
that will add colour to your garden as each season passes by.
So now everybody can have a go at growing something that will
brighten up their lives.
Bulbs.You can plant bulbs now and have colour in your garden next
spring. Why not try a few Daffodils or Tulips. Tulips are another
of the outdoor bulbs which look stunning in the Spring, espcially
if they are interplanted with some Anemones bulbs.
Anemones also come in a range of colours ( a visit
to your local garden center will allow you to see what is available
Spoilt for choice
Hyacinths are anohter bulb you may like to have.
*are low growing
* height 5 to 7 inches
* height 9 to 10 inches
These are just a few different varieties of bulbs available
to the gardener(there are lots of others).
The advantage of bulbs is that theywill continue blooming year
after year with a minimum of attention with just a handful of
bulb food after they have flowering.At a later time we will talk
about Creepers and Climbers, Groundcover plants and lots more.
I will end this column in the hope that you will find gardening
such a fascinating pastime.