Mens Group and Active Retirement Group Join Forces

Last Friday (16th June) we teamed up with our friends in the Active Retirement Group and visited Aras an Uachtarain.

The staff were so helpful and gave us delicious homemade cakes and tea/coffee followed by a wonderful tour of the Presidents residence.

Following our visit to the Aras, we headed out to The Grasshopper in Clonee, Co. Meath for afternoon dinner.

Martin, the manager, and his staff were extremely nice. We will definitely be back.

We are taking a break now for 2 weeks before we start our 6 week Summer  Trips Programme. Watch this space for nationwide updates!


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Mens Group Updates

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks at the Mens Group.

Our 6 week Summer Programme has been finalized so we are all looking forward to that starting on 13th July.

We’ve been busy with a variety of weekly activities in recent weeks. Pool, bingo and table quizzes are keeping our minds active while our bodies have been busy taking part of the weekly ’Sit Fit’ classes with our volunteer Noreen while some of us participated in woodwork sessions with volunteer Tom.

This week, as its Mens Health Week, we held a group discussion about alcohol and its impact on our mental & physical health. On Friday, we will team up with the Active Retirement Group to visit Aras an Uachtarain followed by a meal, all of which is a part of our social and personal development. We will post some photos of our visit next week – Hopefully we will get to meet the President!

Our taste buds have also been very active as we developed our cooking and baking skills at the Thursday classes. Some of us even got stuck into doing the washing up!

Check out the delicious samples of food that we’ve made below:


Rhubarb Cake 2      Tony and Dominic

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ARG Dail Visit

20170524_103159blog2952017“ Members of our active retirement group are pictured outside the Dail on Wednesday, 24th May. We had a lovely scone and cuppa in the visitors bar before starting our guided tour which included time to watch and listen to proceedings in both the Dail and Seanad. We then ambled up to Stephen’s Green for a visit and guided tour of the Little Museum. It was a very enjoyable day out.”

The Cool Koala Kids Shop


For the last 2 weeks the children in the Children’s Centre have been learning all about money as part of a focus on numeracy. The children in the Koala preschool class decided to make a shop and invite their parents in as customers. We spent a lot of time getting ready for the grand opening, making rice crispie buns, whipping cream, preparing fruit and of course making money – Koala Cash!!

All of the parents came in and helped their children learn about money and commerce. Some of the parents even tried to haggle but the keen business heads on the Koala class refused to budge on their prices.

Lots of fun and learning took place through our shop and it was great to have so many parents taking part.

Active Days in our ARG


The National College of Ireland recently had a Digital week which included an excellent class given to our members on digital skills. Eileen and Sean Quinn from our active retirement group entered a photograph into the competition that NCI held during the week and won first prize – a  Samsung tablet and beats headphones! They are pictured here receiving their prizes from the NCI team.


We had a very special day on the Wednesday before Easter – the active retirement group gathered with the children from our childcare pre-school classes in Mountjoy square Park and the little ones chose their favorite Easter Chick – all knitted by our members in an array of different colors and filled with a creme egg! It was a lovely morning event and ended with a few songs. We returned to Ozanam House for a session of games in the hall including a yellow plastic duck race before adjourning upstairs for a festive lunch.


We always celebrate birthdays, when we know they are coming up, with a card signed by the group and our favorite cake – a Victoria Sandwich. Sean Quinn is pictured here blowing out his candles.


Creative writers in our youth groups

Its been yet another busy week for the youth groups here in Ozanam house.
This week one of our groups got to visit fighting words creative work shop thanks to our UNESCO reader in residence Bernadette Larkin.
The group let their imaginations run wild and wrote some fantastic stories featuring, alien vampires fighter jets, super powers and  scary movies coming to life!

All the stories  will be made into a booklet for them to keep and add to in the future.
We may just have the next generation of fiction writers in our midst… this space.

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Mark Making

The children in the Koala preschool class have been exploring their writing skills recently so we decided to make a salt tray for a new mark making experience.

First, we coloured the salt with chalk:


This gave us some lovely spring coloured salt to begin exploring


This was a really fun activity that we could share with our friends and with just a shake of the tray can start all over again!