Our Active Retirement Group were delighted to participate in the making of Everybody Sings.
Everybody Sings is a project that looks at the “candid and poignant examination of the relationship between intimacy and aging.” The project is a mixture of documentary, testimony and live performance. The project is led by artist, and former Ozanam House drama teacher, Shaun Dunne with film designer Luca Truffarelli on board.
Some of our members met with Shaun for one to one interviews and others participated in a singing class and dancing session for the project. In addition, there was some filming of the group engaging in their activities. The Pictures of which can be viewed below.
Bealtaine Festival Commission Everybody Sings
The Bealtaine Festival is the national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. It takes place each May and is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation which promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
As part of the festival ‘Everybody Sings’ will take place in Dublin’s Smock Alley on 15th and 16th of May at 7.30 pm. The tickets can be bought here
Eugene O’Leary is a Cork-born, Dublin-based adventurer. He was kind enough to share some of his stories with us this week. He spoke about his many adventures all around the world, his charity work and how he became involved with it all in the first place.
He used to work on the lighthouses, but his time spent away from his family was becoming too difficult so he packed it in and started working in the shipping industry. One of his daughters was born with a heart complaint and spent time in Crumlin’s Children Hospital. This is when Eugene started his extensive charity work. He started raising money through marathons, which also helped him to stop smoking.
His daughter unfortunately passed away due to heart difficulties at the age of 19. At this stage, Eugene’s commitment to charity greatly increased. He took part in cycle events around the country and then abroad like the 500km cycle in five days in South Africa. Then came cycles in Italy, Hungary and further afield. Eugene showed us his pictures from these journeys and his shots of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.
He has represented many charities like Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the Chernobyl Children’s Trust. This is a charity set-up in Ireland, but works with many community groups in Belarus, as well as the Children’s Oncology Centre. At the age of 75, Eugene is still going strong. He hopes to complete one of the caminos, he has already completed several, later this year.
Thank you Eugene for coming in to share your stores and inspire us all.
Last week we added an extra dimension to our new parents morning that we host once a month in our centre.
Parents in our childcare centre come together once a month for an informal breakfast, a chance to meet each other, have a chat and explore what additional supports we can offer.
This month we were joined by ATD 4th world (All Together in Dignity) who gave us a presentation on the ‘Poverty Stone’ which is located beside the famine memorial in Dublin’s Docklands. 2018 marks the 10-year-anniversary of the Human Rights and poverty Stone being laid in Dublin.
The original stone was placed in Paris in 1987 near the Eiffel Tower. The idea was the brainchild of Fr Joseph Wresinski, a man who grew up in poverty, and was to commemorate those that suffered and died in silence due to poverty.
This presentation lead to some really interesting conversations about poverty, justice and how best we can support one another.
In the pictures below, our staff and parents write a word or name associated with basic Human Rights or poverty on a small stone which will then be placed in the Docklands with many others on October 17th (International day for the eradication of poverty). These stones will serve as a reminder to Dublin’s citizens that poverty knows no borders, is timeless, enduring and is a global issue.
Last Thursday our Art Students portrayed their fabulous works in the Ozanam House Art Exhibition.
The Art Teacher Ida Mitrani had guided our art students throughout the year, pictured above with Ozanam House Manager Tony Rock.
Our talented students have produced some fabulous works, from still life, landscapes to animal portraits.
Irene Quinn won the Teachers Choice Award.
Anne Bermingham won the Peoples Choice Award.
We would like to thank all who participated in the art class, and to everyone to attended the event. We are looking forward to seeing some more works of art next year!
Our Dolphin After School Class cleaned up Grenville Street as part of the Adopt a Street Campaign. We used all the equipment given to us by the Council. We helped each other, great team work!
It felt great to help keep our community tidy.
To celebrate Christmas, and as a Thank You to all our Volunteers, Members and Supporters, the award winning Cantairi Avondale choir will be performing on December 4th 2014 in Ozanam House!
The FREE event will be followed by a Christmas night out for all our Volunteers.
We recommend confirming your attendance as places are limited.
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