Last Week in the Men’s Group

Last week in the Men’s Group, we got out our cooking hats on and made the biggest pot of Coddle in Dublin. It didn’t last too long, it was a freezing cold day and it was just what the doctor ordered. We made lots and lots of pancakes and the men had a rare day of not so healthy eating!

On Thursday, the Men’s Group went on an outing to Kilmainham Gaol. It was a fantastic day! We are all very interested in Irish history, particularly the history of Dublin, so this was a real treat. The guide was brilliant, he really knew his stuff and seemed happy that he was giving the tour to a group of “mature locals.” It was absolutely freezing but the cold did not dull our enthusiasm for the history of the Rising and the events which followed.

Afterwards we rambled across the road to the Patriot’s Inn for dinner. It was beautiful, hot soup, stews, casseroles and fish and chips was the order of the day. We will definitely be returning to Kilmainham next year.

Continuing with the cooking theme, on Friday we gathered in the cookery room for tea/coffee, sandwiches afterwards and to bake something delicious. Others preferred to play Polo/ Bingo. Nicole will gave us a helping hand at baking.


There’s a real buzz around the Men’s Group at the moment, the weather certainly isn’t dampening our spirits!


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The Active Retirement Group – in partnership with ‘Fighting Words’

We are extraordinarily lucky to work in partnership with Fighting Words. This organization works with people of all ages to promote creative writing and story-telling. A volunteer from Fighting Words works with some members of our group on a monthly basis and currently that volunteer is Sheila O’Flanagan, the renowned author.

The Active Retirement Creative Writing Group participated in the “Dublin in the Coming Times” project. This involved a number of creative writing workshops and culminated in a city-wide publication which was launched in December 2017 in Pearse Street Library. This publication included one piece from our group – Granny’s New Toy – written by Eileen Quinn. The project, which was a partnership between Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Arts Office and Fighting Words, was intended to enable Dublin’s citizens, both adults and children, to participate in illustrating a vision of the city as a place that, although it might change and adapt to new circumstances, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet.

In addition, Fighting Words produced a smaller publication – Dublin in the Coming Times – Short Stories – Ozanam House, of the writings and stories from our own group. The photos include some members of the creative writing group pictured with Roddy Doyle at the launch of the city-wide publication in Pearse Street.






This Week in the Men’s Group

This week at the men’s group was fantastic. On Tuesday, we watched the remake of The Magnificent Seven! While the lads didn’t think it was quite as good as the original, they nonetheless really enjoyed it, even though some thought it was a little bit violent. Everybody, of course, enjoyed the hot buttered popcorn!

The Yoga returned on Thursday after the Christmas break. The lads really enjoy their yoga and were put through the paces by our amazing teacher, Johanna.

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.”

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.