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!
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:
“ 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 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.
It’s been a busy week at the Mens Group this Easter.
We packed a lot into the last few days .
In our Cookery Class we made delicious hot cross buns.
Samaritan Outreach Volunteers Ann & Patrickcame in to visit us and gave a very informative presentation on their work and facilitated a group discussion about looking after our mental health.
We were all presented with Easter Eggs too. Thanks Ozanam House!
Samaritans Presentation on Thursday
Easter Eggs are always a welcome treat!
Sadly, we lost one of our members this week with the passing of John Sheekey (RIP).
John was a popular guy in the group and was always up for having fun. He always had a smile on his face.
We will miss you John and hope that you are smiling down on us all here.
John Sheekey (on the right) ‘operating’ in February!