What has the Active Retirement Group been up to so far this year?

Every month, our aim is that the Active Retirement Group goes on an outing. Since Christmas, we have had some great trips.

 

January

On the last Friday of the month, 22 of our group met in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar for their monthly Wild Strawberries movie – for a very generous €4.75 the IFI offers a cinema ticket and a tea/coffee to senior citizens on Friday mornings at the end of every month. We started our morning with a beverage at 10am accompanied by a finger of lemon drizzle cake and took our seats before the movie started at 11am. The film this month was ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, a quirky warm hearted tale from New Zealand – highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.

 

February

We met at 10am in the Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty Library for a cuppa and a scone before our pre-arranged guided tour of  the collections in the Chester Beatty Library. Afterwards, we strolled to the Powerscourt Centre and attended a lunch time play in Bewleys Café Theatre (currently residing on the top floor of the Powerscourt Centre). The play was called ‘Looking Deadly’ and told the tale of two feuding funeral directors.

 

March

Our starting point was Ozanam House at 10am. We strolled to the new Luas stop on Parnell Street and took the tram all the way to the Dundrum Shopping Centre. We then had a cuppa before some browsing in the shops. This was followed by a game of crazy golf in the Rainforest Adventure Golf venue. We had a small bite to eat there after our game, a toastie with a cuppa. We had some time for more window shopping before meeting up at 3pm to get the Luas back to the city centre.

 

April

Once a year, the Active Retirement Group join with groups from other areas to attend a social event organized by ‘Third Age’ in Summerhill, Co. Meath. The afternoon started with a tasty two course lunch after which the Frank McDonnell band (ex Joe Dolan band) took to the stage.  They played and sang an eclectic bunch of old favourites. The dance floor filled quickly and was hopping until finish time. An enjoyable and active afternoon was had by all.

 

Everybody Sings

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

 

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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.

 

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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.”

Active Days in our ARG

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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.

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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.

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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.