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.


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!


Mens Group Trip

Mens Group Visit to Leinster House

 Last Thursday, some of the group visited Leinster House and, thanks to Minister Paschal Donohue TD, were given a guided tour of the Dail and Seanad. After the tour the group were invited to the bar and given complimentary refreshments which were very much appreciated.

Following the visit to Leinster House, the group did a tour of the Rock & Roll Museum in Temple Bar with some of the guys managing to get a jamming session in which was great fun.

We would like to thank Dublin Bus for kindly providing the transport for us to our venues.

Leinster House 2    Leinster House 1

Rock and Roll 1  Rock and Roll 2




Easter Greetings from the Mens Group

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!


SAMS Presentation  Samaritans Presentation on Thursday

Easter Eggs Easter Eggs are always a welcome treat!