Men’s Group Summer 2017

The six week Summer Outings Programme is a key aspect in the overall personal development of the members in the Mens Group at Ozanam House. Members gain educational, social, historical, physical and cultural skills by attending the programme which is an extension of the weekly club which they attend.

In total, we undertook 5 long trips and 6 shorter trips/club meetings during July and August which provided a varied programme to suit all members.

Tuesdays were devoted to short trips or meetings in Ozanam House. In total, there were 4 short trips and 2 regular in house group meetings.  Trips were varied to cater for members interests. As such, we visited RTE studios, Drumcondra Church & Cemetery Tour, the Irish Jewish Museum and went to see Dunkirk at the cinema. Most members would not have visited those venues as individuals. By attending as a group, there was a positive shared experience which generated plenty of conversations afterwards. After each trip, there were casual meals either in cafes or bars, all at good value. In addition, 2 in house group meetings took place where bingo, pool and table quizzes took place along with tea/coffee and sandwiches.

Thursdays were dedicated to long national trips. Trips were planned to include a ‘mystery’ picnic location. As such, members were unaware of the picnic venue until we arrived. Locations were selected based on toilet and outdoor table/dining facilities. This proved to be a popular initiative with members having some fun trying to guess where the picnic might take place. Thankfully, the weather was generally good so that we could dine outdoors on all trips. The group ventured to Kilkenny, Drogheda, Limerick, Galway and Carrick on Shannon.

Here are a selection of photos from the outings:

Bellewstown Racecourse 2017 2

Picnic at Bellewstown Racecourse

Bray 2017 1

Bray Seafront

Donadea Forrest Park 2017 2

Donadea Forrest Park

Drumcondra Cemetery 2017 1

Drumcondra Cemetery

Foynes Air Boat Museum 2017 1

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Galway 2017 1

Open Top Bus Tour in Galway

Garda Talk 2017 1

Community Garda Presentation in Ozanam House

Kilkenny Castle 2017 1

Kilkenny Castle

Millmount Drogheda 2017 10

Milmount Museum, Droogheda

Obriens Bridge 1

Obriensbridge, Co. Clare

RTE 2017 6

RTE Studio Tour

Moon River Cruise 2017 1

Moon River Cruise, Carrick on Shannon