Thursday, January 27, 2011

Support SVP in the Actimel 'Full of Life' Competition'

Jessie's Snow Run

John Boyle from Roscommon is a finalist in the Actimel 'Full of Life' Competition'.
John has kindly offered to donate some of his winnings towards the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!!

Please support his bid to win the grand prize by voting for his entry 'Jessie's Snow Run' on the website. The picture if a lovely photo taken of his cousin's dog (called Jessie) as she was enjoying the snow last year. Visit Just click on the 'Vote' button.

Voting closes at 23:59 on 27 February 2011 and remember: you can enter everyday!!!

Thank you.


Croí na Gaillimhe now has a Twitter account so you can easily follow our daily activites and see just what we are getting upto!!Just click on the link below to go to our Twitter page. 

You can also click on the link on the right hand side of the page.

Go on, join us!! 
Follow croinagaillimhe on Twitter

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Timetable

Have a look at our new timetable - there might just be a class or a club that suits you!!

Small Leaflet

Basic, Fun Photography for Older Men

Croí na Gaillimhe is pleased to announce our new photography aimed at older men. We have been asked if we could run a course that would be aimed specifically at men and so have come up with the idea of running a photography course.
                                      'Basic Fun Photography for Older Men'
Explore your creative side and join a new photography course with renowned Galway photographer Joe Geoghegan! Don’t forget to bring along your camera.

The course will run for 6 weeks from 7.30pm to 9pm starting on Tuesday 15th February at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre at 1 Mill Street, Galway.

The cost of the course is €50 for waged and €20 for the unwaged.     
  For further information call: 091 895203
or drop into Croí na Gaillimhe
poster for photography class for older men

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Living Scenes - Traditional Music Demonstration and Talk

The Living Scenes, Intergenerational Project resumed today as the group have completed their art module, they are now focussing on creative writing. In order to help explore their creative talents, the group were treated to a fanastic of traditional Irish music display by two students from NUI, Galway, Pádraic Keane and  Seán Hughes. Using a combination of the uileann pipes, fiddle, bodrán and tin whistle they played for nearly two hours to entertain the Living Scenes participants, playing a variety of songs, detailing history of the instruments and songs.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Croí na Gaillimhe on Nuacht TG4

The Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre featured on 'Nuacht' on TG4 at 7pm on Tuesday 11th January 2011, due to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese officially opening the Centre. Click on the link below to play the video.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mary McAleese Officially Opens Croí na Gaillimhe

We certainly had great excitment here today! Uachtaran na hEireann, Mary McAleese arrived to officially open the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre.

The Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre SVP opened in April 2009 and since then we have been very busy with a variety of different classes and clubs. The centre is a place of intergenerational and intercultural welcome especially for disadvantaged groups in Galway and we aim to provide a range of educational and social supports through our classes (computer, art, line dancing, movement & relaxation, creative writing) and clubs (social, dinner, knitting and tea dances).
 It was with great excitement that we welcomed the arrival of President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

The President was greeted at the entrance to the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre by Loretta Needham (Manager) and Jim Harrington (President of St. James Conference). An Uachtaran was welcomed into the Centre and met with SVP volunteers and staff before commencing on a tour of the building. In the Corrib Room, individuals from our Creative Writing, Drawing and Knitting clubs, were delighted to meet the President and were very enthusiastic to talk about their love for their different crafts, while demonstrating their skills. A lifelong knitter herself, the President was impressed by the vast array of knitted crafts on display, which varied from handbags to scarf’s, dolls to jumpers and bags. The artists were able to sketch their surroundings and display some art work from their courses. Members of the Creative Writing class spoke of stories that they had written - and indeed were in the middle of writing!!

The next stop on the tour was the Computer Room where a Skype workshop was taking place. Always a popular topic, the workshop was packed to capacity. Participants spoke to the President of their joy at being able to use such new technology to keep in touch with loved ones who might be travelling and living aboard. They also mentioned the amusement they felt when grandchildren expressed surprise that their grandparents were 'cool'!!!

The President then headed upstairs to meet with participants of our Training for Transformation and Lifeskills personal development courses. The TFT course is in its second year at Croí na Gaillimhe. This year it is being co-facilitated by Loretta Needham and Annalisa Murphy.

After the tour, the President headed downstairs to the Social Club Room. The room was  filled with participants from our Dinner and Social Club, Living Scenes (Intergenerational Project), St. Vincent de Paul and participants from various classes. Here, her arrival was formally announced by Michael Begley and she was formally welcomed by Jim Harrington. The President gave a lovely speech to the assembled audience concerning the work of the Centre and the role played the Society in Irish life. Loretta then invited the President to unveil the new plaque and to officially declare the Centre open.

Three presentations were made to the President; the first was made by Sr. Nora Lally and Máire Uí Fhlartarta, two members of the Creative Writing class. They presented a book which had been written by Máire Uí Fhlartarta. A second presentation of a bouquet of flowers was made by two Croí na Gaillimhe volunteers, Terence Crowe and Margaret Lagara. A final presentation of a painting, designed by the students, was made by two representatives of the ‘Living Scenes Intergenerational Project’, Nora Barrett and Maureen Kelly.

After the presentations, the President then greeted many members of the Dinner and Social clubs along with members of the Living Scenes project. Although on a tight schedule, the President made huge efforts to greet as many people as possible and also paused for photos before wishing us every success.

After Mary McAleese departed, an 'Open Morning' was held with catering provided by two local companies and music by the always brilliant John Fallon.

Keep an eye on the 'Photo' page on photos of the event.


Press Release for the 11th January 2011

Press Release for the 11th January 2011
Loretta Needham
091 895203
Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre

President of Ireland, Mary McAleese officially opened Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Mill Street, Galway.
At 10.30am on Tuesday the 11th of January, 2011 President of Ireland, Mary McAleese officially opened the new Resource Centre called Croí na Gaillimhe which is under the auspices of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Galway. 
In welcoming President McAleese Jim Harrington, President of St James Conference, St Vincent de Paul Society gave some background to the development of the centre. Consultation with several voluntary and statutory bodies in Galway highlighted the need for a city centre facility catering to the needs of older people and providing a number of supports for young people. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Maureen O’Connell the Society’s building in Mill Street which was in very poor condition was transformed to a welcoming facility ideally suited to its present use.

Speaking at the launch Loretta Needham, Centre Manager, CroÍ na Gaillimhe Resource Centre says   “We are delighted the President of Ireland Mary McAleese officially opened our centre today and her words of encouragement were much appreciated. Loneliness and isolation are highlighted in numerous reports as key issues for older people and for society in general.  This issue is of concern to us all, no matter what walk of life we are from. The Croí na Gaillimhe resource centre facilitates integration of people across all cultural, social and economic divides. We offer a dinner and social club to older people and educational and development supports for youth and adult education programmes. We seek improvements in the provision of services for older people, adults and children. Having a resource centre for St Vincent de Paul  in Galway provides the foundation from which the integration of all communities can develop”. 

Loretta added “volunteers have contributed to the centre and thanked them for their contribution and said that we cannot under-estimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which has the potential to turn life around.”

As well as the Social Club there is a range of activities taking place in the centre such as computer training, drawing classes, movement and relaxation, line dancing, creative writing, knitting club, tea dances, Training for Transformation,  Looking at the economy through women’s eyes, Life Skills Training and Living Scenes Intergenerational Programme.    

NUI Galway, Galway Community College, Moneenageisha  and Croí na Gaillimhe are engaged with older clients on an intergenerational project called “Living Scenes”.  The programme focus is on positively impacting on the lives of both groups through empowering, enabling and relationship building in a specifically designed learning environment which allows both groups to develop, bond and form new relationships and friendship. Living Scenes aims to respond to the growing need for communication and trust in both the schools and the local communities, regenerating relationships between older and younger generations. This is the first time the programme remit was extended to a wider target group in a community setting.
The Centre was opened to the public after the event until 2.00p.m.
The Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre is assisted by the Maureen O’Connell Fund of The Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Further information:      Loretta Needham
                                      Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre
                                      1 Mill Street

 Tel:  091 895203          087 6486860

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource would like to wish all of our clients and volunteers a very Happy New Year and Best of Health and Wishes  for 2011.


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