Friday, March 30, 2012

Volunteering 'as Gaeilge'!

Last week,  Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile  from Raidió na Gaeltachta joined us at the Social Club to chat with volunteers and meet some of the members of the club. Eibhlín presents the ‘Iris Aniar’ programme every weekend morning on Raidió na Gaeltachta. Is é Iris Aniar irischlár an iarthair agus clúdaítear scéalta agus imeachtaí phobal an iarthair agus Ráth Cairn na Mí. Iris Aniar is a magazine programme featuring issues and events of particular interest and relevance to the west of Ireland and to the Ráth Cairn Gaeltacht in Co. Meath. 

 You can listen to the show on the RTE Radio Player until mid April and in the meantime we will develop a permanent link and add it to the next post!  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Map

A new map for Croí na Gaillimhe is now available on our ‘Contact Us’ page. Click on the below link to have a look!

Friday, March 16, 2012

What a busy week!

It has been a busy week here at Croí na Gaillimhe! It all began on Wednesday with our St. Patrick's Day Celebration. The St. Patrick's Celebration is one of our biggest annual events so quite a lot of planning had gone into organising this years celebration and it turned out to be our biggest yet with 51 participants!! 

Our Wednesday dinner took place at 1pm and there was a wonderful Irish theme to the meal so a sincere 'Thanks' to the staff and volunteers at Cope Community Catering of all of their hard work. Afterwards the celebration kicked off at 2pm with music provided by our fantastic in house musicians. 

The whole centre has been transformed into a sea of green by Loyola for the celebration and all participants were invited to wear a little green for the day. There were also plenty of badges and bows for people to wear if they wanted to add a little extra glitz!

The afternoon passed in a whirl and music and dancing, with many of the old favourites being requested. Several participants did us proud of performing a 'party piece' and there's no doubt that they are a highly talented group!! 

Also, this week our Social Club for Men extended an invitation to the local Active Retirement Group at St. Mary's and invited the group to attend a special viewing of the DVD of "A Wing and a Prayer - The Musical : The Story of Knock". The musical tells the exciting story of how Monsignor James Horan came to realise his dream of building an airport in his beloved Mayo.

 After lots of excitment this week we are looking forward to the St. Patrick's Weekend and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day (or should I say 'Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit') and of course to wish all of the Mum's a very Happy Mother's Day!!

ps. We are of course closed on Monday 19th which is a Bank Holiday and will re-open on Tuesday 20th March. 

Check out our Facebook page for more photos!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bealtaine Festival

‘Discovering the Creative You’ events at Croí na Gaillimhe for the Bealtaine Festival 2012. Yes indeed, it is once again time to start planning for the Bealtaine Festival in May and Loyola has a fantastic array of events lined up!

The Festival will run country-wide for the month of May and here at Croí na Gaillimhe, our special events will commence on Tuesday 8th May at 2pm with our first ever ‘Origami Workshop’. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper making and the workshop will be given by Yoshima Hayakawa of the Wa Café. This is a rare chance to spend the afternoon at Croí na Gaillimhe with Yoshima - don’t miss this amazing and unusual opportunity to learn about to craft your own sculptures from paper!!

Next up is renowned Galway Poet and published Writer Kevin Higgins. Kevin is also the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser and co-organiser of the Over the Edge ‘Literary Event’. He is joining us for a ‘Literary Event’ on Wednesday 9th May from 2:30pm-3:00pm. This poetry reading is not an event to be missed. 

Our Bealtaine Festival will finish on Wednesday 9th May with traditional Irish music sessions with Croí na Gaillimhe in house musicians. There will be plenty of ‘ceol agus craic’ as we celebrate the festival. 

The Bealtaine Festival and organisation are coordinated  by Age & Opportunity, which is the Irish national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society. For more information please visit,

Final Training For Transformation Weekend

The final weekend of our Training for Transformation programme took place this past weekend, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March. For this final weekend, the group reviewed several of the topics covered in previous sessions and also focussed on the organisational approaches to conflict (the ‘3C’s Model’ of Cooperation, Campaign and Confrontation) and the three responses to social change which are found in contemporary western society. 

The group also examined the ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, to discuss and determine the various resources available to people and how these resources are used to assist when making a decision / making out an action in order to achieve a particular outcome and the reasoning behind our decision making. 

On Saturday afternoon the ‘Graduation’ took place for all participants who had successfully completed the 6 weekends. There are some photos below and more of our photo page. Have a look and see if you can spot some familiar faces!

The Training for Transformation programme 2011 – 2012 was truly a great success with our highest ever number of participants completing the course and receiving their certification of completion.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Article in the Galway Independent

A short article has appeared in the 'Galway Independent' newpaper regarding our recent win at the AONTAS Star Awards!!

A copy of the article is posted below or alternatively you can visit the newspaper website to read the article. (However, this link will only be active for a few days.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

AONTAS Star Awards Video

Have a look at the fantastic video make by AONTAS at the Star Awards 2012 see if you can spot any familiar faces!!

More Photos from Star Awards 2012

  Photos courtesy of Aontas

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Reminder: Tea Dance

Just a quick reminder that the monthly Tea dance for March is taking place on Friday 2nd March at Croí na Gaillimhe from 2pm onwards. 

There will be plenty of music and dancing - not forgetting the tea and cakes!! So come along and join in the fun on Friday.


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