Friday, April 27, 2012

Bealtine Festival 2012

With an overall  theme of ‘Discovering the Creative You’ for the Bealtaine Festival this year, the Croí na Gaillimhe Festival will also focus on 'What Kind of Old Do You Want To Be?'.

Loyola has chosen this theme specifically as the festival celebrates creativity in the older age. And, here at Croí na Gaillimhe we  are focussing on opportunities for creativity through two fascinating events.

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!! 
Our second event is a poetry reading with renowed 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 (and a Tea Dance!) with Croí na Gaillimhe in house musicians. There will be plenty of ‘ceol agus craic’ as we celebrate the festival. 

What Kind of Old Do You Want to Be

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,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Award Returns to Galway!!

We are delighted to have made the news in Galway last Friday when an article related to our recent winning of an AONTAS Star Award appeared in the Galway City Tribune.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Croí na Gaillimhe Video

As our video is proving very popular, I just thought that I'd re-post it to make it easier to find. To play just press the 'Play' button in the centre. Enjoy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Directory of Services for Older People - Galway City

A Directory of Services for older People has recently been launched in Galway City. The Directory is the result of reseach undertaken by Galway Healthy Cities project. The research asked older people for their views on the extended to which Galway is an 'age-friendly' city. As a result, a number of agencies and groups (including the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre) worked together to complile a comprehensive directory of the community, voluntary organisations, HSE and other public services available in Galway city and also, details of national organistions. 

We will shortly post the 'Galway County' document on the site. 

The below link will open the document.
Directory of Services for Older People - Galway

Friday, April 13, 2012

Painting and Computer Courses Start Again

Our Painting and Computer classes are returning for a final run before the Summer arrives!

Julianne will be teaching a Painting course on Wednesday mornings from 10am – 11.10am and the course will run for 8 weeks. The start date is Wednesday 18th April.

Three Computer courses will start up over the next week;
Wednesday 18th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 19th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 23rd April from 7pm – 9pm.
Each course will run for 8 weeks.

If you are interested in any of our courses or would like some further information, then please contact us on 091 895203. 

Beginners Computers Class and Painting Class Poster

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter

Just a quick message to wish everyone a very Happy Easter or Cáise Shona Duit. 

Our opening hours over the weekend are as follows: Closed: Friday 6th April (Good Friday) Closed: Monday 9th April (Bank Holiday) Reopening on Tuesday 10th April at 9am

Hope you all enjoy the long weekend and who knows, perhaps even the sunny weather may return! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

We're in the news....

After her visit to the Dinner and Social Club, where she joined in as a volunteer, Bernie Ní Fhlatharta’s much anticipated article has appeared in this week's edition of the 'Galway City Tribune. Ahead of National Volunteering Week, which will take place from 14th – 20th May this year, Bernie wanted to take the opportunity have the full volunteer experience herself.

And where better, than the hugely popular ‘Dinner Club’ and ‘Social Club’ at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre? And so, Bernie joined our skilled volunteer teams for the day when she assisted in setting up the room, serving dinners, playing bingo and boccia, interacting with staff and volunteers and generally getting to know the clients. 

Also, on the day 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. Her interview is available at here, just click on the 'Play' button.


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