Friday, May 31, 2013

A Big thank you to Garda Nora Brady & Garda Alan Regan 

For coming into us during community safety week and giving us a talk on Personal Safety & Home Security.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bealtaine Celebrations at Croi na Gaillimhe

Bealtaine Celebrations here at Croí na Gaillimhe

Elaine Scahill facilitated her second and final workshop in the late John O’Donohue  inspired  series of readings and reflections. 

 Elaine guided us through some of O’Donohue’s  beautiful writings  each poem and reading gave us something to connect with as well as being  relevant and interesting to think of.
                     This was the final event in our Bealtaine  celebrations

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Lorraine McIIrath, NUI Galway, Community Knowledge Initiative presented certificates to students of the Living Scenes programme developed by NUI Galway, in collaboration with The Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre, St Vincent de Paul and Galway Community College. This model of “Living Scenes” is a new community model of Intergenerational Learning, adapting the University’s current Living Scenes Intergenerational Programme, which has been operating in Irish Secondary Schools for the last ten years.
The Living Scenes Community Programme is a collaborative education initiative which targets teenagers and retired older adults. This model was based in Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre formally Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, participants took part in a weekly structured curriculum over a 26 week period. The programme focused on positively impacting on the lives of both groups through empowering, enabling and relationship building in a specifically designed learning environment which allowed both groups to develop, bond and form new relationships and friendships. 

Commenting on the programme Loretta Needham, Centre Manager, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, said: “This new programme, assisted by the Maureen O’Connell Fund of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, offered an exciting opportunity for us to link with NUI Galway and Galway Community College to be involved in piloting a community model of Intergenerational Learning which will benefit a wide spectrum of our participants both young and old throughout Galway City and County and further afield. Living Scenes participants have completed art, music, drama and creative writing modules and even appeared on stage at Galway Community College.  The drama module was delivered by Alá Forum Theatre and funded by the Community Foundation of Ireland.”

Maria Moore, Galway Community College and Coordinator of Living Scenes explains; “It has been a pleasure and privilege to have facilitated living Scenes in the Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre. Over the year I have observed the bonds of trust and friendship which have grown between the transition years and the “recycled teenagers”. They have embraced the challenge of tackling modules in Art, Drama and creative writing with gusto, helping one another along the way. To have the use of the beautiful surroundings of Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre has proved a source of inspiration. I wish the Transition years all the very best as they continue in education and look forward to working with the “recycled teenagers” again.”

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Celebration of Creativity      
The Painting & Drawing classes of Croí na Gaillimhe put on an Exhibition of their Art in celebration of the Bealtaine Festival.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bealtaine Celebrations at Croi na Gaillimhe – John O’Donohue workshops
Monday afternoon 13 May was the start of our Bealtaine celebrations.

 Elaine Scahill, Movement and Drama Therapist facilitated the first of two 
workshops inspired by the writings of the late John O’Donohue.   

This workshop was a wonderful introduction to the works of John O’Donohue 
for those unfamiliar, and a lovely gentle reflection for those already well acquainted with his works. 
 It began with gentle movement and warm up, and continued with an introduction to working 
with imagery through the body and voice.  We then looked specifically at John Donohue’s 
writings; Elaine read from selected material and invited participants to become aware 
of their own individual response while also offering a collective response to the works. 

 Elaine certainly helped us reveal the enriching words of John O’Donohue in a most creative way….

We are really looking forward to the second workshop on Monday 27 May at 2:30pm, all are welcome to attend.



Friday, May 3, 2013

Fundraiser Table Quiz - May

Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Croí na Gaillimhe

Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre at Lohan's Bar and Restaurant, Salthill Tuesday May 23rd at 8pm. 

Come down, have the craic and win some amazing spot prizes! 

Fun night guaranteed and you'll be helping to support a wonderful cause in the process!

Table of 4 is €40. €10 per person.


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