Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Opening Hours

From all at Croí na Gaillimhe Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.  The office of Croí na Gaillimhe will be closed from December 24th and will reopen at 9am on Monday the 4th January.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Singing on the Streets of Galway

Singing on the streets of Galway 

Well done to all our Young Hearts Intergenerational Group who sang their hearts out this morning on Shop Street to help us raise €726.10 much needed money for the Croí na Gaillimhe, SVP Resource Centre. The Young Hearts are made up of the transition year students from Galway Community College with their amazing teacher Maria Moore and the adults from Croí na Gaillimhe this group has done tremendous work to fundraise for Croí na Gaillimhe from crafting, baking and making Christmas decorations for our craft fair to Carol Singing in the rain.
Well would like to take the opportunity to say a BIG Thank You and wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year, looking forward to having you all back in January. Thank you to everyone that gave money and encouragement to our singers this morning

Craft Fair

Young Hearts
There were 16TYs and 9 adults attending Young Hearts today, as 4 of the TYs were playing in a basketball final and missed the session. We welcomed a new boy from Latvia into the group and took the time to do round the room introductions.
The group are now preparing for our annual street singing fundraiser. They selected songs in groups before agreeing on a repertoire. Luckily we had the words on hand for all the songs they selected so we were ready to start rehearsing. Usually this is met with some reluctance from the participants but this group sang with gusto from the outset. They are excited about the prospect of raising more money than last years group. (You can’t beat a bit of competition!)
The craft sale was last Saturday and we had a great turn out of participants to help. 6 TYs volunteered on a very wet and windy Saturday morning and they took responsibility for the tea stand as well as manning the craft table and selling tickets for the raffle. Congratulations to Einde Hernon who won a hamper of Christmas goods.
The sale raised €1300 of badly needed funds for Croi na Gaillimhe, so a huge thank you to all those who made things, manned stalls or supported the sale. We are planning to sell some of the remaining items in school over the next few weeks. Watch out for the Young Hearts who are hitting the streets of Galway with their carol singing on December 15th.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

YOUNG HEARTS - FUN Intergenerational Programme at Croí na Gaillimhe

YOUNG HEARTS  - FUN Intergenerational Programme at Croí na Gaillimhe 

This week with 19 transition years and 9 adults there was a great buzz in Croi na Gaillimhe for our Young Hearts session this week. The dark and dreary weather did not dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of the participants.The next 5 sessions will be facilitated by Veronika and Sinead, who will prepare the items for sale at the craft fair in November.
Today’s session was all about experimenting with materials and getting to know one another. Veronicka used some very creative ice-breakers to allow participants to bond.
They enjoyed the name and food game. The theme for the workshops is ‘love is….’ And themes and ideas were developed through discussion and small group activities.
Following a well-deserved cuppa, the tables were divided into 3, which allowed the participants to try 3 different crafts. One group made mono prints, another made small ceramic decorations, another group made pom-poms using forks.

The activities were engaging yet allowed for plenty of chat and banter. They couldn’t believe that the session was over, as the morning flew. Some of the adults were fascinated by the TYs experience of work and have expressed an interest in hearing more next time.

If you would like to take part in this fun programme contact us at 091-895203 for more information 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Positive Ageing Week.

  Our compliments to COPE catering for the delicious cake                marking Positive Ageing Week. 

             Thanks from all at Croi na Gaillimhe Lunch Club.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sing with us come and join our choir

Do You Love To Sing  ???

Thursday evenings 6pm to 7pm at Croí na Gaillimhe 

Everyone is welcome the only requirement is that you like to sing,                        no experience necessary and all voices are welcome so come along                      and join in the fun, for more information call 091-895203 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A walk in aid of Medical Supplies for those injured in Syria

A walk in aid of Medical Supplies for those injured in Syria 

The walk starts from Menlo on Saturday 26th September 2015 at 11.00am for 5.5km.  
 Money collected will be used for medical care of those injured in the War in Syria the money will be used by Medecins sans Frontieres -Doctors without Borders.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Wednesday 9 September

The lunch and social club were delighted to welcome Catherine Flaherty, Road Safety Promotions Officer with the Road Safety Authority this afternoon.  Catherine gave a very valuable presentation on road safety high lightening the need for all of us to exercise care and caution at all times whether we are a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.  Pointing out that the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities were amongst the over 65 age group Catherine strongly recommended that we were high-visibility jackets at all times as poor weather conditions or even the glare of the sun make it difficult to be seen, she urged members to all ensure safety belts are worn back and front no matter how short the travel time.  Catherine kindly gave members a high visibility jacket and reflective key ring to bring home with them.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Registration Morning 8th September

Registration Morning 

Register for all classes, courses and clubs tomorrow from 9.30am-12.30pm
At Croí na Gaillimhe, Maureen O'Connell House, 1 Mill Street,
for mote information please call 091-895203 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Read all about it in Today's Advertiser

Registration Day September 8th 

Read all about it in Today's Advertiser 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Final call for Facilitation Skills Training Course (by ALâ Galway)

Final call for Facilitation Skills Training Course (by ALâ Galway) starting 4/9/15 in Galway.          See the full poster at

Friday, August 14, 2015

Registration Date for Classes and Courses at Croí na Gaillimhe September 2015

Registration Morning for all classes at 
 Croí na Gaillimhe 
September 8th 
9.30am to 12.30pm 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Reconnective Healing Practitioner gave a talk on traditional Chinese medicine to our Lunch and Social Club last Wednesday

A Little Flavour of the Orient

Elsa Lee, Reconnective Healing Practitioner gave a talk on traditional Chinese medicine to our lunch and social club last Wednesday. Members were very interested to hear about this ancient and grounded system of medicine  -  how  the  body’s vital energy (Chi) circulates through channels called meridians that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions.  Elsa demonstrated in a very creative way the theory of the five elements which presumes that all experiences of the universe and nature can be linked to five elemental qualities represented by wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  Our pictures show members enjoying the demonstration by Elsa.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thank you to NUIG Student Information Desk

A BIG Thank You to Mary Ryan and all the staff at Academic Administration & NUIG Student Information Desk for their very generous donation of €320.00 to Croí na Gaillimhe, as we do not receive any state funding we really appreciate it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thank you to all who donated cameras

To everyone that donated a camera to us here in Croí na Gaillimhe to
enable us to run a Digital photography course for men over the summer we
would like to give a great big THANK YOU !

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Galway Independent | ‘The children’s living circumstances are different’

Galway Independent | ‘The children’s living circumstances are different’

Click on the link to  read all about the Homework Club in the Eglinton Hostel                                      in this weeks Galway Independent.
For information on Volunteering with the Homework Club in September, contact us in Croí na Gaillimhe at 091-895203

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fáilte Isteach offers English classes to migrants

Céad míle Fáilte to Galway’s newest citizens.

Over 60 students from countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Peru, Turkey and Poland have taken part in the St Vincent de Paul’s Croí na Gaillimhe language classes.

Fáilte Isteach offers English classes to migrants.  A vital service that enables migrants not only to integrate into the community but also offers them a social outlet where they can engage with other individuals going through the arduous task of getting used to living in a completely different country to their own,.

“It’s not the usual lesson where you have to listen to the teacher. You could ask any questions and find out things.  Its social, I made friends, learned about Irish culture and other cultures too.” Galina from Belarussia

There are over 50 similar projects throughout the country and this is the fourth year that Croí na Gaillimhe has hosted Fáilte Isteach, which is run in collaboration with Third Age.  The tutors are all volunteers from all walks of life.  And the setting is relaxed, where students can learn the language in a fun and engaging manner.  The class topics are varied but it is usually the practical everyday things which people want to focus on, such as shopping, going to the doctor, finding a job etc.  Janet Kehelly, project worker, adds that students are also interested in finding out about Galway and all aspects related to settling in Ireland.

But it’s not all classroom based with a walking tour of Galway and a relaxation session adding variety.  The relaxation session was facilitated by one of the Polish students and Janet is keen to point out that the group have a whole range of skills and talents which they’ve shared throughout the year.

If you’d like more information on the Fáilte Isteach programme Croí na Gaillimhe can be reached at 091 895203 or visit the website on, facebook or blogspot.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Knitting Club Enjoying the Sunshine

Knitting in the Garden 
Some of the knitting group decide dot make the most of the sunshine and spend the
class in the garden

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bealtine - Leaves of Strength

Croi na Gaillimhe Bealtine 2015 
Leaves of Strength – Clay Workshop
Croi na Gaillimhe was delighted to host a relaxing creative afternoon, to celebrate Bealtaine this year. The clay workshop facilitated by the Forge Clay Artists , New Road with whom we were lucky enough to have previously  collaborated with,   was  entitled ‘Leaves of Strength’. The title of the workshop reflects the Bealtaine vision of being creative as we age, and represents the strength that the wisdom of years brings to the life and the creative spirit in particular.
A total of 20  Participants tapped into their creative energies to make clay leaves using real leaves as stamps, working with different types of clay making the activity more interesting.   Participants (as you will see from the attached photographs) greatly enjoyed the tactile experience of working with clay and produced some beautiful work.  The leaves will be fired in a kiln in the Forge Studios and subsequently glued on a circular wood board which will suggest the crown of a tree.

The afternoon was very enjoyable and a truly creative Bealtaine event.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mobile Phone Training Workshop

Free Mobile Phone Workshop  - All Welcome 

Bealtaine 2015 - Burning Bright Project

Bealtaine 2015 - Burning Bright Project

Croi Na Gaillimhe Lunch and Social Club
The first of our Bealtaine events kicked off last Wednesday when we attended the launch of the Burning Bright Project in Galway Arts Centre.  Croi Na Gaillimhe is delighted to be part of the Burning Bright project.  Through a series of workshops facilitated by artist Fiona Hession, participants created a light box (see photos) which featured lines from favourite poems, reflecting the Bealtaine theme this year “What land and Country is this.  We are thrilled with the end result which will be on display in the Arts Centre, Dominick Street for the month of May, do pop in and have a look.  

The aim of the Burning Bright project is on the creative process and not the end product. The lunch and Social Club will continue to work with Fiona who will guide participants through new art processes and methods of expression.
Our next and final Bealtaine event is again an art project. On Wednesday 20 May at 2:30pm until 4:00pm we will host a clay workshop titled ‘Leaves of Strength’ facilitated by the FORGE ARTISTS, New Road.  Participants will make leaves from clay, using natural leaves as stamps.  Why not join us….all welcome.


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