Soilse and Friends visit Athenry Day Care Centre

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Warm sunshine from a cloudless sky, coupled with a light breeze made ideal conditions on Friday, 3rd October for our Open Day visit to the Brothers of Charity Day Care Centre in Raheen.

Colourful balloons decorated the doorway where manager, Helga Klein greeted us with a warm Céad Míle Fáilte. She followed this with a tour of the custom-built centre. The spacious rooms decorated with warm pastel colour shades along with under-floor heating gave the place a warm cosy and intimate feeling.

Activities such as art and crafts, computer aided learning, sensory education, household skills will be taught by the highly trained staff. All of this is to develop a holistic educational approach in teaching the people with disabilities attending the centre.

We then strolled outside to the grassy embankment opposite the front door where we planted our oak tree, sponsored by The Flower Shop, to commemorate 2003 as being European Year of People with Disabilities, and also to place a limestone plaque, generously sponsored by Rooney Monumental Works, beside it. Tributes were paid by Gerry Ahern to the dedicated and loving work of the Brothers and Staff, past and present, in Galway and Kilcornan since 1951, and he wished Helga, staff and students every blessing and happiness in their new and beautiful centre.

He also praised the Soilse Committee members for their community work and for being aware of the wonder and beauty of their own being, and more importantly of the presence of God’s Spirit at home in the hearts of each one of us.

Canon Tony King P.P. blessed the tree and all present and prayed for God’s favour to rest on all who work in and come in contact with the centre. It is a terrific educational resource and he was delighted that Athenry was chosen for its location.

The work was done and we adjourned to the dining area to partake of the refreshments and goodies and a good chat among all our friends.

It was a great afternoon’s enjoyment, and another milestone reached on the road to equality of opportunity and esteem for our disabled brothers and sisters.

See also: The Skylark Centre

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About this record

Written by Gerry Ahern

Published here 08 Dec 2023 and originally published Spring 2004

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