Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Cairns Hill Hike

A group of trainees from the centre including the An Gaisce group are going on a guided scenic walk with William this morning starting from the centre and up to Cairns Hill.  This will take approximately 2 hours.  This hike is in preparation for a longer hike taking place in September as part of An Gaisce adventure journey.

An Gaisce Group


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Our Sunflower Progress for Mental Health Week


On Tuesday 15th May trainees and staff planted a sunflower each for mental health week.  The sunflowers are growing rapidly and will soon blossom.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Garden Produce

Our garden is in full bloom with beautiful salads and herbs that are used by the catering department in preparing the daily lunches in the centre!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Plogging

Plogging is a new idea that originated from Sweden in 2016. It is the activity of picking up litter while jogging. As part of An Gaisce some sports trainees took part in the activity in the local area. It's a great way to keep fit and help the environment at the same time.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Photography Walk

Computer trainees went for a walk today and captured some of the local scenery, it was a pleasant day and the perfect weather for some photos. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful area around our centre.   

 


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Eagles Flying

Ian, Marian and the hairdressing trainees had a fun outing to the Eagles Flying in Ballymote

Mens Health Week - Indoor Soccer

Trainees photographed above at the Sports Complex after playing Football

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Men's Health Week - Strength and Conditioning Class

Some of the lads took part in gymnastics with Kate today at the Sports Complex.  This was something different and good fun!

Men's Health Week - Superfood Salad Recipe

Ingredients

A small bowl of cooked quinoa (keen-wah)
1 tbs toasted nuts - pine nuts, cashews or flaked almonds
1 piece of fruit - apple blueberries
A handful of leaves or raw vegetables - baby spinach or grated carrot
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
3 tbs olive oil
A handful of fresh herbs - basil, mint, parsley
2 tbs mixed seeds - pumpkin, sunflower
a pinch of salt
1 tbs Greek yoghurt to garnish

Method

Place all of the ingredients, except for the greek yoghurt, in a serving bowl and mix well.  Garnish with the Greek yoghurt and serve.

(Recipe taken from Derval O'Rourke Food for the Fast Lane)


Men's Health Week - Cooking Demo

As part of Men's Health Week, the lads attended a cookery demo with Mairead in the catering department.  Some of the healthy dishes cooked and sampled were Peanut & Banana Boosters, Superfood Salad, Pitta chips, Summer Oats, Smoothies and Guacamole.  This was a very informative and educational cookery demo and thanks to Mairead and to all the lad's that participated in it!



Men's Health Week - Healthy Eating

Delicious healthy salads prepared by Mairead, Lisa and trainees from the Catering Department. 

Men's Health Week - Knocknarea


Beautiful day on the top of Knocknarea mountain

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Men's Health Week - Mindfulness

The lads in the centre got to try out some relaxing mindfulness with Mary yesterday.  There is another session taking place tomorrow Wednesday.  All men welcome to attend!

Photos of  swans along the Garavogue river.

Sunflowers

Photos of beautiful Sunflowers at  Doorly park

Monday, 25 June 2018

Men's Health Week - Keeping Active


  • Did you know if are regularly active, you are reducing your risk of developing 35 chronic diseases.
  • Physical activity can add years to your life
  • Physical activity improves quality of your life
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps you manages stress better
  • Improves your quality of sleep
  • Builds muscle tone
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Makes you feel great!
  • If you want to find out more please visit  www.getirelandactive.ie

Men's Health Week - Information Stand

Men's Health Week Information Stand in the hallway - lots of physical, mental, sexual health etc information available

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Stolen Child By W.B. Yeats

The Stolen Child

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can
understand. 

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can
understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scare could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can
understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can
understand.

W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939


"WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake"

"To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep." 


"Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scare could bathe a star"

"From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild"






National Bike Week - Lunch Time Cycle

National Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that's great about bikes and cycling. Local authorities around the country organize events in relation to cycling.

As part of national Bike Week some trainees took part in a lunch time cycle organised by Sligo Sport And Recreation Partnership. The route started at the riverside hotel and went all the way up the back avenue around the Sligo regional track, there was refreshments after in the Riverside Hotel. The trainees enjoyed the experience.

Trainees pictured above with Aideen after the cycle

From Under Ben Bulben by W.B. Yeats

From Under Ben Bulben

Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939









Photos taken by Matthew of Ben Bulben Mountain and Drumcliff Churchyard


Painting of Ben Bulben and the Garavogue River by Aoife

Photo taken by Aoife at the Back Avenue of Ben Bulben in the distance


Photo taken by Tara at the Back Avenue of Ben Bulben 
Shaded line drawing sketch of Ben Bulben by Anthony