Áras celebrates Bealtaine in style

07_aras-chois-fharraige-pianoResidents of Áras Chois Fharraige in Spiddal joined more than 100,000 senior citizens across Ireland to celebrate the Féile Bealtaine – the festival of creativity as we age – last month. 

Local potter Martha Williamson, from Martha Williamson Ceramics, visited the home for pottery sessions, in which residents learned to mould clay. 

Another highlight was a piano recital of pieces by Mozart and Bach by Adam Heron. Adam (pictured) is studying at the prestigious School of Music in England, after winning a scholarship. Katie Folan,  activities coordinator at the Áras, said: ‘Adam’s great passion for the piano was very evident in his wonderful performance. Our heartfelt thanks to Adam and we wish him the very best in his future career.’ 

Extra art sessions and reflexology were also laid on for Féile Bealtaine, thanks to the generous participation of local volunteers. The artistic flavour at the Áras continued into June with a visit by a professional theatre group last Saturday (June 6).

The Butterfly Company performed their Sound of Musicals show, featuring classic Broadway tunes.

Noel Higgins and Eileen Kelly of The Western Alzheimers Association visited Áras Chois Fharraige on May 27 to thank members  of the Caring Team for taking part in the ‘Hell and Back’ race in Bray this Saturday (June 13) to raise much needed funds for the charity. Pictured, from left: Barbara Ní Loinsigh, Eileen Kelly, Marion Ní Ghadhra, Bertie Ó Ráinne and Noel Higgins. Róisín Ní Chuinn and Margaret Flaherty (not pictured) are also part on the Áras team. The group are more than half way to their €2,000 target, and there are collection buckets around the shops and pubs in Spiddal, as well as in the Áras itself.
Noel Higgins and Eileen Kelly of The Western Alzheimers Association visited Áras Chois Fharraige on May 27 to thank members of the Caring Team for taking part in the ‘Hell and Back’ race in Bray this Saturday (June 13) to raise much needed funds for the charity. Pictured, from left: Barbara Ní Loinsigh, Eileen Kelly, Marion Ní Ghadhra, Bertie Ó Ráinne and Noel Higgins. Róisín Ní Chuinn and Margaret Flaherty (not pictured) are also part on the Áras team. The group are more than half way to their €2,000 target, and there are collection buckets around the shops and pubs in Spiddal, as well as in the Áras itself.