January 2015 Blog

January 2016

Best Wishes for New Year 2016 from everyone at Applewood Homecare. It promises to be a great year for events and socialising in the community with the 1916 commemorations promising something for everyone.

We are really looking forward to the coming year and are delighted to be announcing recruitment opportunities for people who share our person-centred care approach to independent living. The key requirement for the job, beyond the required qualifications, is the capacity to form friendly and caring relationships with the clients you work with – the ability to actively listen and talk with people is essential as is having and retaining a sense of humour. In Applewood, we are all about retaining/forming bonds with the community for health and well-being benefits and our carers are required to assist people keep in touch with families and friends and expected to supervise recreational activities and trips as they arise. Beyond these social aspects, carers must have an understanding of the needs of the people they are working and be actively alert to any changes in the persons health (physical or mental) and view these as cause for investigation not a consequence of old age. The job requires many competencies across the board – physical and mental health awareness, knowledge of legislation, health and safety and especially risks and hazards, and interaction with a variety of people such as public health nurses, doctors, social workers and therapists requires strong communication skills – including the ability to communicate effectively in writing. No two days are ever the same in this field – hours are flexible and the people you meet are diverse interesting and you are constantly learning.

‘It’s a cliché but a true one that there is No Place like Home and I get a lot of satisfaction being able to provide a positive intervention to people and see them happy in their own environment. I love everything about my job – the day to day care, the trips to events, the stories down memory lane, meeting people, but most of all the special relationships with my clients. I love being with my clients and having a bit of a laugh – even when times are challenging people still say thank you and you know they really mean it. Even with Dementia the laughs are still there – there is still the person there. It is hugely important to treat people with dignity and respect – I think of my job as being so worthwhile it’s a privilege – being able to give time to others and helping them out.’ Kate O’Reilly

If you are interested in working for us visit http://applewoodhomecare.ie/home/recruitment/

Evergreen Events

Evergreen Club Tea Dance, Feb 26th 2.00pm-4.00pm

Lunches on Monday & Wednesday

Computer Classes on Thursday at 10am

Boules on Wednesday at 3pm

Chair Exercise class at 11.00 on Fridays

Walking Group every Thursday morning at 9.30am from the Hall

Neil on 087 609 6641 for further information

Menshed Latest

Meeting every Wednesday at 3.00pm in the Evergreen, cups of tea, chats and projects.



January Out and About

13th January to 25th June in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Citizens in Conflict: Dublin 1916 – Exhibition This new exhibition includes eye-witness accounts of the Rising and newly acquired sources such as the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Logbook for Tara Street Station. With a particular focus on the Pearse Street area of the city (formerly Great Brunswick Street), where Patrick and Willie Pearse grew up and where Boland’s Mill garrison was commanded by Eamon de Valera, the exhibition also remembers the many civilians, including 40 children, killed during the Rising.


Thursday 21st January 6:00pm – Dublin City Library & Archive 138 – 144 Pearse Street, D2: The 19th annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture, titled ‘The women were worse than the men: crime in Dublin in 1916’, will be given by Pádraig Yeates and will be chaired by Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh as part of the Dublin City Council 1916/2016 Centenary Programme.


Sunday 10th January Bird watching Walk in Shanganagh Park:Meet: at 10.30 am Castle Farm entrance close to Bird feeding station. All events details are listed on our web site www.southdublinbirds.com


Let’s Walk and Talk by Dublin City Council are social walking groups that meet every week at various locations in Dublin and include special themed historical walking tours led by local experts. All are free and no booking is necessary. Visit this link for details of schedule and locations www.letswalkand talk.ie



Historical Societies


Thursday 7th  January  ASGARD, Kelpie, Chotah and Nugget 1914 gun-runners on the Road to the Rising – and beyond Illustrated talk by Pat Murphy, Mount Merrion Historical Society in Fitzwilliam Rooms The Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion.


Friday 8th January 8 p.m.: ‘Robert the Bruce’s Irish Wars’ lecture by Professor Sean Duffy to the Military History Society of Ireland in Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. All welcome – admission free.


Tuesday 12th January – An Irish Australian in WW1–by Maura Flood to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in the Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire. All welcome. €3 admission


Thursday 14th January at 8.30 p.m.:Tales of Enniskerry’lecture by Brian White to the Enniskerry History Society in The Powerscourt Arms and Country House Hotel, Enniskerry Village. All welcome – Admission €3.


Wednesday 20th January at 8 p.m. – “Dun Laoghaire’s Greatest World First, the cradle of amateur yacht racing”. by Hal Sisk to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in The Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire. All welcome. Members:€ 2.50 – Visitors:€ 3.50 – Retired:€ 2.00.


Monday 25th January at 8 p.m.: ‘Dan Donnelly: Irish Boxing Champion’ lecture by Larry Breen to the Clondalkin Historical Society in Áras Cronáin, Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. All welcome.


Neil O’Reilly


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