March Blog

March 2016

‘Elder Awareness’ has taken a decidedly strange turn this month with the ESRI report investigating the housing shortage in Ireland. The media has picked up on an element in the report where a possible solution to improve the situation would be if older people downsized their houses were possible.

Facts are the ever increasing economic and time demands in terms of stress and long hours required to work and commute by older peoples family members means that older people struggle with loneliness and social exclusion as it is. It simply doesn’t stack up that their situation would be improved in any way if they moved out of their community at this stage of their lives to live someplace new amidst strangers.  Anyway if older people choose to downsize they can do so as things currently stand without the implication in national media that ‘older persons’ are contributing to the housing crisis/homelessness.

Applewood Homecare agrees fully with other elder advocate groups views expressed on the issue such as the lack of housing choice faced by many older people and the failure to strategically plan in terms of Ireland’s ageing population. From our experience working with older people it is imperative that people remain in their communities where they know their neighbours and are close to their family for their own self-interests.

The focus of the discussion on housing crisis would be better placed on the issue of supply of appropriate housing for societies needs and not targeting vulnerable groups such as older people within that society. Need we mention the ideals of 1916 other than see upcoming events listed below!

Neil O’Reilly

Evergreen Events

Evergreen Club Tea Dance, April 29th 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


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


March Out and About

The 1916 Commemorations are at fever pitch and you will see a selection below of what is on over so get out and about in the mild weather – most of these events are free.

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.


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

21 March – 25 May 2016 Every Monday & Wednesday ‘ Spring into Heritage’ 11-3pm Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham. Free Guided Tour.


March 2nd & 9thDublin burning: the Easter Rising and its consequences lecturesby Dr Brian Hanley Rathmines Library, Part of the Dublin City Council 1916/2016 Centenary Programme. Booking required T: 01-4973539 E:

On the eve: Dublin before the Rising:The first lecture looks at Dublin society and politics on the eve of the Rising. Among the topics examined are the impact of the world war, local politics, divisions of class and religion and the strength and variety of radical opinion and the personalities associated with it.

‘Thank God we have lived to see this day’: The Rising:The second lecture examines the first day of the Rising, looking at the impact of the countermanding order, the mobilizations at local level and popular reactions to the revolt. It also details the military strategy of the rebels and the first armed encounters with Crown forces.

Who fears to speak’: the legacy of the Rising:The final lecture looks at how the Rising has been remembered, why it has become controversial and the various interpretations of its significance 100 years on.

Library Exhibitions: Below are the exhibitions on display during library opening hours for the month of March 2016:

Ballyfermot LibraryRemembering the Leaders (18 January – 29 April) Ballyfermot Library – Action Aid’s Tax Power Campaign Photo Exhibition Charleville Mall Library – As part of the Five Lamps Festival, this Art Exhibition – ‘Na Leanaí’ an exhibition of Paintings by Visual Artist Barbara O’Meara commemorating the children who died in the 1916 Easter Rising. Dublin City Library & Archive – Citizens in Conflict: Dublin 1916 : an historic multi-media exhibition which includes eye witness accounts and sources such as Dublin Fire Brigade logbook. Guided tours for groups also available.

Inchicore Library – Great Book of Kilmainham Rathmines Library – Rathmines and the 1916 Rising, People and Places :an exhibition by The Rathmines Initiative in association with Rathmines Library. The exhibition is the result of research by the Rathmines Initiative into the multi-faceted heritage of Rathmines which was generally prosperous and staunchly unionist in 1916 yet the home of many activists, (republican, but also pacifists, suffragists and socialists), and the location of many initiatives that laid the foundations for the Rising.


Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Thomas McDonagh, Jacobs Factory and the Easter Rising of 1916 – a talk by historian and author Shane Kenna, biographer of Thomas McDonagh as part of the O’Brien Press 16 Lives Series. All welcome.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

The Lives of the 1916 Leaders – a talk by Seán O’Gorman. All welcome.

23rd March Tallaght Library: Launch of South Dublin 1916 Oral History

1916 seriesin dlr Lexicon, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire. All welcome, admission free:

9th at 6:30pm: Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh: an actress remembers 1916 – by Dave Kenny

10th at 7pm Michael Mallin – Brian Hughes

24th at 7pm Major John McBride – Donal Fallon


Lots more talks and exhibitions for March visit


Historical Societies

Thursday March 3rd(8.00pm) Community Centre, North Avenue, Mount MerrionMount Merrion Historical Society :Dublin’s Victorian Heritage byMichael Barry


Wednesday 23rd at 6pm: ‘Mary (Molly) Adrien, Cumann na mBan Volunteer 1916′ -Frank Whearityto The Old Dublin Society in The Conference Room of Dublin City Library & Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse St., Dublin 2. All welcome –admission free.


Tuesday 15th at 8 pm: Traces of the old Dispensary System in our areashort talk by Martin McCarthy, main talk Lighthouses of the Irish Coast by Brian Maguireto the Foxrock Local History Club in the Foxrock Pastoral Centre beside Foxrock R.C. Church, Foxrock. Co. Dublin. All welcome – admission €5.


Wednesday 23rd from 10.30am to 12.30pm: ‘March Open Morning Meeting’of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Hardy’s Bar, The Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. All welcome.


Thursday 31st 8pm The Jacob’s Garrison & Portobello Bridge Easter 1916.  Illustrated talk by Séamas Ó Maitiú Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall.


Wed. 16th at 8 p.m. – “ The Heart of Dun Laoghaire” – a journey through the streets of the town from 1960 to the present. Speaker: Colin Scudds to the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in The Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire. All welcome.

Finally Applewood would like to wish Ballyboden St Endas the best of luck in the All Ireland final in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.


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