May Blog 2016

May 2016

Applewood Homecare staff are promoting community activities forming part of the Bealtaine 2016 festival this month – the theme this year Iconic Citizens – celebrating citizens of the Irish State. There are so many events on from Arts & Crafts, Theatre, Writing, Music, Cinema and History so there is something to appeal to anybody.

The festival is a celebration of creativity as we age and activities take place in libraries, arts centres, community centres, theatres and galleries – even some outdoor events! See below for details of some of the activities for an interesting day out – most activities are free or subsidised.

The Applewood Homecare care family is growing! If you know of kind, caring people who you would trust to care for your loved ones and they’re willing to spread their good vibes around Southside Dublin; Rathfarnham, Terenure, Tallaght, Drimnagh, Rathmines, Rathgar & Dalkey direct them to us as we are actively recruiting.  Applicants must have QQI Care of the Elderly or willing to work towards. We have full and part-time positions available. Please call us for more information on (01) 4992201 Email CV to

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Evergreen Events

Evergreen Club Tea Dance, May 27th 2.00pm-4.00pm

Lunches on Monday & Wednesday

History 1916 on Thursday at 10am

Menshed 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.


Flower Sale – 25th May 2106 at 3pm



May Out and About

May 14th Bealtaine @ The Ark Eustace Street Temple Bar Dublin 2

2 Generations – 2 Writers – 1 Family Bealtaine presents a conversation and reading event with Marita Conlon-McKenna and her daughter Amanda Hearty exploring the different ways in which two generations of writers in one household influenced each other’s work. Marita Conlon-McKenna is one of Ireland’s best-loved authors and her books are enjoyed all over the world. Her first book ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’, set during The Great Irish Famine, was published in 1990 and became and immediate bestseller. Amanda Hearty lives in Dublin. Growing up in a house full of books, writing and ideas, and with her mother, Marita, a successful author, it was inevitable that Amanda would write herself. She has written two novels: ‘Are You Ready?’ and ‘Positively Yours’. Venue: The Ark – 2pm Booking required – free event.


Bealtaine National Writer-in-Residence – Brian Leyden will run a series of workshops, readings and events.

May 20th workshop is in Dublin’s Pearse St. Library. @ 11am

May 21st ‘Old Flames’ performance by Brian Leyden with Seamie O’Dowd, followed by a public interview with Brian @ 3pm, €6, followed by a public discussion with Brian Leyden. In association with International Literature Festival Dublin, email or go to Venue: Dublin – Workman’s Club

Arts & Disability Ireland – 4th Floor Sean O Casey Centre St Mary’s Road North East Wall Dublin 3 CARE and The Plough and the Stars audio described and captioned.Audio description is a narrative of the visual elements onstage. It’s useful for audiences who have sight loss and audiences who are blind. Captioning is like subtitling. It’s useful for audiences who have hearing loss and audiences who are deaf.

CARE fuses movement, live music and theatre, celebrating the people who help you live until you die. Every word, sound and image in CARE is drawn from daily Hospice life. With a little bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure. The Plough and the Stars The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. The play was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916.

May 21st CARE audio described and captioned at 8pm. Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

May 23rd – 25th Bealtaine @ The Irish Theatre Institute 17 Eustace Street Temple Bar Dublin 2

Prime: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Mature Actors

Irish Theatre Institute in association with Age & Opportunity/Bealtaine presents Prime. Are you a professional actor aged 55 to 80? Interested in developing fresh approaches to your practice and ways to stimulate your ideas to create your own work? ‘Prime’ is a free six-day programme focusing on career supports and training opportunities for the mature professional actor. Or Go To


Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle Dublin 2

Why not celebrate this year’s Bealtaine Festival by joining an art or craft workshop at the Chester Beatty Library? Learn about Iconic Yeats sisters and their contribution to the Irish arts and crafts movement or explore the wealth of the 16th-century Persian Qur’an and design your own colouring book. Limited to 15 Participants, booking essential on under Book Workshops Here. Phone booking on 01 4070772. Fee: €10.00 per person.

May 16th Lily and Lolly Yeats are usually overshadowed by their brother WB Yeats, but they too made important contributions to Irish arts. As part of the 2016 Bealtaine Festival, themed ‘Iconic Citizens,’ we will take a closer look at Lolly’s designs and Lily’s embroideries. With their work in mind, we will create our own contemporary embroidered designs. Limited to 15 Participants, booking essential on under Book Workshops Here. Phone booking on 01 4070772. Fee: €10.00 per person. 10.30am – 4pm

Friday May 27th Using the intricate decorative ornaments from the Lapis and Gold exhibition as an inspiration, why not join to design your own colouring book? During the full day session, we will learn and improve skills of sketching, composing, planning and detail drawing. Your compositions will be a great addition to personalised letterhead, family albums, bookmarks or a colouring book. Limited to 15 Participants, booking essential on under Book Workshops Here. Phone booking on 01 4070772. Fee: €10.00 per person. 10.30am – 4pm


Cine- Café Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh (main street).

‘Older, no Wiser’ is a screening of a programme of recent Irish short films, each of which was selected because they reflect Bealtaine’s overall theme down through the years of ‘creativity as we age’ – illustrated in the films in various ways eg by the predominance of older-aged actors in the cast, or by their having been made by older-aged directors, producers and crew, or from screenplays written by older-aged writers.

May 11th afternoon screening of a selection of Irish short films that serve to illustrate the overall theme of Bealtaine, ie ‘creativity as we age’ in different ways eg by the predominance of older-aged actors in the cast of the film, or by their having been made by older-aged directors, producers and crew, or because the screenplay was written an by older-aged writer.

May 17th evening screening of a selection of Irish short films that serve to illustrate the overall theme of Bealtaine, ie ‘creativity as we age’ in different ways eg by the predominance of older-aged actors in the cast of the film, or by their having been made by older-aged directors, producers and crew, or because the screenplay was written an by older-aged writer.

May 24th ‘Happy Birthday, Bob’: multi-media event to celebrate the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan with a screening of one of his films, playing of recordings of his music and a discussion of his creative contribution over so many years.


Civic Theatre Tallaght, Dublin 24.The Civic Theatre offers reduced prices for their ballet programme delivered by the Irish National Youth Ballet as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

May 20th @ 12pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedy stories. This year marks the 400th year of his death. There are three other pieces in the programme; Dance Macabre, And Yet I Have My Joy, & Toy Box. The show is for families and all theatre and music lovers. The Irish National Youth Ballet will be performing with a live orchestra. This promises to make every performance a special one. Ticket Price: All tickets €8 – subject to availability Event 1 Venue: Main Auditorium @ Civic Theatre


This Bealtaine Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1) is delighted to be hosting a series of events, including gallery tours, talks, and a drawing and painting course. The aim of the programme is to provide different entry points to our exhibitions and Collection through discussion and active engagement. This year, in celebration of the 1916 commemorations the gallery has re-hung its Collection and curated a series of exhibitions that deal with the theme ‘Artist as Witness’. Exhibitions this May include ‘High Treason: Roger Casement’, Alan Phelan’s ‘Our Kind’, Jesse Jones ‘NO MORE FUN AND GAMES’ and Liam Gillick ‘What’s What in a Mirror’. For further information on all of our exhibitions and events, please go to

Fridays@ 12pm May 6th – 27th Weekly Bealtaine Tours,. All ages for a fun and informative guided tour of the Gallery led by our art historian panel. Tours will focus on our centenary programme of exhibitions which reflects on the role of Artist as Witness, and includes exhibitions such as High Treason: Roger Casement, The Best of Decades, 1960s and a re-hang of our permanent collection. Free, no booking required.

Wednesdays@11am May 4th – 25th Coffee Conversations,

4 May, Liam Gillick, What’s What in a Mirror with Michael Dempsey.

11 May, The Best of Decades, 1960s with Logan Sisley.

18 May, Kathleen Fox, Science and Power with Jessica O’Donnell.

25 May, Patrick Pearse’s perspective on the role of art and visual culture in education with Brian Crowley. During these discussions participants are invited to join Gallery curators and guest speakers in an exploration of the Gallery’s permanent collection, exhibitions and conservation projects, followed by tea or coffee with the speaker in the Gallery café, to allow for further discussion. Fee €5, includes tea/coffee. Please pay at reception on the day.

Thursday @1pm May 12th In Conversation: Elizabeth Magill and Jesse Jones will be reflecting on Magill’s works Lodge 2 and Roger and the Swans, included in current exhibitions NO MORE FUN AND GAMES and High Treason: Roger Casement. Free, no booking required.


Fighting Words Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1,

May 6th, 13th & 20th Dublin In The Coming Times: Workshops for Fighting Words Tutors Over 55 a free, citywide workshop programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, can create their own stories and poems as they look to the future of their city going through another phase of evolution and renewal. Fighting Words, Dublin City Libraries and other partners will be working together with Dublin Unesco City of Literature to deliver the programme during 2016. As part of the project, Fighting Words tutors over the age of 55 will be asked to contribute their vision of Dublin in the future. Interested in becoming a volunteer creative writing tutor at Fighting Words, helping to deliver our programme of free workshops to children and young people? No previous experience is necessary and there is no minimum commitment.


Bealtaine @ Mill Theatre Dundrum :Dundrum Town Centre Dublin 16


Join us in our bar for a complimentary cup of tea/coffee before each screening. TICKETS: €5

Monday May 16th 2.30pm: “RIO GRANDE” 1950 This screening is dedicated to friend and supporter of the Mill, Maureen O’Hara, who sadly passed away in 2015. This was John Wayne’s first film with Maureen – they starred together five times and would become known as one of Hollywood’s greatest on-screen couples.

Tuesday 17th May 2.30pm: “SHADOW OF A DOUBT” 1943 Often considered director/producer Alfred Hitchcock’s best American film and it was purportedly his own personal favourite. A tense thriller featuring one of Hitchcock’s creepiest villains.

Monday 23rd May 2.30pm: “IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT” 1934 Considered one of the pioneering “screwball” romantic comedies of its time. This madcap film was an unexpected runaway box office sleeper hit and it garnered the top five Academy Awards of 1934.

Tuesday 24th May 2.30pm: “TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT” 1944 Watch the birth of a legendary Hollywood romance between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, plus Bacall’s delivery of one of the best lines in movie history. “You know how to whistle, don’t you?” she asks. “You just put your lips together and blow.”


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


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


Bealtaine Dublin City Library Activities

Walkinstown Library, 26 May, 10.30am. How to Felt a beautiful Picture in Wool and Silk,Textile artist Miriam Brady demonstrates easy to learn felt making techniques. Work with wool and silk materials to create your own picture ready for framing. Suitable for beginners, no previous experience necessary. The workshops are free but places are limited. Booking is essential

Bord Scannán na hEireann / the Irish Film Board is delighted to present its collection of After ’16 short films. After ’16 is a once off short film initiative specially commissioned to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising, a period in Irish history which forged the landscape of the century that followed.The nine short films that make up the collection are a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the 1916 events. The stories told are a mixture of live action drama, animation and documentary.

  • A Father’s Letter – 14 mins. On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin’s letter to his 2 year old son Joseph.
  • A Terrible Hullabaloo – 10 mins. The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising.
  • Baring Arms – 10 mins. There are many ways to commemorate the 1916 Rising, only one involves bloodshed.
  • Goodbye, Darling – 12 mins. The enduring love story of The O’Rahilly and his wife Nancy.
  • Granite and Chalk – 12 mins. This documentary tells the story of two spies, codenamed Granite and Chalk, who could have changed Irish history.
  • Mr. Yeats and The Beastly Coins – 10 mins. After the Easter Rising, W.B. Yeats is asked to chair the design committee for creating new coinage for the new state.
  • My Life For Ireland – 14 mins. Irish rebel Patrick Pearse leads a revolt. Owen, a young patriot, wants to join them.
  • The Cherishing – 15 mins. When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements.
  • The Party – 13 mins. A party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up.

Viewing schedule

  • Thursday 5 May at 5.30pm in Raheny Library.
  • Tuesday 10 and 17 May at 5.00pm in Ballyfermot Library.
  • Wednesday 11 & 18 May at 6.30pm in Inchicore Library.
  • Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm in Finglas Library.
  • Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm in Rathmines Library.
  • Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm in Terenure Library.
  • Saturday 21 May at 2.00pm in Cabra Library.
  • Wednesday 25 May at 10.45am in Charleville Mall Library.


May in the Music Library Central Library, Ilac Centre.Thursday

Thursday 12 May at 1pm A Lunchtime Concert including works from Haydn, Mozart, Debussy and others

Thursday 19 May at 1pm‘Singing Your Cares Away’, a workshop open to absolutely everyone, regardless of singing ability and age. Learn to sing a range of easy to learn, uplifting and inspiring songs from all over the world. You will also learn about some ways of using the voice to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing.

Wednesday 11 May at 6.30pm in Pearse Street Library.

The Love Letters of May & James: another side of 1916 – a performance. May and James were the grandparents of Tessa Finn. Tessa reads from the beautiful letters her grandparents wrote to each other during 1916. The letters provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of two people growing in love, not involved in the conflict but touched by it in many ways.


Tuesday 24 May at 6.30pm in Rathmines Library. I will speak their names to my own heart.Readings from the works of Patrick Pearse, actors Brian Murray and Una Crawford O’Brien movingly provide a revealing insight into the many facets of the Pearse’s life. Adding to the ambience of the event, Mary O’Donnell provides musical accompaniment on harp.The event is free but booking is essential at Rathmines Library.


Wednesday 11 May at 7pm in Walkinstown Library ‘ Mindfulness for Older People’ Mindfulness means to be aware of what is happening in the present moment. Trained facilitator Angela Amirault will introduce some simple exercises and techniques that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.


Historical Societies

Wednesday 18 May at 1.00pm in Pembroke Library

Battle of Mount Street Bridge: For several hours on Wednesday 26th April 1916 in the environs of Mount Street Bridge, rebel volunteers fought off hundreds of British soldiers, inflicting heavy casualties on them. This talk by Michael Pegum will examine in detail the dramatic sequence of events around Northumberland Road and Haddington Road which accounted for a significant proportion of the British military casualties during the Rising. In association with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society.


Thursday May 19th @6pm: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse StreetNa Fianna Éireann and the 1916 Easter Rising: Dr. Marnie Hay (St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra) will examine the nationalist youth organisation Na Fianna Éireann, highlighting the involvement of some of its members in the 1916 Easter Rising. No booking required, but come early to ensure a place


Tuesday 17th at 8 pm: 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombing short talk by Padraig Laffanmain talk Mills on the Dodder by Don McEnteeto the Foxrock Local History Club in the Foxrock Pastoral Centre beside Foxrock R.C. Church, Foxrock. Co. Dublin. All welcome – admission €5.

Tuesday 10th @ 8pm: Forgotten but not gone – Experiences of Returning ExServicemen in the Irish Free State’Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin All welcome. Donation €3.


Thursday 26th  8pm Things you did not know about the Statues and Sculptures of Dublin. Illustrated talk by Neal Dohertyto the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall.


Wed. 18th at 8 p.m. – “Dublin 1843, O’Connell’s Repeal Meetings”.Speaker: Vincent Ruddyto the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in The Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire. All welcome.

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